Tagged: love london cycle hire
August 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm #75933
@cyclingnewbie, yes, that is a slight concern, I agree – I suspect it partly depends how the expansion plans go.August 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm #75934
Surely London is not the only city that Brompton sell to! Why would they go under? if anything they should learn from London and start positioning themselves to make sure they get the contract to make and maintain the bikes for future cities, and not just UK cities.August 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm #75935
It’s not their only market, of course, but I’d be pretty confident it’s by far their biggest one.August 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm #75936
The three main benefits of improved fitness, an enhanced feeling of mental well-being and being able to catch an earlier train home after years of grinding commuting means that I shall persevere in this giddy whirl against all adversity. I take my hat off to all those dear souls who have contributed to the creation of this truly inspired step forward. No hyperbolae are too extreme. It is indeed fitting that the name attached to the scheme where one ‘Borrows Bikes’ is ‘Boris Bikes.’ Love it? I’m besotted!August 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm #75937
I’m now thinking about cycling home. It was raining this morning so I didn’t cycle in – but I can cycle home. How great is that?September 12, 2010 at 10:59 am #75938
This idea is truly outside the box!
When I was in Uni, I commuted on a bike for 90 minutes a day (round trip). Then I got a car. Since then, it’s been from one box to another: from waking up in an apartment (a box), riding the lift down (a moving box), into a car, bus or tube (a box with wheels), then into your office (the professional box), usually stay inside your building all day while typing into a computer (a digital box), then climb back into your car, drive home and turn on the tv (now, a flat pack box). It’s a boxed life!!!
Since I joined the scheme a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been on about 20 rides and have enjoyed riding around London so much I want to buy my own bike to take on longer rides. The kinds I used to do.
I’ve already spoken to at least one person who says that this thing has “changed their life”, and I’ve read several comments on this BB in the same vein. Sure, there are some problems – but how often does a civic program that offers this kind of change come around?
I can now look forward to
[*] a radius of travel that was previously impractical on foot
just going out for short errands, whenever, because it’s fun and convenient to do so
the exercise benefits that accrue after at least 20 minutes of exercise per day
saving money on travel by tube or bus, and often taxi!
a more social form of travel, providing the flexibility of walking, without the delay
discovering London all over again
being more mentally “awake” upon arrival (thank you endorphins!)
breathing in air that hasn’t been “tubified”
staying cool (it’s natural air-conditioning folks) on commutes
the convenience of just picking up and dropping off wherever, whenever
I could go on and on…September 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm #75939
I love it so much I’ve been having cycling dreams.
… but then again I’ve also been having dreams about going to loos that have no doors. But that’s an entirely different discussion altogether.September 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm #75940
What I LOVE is that over the weekend, my wife confirmed that my moobs are officially no more! Clearly this is a 100% subjective view but just goes to show that it’s possible to get tangible fitness results when cycling 35 miles a week which is the case for me…
I was so pleased I celebrated with a beer and a pizza…
PS Girlspeedo – is that discussion available elsewhere on another site?!September 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm #75941
I’ve just bought annual service, based on the theory that I’ll use it for at least the next 2 months of weekdays. Wonder if I’ll still be saying that on the 20th November when I’m wearing a coat and gloves on my BoBi!
The bike in in the morning is great fun – jump off the tube before my final destination, bike in and get there before the tube people have had a chance to go up the escalators!
I’ve arrived at work feeling considerably more alive and have been able to give up my daily morning coffee because of this. Thanks BoBis!
The evening ride back is a great way to wind down too. Except it tends to end with a bit of frantic GPS’ing to make sure there’s a dock free where I want to go.September 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm #75942Quote:PS Girlspeedo – is that discussion available elsewhere on another site?!
About my loo-based dream problem or your ex-moobs? I can do both.September 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm #75943
FarringdonEdParticipantQuote:About my loo-based dream problem or your ex-moobs? I can do both.
Either or both?? In fact I am more worried about your loo issues. My moobs are more tangible..September 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm #75944
So you feel my pain. I just need to figure out a way to introduce doors into my dreams… loos or not they’d generally come in very handy I’m sure you’d agree.May 19, 2014 at 10:50 am #88292
We are an independent film production company who are making some short documentary films about people whose lives have been changed positively by using Boris Bikes.
Would anyone be interested in sharing some of their stories with us?
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