Everyone knows I’m a mad, fundamentalist cyclist – and although more people are cycling in London, there are still many who don’t. As I peer down from the 8th floor of City Hall, I see all those people toiling away in their cars, inching slowly across Tower Bridge, when they could be on a bike.
Whether it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Sunday I tend to go by bike but, although it is safe and getting safer, I fully appreciate that some people find it a little daunting at first. I have succeeded in persuading many of my staff to take it up, and always watch in wonderment as they edge nervously onto Tooley Street absolutely convinced the end is nigh.
But, after a few times, they’re soon zooming past me.
In a bid to convert more Londoners to the cycling cause, today I launched Cycle Fridays. For the next few weeks, every Friday, there will be a series of bike convoys led by experienced riders who will be on hand to guide novice commuter cyclists into central London. For a full list of the routes, click here.
Those joining the rides will be greeted by ride marshals from the London Cycling Campaign and will be given a basic bike check and useful cycle maps before getting on the road. Additional drop-off points can be agreed so that riders can get as close to their destination as possible.
The first Cycle Friday will take place on Friday 14 August, and they will continue every Friday until 2 October.
So if you’ve always liked the idea of cycling to work, but never quite had the confidence to venture onto London’s roads on two wheels, then Cycle Fridays are the place to be. You’ll be part of a giant moving peloton of cyclists, and be carried along on a wave of pedal-powered paradise!