Forum home Commuter cycling forum Commuting chat

London - impact of Tube Strike

secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,612
edited July 2015 in Commuting chat
How's it been? I've been away on business so experienced London sans tube - is it coping or is Noddergeddon?

It's just a hill. Get over it.

Posts

  • j_mcdj_mcd Posts: 470
    There were a LOT of bikes out there today, especially at the normal traffic light pinch points but you could generally just get past the slow, weaving, hi-viz wearing peloton quite easily and then just leave them safely behind.

    The car/van traffic was horrendous though. I see all these people and just wonder where they are going to actually park their cars. Not having ever driven in to London on a work day, where do they park and isn't is absolutely extortionate?!
    Giant Defy Advanced 0 - Best
    Planet X London Road - Wet
    Montague Fit - Foldy thing that rarely gets used these days
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,596 Lives Here
    Had to go in early as I would have taken the tube today as I had an 8am meeting, so ended up riding in around 7.

    Was no different to the usual 8am commute.
  • On_WhatOn_What Posts: 516
    Left at my usual 6:30 start from Sutton and as was well until I reached Brixton where the traffic was heavy and the number of bicycles twice what it is usually. I think the net result of the extra busses clogged the roads more than they usually do, and caused the traffic build up and hence made cycling less safe.
  • mattsawmattsaw Posts: 907
    Not a huge difference for me @ 7.30

    A few more bikes than normal but far less cars than I was expecting. I guess a lot of people are WFH.

    The A3 actually looked quieter than normal at that time.
    Bianchi C2C - Ritte Bosberg - Cervelo R3
    Strava
  • mrtukmrtuk Posts: 75
    Took me 10 mins longer today due to volume of traffic. Needed to do a lot more (slow) filtering today - pretty much all the way from Greenwich into town - which led to a couple of near misses (1 bus pulling out on me, 1 oncoming car turning right across stationary traffic), so needed to be alert.

    London bridge was a complete nightmare.
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,612
    London bridge was a complete nightmare.

    Phew, that's where my office is - glad I missed it!

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • kurakokurako Posts: 1,098
    On top of the tube strike it is also JP Morgan Challenge so expect Battersea Park and surrounds to be a bit mental!
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    There were more bikes no doubt, there were more cars and certainly more taxis.

    What surprised me though was the pedestrians. I come past Holborn and there were millions of people who didnt seem to have any idea of their current where abouts or where they were going. It was like they had never ventured above ground aside from where they get on and off the underground. I imagine that it is like when someone kicks an ants nest apart and they all come flooding out in a blind panic.
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,612
    What surprised me though was the pedestrians. I come past Holborn and there were millions of people who didnt seem to have any idea of their current where abouts or where they were going. It was like they had never ventured above ground aside from where they get on and off the underground.

    I'd be like that. London to me is a series of tourist sites and tube stations, plus my office :twisted:

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • graeme_s-2graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    London bridge was a complete nightmare.

    Phew, that's where my office is - glad I missed it!
    Is this you in your office?
    20050910london04.jpg
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    got screwed over for 2 interviews today.

    thanks tube drivers. you can pay my rent dickheads
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    On top of the tube strike it is also JP Morgan Challenge so expect Battersea Park and surrounds to be a bit mental!
    Someone tried to get me to do that once. I thought £30-odd to run 5k was also pretty mental!
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • SquawkSquawk Posts: 132
    Took me 10 mins longer today due to volume of traffic. Needed to do a lot more (slow) filtering today - pretty much all the way from Greenwich into town - which led to a couple of near misses (1 bus pulling out on me, 1 oncoming car turning right across stationary traffic), so needed to be alert.

    London bridge was a complete nightmare.

    This. The bit from Deptford to Rotherhithe was horrible.

    Read that they get paid £50k for doing this job. Sympathy? I'd rather sack the lot of them and hire a load of new graduatess who can't get decent employment.

    Added smugness for being a cycle commuter today while in the office.
  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    Coming in from Beckenham there were actually fewer cyclists than usual until I hit Lambeth Bridge. Then there were quite a lot more. Tons of suicide peds and drivers though. As expected.
    Kinesis Racelite 4s disc
    Kona Paddy Wagon
    Canyon Roadlite Al 7.0 - reborn as single speed!
    Felt Z85 - mangled by taxi.
  • keyser__sozekeyser__soze Posts: 2,066
    "Mummy Mummy, when will I grow up?"
    "Don't be silly son, you're a bloke, you'll never grow up"
  • graeme_s-2graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    You are Robert P. McCulloch AICMFP :)
    :lol::lol::lol:

    In my (weak) defence, I did a google image search for "London Bridge Control" and that was the first image that returned. However I will (begrudingly) admit that I had confused London and Tower bridges :oops:
  • GiantDanceGiantDance Posts: 129
    On top of the tube strike it is also JP Morgan Challenge so expect Battersea Park and surrounds to be a bit mental!

    JP Morgan was last night, its the Standard Charter city run tonight, starts at 19:45
    Moda Prima 2013
    Giant Defy Advanced 1 2014
    Rose Pro DX Cross-3000 'MB' - STOLEN
    Langster SF 2015
  • keyser__sozekeyser__soze Posts: 2,066
    JP Morgan was last night, its the Standard Charter city run tonight, starts at 19:45

    JPM thing runs over two nights, last night and tonight.
    "Mummy Mummy, when will I grow up?"
    "Don't be silly son, you're a bloke, you'll never grow up"
  • rower63rower63 Posts: 1,991
    On top of the tube strike it is also JP Morgan Challenge so expect Battersea Park and surrounds to be a bit mental!
    JP Morgan was last night, its the Standard Charter city run tonight, starts at 19:45
    JPM Challenge is also tonight, they split it to be over 2 days a few years ago. Stan Chart Great City Race is also tonight with lots of road-closures in the City after a certain time, so could be interesting
    Dolan Titanium ADX 2016
    Ridley Noah FAST 2013
    Bottecchia/Campagnolo 1990
    Carrera Parva Hybrid 2016
    Hoy Sa Calobra 002 2014 [off duty]
    Storck Absolutist 2011 [off duty]
    http://www.slidingseat.net/cycling/cycling.html
  • rower63rower63 Posts: 1,991
    JP Morgan was last night, its the Standard Charter city run tonight, starts at 19:45

    JPM thing runs over two nights, last night and tonight.
    dammit, this time you pipped me! :)
    Dolan Titanium ADX 2016
    Ridley Noah FAST 2013
    Bottecchia/Campagnolo 1990
    Carrera Parva Hybrid 2016
    Hoy Sa Calobra 002 2014 [off duty]
    Storck Absolutist 2011 [off duty]
    http://www.slidingseat.net/cycling/cycling.html
  • kurakokurako Posts: 1,098
    Defintely think there were some added [email protected] drivers around. Had some douche overtake on the right hander at Cannizaro with his phone in his hand. Can only think how much further down the West Hill car park he would have got if it wasn't for me holding him up.

    Putney Hill was also a car park but that's not unusual. Can't say much for the High St I always try to duck through the side roads but some bell end was in the right hand lane all the way over Putney Bridge and decided he wanted to be in the left lane at the last moment except by then it was too late so he just slammed on the brakes sat there blocking the way. Grrr!!

    Regular commuter traffic can be irritating but at least they sort of have a clue what they are doing and where they are going with the exception of school running mums of course.. private schools have broken up now another week or so for the rest.

    Roll on summer hols.....

    Oh and just to be a pedant that is Tower Bridge not London Bridge.
  • GiantDanceGiantDance Posts: 129
    JP Morgan was last night, its the Standard Charter city run tonight, starts at 19:45

    JPM thing runs over two nights, last night and tonight.

    Wasn't the last time I did it, although that was some years back :oops:
    Moda Prima 2013
    Giant Defy Advanced 1 2014
    Rose Pro DX Cross-3000 'MB' - STOLEN
    Langster SF 2015
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    Still massive traffic carnage around the PS/ Victoria St James Park region.

    I see a few people in my office that i didnt expect to come and they are going on about how nice it was coming in by bike and how less stressful it is etc, They will be back on the tube tomorrow.....
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
  • jamescojamesco Posts: 687
    It was surprisingly uneventful leaving Ealing at 8am this morning. Apart from a bit of a queue around the Common, traffic was no worse than usual all the way to Shoreditch. Holland Park Ave. will be a nightmare tonight, but it often is.

    On the other hand, there were heaps more cyclists and not just the usual suspects (i.e. hardcore young(ish) blokes going at it hammer & tongs). Lots of women, lots of bikes with baskets / rust on the chain, lots of smiles from newbie riders realising how nice a bike ride can be on a day like today.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Tube-Tips.jpg

    App.png
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    think I was more annoyed that we had lots of people dropping out of meetings planned today that had been arranged for months, because they claimed they just couldnt get across London, felt more like they CBA.

    as for the journey didnt seem too different, but I did note the bike rack was virtually full by the time I arrived and thats the first time this year its been like that
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    Considering we were all advised to WFH, 30% of our workforce was made redundant on the 1st and the office was only half occupied to start with it was difficult to distinguish between today and a normal day in the office.

    Our shiny new office in central London seems to be designed in the shape of a huge white elephant, or perhaps an ivory tower.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,761
    Yeah my commute was murder
    Take a look at @itb0ffin's Tweet: https://twitter.com/itb0ffin/status/619221751336148992?s=09
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
Sign In or Register to comment.