Button ditches the fast lane to promote life on two wheels

Edith Hancock
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Jenson Button at the Science Museum, part of Santander’s the Summer of Cycling festival
Formula One hopeful Jenson Button took a spin around the Science Museum yesterday, not in his F1 McLaren Honda, but on a Boris bike. He was launching the Summer of Cycling festival promoted by new city bike sponsors Santander.

Riders are encouraged to use two-wheels to experience the bank’s once-in-a-lifetime events. These include the museum, Totally Thames – all to do with the river – Open House, which toasts the city’s architecture, and London Zoo.

Button, 35 and Santander’s cycle ambassador, said it was his first time at the Science Museum: “I love engines, so I got a good look at everything. I think [the festival] will be wicked. You see so much when you’re on a bike, and I think it will be great for friends and families. To go to the zoo would be pretty cool.” Ah bless. Want more info? Go to www.santander.co.uk/uk/cycles

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