When it involves efficiently navigating the busy streets of London on two wheels, there isn’t a substitute for expertise – however what do you do earlier than you’ve had an opportunity to construct up that have? You seize somebody who does have it and grill them for recommendation.
Rebecca Charlton, TV presenter, journalist and writer of two books on biking, has been driving in London for 15 years, and she or he has little question what her favorite factor about biking within the capital is.
“What I love is that you beat the traffic and you turn up to work feeling really smug and good about yourself,” says Charlton.
That’s to not say Charlton considers biking in London a universally constructive expertise – punctures are her largest hate – and she or he tends to go out to Kent or discover quieter roads when training or biking for pleasure, slightly than commuting. Better biking infrastructure tops her wish-list of enhancements that might be made to biking in London.
“It would be nice to see more traffic-free routes,” says Charlton. “When you get to a section where there’s a segregated cycle lane it’s absolute bliss, and more of that would be better.”
When it involves the potential risks of biking in London, Charlton says preparation is vital to staying protected on the street.
“If you arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible and in doing that become a confident rider, you can make sure you are as safe as it’s possible to be,” says Charlton.
That’s good recommendation for anybody, however we additionally requested Charlton for her tips particularly for individuals new to biking within the capital. It might sound a frightening prospect at first, however comply with Charlton’s recommendation and also you’ll discover that it doesn’t take a lot time in any respect on your confidence to enhance.
Five Tips For Beginners Cycling In London
1. Plan your route
“Getting organised means planning your route,” says Charlton. “You can keep away from main junctions and unpredictable roads, and put your self in the perfect place to really feel protected.
“When I first began driving in London I used to navigate probably the most loopy routes – roundabouts, a number of lanes, main roads… I didn’t need to be out of the blue coming as much as junctions I don’t know, in the midst of visitors, and be pressured to navigate and make very fast selections.
“If you’re coping with the sudden it could possibly make you are feeling weak and put your self able on the street the place you don’t need to be. Sit down and plan how you can get to work with out having to undergo locations you don’t know.”
2. Ride your route with an skilled bike owner
“Something else I did when I had a new commute is that I would find somebody else who had done that commute before,” says Charlton. “If you can grab a colleague, a friend or a partner and do that ride with them, maybe after work one night when it’s a bit quieter, you can see where you should be on the road and when you’re going to come up to a roundabout or busy junction. It helps you plan.”
three. Don’t get bullied
“Don’t allow anybody else to pressure you into a position on the road that you’re not comfortable with,” says Charlton. “There are more cyclists on the road now and that’s a great thing, but some of them will tut at a newer rider who won’t move out the way or move up on the inside of a bus. That leads people to panic and make a judgement they’d not normally go with. If you’re not comfortable and not 100% sure it’s the right move for you, don’t let anybody else pressure you into doing it.”
four. Give your self time
“Allow plenty of time,” says Charlton. “The more you rush, the more likely you are to make poor decisions.”
5. Choose your biking clothes correctly
“You may need to to go full Lycra or simply workplace gear, however be sure to don’t have something flapping round that would get caught in a wheel or a sequence,” says Charlton. “That will distract you from focusing on what you’re doing. And make sure you’re comfortable.”
Rebecca Charlton might be showing at The Cycle Show which is happening at Birmingham’s NEC Arena from 28th-30th September 2018. For tickets and extra info go to cycleshow.co.uk