Top 5 Mad Modes Of Shared Transport

‘I love to travel, but hate to arrive.’ – Albert Einstein

Thousands of commuters across London will be preparing to leave work early tonight as a 24-hour tube strike hits the capital. With many workers taking leave or working from home tomorrow, it just goes to show how much we have now come to rely on public transport. With people relying so heavily on trains to get around we thought it was time to mix it up and have compiled a list of our top 5 alternative shared modes of transport that you and your colleagues could use to get to work!

5 – HumanCar

This vehicle seats four passengers and is powered by each passenger pushing and pulling on the different handles to generate speed. Although it may not look much the Humancar can reach up to 60 mph going downhill! However, you may notice that there is no steering and to turn the passengers must simply lean left or right. Although it is not the safest mode of transport it’s free to run and it will give you a work out as well as a means to get from A to B!

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4 – Beer Bike / Pedal Pub

This is a shared bike that can sit up to 18 passengers and is pedal powered. A bar sits in the middle of the bike and over 30 litres of beer is provided. These bikes are situated in numerous cities across the world and are great fun for someone’s birthday or stag do. It could also be a great way to get to work, provided you can still stand when you arrive!

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3 – Couch Bike

If the beer bike seems a bit too much effort then why not go for a more relaxing way to travel. As you may have guessed this mode of transport is simply a pedal powered sofa on wheels. A great alternative to those uncomfortable bike seats, the bike is the perfect combination of lazy and productive. You could even cycle this straight up to your desk and work from it without ever having to get up.

2 – Toboggan Sled

To avoid time walking down hills or steep inclines the toboggan sled is a great way to both save time and have fun! There is a sled ride in the city of Funchal, Madeira where two men dressed all in white take passengers up and down a long hill. This ride is loved by tourists and is used by locals as a quick way to get around. Perhaps it’s time to start installing stops around the capital as an alternative to the tube and Boris bikes!

1 – Tandem Bicycle

The oldest shared mode of transport in our list, the tandem bicycle dates back to the 1890’s and is essentially a bicycle designed to be ridden by more than one person. They avoid the problem of keeping pace or catching up with one another if you are out as a group and if you fancy a rest you can lazily ease up on the pedalling and let the others carry you. A great way for you and all your colleagues to get to work together ensuring that no one is ever left behind.

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If you are fed up with the more mundane modes of transport then why not use Shareagift to save with friends or colleagues towards new and alternative modes of transport. Alternatively you could come up with you own new mode of transport and fund it through Shareagift. Remember, Shareagift can help you raise cash for anything and everything!

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About London’s Underground

This week commuters in London were unable to use their local train station as thieves had sealed up the entrance in order to try and steal a cash machine! Luckily one man broke through the barriers opening up the station and scaring the thieves away before they could get into the machine. Luckily he knew that if the station had been due to close commuters would have been warned about it.

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How well do you know the London underground? Here are 15 strange and interesting facts about one of the world’s oldest tube networks.

1- The single worst accident on the Underground occurred in 1975 at Moorgate killing 42 people.

2- The Victoria line was going to be known as the Viking line.

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3- The first escalator on the Underground was installed in 1911 in Earl’s Court.

4- An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.

5- The most popular suicide time is around 11am.

6- In September of 1940 a census found that 177,500 people were sleeping in Tube stations across London.

7- An air quality study in 2002 found that 20 minutes on the Northern line has the same effect as smoking a cigarette.

8- The most recent Tube birth was a boy in 2009.

9- Approximately 50 passengers a year kill themselves on the Underground.

10- Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.

11- Sting and Paul McCartney are rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

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12- A man was once found dead on a train arriving at East Finchley and had been on there so long rigor mortis had set in.

13- On 11 July 2000, a tube driver fell asleep behind the controls resulting in the train rolling backwards for over half a mile.

14- More accidents are caused on the Underground by green grapes than banana skins.

15- Aldgate station is built on a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies.

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So there you have it, 15 weird and wonderful London Underground facts! Don’t forget if your planning on taking someone to London this summer for a treat we at Shareagift can help you save towards the perfect day out! If London is not for them then why not have a look at our guide to this year’s affordable festivals or alternative days out this summer!

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