On Sunday, 23rd of September, London officially became a ‘cycling city’ as more than 38,000 bikes descended on the city’s streets as part of Hovis London Freewheel. It was an afternoon of entertainment, picnics, stalls and cycling.
Dubbed as an ‘extraordinary day’, the event stopped traffic along 14km of capital’s roads, turning the city centre into a bike friendly Mecca for Sunday cyclists. After meeting up in specially created hubs across London, cyclists joined together along this central route to form a gigantic bike posse, then headed to St James’s Park for an afternoon of entertainment, picnics and stalls.
Amongst all the bicycles were a number of Segway PT’s, one of them being ridden by the director of Network Rail (UK), another by a representative from the Dutch Railways Group. Since the railways are looking at using the Segway PT as a last mile solution, the management wanted to see for themselves how well a Segway PT would integrate into a busy cycling environment. Having been made wary of receiving negative reaction from the cycling lobbyists, not only did the demonstration prove to be a perfect match, but the cyclist were more than friendly in every instance and even the local bobby’s were seen grinning as the gentlemen rode by - in spite of the Segway PT not being officially allowed on the public roads.