The bicycle is a means to visit London that combines many advantages: you can save on shipping charges, do physical activity; you can enjoy the city and its surroundings with different rhythms and points of view. Local bodies encourage the use of two-wheelers with improving cycling facilities, making them more pleasant and always adding new lanes. Naturally, we need to have suitable equipment to secure a certain security, especially if you want to venture a dip in traffic: helmet, reflective clothing, and maybe even a protective mask.
Even many Londoners chose the bike to get around the city: the Greater London Council has planned for 2026 a growth of 400% of cyclists throughout London. Already in the last ten years the number of bikes used daily in the city is markedly increased, and to encourage citizens to use this type of transport 2011 was named the “year of cycling”. Of course, if it is a more relaxing vacation choose areas where you can ride with confidence and peace of mind, such as parks or paths along the Thames and other waterways. For example, the Capital Sport offers bike tours in areas closed to traffic, with a wide choice of daily visits, short stays or “all inclusive” longer tours for singles, families and groups, with or without a guide.
Or you can follow in the footsteps of Michele Monina, writer and music critic, author of the book “London on the river”: cycling through the city that is getting ready for the Olympics to photograph the cradle of rock from a privileged point of view; accompanies him in the small adventure, the adventure of small Tommaso, his six year old son. Their leitmotif is the Thames, in a psycho-geographical path that owes a lot to Alain Sinclair and Alan Moore. The book that comes from this location in the rock heart of the city is “on the river” to the rhythm of the pedal: at the same time, a pre-Olympics trip to London and a metaphorical journey that recalls the famous “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig.