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Velorutionaries - Andrew Davidson

What do you do for a living?

Partner with PDP London, an Architectural Practice with offices in London and Hong Kong, and director with Sustainability Consultants Eight Associates.

PDP’s public projects in London include Duke of York Square in Chelsea, the Saatchi Gallery, concert venue Cadogan Hall, and the 5 star hotel 45 Park Lane. Current commissions include a new hotel

What are you passionate about?

Transforming spaces and places through great design to create “Architecture that Matters”. I’m a life long cycling enthusiast and like to ride everywhere, taking the opportunity to vary my route and explore new places along the way.

How long have you been a cyclist?

I’ve always ridden daily to school, uni or work, and started “road riding” about 12 years ago. I ride with friends in south London, and with the property industry fundraising charity “Club Peloton”.

What bike are you riding?

Strida Evo. The bike projects individuality, non-conformity, radical thinking, a different approach to design. And life. I first saw the Strida on the BBC TV programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’ in the 1980’s and have always admired its innovation and simplicity. I like the fact that it looks radically different to a traditional bike, but is great for commuting. I appreciate the fact that the Strida can be folded and wheeled along, rather than being “lugged around”. Lots of people ask what it is, and comment saying they like it or think it’s “cool”

What appeals to you about cycling?

The ease and convenience of being able to zip across town, combined with the opportunity to work some exercise and mental “down time” into the day. It’s a great way to clear the mind and “reset”. I’m too restless for meditation!

How often do you ride?

Pretty much every day. I commute between home in Herne Hill and the architectural practice in Chelsea, also visiting the environmental team in Southwark. Like my bike, my route’s often a big triangle! At weekends I ride a carbon road bike, and take on challenges like the 1450km “Club Peloton” Cycle to MIPIM”. This year I did the Tour of Flanders sportive and am doing the Étape.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I love zipping round the West End, providing there’s not too much squeezing through traffic. Further afield, it has to be dramatic mountains or coast; Chapmans Peak Drive at dawn is hard to beat.

Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

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