#79: HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED. When Norman Tebitt famously advised unemployed people to get “on yer bike”, he wasn’t being entirely flippant. There are loads of reasons why cycling is great for people looking for a job. It’s the fastest and most flexible way of getting around the city, which is just what you need when you’re going from place to place and building to building, doing interviews or just putting yourself out there. Cycling also boosts your confidence, making you look and feel energised, and (like all forms of exercise) will increase your serotonin levels, helping you exude positivity. And, of course, when you’ve got no income, free travel is a vital asset.
The London Cycle Map would be great news for job hunters: when you’re trying to get your career on track, the last thing you should be worrying about is plotting enormously complicated cycle routes or getting lost as you go. With a properly signed network of easy-to-follow colour-coded routes spanning the entire capital, all the opportunities in this great city would be within easy reach of those who need them most.