The new thing in London, old and young people, cycling or on two wheel scooters, some times whole family's on the scooters, and the dog in tow.
London has experienced a cycling boom since the turn of the 21st century, with the number of journeys made by bicycle in Greater London having doubled between 2000 and 2012 to over 540,000 per day, according to the Department for Transport.The extent of the rise in popularity of cycling as a mode of transport around London varies between sources, for example Transport for London (TfL) reported a 150% increase from 2000 to 2011, and it varies between regions within the city, for example on Cheapside cycles were reported to make up over half of rush-hour traffic.
In January 2013, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, appointed London's first Cycling Commissioner, tasked with making it a safer and more popular mode of transport in the capital. In December 2013, TfL published a draft map of a "Central London Grid" of new cycle routes.
A spate of cyclist deaths in London occurred in November 2013, drawing heavy criticism of TfL's cycle facilities and sparking protests and calls for rapid safety improvements from politicians, cycling organisations and the media.Info Wiki.
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williewhistler (13113) 2014-05-07 4:22
love them or hate them they are every bl...y where!
At this time of year they are all over the place down here in the West Country,insisting on cycling up the steepest hill by wandering across the roads as well as riding like lunatics through narrow country lanes,they can`t half divide opinions.
This chap seems to be content to rely upon a pair of darkened goggles as safety equipment other than the usual helmet and latex clothing.
Nice shot by the way.
All the best,
snunney (80619) 2014-05-07 4:36
I see Les has a particular like for cyclists:-) Mind you he does have a point in some respects; a lot of them seem to think the roads are just made for them and traffic rules don't apply! Good capture of this rather determined looking specimen. I like the composition and the shadow play.
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-05-08 23:59
Nice shot of the cyclist.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.