Re: [carfree_cities] Quote of the week...and the London non-congestion.
- shame it was Goering:-)
>So I cycled into London and back at peak hours for the first time this week
>Field Marshall Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials, a few months
>before he was executed in 1946.
today. Wht was the difference? Firstly, 50 minutes instead of an hour (11
miles or so). To my amazement I only stopped at two red lights in Brixton
and was through there in a minute or so (I reckon that's where I saved
nearly all of the ten minutes: It is usually an absolute nightmare) But a
different route home producd the same time. There were virtually no lines
of standing traffic. Instead of stopping with the cars (remember how windy
and awkward London roads are; you can't simply slip by stopped cars usually
because of the parked cars!). I think I *only stopped* at traffic lights,
which is a revolution for me. II still had a nutter try to turn left
through me to swear at but overall, it was far more comfortable, *much*
less stressful and substantially quicker.
The same journey takes me between 70 and 90 minutes by train, an hour by
train and bike (off-peak only) and I have been a passenger on the journey
that took 40 minutes late at night (so I dont konw how much slower that
would be by day). So for the first time in my ten years cycling in and out
of London, a bike is the fastest form of transport even for a lengthy
journey (I'm not trying the bus; and none of them go the right way). If you
allow for the time it takes to park by Euston, a car is even slower.
All in all very pleasing. I would still like to see delivery vehicles
barred by daylight hours or something similar as they are the worst drivers
and if they're not running you down, they're parking awkwardly. But is
bordering on civilised now.
We'll see if it lasts next week when the schools go back (and of course a
lot of people plead that they have to drive when they drop their kids off).
But I enjoyed it