Olympic countdown - Reasons for a London Cycle Map, #53. Real connections.

#53: REAL CONNECTIONS. Last night, for the first time in ages, I went to a nightclub. I was amazed that the DJ only played snippets of songs – about 800 miscellaneous verses and choruses all mashed together throughout the night. I thought I was going mad! I found it even weirder that no-one else seemed to object; they were all too busy on the dance floor taking photos and making videos on their mobiles.

In this brave new online world, everyone’s so obsessed with making "connections" that apparently nobody’s got enough of an attention span to listen to a whole song, let alone to notice that there’s such a thing as life beyond the internet.

One of the things I love most about the London Cycle Map is that it would help create a real network of real connections in London – joining every area of the capital to every other, with just a few simple, direct, coloured cycle routes. These routes would be full of real people doing a real activity, seeing real sights, having real experiences, and taking it all in at their own pace, in real time.

Most of all, by bringing real happiness, as well as tangible health and fitness benefits, the London Cycle Map would make a real difference to people’s lives.


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