London cyclists come in all shapes and sizes and from a fascinating variety of backgrounds, contrary, perhaps, to the general public perception of us all being lycra-clad road warriors. Jenny Jones is a former archeologist and one of two Green Party members of the London Assembly. She's been a member of the Assembly since it's inception in 2000 and was the Deputy Mayor of London under the previous administration. She is currently a road safety ambassador and green transport advisor for the Assembly. When we spoke she was about to go into a tattoo parlour to have a critically endangered species permanently marked on her skin (the hope being that the species all last longer than the tattoos do) for a project called Ext Inked. That's pretty rock'n'roll by my standards, and she is, of course, also a keen everyday and ordinary cyclist who can often be found wheeling her way to work at London's City Hall...
What advice would you give to an aspiring cyclist thinking of cycling in London for the first time?
Get advice - talk to the London Cycling Campaign or a local cycling group and get yourself a cycling buddy for your first trips out.