International bike spotting – Sarah Drummond

To help us get through the next couple of colder months, dandyhorse is going to be profiling cyclists from around the world! Folks who love to cycle, here in Toronto and further afield, will give us insight into what it's like to cycle in their cities. Want to add your voice to the bikespotting series? Get in touch with us at:

Sarah not on her regular ride...

Sarah Drummond - Service Designer, London

What is it like biking in your city?

I've recently moved from Glasgow to London so I've got a comparison. In London with more bikes on the road there feels like there is a team behind you.  You have to be a little more sharper and alert as there are more cars and faster cyclists but I love getting around the city faster than most of my friends taking the tube

How are the bike lanes?

London bike lanes are alot better than Glasgow. There aren't many at all in Glasgow, so with the new super highways there is quite a bit of change in London taking place.

What can the city do better?

All round drivers to be more alert around what it's like to be a cyclist - I don't think this is a specific thing to one city, we need to integrate bike training into driving tests.

Where else would you like bike lanes?

Better services to look after my bike on the street and shops who better respected that you might know about your bike.

What is the relationship between cars and bikes?

I feel like, in London I have to be in stealth mode  Show I can take space up on the road and be a bit aggressive. This is unfortunate but I think the only way to stay safe. It's not a concerted aggressiveness, it's more just showing you have strength in the way you carry you and your bike.

If you could summarise city cycling in one word what would it be?

When it's busy, it's a rush and you see everything, when the streets are dead, it's like gliding. It's consistently a juxtaposition dependant on the time of day.

Sarah Drummond is the founder of SNOOK and Cyclehack.

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