Bicycles in London

London has a successful cycle hire scheme known as “Boris Bikes”, and has hosted some big cycling events this year – the Tour de France and the Prudential RideLondon.  But what is it like for the ordinary cyclist?

Some people are still riding old-fashioned bikes with wicker baskets.

NW3 Belsize Park Gardens

Some take it more seriously. (I’ve no idea if he is a Brazilian international cyclist or a tourist.)

Brazil cyclist

Other people offer taxi services.  (Of course this cab company does in fact have cars…but no proofreader.)

NW1 Lisson Street

These “Bikeaway” cycle lockers are a great idea if you are worried about bicycle thieves.

cycle lockers

I used to cycle to work in London, first from Islington to the City, and then from Kentish Town to Whitehall.  It could be scary sometimes, but it wasn’t until I moved to India that I actually sought divine protection for my bike.

Dussehra - bike blessing

Cycling in London isn’t  really THAT dangerous, but there are some hazards….so do take care!

cyclists stand back


4 Comments Add yours

  1. expatlingo says:

    Like the bike pics! I can’t wait to start urban riding again. Think I should seek divine protection?


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      In The Netherlands? Everyone cycles there, don’t they? So the whole country is probably already under some kind of divine protection. You’ll be OK.


  2. Andrew says:

    I think you are very brave to cycle in London. I would not do so in Hong Kong. Too few cycle paths and in most places it is positively life-threatening. I’ve seen a few of these schemes where you can rent a bike around town. Excellent idea.

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