Monday, 30 March 2009
I took the Brompton on it’s first ferry trip today. I needed to get to Beckton for work meeting. The Ferry is free as it is the only way across the Thames at this point if you are a pedestrian or cyclist. All foot passengers have to go below but you can get a lovely view of Thames. The trip takes about 6 minutes.
The downside to using this route is dodging all the huge lorries that also use the Ferry on the roads when you get off. Fortunately there are a number of cycle paths put in place and I was out of the way of traffic on the way to the A13 and A406.
The upside is that unlike when I use my car I can predict when I will get to a destination and actually appreciate the view. Yes it was a very warm and sunny Monday. Would I be saying the same thing without the good weather?
Friday, 27 March 2009
I had to go to the MAC shop just off Carnaby Street and discovered that in the 48 hours since my last trip to the shop a host of no cycle parking signs have gone up. I parked the Brompton and then looked up and saw the sign, which meant unchaining the Brompton. All the cycle racks were full and as there are so few official racks in the area it meant that I had to half fold the Brompton and wheel it into the shop.
But I was angry. It is ok for Brompton owners who can take their bikes with them but anyone else is stuffed. I am not sure if it is a cartel of the shop owners or Westminster Council who are responsible for the new policy and signs. I have noticed that there are very few places to park a bike along Oxford Street and surrounding streets. Do they not want us to shop? Fine, then I stay local or get in the car and drive to Bluewater when I have to!