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My 72 Minute Commute in London

My 72 Minute Commute in London

Oroh Angiama is a session musician and VanMoof S2 rider. We joined him for his 72 minute commute – starting in South East London, through Clapham, over the Waterloo bridge and ending in the heart of the city, in Covent Garden at the Aldwych Theatre.

You used to commute by public transport, three hours a day. How did commuting by bike change your commute?

It’s not just about riding an electric bike, it’s a lifestyle choice. I made the decision to get fitter, but I wanted to have a practical reason to do so. Likewise, I want to do my bit to reduce my carbon footprint. This electric bike helps me do that, gets me to work quicker than before – and I can see my wellbeing improve over time.

The thinking process is totally different when you’re commuting actively, navigating routes and traffic on-the-fly. There’s a real ebb and flow between the calm and busy periods. That’s what stimulates my brain, and sparks insights that I wouldn’t think of on the train. I draw a lot of inspiration from things I see every day – from people doing sports in the park, to the patterns in the buildings around me.

“If you invest in this product, you’re doing something for your health, for the environment and for your pocket.”

Did it change the way you see London?

Before, I was making the exact same journey every day. You get on the train, you stay on the train, you get off the train, and get on the tube. When you’re riding [the Electrified S2] through London you see the city in a totally different way. The colors, the people, the movement – no two rides are ever the same.

“It’s my time to reflect, think about ideas or gain inspiration for new ideas.''

Oroh is riding a Thunder Grey Electrified S2.

Peter Gigg

About this author

Peter Gigg is VanMoof's resident Brit. He enjoys writing, running, and remaining in the EU.