A special gift was promised by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson as way of a wedding present for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, or should I say the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Boris didn’t disappoint by unveiling a tandem version of the Boris Bike. We guess it will be presented to the Royal Couple sometime in the future (They may be a little busy this evening and the next few weeks).
Made by Boris Bike maker Canadian firm BIXI, the tandem bike was commissioned by the Mayor of London with the backing of Serco, which manages the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, and Barclays.
Serco and Barclays have covered the costs for the bike to be made in a move which undoubtedly positively reflects on them as well as providing the London Bike Hire scheme with an enormous amount of free publicity. All in all, everyone’s a winner.
The Mayor said: “I am delighted to have this amazing opportunity on behalf of London to wish Prince William and Kate Middleton a long, prosperous and joyous life together. It is only fitting that we thank the happy couple for shining such a glorious light on our capital with a bespoke gift. I look forward to seeing the newlyweds on tandem wheels as they start their new life in Anglesey.”
The tandem is of course in the traditional blue and grey livery of the London scheme. It features an oversized downtube, seven speed gears, an adapted braking system, a greater wheelbase (1800 mm vs 1111 mm) and two bells.
Below is a short cartoon video featuring the happy couple on the tandem bike.