Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Cycle to work

So I was told The weather report says that there will be good weather for tomorrow morning, so let's all get out there and cycle!

Yeah right. So there was more uphill than I was expecting, there was a stiff breeze in my face, it was cool, and started to rain about half way to work. Generally, harder work than I wanted.

I was pleased to make it in as close to an hour as I could measure. Which was what I expected to take anyway. I could have pushed harder, but the idea was to be able to do some work once I got here.

Provided the wind stays where it is, it could be an easy trip home. What's the odds that it swings round 180 degrees though?

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Cycling on the up

A decent ride out this afternoon. I haven't measured it precisely, but about 15 miles around Cambridge in about an hour.

That's pretty good. Not only am I getting a bit fitter and able to do longer trips, but I'm also not suffering afterwards. This ws easily my hardest cycle ride for many years, so I reckon that cycling to work is actually a viable proposition for me.

Just in time too. Next week is National Bike Week and wednesday is Campus cycle to work day.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Queues in York

An observation based on a (wet) week in York.

York doesn't seem to grok traffic queues.

(And, given that their idea of transport planning seems to be to throw a bunch of roads down at random and put a roundabout wherever the roads cross, queues are fairly common.)

What is odd is that it seems to be commonplace for drivers, upon joining a queue, to decide to try an alternative route and immediately turn round. Not just turn round - do a 3-point turn in the middle of a busy A road at that!

Several times, we were travelling in the opposite direction to the queue and had to break pretty hard to let some moron do a 3-point turn right in front of us.