London Cycling

Photographer Liz Seabrook documents a few special London spots.

1 Ben Marshall

1 Ben Marshall

The Commercial Road – Commercial Street crossroads “If you ride hard enough and time it right you hit green lights all the way through the junction and leave the rest of the traffic halted at the impending red light.”

2 Ed Andrews

2 Ed Andrews

Lea River Path, Springfield Park southbound “It’s the countryside in the city: peaceful, marshy and not many people know about it.”

3 Simon Morley

3 Simon Morley

Cranley Gardens near Highgate Woods “It doesn’t even look nice. It’s a residential street, but the surface is smooth, there’s not much traffic and, best of all, it’s down an almost dangerously steep slope. It’s pretty near the start of my journey to my office and as I turn onto the road I know I need not pedal for a good 5 minutes! Basically, I’m lazy.”

4 Jack Chamberlain

4 Jack Chamberlain

Burntwood Lane, Wandsworth Common “After a nice uphill climb, you’re rewarded with a downhill section with lots of speed humps to jump.”

5 Jay Snelling

5 Jay Snelling

Birdcage Walk, Westminster “During the rush hour ride across to Chelsea, Birdcage Walk offers a brief respite from the bus lanes and crush of traffic following Parliament Square.”

This series of diptychs delves into a selection of London cyclists’ reason to ride. For every cyclist there’s a point where you’re most connected with those two wheels beneath you, the moment where your mind, body and soul scream HELL YEAH in perfect unison. This project is dedicated to finding as many of those geographical points where rider, bike and road fuse and to sharing those moments with others.

“…the city is the ultimate cycling arena, a place where a sense of rhythm, the ability to improvise and to take calculated risks are at least as important as strong lungs and cabled legs…”

The joys and pains of London cycling are well documented. The textured drama of potholes, speed bumps and murderous scaffold lorries hold a perverse fascination for many – and simple terror for others. It’s not everyone’s bag, but for many of us the city is the ultimate cycling arena, a place where a sense of rhythm, the ability to improvise and to take calculated risks are at least as important as strong lungs and cabled legs.

 

 

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