What a start to the year!
Today I cycled 15 miles on relatively free flowing roads in Haringey, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Newham with little in the way of close passes or inconsiderate behaviour. To be honest, most of the drivers were so considerate that I was starting to feel unsettled. This new phenomenon coupled with TfL managing to fix the cycle lights at Hoe Street made me wonder whether I was in danger of losing my grumpiness. What would become of me if I simply became "The Cyclist"?
Luckily, on my way through Leyton, I noticed some things that helped restore the natural balance of things.
At the junction between Leyton High Road and Grove Green Road, this bus just completely disregarded the ASL. There was no reason for him to not stop at the first line. This type of behaviour is really anti-social as it means that any filtering cyclists either have to stop next to the bus (not the best place in the world for a cyclist to be at a junction), or alternatively, cycle forward of the bus into the pedestrian crossing.
And, it looks like Ruckholt Road / Alexandra Road is getting a makeover.
The big sign on the left is advertising the "streetscape inprovement scheme", whilst the two red signs say "cycle lane closed" and "cyclists dismount here".
It is very kind of the council to make sure that cyclists are not endangered by the roadworks with the cycle lane shut. The narrow cycle lane that runs right next to parked cars. How could us cyclists cope with this road without a facility like this? Clearly signs asking drivers to take extra care for cyclists on the road during the road works couldn't be put up could they? And I assume that the cyclist is supposed to wheel their cycle on the narrow pavement left by the roadworks and hope that no-one wants to go the other way.
So all is not lost in 2011. I think my Grumpy title is safe for a little while yet.