I got a shock coming home from the office last night. Stopping off at the tobacco kiosk I discovered that the price of 10 Marlboro Lights had tipped over the £4 mark (I'm not old but I remember when you could buy 20 fags for that). Slightly exasperated I headed down to the Tube where I was discouraged to see that the price of a single journey from Zone 1 to Zone 2 (just 8 stops on the Underground) had gone up by 20p each way - an increase of nearly £100 a year for a pretty awful service.
So despite any reservations I might have about making promises I might not be able to keep, here's goes nothing...
Mark's New Year Resolutions:
1. Stop smoking
2. Tube less, ride more!
Simple, right? Funny then that these have both been resolutions of mine previously...
Of course, that's not all I'm aiming for - I also plan to grow i b i k e l o n d o n and I'm hoping you'll all join me for the ride! Over the past 12 months so many of the great interactions I've had with cool people has been as a consequence of this blog that I'd be mad not to continue it; whether it's making new friends on the Tweed Run or talking to cycling families on the summer Sky Ride. Even the discussions around some of the more contentious issues such as the great segregation debate have been informative and interesting. And of course meeting and interviewing all those London cyclists for y o u b i k e l o n d o n has been fantastic, too. In the future there will be more interviews, more on the people who work with bikes and make up London's permanent cycling culture, more videos I hope and a site re-design too.
Stay tuned for all of that, or if you find it hard to keep up with the website you can keep in touch via the blog Twitter feed or even our Facebook page.
And in a new development I'll be joining Mikael from Copenhagen Cycle Chic to post over at London Cycle Chic to bring you the very best in photos of London's most svelt and stylish riders - we're also hoping to start up Cyclce Chic Sundays here in the big smoke too so you'll soon be able to come along for the ride in person!
So these are some of my plans for the year ahead - it looks like I'm going to be busy but if I can kick the smokes and get out on the bike more then bring it on! What are your plans for 2011?