Sustainable UCL


Meet our next Bike Buddy: Jonathan Tennyson

2 October 2020

Our Bike Buddy scheme aims to help staff and students cycle to UCL. We team experienced cyclists with people who are new to cycling or would like some support in getting to and from UCL. Bike Buddies can assist with knowledge on local routes, and can take people into campus.

Jonathan Tennyson and his bike

What do you do at UCL?

I am a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

What made you want to be a bike buddy?

We desperately need to move people off other form of road transport and cycling is good for you. I have actually done this before. 

What’s your route?

N8 to the main campus in Bloomsbury. I take back streets through Camden.

What’s your favourite thing about cycling?/ How did you get into cycling?

I love the freedom cycling gives: stop anywhere, change your route, run a quick errand. I have been at UCL a long time: I arrived in the mid 80s when we were expecting our first child which meant I stopped playing team sport. I wanted something to ensure I got regular excercise. I have cycled ever since.

Do you have any top tips for cycling?

 It is worth planning a back street route. London is now quite good for this. Route finding apps don't always provide these.

 Are there any cycling myths you’d like to bust?

 A few years ago a colleague asked my what I do when it rains. My response "I get wet" greatly amused her. But actually you really don't get wet that often.


If you would like to find out about UCL’s bike buddy scheme, support someone in cycling to UCL or if you are new to cycling and would like a buddy, see our page here.

For general tips on walking and cycling, see this page.