Campaigning comic commuter embarks on another challenge



Extreme commuter and comedian Adham (corr) Fisher was today (Thursday October 6) attempting yet another wacky challenge – to visit every train station and tram stop in the West Midlands in a single day.

The 31-year-old from Leicester has already set records in some of the world’s biggest cities for visiting the most train and subway stations.

Armed with a Swift smartcard from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) - part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) - Adham set off at 7am to travel the region’s rail and tram networks.

Campaigning comic commuter embarks on another challenge

Extreme commuter and comedian Adham Fisher

And he is bringing his stand-up routine: Adham Fisher: Extreme Commuter – inspired by his experiences - to the SixEight Kafe, in Temple Row this Sunday (October 9) as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Adham said: "Extreme commuting is normally defined as a journey between home and work lasting at least 90 minutes each way.

"My version of it is going to every single point on a transport network in several hours.

"I'll be talking about the media attention and other weird stuff this has brought up.”

In 2012, Adham went to each of Chicago's 143 railway stations in just one day, in a time of 8 hours, 56 minutes and 33 seconds.

Many Chicagoans have since tried to emulate him but he remains the only person to have done it in under nine hours.

The following year he set an official Guinness World Record for the fastest time to visit every New York Subway station, which was 22 hours, 26 minutes and 2 seconds.

Guinness only recognises the largest and most extensive systems, like the London Underground, for these sorts of records.

Adham has also highlighted the environmental benefit of using public transport with the Healthy Air Leicester and Leicestershire (HALL) campaign, by riding at least one stop on 72 different Leicester bus routes in one day to draw attention to air pollution.

Cllr Kath Hartley, lead member for Putting Passengers First on the WMCA’s transport delivery committee, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Adham and his comic commuter campaign to the West Midlands.

“But it’s worth remembering there is a serious side to his extreme commuting which is to raise awareness of air pollution and other environmental issues and how using public transport can help tackle these.”

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