#47. GREAT FOR SILVER CYCLISTS. I love seeing ‘silver’ cyclists – those inspirational pensioners who demonstrate that you’re never too old to ride a bike, or even to learn. Indeed, many of the core benefits of cycling are especially helpful to older people: independence, social interaction, mental stimulation, affordability, good health. And because you can exercise gently on a bike – or even choose a model that supplements your efforts with an electric motor – you can keep fit within your limits.
It’s a fact of life that the older you get, the less hassle you want. Anyone who has ever seen their grandma trying to write a text message will tell you that clarity and simplicity make life a lot easier when mastering a new skill, or reviving an old one. A London Cycle Map would make venturing into a new part of the capital so much more straightforward, with easy-to-follow coloured signs and markings on the streets corresponding to Simon Parker’s routes. The pace of cycling on these streets would also be slower and calmer, perfect for people who want to go at a more leisurely pace.
Let’s hope the London Cycle Map is implemented before I start collecting my pension!