Here at Quickclass, we’re huge cycling fans – some of us wouldn’t get around any other way if we didn’t have to! We’ve noted with delight over the last 20 or so years an EXPLOSION in cycling in cities like London and NYC, as these global cities try to set the scene for cycling culture to emulate the Dutch, where 40% of ALL Journeys are made by bicycle. (equivalent stat in the UK is a shameful 2%, and 1% of distance travelled) The segregated bike lanes – Super Cycle Highways in London – have grown and a comprehensive network continues to take shape… now its increasingly about changing peoples attitudes to cycling and its plethora of benefits.
What better journey benefit to sprout about (other than personal and planetary health) than SPEED?! If a form of transport is perfect in so many ways, but takes you twice as long to get to your destination, then it’s fallen short in a major way, right?
This is where smartphone apps are again proving that combining our ever-connected devices with GPS and the heavy-lifting power of cloud computing with purpose-built algorithms can help us see the world as never before possible. In this case, one company in particular, with a vested interest in SPEED, has been crunching the details of literally millions of journeys to come to some highly conclusive but hardly surprising facts about urban cycling.
Deliveroo is a food delivery start-up ‘Unicorn’ with a $2 billion valuation which relies on taking every factor imaginable into account when trying to shave seconds off the time it takes a hungry user to order a meal through their App, and the meal appearing piping-hot at their front door soon after. Based near Tower Bridge, the 5 year old startup has raked through the records and details of millions of urban journeys to determine that that overall winner in the Speed Stakes is…
Wait for it…
The Bicycle! (of course)
It turns out that when you compare ALL forms of getting around in a city, including Bus, Taxis, the Tube, overground train, motorbikes, walking and the bicycle… that for the vast majority of trips can be completed the fastest BY BIKE!
Not that this is completely news to some… in 2007, a Top Gear episode raced presenters in a car, the Tube, a speedboat and a bicycle during rush hour to get from Key Bridge to London City Airport (an impressive 19 miles)… In the end, Richard Hammond on the Bike beat the Speedboat by 15 mins, then came Tube and finally the Car.
Further evidence, in case we needed it, that Bike is Truly KING in the city. Thanks Deliveroo and even Top Gear, for making this clear. Now, what are you waiting for – you want to get to your destination FAST, right?
Well, don’t you?