30,000 bikes take to the streets


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30,000 cyclists took part in the London Freewheel

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My son Mali, Gaurahari with his two sons Chaitanya and Nityananda, and me

As part of London mayor Ken Livingstone’s commitment to reduce motorised traffic in the capital, he recently endorsed a day when the city’s streets were emptied of all cars and turned over to bicycles. 30,000 showed up and took a ten-mile ride from Tower Bridge (in the picture above) through to Buckingham Palace and back again. Our devotee group took a picnic at St. James’ Park.

London is the first city in the world to impose a daily congestion charge on motorised vehicles and it has been effective in reducing both congestion and pollution.

I must admit that my motives were more to consolidate my recovery in a burst of renewed physical activity than to display my green credentials, but I enjoyed the day and the opportunity it brought for more family activity.

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  1. Martin

    Sounds like fun! It looks as if you were blessed with good weather too.

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