Featured noticeboard: Cycling LondonPosted: May 1, 2012
The capital is synonymous with bikes so a dedicated noticeboard seems a fitting development. We talk to Harry Harris, the creator of Cycling London to find out more.
First I asked Harry to tell us a little about himself…..
I’m a TV Researcher, currently working on an extreme sports show broadcast on Sky Sports and Channel 4.
I come from quite an active family, and enjoy running, snowboarding, swimming AND cycling. But I’m also the only one in my immediate family who’s not done a triathlon so the pressure’s building there!
I’ve had a passion for news and current affairs from early age and I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on local BBC radio and at CNN in London. Alongside this I’ve developed a keen interest in social media; how it connects people with new information. I got into twitter a few years ago because I liked hearing what was going on around me and in different place across the world – from people in those specific places.
I find n0tice really interesting because it expands on the ‘what’s going on near you?’ base and lets you add and update your own experiences, your own news, with a report where you can add photos and more in-depth descriptions
Why did you set it up and who is involved?
I set up the CyclingLondon n0ticeboard first and foremost because I love cycling, and I love cycling in London – at the moment it’s just me running the n0ticeboard but I hope more people will start posting soon.
I moved to London at the end of last year and I’ve cycled to work nearly everyday since – no rush hour tubes or buses caught in traffic, and you get to see so much of the city, even if you do get caught in a minor monsoon every now and again.
I thought the noticeboard could be a great place to get updates from all over London from people who enjoy cycling around the city, whether it’s from people commuting to work on their bike, to get fit, or just to go sightseeing; from Brick Lane to Battersea, from Dalston to Dulwich, it would be great to hear about what’s happening on the road all in one place – from the people actually out on their bikes regularly.
Also, cycling in the city’s a big topic at the moment and it should be; more and more people are picking up bikes and cycling London’s road, but in my view many roads and junctions are still not laid out well for cyclists, and, as the London Mayoral elections approach I think it’s an important topic to keep raising.
If the noticeboard covers certain geography, tell us where it is and the three best things about it that location.
My noticeboard is focused on London :
It’s steeped in awesome history; dramatic buildings from the past,
It’s ever-changing; there’s modern additions all over the place (like the Shard).
It’s busy and vibrant; there’s always something going on somewhere.
- AND you can see it all from your bike everyday.
What do hope to achieve with the noticeboard?
I want people to share interesting bike stories, articles, events, and offers they’ve heard of or witnessed so we can all be a little better informed:
“that junction is a bit dodgy on a bike”, “this route was great because you see so much and it’s well laid out for bikes”, “I saw a cyclist knocked off their bike at… be careful on that road”, “This bike event is happening on Saturday” – so a collaboration of updates so people can have a running feed of information on the topic and share their own experiences.
* Visit the CyclingLondon noticeboard here. If you’d like to tell people about your noticeboard on this blog, please drop an eamil to firstname.lastname@example.org.