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inappropriate_bike

Member since Feb 2016 • Last active Jun 2018
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Great effort. Crappy weather can make riding really hard work.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Upper Marsh to Lower Marsh now has a proper cycle crossing! Only got a quick look as we were passing through, but it's much nicer than I expected.

  • in Rides & Races
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    According to TopoFusion DEM (which shows a lot more climbing than ridewithgps, not sure why):

    Distance    Cumulative  Sector  % cumulative    % sector
    Mile 100     09,850      9,850  13% 13%
    Mile 200     18,370      8,520  25% 11%
    Mile 300     26,800      8,430  36% 11%
    Mile 400     35,700      8,900  48% 12%
    Mile 500     43,810      8,110  59% 11%
    Mile 600     51,160      7,350  69% 10%
    Mile 700     61,890      10,730     84% 14%
    Mile 800     71,620      9,730  97% 13%
    Mile 840     74,106      2,486  100%    3%
    
  • in Rides & Races
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    Does anyone have a route profile? Wondering if he'll find it easier to hold that speed now he's out of the wrinkly bit of the country.

  • in General
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    Love seeing cargo bikes out and about
    

    I'm trying to find an even slightly valid excuse to get a cargo bike. They look friggin awesome and the thought of being able to carry >2 crates of beer on a bike is bloody awesome haha.

    There are loads of cargo bikes around kennington and oval.

    I can only assume that's because if you spend £1m on a house with a garden big enough to store a cargo bike you've got no money left for a car!

    It's ace, though, sometimes Vauxhall Walk down to The Oval looks like a post-car cycling utopia with nothing moving except bikes.

  • in General
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    I'd guess (not knowing that spot very well) that your answer may be implicit in this--the bus queues on the approach to the next junction probably get too long (quite a few bus routes use that stretch), quite possibly because they only get a green phase every two phases compared to the York Road/Lambeth Palace Road alignment (if that's the case).

    The queue is two lanes of all kinds of traffic, not just buses. There's no bus lane at that point.

    All other kinds of vehicles, except buses*, stop downstream of the crossing until they can get all the way across it, leaving it clear for use by pedestrians.

    I don't know why that spot is so bad. I've not really noticed buses obstructing crossings regularly in other parts of London.

    It's nothing to do with the roadworks - they've always behaved like that. Now the crossing is wider and the railings have been removed it's slightly harder for bus drivers to completely block the crossing, but they do try.

    They could solve the problem by buying buses with doors on both sides.

    *And a few white vans, but not that many.

  • in General
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    How do you complain about bus drivers?

    The pedestrian crossing between lower marsh and Carlisle lane is blocked by a bus so often I've started to ponder pressing the emergency bus off button every time it happens.

    It's really annoying because the pedestrian phase is short and the traffic phase is really long, and the bus wouldn't actually be delayed as it has to wait through 2 cycles of the next set of lights to join the Westminster bridge roundabout anyway.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    It is and I support the proposal. It may, however, be a vote loser.

    It won't make much difference in the council estate where I live.

    We are inside the zone and there are hundreds of 20 year old cars cluttering the place up.

    But as none of them ever move they will be exempt from the charge.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Christ. 115km/h.

    I've got up to 80km/h descending out of the mountains and that was more than enough for me, thanks.

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