When it comes to saving the planet, our own efforts are usually a bit less effective than the Doctor’s. However I’m sure he’d agree that hopping on our bikes and using leg-power instead of fuel is something that we can all do – one imagines that anti-grav bikes must be somehow environmentally friendly. The Doctor’s model anyhow.
If you’re in or near London and fancy getting back into the old-fashioned pedal power cycling you could take a look at British Cycling in London who have recently introduced a “Dr Who Trail” to their national Sky Ride Local program. These are social events aimed at getting people back on their bikes and increasing their confidence as cyclists – particularly if you have any children ready to shed their (temporal) stabilizers.
The trail is 6 miles, should take about an hour and visits several Doctor Who filming locations from the 80s in North West London. The trail starts at the junction of Rockware Avenue and Greenford road. Book in advance online (places still available) – weather should be good. Cyclists under 18 must wear a helmet. Take a look at this page from the GoSkyRide website.
Sky Ride don’t specify which filming locations they’re including, but from a nosy around the Doctor Who Locations guide it looks as though the final regular Classic story to be broadcast, 1989’s Survival is sure to feature. There’s some useful info on Perivale’s visitor site.
Should be Ace. On your bike, Kasterborites!
While we’re at it – would anyone be interested in other cycling tours of more locations? There has to be a wealth of sites to visit from both the Classic and New series. Any ideas?…
Thanks to Rob McLean, Recreation Manager for British Cycling in London.