Sunday, May 12, 2013

My commute to work

“Isn’t it dangerous cycling in London? I wouldn’t fancy doing that” is the most common response to learning that I commute by bike.

The answer is “Not if you choose your route and don’t cycle like a plonker”.

The first part of the journey is along the Thames Side Path and through Battersea Park; the second half is through the quiet residential streets of Pimlico. And I stop for red lights

This is where I join the river just three minutes from my house.

At the nearer end of the Grade II listed Battersea Park is Albert Bridge - my favourite of all the London Bridges and very pretty at night all lit up like a spider’s web covered in dew catching the sunlight.

Once inside the park I pass the Peace Pagoda - usually the chosen location for personal trainers putting their clients through their paces.

Then it is over Chelsea Bridge and a fine view over my shoulder of the iconic Battersea Power Station the largest brick building in Europe.

After a few hundred yards I enter the tree-lined streets of Pimlico which takes me most of the way to my destination.

On the way I pass Tachbrook Street Market although I am usually there before the traders have begun to set up their stalls.

Distance 4.9 miles, time 28 minutes. Faster than public transport and far pleasanter.

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