Thousands of Londoners take to their bikes to beat the Tube strike

Only a few bike traffic jams and a bit of rain to deal with

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Cyclists took to their bikes to beat the Tube strike (Twitter/Chris Kenyon)
(Image credit: Twitter/Chris Kenyon)

With a strike by London Underground workers closing the majority of the Tube network, thousands of the capital's commuters have been able to experience the joy of cycling to work.

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While many decided to drive to work (causing gridlock through much of central London), wiser commuters took to two wheels, with Transport for London reporting a 149 per cent increase in bike hires.

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Unsurprisingly this surge in demand pushed the cycle hire scheme beyond capacity in places, with over 400 bikes placed in one docking station in Soho Square designed to hold just 50.

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There were also a few traffic jams on parts of London's network of Cycle Superhighways, with one commuter capturing a video of a lengthy hold-up on Blackfriars Bridge.

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Among those affected by the strike were members of the House of Lords, who quite wisely appear to have opted for a form of two-wheel transport that lets them use cycle lanes.

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Unfortunately wet weather in the capital could make the commute home unpleasant for some, but hopefully there will be a few who decide to continue cycling to work, strike or no strike.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.