#74: INCREASING SPONTANEITY IN CYCLING. Some critics have suggested that, because cycle-commuters ride the same journey every day, they don’t need a London Cycle Map to show them where to go. What this criticism forgets is that it is people who currently don’t commute by bike who would find a London Cycle Map most helpful, not to mention encouraging. It’d be a lot easier for non-cyclists to muster the conviction to follow a few coloured signs than to plan and negotiate a complex, snaking route without assistance through London’s streets.
In any case, everyone – regular cyclists as well as potential cyclists – would benefit from the added spontaneity a London Cycle Map would bring to cycling. After all, cyclists in London will often (indeed, very regularly) want to undertake cycle journeys other than the daily ride to work. For instance (to pluck just a few examples from countless others): to attend meetings elsewhere, to go to an away football ground (fans and players alike), to meet friends for a meal somewhere unfamiliar after work.
Indeed, it is surely due to the inconvenience of cycling on these kinds of occasions that so many Londoners don’t consider the bicycle to be a realistic transport option for them on a daily basis. A London Cycle Map would help by making travelling by bike so much more convenient, dramatically reducing the amount of planning needed, thus enhancing spontaneity.
With a London Cycle Map, a spontaneous cycle journey would become as simple an undertaking as a spontaneous Tube journey.