Cycling at Night

It’s been a busy two days. My relaxed “find my way” to work ride yesterday was perked up by a dark fiber optic line that interrupted our 10 meg Internet connection. The 3.3 km ride from home to work only required 26 turns, according the the London Transport recommended route, so I rode it by ear and found my way.

London at NightThis morning, I got lost only once and rode to work in 20 minutes. This afternoon, I was blessed with four free tickets to Lords for a cricket match this evening, so wife and kids joined me to see most of the match between Derbyshire and Middlesex. We left at close to nine p.m., but I still wanted to ride my folding bike home.

I’d forgotten what it was like to ride a bike in a big city at night. One feels like a ghost, silently gliding down empty monochrome streets. There were some scary parts, like the red double-decker that whooshed past me in Belsize Park, but overall it was an excellent ride, not unlike riding home at night in Washington, DC. Maybe even a bit better, with the narrow streets and amazing architecture.

Cycling at night in a great city. One of my favorite things to do.

Image source:, by Tommyvision.

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