Tomorrow’s race has been cancelled so I took the opportunity to ride to work on my nice bike (i.e. the one with gears). One might thing that this is nothing out of the normal or special in any way. However, it was notable for two reasons. Firstly, I knocked three minutes of my best time and secondly, it took me 8 minutes less than using the car earlier in the week.
The second point is interesting because, if you factor changing time in the equation, it is now quicker for me to ride to work than it is to use the car. This might not be beyond the expected in an urban environment, but my ride is 60% rural (i.e. no in queuing traffic) and 40% urban (queuing traffic). Also, it’s 10 miles and you would expect the speed advantage of a car to outweigh the advantage the bicycle has in traffic.
The other factor is the fairly recent addition of a bus lane along Ampthill Road, Bedford. The result of this bus lane is an uninterrupted run for the majority of the urban section of my route, saving plenty of time where I don’t have to wiggle in and out of stationary cars. In conclusion, a victory for the bicycle over the internal combustion engine.
Obviously, if I ride to work, I need to ride home too. On this occasion I went the long way in that direction (imagine a hand pointing behind my head whilst sat at a laptop), it was nice and I covered about 20 miles before the cold got too much and I headed home for a nice cuppa and a warm cuddle from my girlies!