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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Matt Littler

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in North London; I started riding again about 2 years ago for a charity event and got bitten by the bug. Riding in London is great—as long as you own a drivers license, I have friends who don’t and following them round on rides is scary.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve not ridden in many other cities. I’ve ridden a lot in Liverpool and that’s fine—much more courteous drivers than London. But although I feel the hate down here, I can handle it. I know when to pull back and let the cars go… and also when to take the piss.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I love beating cars and busses, I love the seeing the city differently. I enjoy the feeling of getting fit and the ease of commuting by bike. There are also environmental factors.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
People are never happy in London. The mayor is trying his best to promote cycling and introduce more people to our amazing sport and it’s the cyclists who are shouting him down. We now have big wide bike lanes, a bike hire scheme (that everyone seems to want to fail...) safety mirrors on lights for HGV drivers and signage up all over the place. It’s a lot better than it was a few years back. Just enjoy it, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow… Although not on one of London’s new bike safe cycling superhighways.


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