More and more Londoners are choosing to leave the overcrowded public transport behind and get on their bikes. However, the roads in London aren’t exactly peaceful and weather conditions range from bad to terrible. So is it really worth it? This article aims to find the advantages and disadvantages to cycling in London whilst offering a bit of advice on safety if you do choose to cycle around the big smoke.
The first thought on most people’s minds is money. Just how much money will you save if you choose to cycle? Well, quite a lot actually. Without having to pay for petrol or passes (an oyster card weekly pass is around £27) you do make a considerable monthly saving. There are some upfront costs however such as a good bike for around £100-£300, safety gear and appropriate clothing. You could however choose to rent a ‘Boris bike’ to get you to the office for a smaller sum of money, although in the long term buying pays off.
Next cycling in big cities will have an effect on the environment. Luckily its a positive one! It severely reduces the amount of carbon emissions affecting our environment. That said public transport is always running whether you’re on it or not and that in itself does reduce the amount of cars on the road.
Lastly, it is highly advisable that you either take a cycling training course or start out with a more experienced cyclist. If you can’t bear to do either of these do some online research for easier routes and practice on some of the quieter roads. Always make sure that you are wearing the correct safety gear and that your bike is running smoothly (particularly the brakes).