If you shouldn’t try this at home, you definitely shouldn’t try this in London where the chances of being side-swiped by a red-double decker is all too real. But we LOVE this combined free runner /stunt cycling video featuring the so-called Boris Bikes. Keep your eyes peeled for London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus, Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern. The bikes in this video were customised – but you can hire and ride the more sedate version across London. Bike hire details are here.
The bikes are named for Boris Johnson, the Tory London Mayor in power when the scheme was launched – but while he has taken credit for the programme, the initiative stems from his Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone (aka ‘Red Ken’). If you are hiring a bike do exercise a bit of caution. In the excitement of launching the scheme Boris forgot to include actual bike paths meaning that as a cyclist, you’ll be sharing the turf with London’s rather heated traffic. If dodging cars is not your thing, cycling around Hyde Park or the canals (say around Broadway Market) are a scenic alternative.
If you’d like to see more London bike videos – check out this sartorial cyclist series we created a while ago, filmed mostly around London’s East End: Freewheelers.
Video credits: Trials Riders: Andrei Burton & Joe Seddon. Freerunners: Tim Shieff & Blue Created for challenge-orientated online social network Fightme.com Production by 11 Little Films & Visive Productions