Thousands of Londoners took to two wheels today to avoid nightmare journeys to work on the strike-hit Tube.
London’s cycle superhighways were packed with hordes of lycra-clad cyclists eager to avoid the huge crowds which built up on London’s buses and at Tube stations.
CCTV footage of London’s key thoroughfares shows streams of cyclists pedalling their way to work.
Millions of commuters were affected by the on-going strike action over job losses and ticket office closures, which was slammed by the Mayor as “completely unnecessary.”
Capital’s cycle paths unusually busy amid Tube strike
Footage of the Embankment cycle superhighway, Vauxhall Bridge Road and Blackfriars Road showed fast-flowing streams of cyclists in Hi-Vis jackets commuting during the morning’s rush-hour, noticeably busier than before the strike.
Elsewhere, swarms of cyclists picked their way through heavy London traffic.
Transport for London said that at 11.15am today, 17,417 Santander cycles had been hired. The record for a whole January day is 25,000.
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Ben Miller, 26, a sales manager, who does not usually cycle to work, told The Standard: “Cycling along the super cycle highways was great.
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“So much nicer than sitting on a two and half hour long bus and the exercise is a great way to start the day. After all if there are two things I know will never strike it’s my legs.”
Another commuter, Antony Tiernan, wrote on Twitter: “The #TubeStrike is a nightmare, but there’s something special about seeing so many people walking and cycling through the streets of #London.”
A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign said while they could not put a figure on the number of people who cycled to work in London, “we are seeing social media posts and video showing that there are significantly more people riding on the Cycle Superhighways and other key routes.”
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The campaign said they hoped the people who cycled to work today would consider cycling again in the future.
The spokesman said: “More people cycling in London is always a good thing. And we know from similar events in the past that many people who ride to work once continue to do so after the disruption has ended.”
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