It’s a socio economic fact that to run a successful studio like Crossfit London, you probably need to understand the transport dynamics of the membership.
To this end various classes have been surveyed, observed , questioned and polled about their transport habits.We have recorded oral feedback, used our knowledge of our members habits as we watched them cycle off into the gloom or walked with them to the tube, We also conducted an online poll of our website users.
On our class surveys
25 % train or bus
50% bike ( includes motorbikes: some respondents went out of their way to cite “Boris Bikes”)
On our website the open survey produced
Tube (train) 46%
This said on odd occasions, people do bring a car. They tended to be local people who had a local residents badge entitling them to park outside. (For the record, we disapprove).
This obviously helps us as we look to establish our second branch.
There are secondary issues that we need to mention.
A Traffic Free London
I’m not sure which journalist started this, but they felt a “sea change “ happen during the Olympics. Obligingly Londoners, especially car user Londoners, steered clear of London during (most of) the olympics.
We had clear roads: more bikes: more runners, more walkers and a glimpse of a London not snarled up by traffic. Why should angry people sit in metal boxes snarling at others while causing asthma in the young. Maybe London should be “Selfish” traffic free. Whack up the congestion charges, up the parking charges, support public transport, promote biking running and walking and squeeze private cars off the road. Perhaps crossfitters should lead the way?
Those who bike are better?
This is purely anecdotal, but I get the impression that those who bike have a substantial Crossfit advantage: maybe they simply “do “ work capacity everyday, but looking at the performance of Raurie, Katarina, Deborah, Tom, Alex, Trevor and Helen et al, you do wonder if a pootle on the bike “ups” your Fran time.
So walk run and bike to our box: tube and Bus if you must, but, really, junk the car