Riding bikes in the Summer

There's nothing like summer for riding bikes. Riding the city streets in this glorious weather is by far the best way to get around the city right now. It beats buses and tubes and ubers by cost, speed and comfort (assuming you're brave enough to take on London traffic, which obvs yes because adventure). Boris bikes are especially handy - you pick one up at a dock, ride to wherever you need to go and then drop it off at another dock at the other end. Access for 24 hours is £2, and the ride itself is free. So convenient, quite wonderful.

I've talked to a few people recently about riding in London and almost all of them have said they couldn't - that the traffic scares them away. These are people who climb mountains and do amazing feats, and I was a little bit in awe of the reputation that the London traffic has.

Truth: London traffic is no big deal when you're on a bike. As long as you obey the rules and don't run red lights, make sure you're aware of what is around you - it's perfectly okay for riding.On days like today when the skies are blue, the streets are lined with trees and little flower baskets and you're speeding down a bike lane past stand still traffic? Nothing better. It's the perfect way to get around, and I'm 100% delighting in it!

Oh London, you're definitely more charming than usual!