As promised, here are some photos from last week’s events. Soon I’ll be posting our active travel quiz that some of you got the chance to fill out on Friday. Most people were really surprised to find out the answers to our questions so make sure you’ll come back in a day or two to see them for yourself.
Anyways, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here they come:
It was really something to have a go at sitting in the driver’s seat, and most people couldn’t resist the temptation of getting a photo of themselves sitting behind the wheel of a double-decker bus. With Claudia cycling around (which she did all day long with a smile on her face!), everyone got the chance to see what it’s like from a driver’s perspective to have cyclists ride their bikes right next to you. I can tell you it’s not easy. There’s a few blind spots, and most of all, there’s just so much going on all at once! This bus was parked, with one person cycling around, so I can only imagine what it’s like on Euston road on a busy Monday morning. I know well enough what it’s like for a cyclist – lost of things to be looking out for, that’s for sure.
I asked the very nice bus driver who was there what he thought was the most dangerous behaviour on the part of cyclists, and he said that for him it’s when cyclists try to squeeze in between the bus and the curb where there’s obviously no space (seen it myself) and when they cut him off (again, seen many times). It’s sometimes more worth it to slow down a little and wait the 30 seconds for the bus to start moving again than risk it just to get ahead of it…
Which leads me to a very obvious conclusion, that as long as we all – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – stay alert and respectful, a morning commute can be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone… although I’m quite sure that it’s a tad more enjoyable for active commuters than for drivers or passengers!