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London Commute - Canary Wharf times

5milestogo5milestogo Posts: 224
edited November 2016 in Commuting chat
Hello, does anyone cycle across to Canary Wharf from the West? I was trying to gauge how long it would typically take beyond Blackfriars which is where I used to exit. Full ride would be from Surbiton to CW. I am no racing snake so will take some responses with a pinch of salt!
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    15-20 mins if i recall

    Assume 4-5mins per mile.
  • 5milestogo wrote:
    Hello, does anyone cycle across to Canary Wharf from the West? I was trying to gauge how long it would typically take beyond Blackfriars which is where I used to exit. Full ride would be from Surbiton to CW. I am no racing snake so will take some responses with a pinch of salt!

    I'm very cautious about filtering and a pootling type bike with almost no competive instinct, I find I cover 10-15 miles in a hour.

    The embankment for pottering type cyclist is I feel faster now. Last time I was there it was a mess of disconnected bike lanes.

    One useful way to to find the relevant segment and look at that days times which should give a more realistic idea than the one day the lights where green etc.
  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,179
    Hello,

    I ride to CW. as above it's about 3 miles from the city so 15 to 20 minutes depending on your speed/fitness.

    you only have to decide whether to brave CS8 (Cable Street and Narrow Street) and the trials and tribulations of the east end, pedestrians, cars pulling out of side turnings, narrow bike lanes or The Highway with it's 40 mph HGVs.

    special props if you use Commercial Road which is a combination of both of the above...

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  • inbikeinbike Posts: 264
    If you are a pottering-type cyclists then I don't think there's much wrong with the EW cycle superhighway then CS3.
  • j_mcdj_mcd Posts: 472
    inbike wrote:
    If you are a pottering-type cyclists then I don't think there's much wrong with the EW cycle superhighway then CS3.

    I would kind of agree with this but every time I've been on the superhighway I've found it more dangerous than the Highway!
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  • BobMcbobBobMcbob Posts: 104
    Commercial Road every time for me, its bus lanes for the vast majority of the route, just watch out for nutters on mopeds and usual right/left hook hot spots.. Much faster than CS3 and feels safer, though if I was plodding along would probably head down to cable street for piece of mind.
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,964
    Over the top :-) steady now, its no Balham hill
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  • itboffin wrote:
    Over the top :-) steady now, its no Balham hill

    But the mistral blowing through adds at least a cat to its ranking. Balham also doesn't have uniformed cheerleaders urging you on though the barriers
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,964
    Cheerleaders you say ....
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  • itboffin wrote:
    Cheerleaders you say ....

    With glow sticks , shouting encouragement and pointing out their favourites riders
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