Tube strike, London

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  • Tomorrow has already been declared a Special General Meeting of London's United Drivers' Front.

  • No reception.

  • No smartphones.

  • No tube

  • ^more my point

  • Two more 24 hour strikes announced, both starting at 9pm on the 25th and 27th of August! Yay! :D

  • London will be doing its best Amsterdam impression again in that case!

  • Everyone'll be back off their hols by then, and be in the foulest of moods. Can't wait.

  • Tube strike actually provided a net benefit (in time) according to researchers at Oxford:­on-tube-strike-brought-economic-benefits­-workers

    While the proportion of individuals who ended up changing their routes may sound small, the researchers found that the strike actually ended up producing a net economic benefit. By performing a cost-benefit analysis of the amount of time saved by those who changed their daily commute, the researchers found that the amount of time saved in the longer term actually outweighed the time lost by commuters during the strike.

  • Amazing. Moar stikes please.

  • I'd prefer to see some fuel shortages ...

  • This Piccadilly line strike seems to have snuck under the radar a bit, no emails from TFL or anything. I've only seen posters up at the stations. It's not even clear why they're striking.

    Edit: It seems one of the main issues is the age of the trains on the line. Not entirely sure how strikes will fix that.

  • I've received several emails about it from TFL

  • Strange, I get the weekly Weekend Travel Information email but nothing on this.

  • #bikethestrike

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  • Strike and they will come.

  • Surprised not to see someone brazenly trundling down the other lane to get to the front...

  • Indeed the more people cycle the less people will feel comfortable about taking the piss...
    I also think RLJing is down

  • I'm tempted to try to measure this. I think you're probably right.

  • I also think RLJing is down

    I was just contemplating this. Based purely on my non-scientific observation I would say the proportion of cyclists RLJing has reduced as numbers have increased across the years. But today and yesterday it seemed a lot more people were jumping.

    Now for the speculation...

    There were many more people on bikes due to the strike and I wonder if the increase in RLJers come mainly from those new cyclists. And if they do is there an argument that all those lazy "I've nothing against cyclists but..." articles in the press are giving new cyclists "permission" to break the rules? I mean, if you repeatedly tell people that all cyclists behave as if they are above the law, and the public take up that viewpoint, then won't the public, when they try cycling, act in that way?

  • This makes me happy. Imagine how long that queue would be if each person were in a car

  • I noticed yesterday that everyone would patiently sit there at a light until one person RLJed, which would open the floodgates and a bunch more would follow.

    It was proper busy though, I was glad to be the salmon swimming the other way on Blackfriars Bridge yesterday. Almost as busy again today, be interesting to see if it stays that way.

  • I think RLJing yesterday was partly because of the amount of traffic. A lot of the junctions were just full of cars anyway so there seemed little point in stopping.

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Tube strike, London

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