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Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

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Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Pbassred » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:40 pm

The road have been very quiet in terms of bike lately. I think I saw 2 on my way to work this morning. During the summer you couldn't move for bikes on the North Circ. How else do they commute? I'm most surprised that the Scooters have disappeared. What are those huge, square boxes for if not deliveries?
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by manxie49 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:46 pm

Still plenty here, even two Swiss bikes parked at the Creg-Ny-Baa at lunch time and quite a few over the mountain this afternoon, sunshine seems to have brought everyone out today

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by geofferz » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:15 pm

Pbassred wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:40 pm
The road have been very quiet in terms of bike lately. I think I saw 2 on my way to work this morning. During the summer you couldn't move for bikes on the North Circ. How else do they commute? I'm most surprised that the Scooters have disappeared. What are those huge, square boxes for if not deliveries?
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 pm

Been out today on the bike to the local hospital, good job as well as the traffic near the hospital was chaos and the car parking was even worse.

I'm off out again this evening teaching a course near Warrington. Wrap up warm and it's fine. The biggest issue at the moment is it's potato harvesting time so the tractors are leaving the local roads covered in mud. You need to be really cautious on rural roads.
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Mr Fro » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:57 pm

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 pm
Been out today on the bike to the local hospital, good job as well as the traffic near the hospital was chaos and the car parking was even worse.

I'm off out again this evening teaching a course near Warrington. Wrap up warm and it's fine. The biggest issue at the moment is it's potato harvesting time so the tractors are leaving the local roads covered in mud. You need to be really cautious on rural roads.
Bikes are golden for getting in to the hospital near me. Been in and out the last few days and the ability to nip round the dodderers and park fairly near the entrance saved me a load of headache.

Plus it avoids the £2.20/hr parking charges for 9 hours/day. :-)

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by XTreme » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:45 pm

Mr Fro wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 pm
Been out today on the bike to the local hospital, good job as well as the traffic near the hospital was chaos and the car parking was even worse.

I'm off out again this evening teaching a course near Warrington. Wrap up warm and it's fine. The biggest issue at the moment is it's potato harvesting time so the tractors are leaving the local roads covered in mud. You need to be really cautious on rural roads.
Bikes are golden for getting in to the hospital near me. Been in and out the last few days and the ability to nip round the dodderers and park fairly near the entrance saved me a load of headache.

Plus it avoids the £2.20/hr parking charges for 9 hours/day. :-)
They charge you to park in hospitals now Fro? :shock:

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Bungleaio » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:56 pm

XTreme wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:45 pm
Mr Fro wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 pm
Been out today on the bike to the local hospital, good job as well as the traffic near the hospital was chaos and the car parking was even worse.

I'm off out again this evening teaching a course near Warrington. Wrap up warm and it's fine. The biggest issue at the moment is it's potato harvesting time so the tractors are leaving the local roads covered in mud. You need to be really cautious on rural roads.
Bikes are golden for getting in to the hospital near me. Been in and out the last few days and the ability to nip round the dodderers and park fairly near the entrance saved me a load of headache.

Plus it avoids the £2.20/hr parking charges for 9 hours/day. :-)
They charge you to park in hospitals now Fro? :shock:
They have charged for a long time in the UK. We spent a fortune when my mum was going through Chemo.
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by S-Westerly » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:32 pm

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 pm
Been out today on the bike to the local hospital, good job as well as the traffic near the hospital was chaos and the car parking was even worse.

I'm off out again this evening teaching a course near Warrington. Wrap up warm and it's fine. The biggest issue at the moment is it's potato harvesting time so the tractors are leaving the local roads covered in mud. You need to be really cautious on rural roads.
Absolutely agree regarding mud covered rural roads. I was out in Somerset yesterday and some roads were like the Somme - pure mud. Not helped by all the water oozing out of springs and onto adjacent roads.
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by fastbob » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:35 pm

Bungleaio wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:56 pm
XTreme wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:45 pm
Mr Fro wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:57 pm


Bikes are golden for getting in to the hospital near me. Been in and out the last few days and the ability to nip round the dodderers and park fairly near the entrance saved me a load of headache.

Plus it avoids the £2.20/hr parking charges for 9 hours/day. :-)
They charge you to park in hospitals now Fro? :shock:
They have charged for a long time in the UK. We spent a fortune when my mum was going through Chemo.
Walsgrave Hospital Coventry , and this is from 2016 ! Bloody criminal .
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Stu » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:42 pm

I never started commuting for summer :?
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Mr Fro » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:45 pm

fastbob wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Walsgrave Hospital Coventry , and this is from 2016 ! Bloody criminal .
You should see Bury St Edmunds hospital - one of the most expensive in the UK plus, for bonus arsewipery, they've been digging up the main carpark since January and turning most of it in to disabled parking with the rest of the parking scattered around the site a decent walk from the only entrance. Not what you need when your wife is about to drop a sprog!

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by fastbob » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:52 pm

Stu wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:42 pm
I never started commuting for summer :?
Yeah , I cannot imagine anything worse than having to commute on a motorcycle and my sympathy goes to those who do . My commute is five minutes on a bicycle .

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Bianco2564 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:18 pm

Yeah still commuting here, that's why I bought the scooter.
Reasonable weather protection and I'm not fussed if it gets dirty.
Will use it all winter except for the icy ,snowy days if we have any.

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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by bonio » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:47 pm

S-Westerly wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:32 pm
Absolutely agree regarding mud covered rural roads. I was out in Somerset yesterday and some roads were like the Somme - pure mud. Not helped by all the water oozing out of springs and onto adjacent roads.
Mud, sand and leaves are all here in good supply in Suffolk. Still, the roads are still nice and grippy - it won't be like that for much longer.
And - to answer the OP - yes, far fewer riders out there now than there were over the summer.
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Re: Has everyoen stopped commuting for the winter?

Post by Pie man » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:07 pm

Still commuting here.. been commuting on the bikes for the last two years, Only done a couple of days in the car, and I couldn't stand it. I can't abide sitting in queuing traffic anymore. Both bikes have been booked in for the All Year Biker treatment next week, ready for winter. :thumb:

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