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A cycle to work day! Yupee! I'm defo taking a train tomorrow.

pmorgan1pmorgan1 Posts: 173
edited September 2016 in Commuting chat
Not risking my life when a load of never-commuted-before cyclists share the road.

https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
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  • Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?
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  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 7,074
    Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Maybe on the segregated lane along Embankment, as there may be more inexperienced cyclists on already crowded infrastructure, further complicated by pedestrians & tourists. Nothing that can't be avoided by going a bit slower, or by taking a different route.
  • fat daddyfat daddy Posts: 2,605
    as a daily commuter this is my first cycle to work day .... I am quite looking forward to see if I am a commuter cycle snob and I turn my nose up at them all, or if I end up with Bike shed rage when its crammed full of bikes ... or as I suspect, I wont actually notice !
  • hopkinb wrote:
    Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Maybe on the segregated lane along Embankment, as there may be more inexperienced cyclists on already crowded infrastructure, further complicated by pedestrians & tourists. Nothing that can't be avoided by going a bit slower, or by taking a different route.

    Ah, London problems...........
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,683 Lives Here
    Ah, London problems...........
    Won't make any difference out here either, I'm in the boondocks as far as London is concerned. I'll be riding in late again as I have to get the girl to school then ditch the car and ride from there.
  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 7,074
    hopkinb wrote:
    Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Maybe on the segregated lane along Embankment, as there may be more inexperienced cyclists on already crowded infrastructure, further complicated by pedestrians & tourists. Nothing that can't be avoided by going a bit slower, or by taking a different route.

    Ah, London problems...........

    Afraid so!
  • hopkinb wrote:
    Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Maybe on the segregated lane along Embankment, as there may be more inexperienced cyclists on already crowded infrastructure, further complicated by pedestrians & tourists. Nothing that can't be avoided by going a bit slower, or by taking a different route.

    Agreed!!

    Unless the organisers of this day intend to pay my PT fare, I'm going to cycle as normal into work as I do come rain or shine!!!
  • Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Over the years I took part in a few large organised rides, and the number of incidents due to the lack of experience of riding in a group or on the road was appalling.
  • Is that riskier than normal cycling to work day?

    Any thoughts on the following article? Some interesting stats, and when it comes to accepting or rejecting hypotheses statistics is more of an art. Plus the stats are self-reported by the operator?

    https://rdrf.org.uk/2012/08/17/disaster ... part-four/
  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    Hmmm.. temp expected to hit 30 again tomorrow. Think I'll ride in. Frankly it could be cycle to work with wild lions day and I'd still be taking my chances on the bike before I got on PT.
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  • MrSweary wrote:
    Hmmm.. temp expected to hit 30 again tomorrow. Think I'll ride in. Frankly it could be cycle to work with wild lions day and I'd still be taking my chances on the bike before I got on PT.

    Quite. There will be some potentially unsafe cyclists out tomorrow, mostly in the big cities. I could never abandon the best part of my day because there will be unsafe cycling.
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  • MrSweary wrote:
    Hmmm.. temp expected to hit 30 again tomorrow. Think I'll ride in. Frankly it could be cycle to work with wild lions day and I'd still be taking my chances on the bike before I got on PT.

    Quite. There will be some potentially unsafe cyclists out tomorrow, mostly in the big cities. I could never abandon the best part of my day because there will be unsafe cycling.

    Agreed and agreed!

    ( :lol::lol: @ wild lions)
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    I'd love to ride in to work tomorrow - but having dropped No1 Son off at his grandparents - the opposite direction to my way to work - I have no time to do the extra miles required to get into the office on time. I did ride in today and will again (probably) on Friday - when I'm not on toddler taxi duty ...
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    I'd really not worry about a few extra cyclists on the road. Cars are there all the time and they are by far the number one pest when I'm cycling.
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,968
    having to visit a jobsite tomorrow, so no cycling for me :(
  • Fenix wrote:
    I'd really not worry about a few extra cyclists on the road. Cars are there all the time and they are by far the number one pest when I'm cycling.

    CSH has zero cars, a few incoming overtaking cyclists and loads of pedestrians.
  • dhopedhope Posts: 6,699
    gbsahne wrote:
    having to visit a jobsite tomorrow, so no cycling for me :(

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  • pmorgan1 wrote:
    Fenix wrote:
    I'd really not worry about a few extra cyclists on the road. Cars are there all the time and they are by far the number one pest when I'm cycling.

    CSH has zero cars, a few incoming overtaking cyclists and loads of pedestrians.

    You seem worried, take the train. I hope tomorrow doesn't encourage them, you'll be in for a hell of a few months.
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  • You seem worried, take the train. I hope tomorrow doesn't encourage them, you'll be in for a hell of a few months.

    You seem to be out of town. Let me post a few pictures for you to show what CSH actually looks like during rush hour...

    Fore the record, I'm a club cyclist who trivially cycles between AddisonLee, cabs, buses, lorries. No problem.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Was it you that did a thread today about learning how to fall off ?
  • pmorgan1 wrote:

    You seem worried, take the train. I hope tomorrow doesn't encourage them, you'll be in for a hell of a few months.

    You seem to be out of town. Let me post a few pictures for you to show what CSH actually looks like during rush hour...

    Fore the record, I'm a club cyclist who trivially cycles between AddisonLee, cabs, buses, lorries. No problem.

    I am. Way out of town. I doubt I'll see any more of them tomorrow. But it's nice to try and get more people on bikes.
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  • pmorgan1 wrote:

    You seem worried, take the train. I hope tomorrow doesn't encourage them, you'll be in for a hell of a few months.

    You seem to be out of town. Let me post a few pictures for you to show what CSH actually looks like during rush hour...

    Fore the record, I'm a club cyclist who trivially cycles between AddisonLee, cabs, buses, lorries. No problem.

    I've only noticed you on this forum the last few days, but already you have one of the most annoying posting styles as if you are gods gift to commuting cyclists. Why push the agenda that they're are slow, less than safe cyclist on the roads. Encourage them and they'll be less cars. In the mean time ride to the conditions, if there are a lot of nodders then ride past when its safe to do it. Then post about something constructive rather than learning how to fall off ffs. :roll:
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  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 7,074
    pmorgan1 wrote:

    You seem worried, take the train. I hope tomorrow doesn't encourage them, you'll be in for a hell of a few months.

    You seem to be out of town. Let me post a few pictures for you to show what CSH actually looks like during rush hour...

    Fore the record, I'm a club cyclist who trivially cycles between AddisonLee, cabs, buses, lorries. No problem.

    I reckon I'd rather wing any number of pedestrians or fellow cyclists than any of the metal boxes you mention, however trivially I am cycling...

    The segregated highway is a means to an end (it takes you from Tower Hill to Westminster in around 12 minutes) - you just have to accept that you can't hare along like your @rse is on fire, you have to cover your brakes, keep your distance, don't trust anyone, and shout at jaywalkers.

    There are plenty of d!cks along there, but there are plenty of d!cks everywhere. I use it if I'm heading the long way home - it's fine. I can cycle quickly from Lambeth Bridge onwards if I want to.
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  • whatleytom wrote:
    :roll:

    I am for more people to cycle, but I oppose poorly thought through infrastructure. Hence my rants.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,683 Lives Here
    Infrastructure isn't built for fast cyclists, it's built for people like my wife and kids that are not as confident as you. I'd far prefer to have them feel safe even if it does upset a few that think they are better than most. As Big Mat said in your other thread and WhatleyTom in this one slow down if you think it's dangerous and speed up when it's safe to do so, they are both quick riders so far from the types you are complaining about. It's not all about you.
    Anyway, as expected Ride to work day made no difference for me. Only saw about half a dozen riders on my way in.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Rode in. Saw one cyclist on the way. No dramas. No collisions.
  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 7,074
    The superhighway isn't built for people to blat along at 25 mph, it's pretty well designed and convenient for the 12 mph cyclist. Infrastructure for high speed cycling away from motorized traffic is called a velodrome.

    Nasty day on CS7 for any neophytes - I'm assuming there were plenty, as there were hordes of cyclists this morning. It also seemed that there was way more traffic than normal, with plenty of potential left and right hooks.
  • Anyone come close to dying on the way in today, thanks to what appeared to be a novice cyclist jumping on the bandwagon today?

    I had a close shave, luckily today was a day off for me!;)
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  • fat daddyfat daddy Posts: 2,605
    no more cyclists than normal ..... but ..... loads more cars out today ????

    Nicely though, I happened across a Ambulance on the Gloucester road with his lights on doing 12mph above the speed limit, so drafted him in all the way, barley pedalled ...... only got out the draft when I had to stop for the lights that he went through
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