8. London Just Isn't Built For Bikes

Just because you're on two wheels doesn't mean it's all good...

The ghost bike project places these sobering memorials to cyclists who've been killed around the city.
The ghost bike project places these sobering memorials to cyclists who’ve been killed around the city.

While all of these things have made cycling that bit trickier in the city over the past few days, the main reason tube strikes are shit for cyclists is that London just isn’t built for bikes.

The narrow streets and lack of separate bike lanes means that even when transport is running smoothly, cyclists are all too often squashed to the side of the street with not enough room to manoeuvre safely.

As soon as you add any extra traffic – be it busses, taxis, cars, pedestrians or even fellow cyclists – to this already overcrowded overground network, it starts to feel dangerous.

I would actually love to see more cyclists take to the roads in London. Even if they all decided to ride Bromptons. But until the city decides to build more bike lanes and cater properly for cyclists, I for one will be glad when the strike is over and everyone disappears back underground.

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