You are standing under the most famous neon lights in the centre of London, waiting to cross the road. Suddenly the traffic stops. You hear the distant sounds of cheering, clapping and shouting. Then like a multi-coloured train, 2,000 people with wheels on their feet go past you. You have just saw the London Skate, a twice weekly roller-skate event that attractds thousands of people. London Skate is a completely free tour of the streets of London--the only condition is that you go along on roller-skates. It lasts between two and three hours and by the end of it you have skated between 10 and 12 miles.
The skaters go along several different routes. Many of the routes pass by tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Marshals go ahead of group, stopping the traffic so that people can skate as safely as possible. Everyone is welcome to take part in and people from the age of 4 to 63 years old join the fun. "I love it very much, it is amazing," said a skater.
Roller-skating is really taking off across Europe and America. It is a very way to keep fit and can be practised anywhere there is a smooth surface. Many big cities in Western Europe and is the US now have a regular groupe skating event.
The biggest skates take place in Paris and Munich. Tens of thousands of fans show up in warm evenings. "Roller-skating is taking over the world,"said Julian Grenoble, a 25-year-old ski shop employee from London. Grenoble went to the Paris-Roller(Paris skate) regularly until he moved to Britain. "It's so exciting to skate in Paris. Everyone skates so fast and puts in their best efforts!"he said. The Paris Roller is well-known because of the huge attendance, the presence of marshals and the police protection. Paris is a great city for roller-skating because of its long wide streets and smooth surfaces. Roller-skating is also becoming more popular in China among young people and children. Skating fans' favourite places to practice in China are big squares.