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Cyclists get free ride as Mayor Boris bans cars through London

PUBLISHED: 22:27 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

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MOTORING took a dive on Sunday as roads were closed off to let thousands of cyclists have free access’ past the sites of London. They took advantage of the Mayor of London’s Freewheeling Day when Boris Johnson blocked off roads between Tower Hill and the West End, from 7am to 8pm. Two-wheelers of all ages followed a traffic-free six-mile circuit past the Tower of London, The Monument, St Paul’s, Big Ben and other famous tourist icons

<ABOVE: All day long they streamed past the Tower of London in their thousands

BELOW: Some two-wheelers turned up with a little one horsepower’ help, while eight-year-old Amelia Eldson from East London (right) helps Dad get round the six-mile circuit

MOTORING took a dive on Sunday as roads were closed off to let thousands of cyclists have a free access’ ride past the sites of London.

They took advantage of the Mayor of London’s Freewheeling Day when Boris Johnson blocked off roads from Tower Hill to the West End.

Roads were cordoned off from 7am to 8pm, as two-wheelers of all ages followed a traffic-free six-mile circuit past the Tower of London, The Monument, St Paul’s, Big Ben and other famous tourist icons.

There were several hubs’ outside the cordoned off route where cyclists, especially beginners, were able to assemble to be led safely to the circuit by experienced outriders.’ The hubs included East London’s Victoria Park and the Green Bridge at Mile End where they assembled to be escorted to Tower Hill to join the circuit.

Disabled riders included a deaf girl of eight, Amelia Elson, cycling with her dad, joining the hub’ at Vicky Park from their home in London Fields nearby.

Among the strangest joining the freewheeling’ day were a few pony and trap one horse power’ riders on converted bike-frames going hell for leather on the circuit—they had free rein’ to join in the fun.

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