Monday, September 13, 2010

Yet Another Reason to Teach in London, England: Boris Bikes

Transportation in London can be amazing & at the same time a total nightmare.  Last week, the London Underground (aka "the tube") was on strike, so teachers and teaching assistants had to take buses, ride their bikes or mopeds and walk to schools throughout the city. 

 The great news is that some teachers start to look to alternative transportation and buy bikes to get around.  It's not easy to bike around London for non-Londoners, but they get the hang of it eventually.  Sure, you have to bike on the "wrong side" of the road, which means you also have to shoulder-check on the other side & be more careful as you ride, but eventually you do get used to it. 

The biggest issue is navigating the city as the streets don't fall into a neat grid like we're so accustomed to in North America.  So get a GPS, attach it to your handlebars using whatever creative ways you can find (or find a handy-dandy little attachment to clip your GPS to your bike) and ride to school.

If you don't want to fork over the cash to buy a bike, just find yourself one of Boris Bikes.  Easy-peasy!  Bet you'll feel like a proper Londoner when you're riding a bike to teach.

Resources for Teaching in London

Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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