The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Culture.
For my interpretation of the theme, I’m championing cycling culture. I took this photograph last winter, when I was cycling home.
London, England, where I’ve lived on and off for the past three decades promotes a bicycle sharing scheme that was launched on 30 July 2010. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, a record of 47,105 cycle hires were made in a single day.
For the first time in decades, cycling to work has overtaken driving to work in one part of London — and more neighborhoods are set for a similar revolution in the coming years.
The 2011 Census figures show that even before the Olympic cycling boom, more than 15 per cent of East London residents were cycling to work, compared with 12 per cent traveling by car. The figures also showed a decrease in reliance on cars — 65 per cent of East London households are now car-free.