And yet, as all cyclists know, the saddle is one of the very best places from which to contemplate the world. As Robert M Pirsig, author of the infamous Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, said “In a car you’re always in a compartment...You’re a passive observer. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re in the scene, not just watching it. The sense of presence is overwhelming.”
Led by philosopher Nigel Warburton and presenter of Resonance FM’s Bike Show, Jack Thurston, this incredible day saw us debating the nature of self under a tree in Victoria Park, questioning our experience of space under a flyover next to the Albert Docks, considering choice as we circumvented the new Olympic site and discussing death whilst dodging pedestrians in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
And if it all sounds a bit like hard work, don’t worry, we also fitted in numerous refreshment stops and a leisurely pub lunch by the river. In fact, it was so much fun, we’ve decided to do it again.
To find out more and to join us for the next ride which will take place on Saturday 25 July, click here.
Caroline Brimmer is Programme Manager at The School of Life