With the Tour de France having just passed through the streets of London, there's never been a better time to follow in the footsteps of the sport's elite and explore the capital on two wheels. What's more, plans have just been announced to make the city safer than ever for cyclists, so those who enjoy getting around by pedal power can look forward to having lots more opportunities to do so in London.
A cycle superhighway is to be constructed at one of the city's busiest road junctions, with a double-lane structure set to be put in place from Kensington Oval to Pimlico, running through the Vauxhall gyratory system. As a result, what is arguably London's scariest spot for cyclists is set to be tamed, with the new two-way bike lane helping to keep cyclists completely separate from road traffic, thereby making the experience of exploring London using this mode of transport much safer and more enjoyable.
What's more, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has promised to create 16 similar projects in various locations around the city before the end of his term in office in 2016, so the future is looking very bright indeed for anyone who likes the idea of cycling in the capital.
Speaking about the finalisation of plans for the cycle superhighway, Mr Johnson said: “Vauxhall is the first. In the same week London hosted the Tour de France, I am perhaps even more excited by this plan, which will help cyclists every day for many years.”
Transport for London representative Leon Daniel, meanwhile, commented that ” these radical changes would provide a safe and direct route for people travelling through Vauxhall, whether they’re cycling to work, exercising or just enjoying being on two wheels”.
However you choose to get around when you're in London, make sure you check into a luxury hotel where you'll be able to rest those weary legs after a tiring day of exploring the world's greatest city.