Cycle boom for Bike Week

London are taking lessons from Holland to get more people on their bikes. MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week.

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London bike facts

You can cover 4 miles in 22 minutes in Central London - it takes 40 minutes by car Credit: ITN

-You can cover 4 miles in an average of 22 minutes in Central London by bike, when it takes about 40 minutes by car.

-8 bikes can be parked in the space occupied by one car.

-London has around 500 police on bikes.

-In Central London the ambulance service is supported by a fully equipped cycling paramedic team.- Regular cycling halves the chances of heart disease, helps to lower blood pressure, and the resting heart rate.

-Cycling increases calorie consumption, raises the metabolic rate and can help you to lose weight.

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