Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Wellington Archer

In Hyde Park Corner, London, not far from Buckingham Palace, stands a triumphal arch called Wellington Arch. As you can see, it's popular amongst cyclists. Its proximity to the royal palace determines that cyclists aren't the only riders around, but also many horseback riders use the very same infrastructure (All the King's Horses and all that). As a result, the traffic lights in this area are dedicated to both bicycle and horse riders, as you can see in the photo below:

Additionally, quite high on the pole, there is a button for people to indicate they want to cross the road. It's hard to reach though. Normally, they place this type of buttons much lower, however, this isn't a standard button. As you can see it's meant for equestrians...

No doubt London is a great place to visit. And it's wonderful for cycling too. Ask the Boris Bikers or the Tower Bridger. You can even leave your bicycle unattended (it's not recommended though). With this outstanding cycling repertoire, are you surprised some cyclists in Dublin try to look like the royal British guard? :)

I took all the pictures above on 6 December 2012.

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