As you know, we followed the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge on its maiden voyage. We liked their message, more bikes, less cars and increasing knowledge as to what is our personal œrideable universe. They almost got run over by Bill Clinton’s security detail, met some zany bike characters (which is part of the reason we do what we do right?) and spread the word that riding, riding and more riding is the way to go. In Huggacast Episode Nineteen, we recap, you listen.
Rode with the commuters and messengers this morning. Talked with several commuters about their ride and all of them were quite proud of the London Cycling Campaign and noted how much it had changed in the past 3 years.
I don’t doubt there’s still much work to do … other cyclists offered help. With the roundabouts, one-way streets, and traffic, I was lost and that was obvious. I rode along the Mall, Hyde Park, and more.
Riding to the Yahoo! Developer Summit, I met Chris from Ask.com, asked where to go, and he showed me the way. Chris told me about his urban assault commute in London and we rode in traffic, sidewalks, crossing roundabouts, and most of it was a blur, but I arrived intact and safely. It was raining, 40 degrees, and I felt right at home.
The wrong side of the road thing confuses me most at intersections and roundabouts, so I just wait for other cyclists and see where they go.
If there was ever a reason to buy everyone you know (loved ones, the mail man) a bike, this would be it. Germans may love David Hasselhoff, but I think even they would want to jump OUT of their cars when they see this video.
And it was at that moment, reading the paper about bike thieves in London, that I realized I’d forgot to pack the lock! Well, ok, I can fold it and take it with me into most places … that also explains all the thoroughly locked bikes on racks I saw during the cab ride into town.
While listening to Police & Thieves, by The Clash, I read more about cycling in London: