Tuesday, January 15, 2008

London on bike

On NPR this morning the segment Marketplace had a feature on bicycle commuting in London. It's part of their series My Morning Commute. Geoff Brumfiel describes discovering the many benefits of bike commuting:
Every day about half a million journeys are made by bike in London. That's up 83 percent from 2000.

It makes a lot of sense, says Carl Pittam. He's London director for Sustrans, which promotes sustainable transportation. “It has all the benefits for the environment, for people's health, and it relieves congestion not only on the roads, but on public transport as well. Particularly at peak times.&lrdquo;

But what about the perception it's dangerous? Peter McBride heads the cycling and walking division of the city's public transit authority “Well, it's actually pretty safe. It's a bit like swimming: You can stand at the side of the pool and think, "I don't fancy that." But when you're in, it's very different. And it's actually not as bad as you think.”

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