Since its introduction in 2010, the Barclay’s Cycle Hire (or Boris Bike) scheme has seen tourists and locals alike take to the streets to enjoy close brushes with death at the hands of wayward taxis and to see the capital and our grey weather up close and personal.
However, in four years of the scheme we’ve never seen anyone quite so willingly thrust themselves into danger as the participants of this video.
Released through social video network FightMe, the clip sees professional trial riders Joe Seddon and Andrei Burton and award-winning freerunners Tim Shieff and Paul Joseph pull off an array of bike-based tricks around London, from riding along the rooftops of Regent Street, balancing on the railings of London Bridge and to taking on security guards in Trafalgar Square.
Produced as a way of raising awareness about the lack of creative platforms in London, the video forces the audience to re-examine both our relationship with Boris Bikes and with the city.
Some viewers have suggested that the bikes in question may not be the genuine article (the wheels in particular look to have had an upgrade) but we won’t be satisfied until Boris himself is bunny-hopping across Tower Bridge.