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Sunday, 1 April 2007

Cycling to work

I think it should be possible to cycle to and from work in a suit but this requires a good bicycle that can if necessary be easily transferred to a train, bus or taxi (hence a folder) and an astute choice of wet wear and judgement about when to put it on. Cycling is, by and large, the easiest, most economical and most enjoyable way to get around since I can carry stuff easily (compared to walking), travel times are predictable, there are no parking problems or security risks (especially with a bicycle that folds) and over distances of 6 or 7 miles, especially at rush hours, cycling is the swiftest means of getting from A to B in a big city and certainly, along with walking and perhaps running, the least frustrating.
'The bicycle had, and still has, a humane, almost classical moderation in the kind of pleasure it offers. It is the kind of machine that a Hellenistic Greek might have invented and ridden. It does no violence to our normal reactions: It does not pretend to free us from our normal environment.' J.B. Jackson

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