As part of the Mr Porter Nocturne held on Saturday June 4, the legendary Peter Murray pulled together what the Guardian called a ‘motley crue’ to enter the Concourse d’ Elegance – essentially a celebration of considerate cycling. There was a juicy £1,000 prize money which went to team Dyson – four delightful gentlemen on two tandems. The team, consisting of Chris Dyson, John Nordon, Ben Cousins and Timo Haedrich impressed the judges with fabulous dress sense and their courteous approach to all sorts of road hazards including road works and wayward pedestrians crossing the road in a fog of oblivion whilst attached to their mobile phones.
My ING colleague Ben James and I flew the flag for our team.
Of course, it was all in good fun but it communicated an important message that the City is trying to address. Walking remains the most important and popular way of moving around the City and all road users, cyclists included, need to adopt a considerate approach. The event was the only time I have experienced being cheered at by a crowd simply because our ‘peleton’ stopped at a red light. Hopefully we can transfer that goodwill to our daily commutes.
Posted by Leanne