IAM: 'ride bikes to beat tube strike chaos'

Institute urges commuters to saddle up to beat industrial action
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With London facing travel chaos due to London Underground industrial action, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has backed bikes as the best way to get around the capital.

The Institute pointed out that car drivers face increased traffic and the congestion charges during the strikes.

During the last strike on September 7th 2010, usage of the Barclays London Cycle Hire scheme rose by 32 per cent - a record 24,500 journeys.

Trade sources have already indicated that the strikes have boosted bike sales. The national press has also backed bikes as the best option for commuters during the industrial action.

“On days like today cycling is going to be the most efficient way to get around the city," said Duncan Pickering, the IAM’s cycling development manager.

"This is now a viable option since the launch of the Barclays’ Cycle Hire Scheme where bicycles are readily available, but not everybody will feel confident taking on London’s busy roads.

“To gain confidence in cycling around London in the event of future disruptions to the travel network, enrolling for training now will mean you are prepared. Not only this but cycling can ease your moral conscience by being kinder to the environment, and has the obvious benefits to your own health and fitness.”

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