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More of 'us' ?

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  1. chrisfl
    Member

    Cycling along Harrison Gardens around 21:30 this evening in a line of three bikes. No cars.

    One bike went left, one right and one straight on.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    NINE bicycle-persons heading uphill through Leith Street this morning. It would have been ten were it not for the splitter going down Calton Road.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. HankChief
    Member

  4. Klaxon
    Member

    NINE bicycle-persons heading uphill through Leith Street this morning.

    The context of the incredible usage of the Leith St lane is that anyone cycling to/from it is already confident enough to navigate the Picardy Place roundabout

    Imagine what the usage would be if it was possible to cycle all the way to the foot of the walk without mixing with traffic

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. acsimpson
    Member

    There was plenty evidence of "Us" on the white parts of the A90 path this morning but for the first time in three years riding to Fife I didn't see any other bikes in use during my commute this morning. It's always quite this week and the snow seems to have made it even quieter.

    There were still plenty of (non)sentient beings on the roads along with dog walkers (in shorts :-O) and a substantial number of runners (3).

    Posted 8 months ago #
  6. neddie
    Member

    Only 147 on MMW counter at 3pm. Record low?

    Posted 8 months ago #
  7. HankChief
    Member

    Given the cycle side wasn't gritted I'm not surprised.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  8. HankChief
    Member

    I saw a mini peleton of 6 bikes citybound on Corstorphine Road this morning.

    It piqued my attention on the volume of bikes out today. Seemed like a lot - over 20 citybound on A8 in total.

    3 people in shorts (Not I)

    Posted 8 months ago #
  9. jdanielp
    Member

    The canal towpath felt relatively quiet today even though the frost was quite manageable. I did spot one cyclist in shorts although I was regretting not having worn a buff.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  10. rider73
    Member

    @hankchief -- new bikes for xmas to be shown off at work? ;)

    Posted 8 months ago #
  11. HankChief
    Member

    I am taking no pleasure in mentioning to motor bound colleagues who are complaining about the Corstorphine Road traffic, that I did a guided ride in with a novice today from Roseburn along QR9. 35minutes to work, only overtaken by 1 car and she loved it :-)

    Posted 6 months ago #
  12. Stickman
    Member

    @HankChief: it was very enjoyable cruising past all the stationary traffic, mostly single-occupancy cars.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

    Edinburgh Travel News (@edintravel)
    13/03/2018, 09:46
    We're very aware of the significant disruption and frustration that roadworks at Western Corner are causing, on top of other ongoing works in the area. Please be respectful of the local communities and keep your speed down if you re-route via residential streets. TVM #edintravel

    Posted 6 months ago #
  14. unhurt
    Member

    @HankChief just a wee secret gloat or a general air of quiet superiority?

    @Stickman I had a good look at the cars nose-to-tail across Kew Bridge when I was away last week. London might have a slightly higher number of dual-occupancy vehicles (maybe one in every 8 or so in my brief unscientific study). But that's still an awful, awful lot of road space devoted to vehicular real estate. Buses stuck in same traffic, obviously.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  15. sallyhinch
    Member

    When I used to take the bus from Kew to Ealing Broadway, waiting for the 65 on Kew Bridge, I'd award plus points for any car with more than one person on it (one each for every passenger), and a negative point for a single occupancy vehicle. It whiled away the up to 30 minutes I could spend waiting for a bus, and it almost never got above 3 or 4.

    Then I came to my senses and started cycling

    Posted 6 months ago #
  16. Frenchy
    Member

    London might have a slightly higher number of dual-occupancy vehicles (maybe one in every 8 or so in my brief unscientific study).

    This would be well below national average occupancy rates (1.125 passengers per vechicle, compared to national average ~1.5). Although I don't know what the national average during rush hour is.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  17. wingpig
    Member

    More than a single ten of cyclists heading up Leith Walk this morning. I haven't gone south up it in the morning for a while but it seemed quite busy, relative to memory.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  18. the canuck
    Member

    i've been seeing a lot more women-over-25 on cycles recently. i'm not sure if i'm looking for them, cycling in a slightly different area, or it's warmer, or there are just more in general.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  19. jdanielp
    Member

    There have been a couple of occasions in the last week or few when I would probably have posted to this thread if it had been more prominent. I fully expect the towpath to be busier than ever this summer, which is both positive and negative expectation.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  20. Stickman
    Member

    Loads of bikes around today. This evening I was part of a gaggle of 10 heading through the roadworks at Haymarket. Amazing how even a smallish group like that makes you feel much safer. Between the entrance to Roseburn Park and the Balgreen tram stop I passed around 20 heading in the opposite direction.

    Good variety too: the usual commuters, a few Lycra-clad racing whippets, a guy on a proper upright Dutch bike at Roseburn Terrace, a woman on a nice upright bike with a wicker basket and a man in front of me on what looked like a brand new Raleigh ebike.

    More of this sort of thing please.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  21. wingpig
    Member

    My wife has just voluntarily chosen to cycle to a meeting, without any coercion, though I did get told off for doing the pleasèd grin I do when she doesn't drive somewhere.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  22. HankChief
    Member

    Highest ever (recorded) number of cycles in our work's basement today. I did the count and even found a new set of racks I'd never seen before.

    In other good news, we have taken possession of a large work bench with vice to go with our repair stand.


    If only I was competent at repairs...

    Posted 4 months ago #
  23. chdot
    Admin

    All just come up the Leith Street Superhighway.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  24. jdanielp
    Member

    Busy at the crossing at the west end of the Meadows this morning but the canal towpath wasn't too bad. Very busy on the towpath coming back into town at six ish though. Lots of poor quality passing...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. gembo
    Member

    Very quiet run in today, no other bikes within shouting distance, all lights changed in my favour or there was no traffic. Nice high five with jdanielp. Truly the definition of an excellent commute

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. ARobComp
    Member

    I made the mistake of going along the canal home at peak commute time. Everyone (and their kids, and their dogs, and their uncles, and their rowing skiffs) was out in force mingling with the commuters. I dawdled along and it was absolutely fine apart from the MGIF chap on a folder who did the weird thing of furiously forging past pedestrians through tiny gaps which was ridiculous, and then pulling over in exasperation when we had a small peloton formed as apparently he wasn't;'t wanting to go very fast. Quite odd.

    I think I'll go on the roads at peak times from now on - not because I want to go fast, but because the collective guilt I feel on the towpath when I see someone acting or riding poorly was stressful.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. gembo
    Member

    Towpath was ultra quiet yesterday morning but yes ultra busy in the evening. Folding guy not sounding too good.

    Sometimes there is a vibe of mutual courtesy, everyone waiting for everyone else and thanking each other so it is possible. Maybe need sign at the lift bridge that says Take a chill pill now until you get beyond the aqueduct, this is a shared route and the course has a very distinctive water feature.

    Actually the water looking very murky at the monent.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. ARobComp
    Member

    "take a chill pill" signs always welcome IMHO. Should be on most main A, B and local roads too...

    Think they've been doing a fair bit of dredging and bank cutting in the last few weeks. Then the increased volume of canal barges due to summer stir it up quite a bit.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. steveo
    Member

    [/i]"take a chill pill"[i]

    free dudeism lessons for all road users, man.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. steveo
    Member

    More bikes than cars at Roseburn street this morning, tell me again why this needs to be a rat run...

    Posted 2 months ago #

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