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Mmmm, crunchy Jun. 30th, 2004 10:14 am
I've just cycled from Leytonstone to Soho.

The traffic is *completely* insane, which is probably the main reason it took 75 minutes. But the air is far, far worse. It tastes like chewing tarmac'd gravel.

Wonder if those respro masks actually work?

Any London drivers / bus users care to comment on the difference in road traffic levels today?

Upd - forgot to note that the fastest-moving commuter was a rollerblader... only one who could get through the traffic.
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From: djm4
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 09:23 am (Link)
Just cycled from Leytonstone to Finsbury Park via Walthamstow. Traffic wasn't too bad (well, it was solid and stationary, but I just zipped down the cycle/bus lane so was OK), but I agree about the lousy air quality. Plus I'm rather unused to cycling at any speed, and there are muscles in my legs that have been unused for about three years and are now annoyed at me for waking them up after all this time.

Still, even given that, it only just took longer than public transport, and would probably be quicker if I got used to it.
From: djm4
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 10:18 am (Link)
forgot to note that the fastest-moving commuter was a rollerblader

Was she making movies on location? ;-)
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From: wechsler
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 10:28 am (Link)
I would assume that they are continuing to drive until they find a space, most likely several miles from the center in the opposite direction from which they came.
From: reddragdiva
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 10:55 am (Link)
I know [Unknown LJ tag] is a major advocate of cycling to work in London, and uses a mask. It's mostly grit and crap, like on the Tube.
From: conflux
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 12:04 pm (Link)
I take detours through as many parks as I can on my route to work to avoid the bad air. A mask would be a good idea if I didn't though. It is surprising how quick it is to cycle around London isn't it? It generally takes less time to cycle than to drive or get the bus at most times between 7am and 11pm.
From: thekumquat
Date: June 30th, 2004 - 05:23 pm (Link)
Walked from room to swimming pool: 1 minute
Back to room
Room to breakfast: 2 minutes
Restaurant to lecture theatre: 30 seconds....

I feel rather like one of those Kobe beef cows - penned up in luxurious conditions but being force-fed with knowledge!

Walked to work during the last tube strike (about 80 mins). Now I have another bike I would have tried cycling this time, seeing as the traffic in a strike is slow enough not to hit you at much speed.
I used to cycle in Mill Hill on weekends but after a few times was too scared to do it on weekdays.