The escorted cycle rides set up to help Londoners get to work during this week’s Tube strike have been hailed as a great success.
More than 100 people took part in the first five BikeTubes organised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) on Wednesday, and a similar number are believed to have joined the rides this morning.
The BikeTube website set up by the LLC last week recorded over 300,000 hits in the days leading up to the strike, and it is estimated there was a threefold increase in cycling in the English capital as a result of the industrial action by London Underground workers.
LCC community cycling officer Rosie Tharp said: “The BikeTube rides were a real success. Lots of participants told us they had wanted to get back on their bikes for ages and the BikeTubes gave them the confidence.”
Chief executive Koy Thomson said: “It was great to see so many people choosing to cycle. We hope a good number of them are inspired to enjoy cycling to work every day.”
The two-day Tube walkout, which ends at 7pm today, is mainly over pay and job cuts. Ten of London’s 11 lines are either fully or partially suspended.