Boris Bikes are great. They’ve done a lot for opening up access to cycling in the city. And for allowing pissed-up tourists to get home without having to face the horrors of the nightbus.
But when the underground’s on strike, they also allow a load of people who don’t usually cycle to fling themselves headlong into the rush-hour traffic with reckless abandon.
This would be fine if London’s motorists and regular cyclists were prepared to be tolerant of these newcomers, but commuters in this wonderful city don’t tend to do ‘considerate’. In the past two days I’ve seen uncertain Boris Bike riders abused by drivers and fellow cyclists alike, and at least one get knocked off.
There should be an induction course on “how to ride obnoxiously” before you’re allowed on a Boris Bike in rush hour.