44/52 – Boris Bikes in Hyde Park!
I can’t believe that I’ve lived in London for almost two years and I hadn’t ridden a Boris Bike until this week! I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about cycling on the roads around where I live (I’m not known for being a proficient cyclist) so when my sister Abi came to visit me, I suggested we head to Hyde Park to give the bikes a go away from the London traffic!
Hyde Park is the perfect place to give the famous blue bikes a go if it’s your first time – and also a great place for a leisurely cycle if you just want to see this beautiful piece of London from a different perspective. There are bike hire stations all around the perimeter of the park, and we picked up our bikes from the stand right outside Hyde Park Corner tube station
It’s really easy to get started – just use your bank card to collect your bike release code, and then you’re good to go. It’s £2 for 24hrs of bike hire, and then another £2 for each journey you take that’s over 30 minutes. For all the information about to hire, ride and return your bike, TFL have made a cute informational video which you can watch here.
Once we’d released our bikes, we cycled around the edge of the park, enjoying the beautiful scenery and even a little bit of sunshine on a frosty day. It was great to spend time with Abi out in the fresh air, taking photos (embarrassing her with my obnoxious yellow selfie stick, which is actually really difficult to use while on a moving bicycle) and catching up all while getting some exercise. It was easy to get the hang of the bikes, but they’re quite bulky and heavy and Abi’s seat was a bit loose so she kept almost swivelling off her bike (hilarious). There are designated cycle lanes around the park and as long as you keep to your side (always the left) and watch out for pedestrians, you’re good to go.
As it’s been a wee bit sunny the last couple of days it was the perfect time to get out and about – if you’re keen to try the Boris Bikes or just to get some fresh air into your lungs Regent’s Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens also have great cycle routes.