Pedal to the pumps

Published 29 September 2020 in Ferment Magazine

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Written during the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown in early 2020, I look at what pubs might look like when they reopen and how we might choose to get there.

Popping to the pub on your bike is hardly revolutionary. (Unless you’re looking for puns, I guess.) What’s new, in Britain’s big cities anyway, is that a lot more of us may be giving it a go this summer and beyond.

For many it will be an addendum to their day rather than a specific journey. Having swapped to a cycling commute, they will find themselves lugging the boneshaker along for a post-work drink. It wasn’t necessarily their plan to replace the old métro-boulot-dodo with a spot of velo-dipso-hoho, but they’re here now trying to make the best of it.

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