Three reporters were tasked with getting from Barnes to the other side of Hammersmith Bridge during rush hour.
This would in another time mean little more than a quick jaunt over Hammersmith Bridge. However, its closure meant a more circuitous journey of around four miles.
Despite having to walk for a stretch of his journey on and around Putney Bridge – due to the London Borough of Wandsworth not yet being involved in the trial – e-scooter rider Theo Usherwood was quickest with black cab rider Matthew Thompson second.
Usherwood explained: "Hammersmith Bridge Road is closed just before The Old City Arms, so Matt's cab had to pull up at the closure sign, at which point I scooted past to win the race."
James Gooderson meanwhile was forced to report from “a purgatory of traffic” while travelling by bus – still a couple of minutes from the finish.
If you're travelling in a city, and your time is important to you.— Pedal Me (@pedalmeapp) June 7, 2021
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