I never imagined London to be a bikeable city, yet it is.
After landing in Gatwick yesterday, and taking the Gatwick Express to Victoria station, followed by a tube ride to Padington where I ended up lugging my large and heavy suitcase with one wheel missing up and down stairs (no escalators here!), I really was in need of some fresh air.
As I headed to Hyde Park I passed a Barclays Cycle Hire station, which I decidedly walked right past. It crossed my mind to go biking, but I simply thought it was too much of a hassle. A little while later, when I passed my second and third bike station it dawned on me that it would really be wonderful to explore London by bike.
I have to say the machines from where you rent the bikes are not the most logical to operate. There were really no instructions that I could find, and a couple were broken - the touch screen was frozen on 'processing'. But when I finally managed to get the code for my bike ... I was off.
Surprisingly, it was really easy to get around London by bike. The traffic crawls so no major danger of being hit. You just got to be careful of yielding to turning red double-decker busses. And you have to get used to getting lost, for the street layout in London makes absolutely no sense!
It was a fun and green way to rediscover a city which I have been to so many times. Plus it worked off some of those calories that originated in prosciutto, cheeses, pastries, ice-cream, pizza and everything else I ate in Slovenia.