Bus-hopping, tube-cruising, record breaker

Urban transit racer Adham Fisher is taking on London’s buses – and he’s winning.

Extreme commuter, Adham Fisher, has taken on some major public transport challenges over the years, navigating 35 transport networks worldwide and setting three world records for the fastest times to visit every station on the New York Subway, Paris Metro and Berlin U-Bhan.

Following a number of attempts at the notoriously tricky London Tube Challenge, Adham has switched his attention to TfL’s bus network and in November 2016, he successfully rode 200 different bus routes in 24 hours.

In July this year Adham stepped up the challenge and, along with a team of ‘elite’ urban transport racers, set about riding all 593 London bus routes in a single day. In the end they managed 564 and, having been so close to achieving their target, immediately began planning their next attempt.

The rules of the challenge were that each bus had to be ridden for at least one stop for the route to be ticked off, with night buses counted as separate services but request and mobility services not included. The number of every bus boarded had to be photographed as evidence and other public transport was used to travel between bus hubs.

The complex planning was down to team member Hugo Marrow, who rode the buses along with Adham, Martin Hazel, David Edwards and Josh Nichols-Ageros, each catching buses in different areas. They were supported on the road by Alisha Juszczyk and Nichola Daunton, who rode with them for several hours, while computing PhD student Thomas Wood led a remote communications team, collating data, prioritising routes and providing live travel updates.

By 11.26pm on Thursday 7 September, less than a year after Adham’s solo marathon, the team became the first people in history to collectively ride every TfL bus route within 24 hours.

The challenge was entirely self-funded with each team member using their own money and oyster cards. In light of their success, though, Adham is holding out for an offer from the Mayor of London’s office to become a Transport Ambassador, with travel expenses covered by the job!

The team’s exploits are the subject of a mini-documentary to be released this month. You can follow Adham Fisher on Twitter: @allthebuses

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