Friday, 20 February 2009

Holes! Big bloody holes!!!

So I cycled into work today and yesterday. It's been a while since I got on my bike

I don't know if it's because of the recent mad snowy weather we've had, perhaps causing drains/pipes to freeze and then burst, but the roads are absolutely buggered! Between Oval and Victoria there are so many 'tears' in the seams of the road, umpteen holes, a lot of which have water seeping out of them... it's not fun!

Cycling in London isn't the most enjoyable of pursuits anyway really, well, that's not to say I don't enjoy it at all, I really enjoy having my own transport (can't drive, never needed to, Londoner all my life, been no point!), and saving on the travel fare (journey to work is only 4 miles, I definitely begrudge paying TFL to travel on their cramped, stuffy, overpriced sweatboxes, aka tubes), but the motorists are pretty nuts to say the least. I thank the heavens every day that I don't have to travel through the West End, but that's not to say that some of the motorists I encounter don't think that they still are haphazardly hurtling through 3/4/5??lanes of traffic on Haymarket.

Pedestrians irritate me when they do daft things like step out suddenly in the road without looking, cars make me nervous when they suddenly swerve in front of you, or a parked car's driver opens their door without looking to see who's coming along... but trucks, lorries and 18m bendy buses terrify the hell out of me!!

The colleague of a friend of mine was killed the other day, as she was cycling in London. She got dragged under a truck. Can you imagine anything more horrifyingly painful? My heart goes out to her family, I just hope that it was mercifully quick....

Aside from fire and drowning, being pulled under a truck and crushed to death is my worst fear. I think it ranks as #1 as it's the most likely of the three to happen! Very scary :-(

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