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Video: London cyclists beat the Tube strike, but how many are there? Tell us and you could win a T-shirt!

Cyclists Stay Awesome in the capital today by pedalling to work through the cold and rain

London commuters today have been trying to beat the Tube strike - and many have got in the saddle to do so, which we think is awesome.

And that got us thinking when we saw this video posted to Twitter earlier today of this morning's rush hour at Blackfriars Bridge by Chris Kenyon.

Chris is co-founder of the website Cycling Works, which highlights London businesses that support cycling, including many household names - including FMCG giant Unilever, Microsoft, publisher Penquin Random House and law firm Allen & Overy.

When the separated cycle lane across the bridge opened last year as part of the North-South Cycle Superhighway, it quickly proved the maxim, "Build it and they will come."

> 1,200 cyclists PER HOUR using new cycle superhighway

People on bikes already make up most of the traffic at the bridge in rush hour, but this morning was something else altogether.

So, there is a Cyclists Stay Awesome t-shirt on offer to the FIRST person to agree with us, in the comments below, how many cyclists are in the video, riding northbound (so in the opposite direction to the camera).

We are EXCLUDING from the count the guy on a push-scooter around halfway through, as well as the two riders in green and yellow hi-viz who, when the footage finishes, haven't passed the camera.

We are also EXCLUDING anyone cycling against the main flow.

Standard Schwag Grab rules apply, and our count of how many cyclists there are riding northbound is final.

Good luck.





Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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