On my commute to work, there is a three-mile stretch on which I sometimes meet no traffic at all. This is not because nobody travels between Alsager and Sandbach; cars just like to use the main road, no matter how much busier it is. So the little country lanes are left nice and empty.
I have to admit that sometimes I miss the excitement of city commuting and the huge choice of routes that I had when cycling in London. Here I have about four routes to choose from because there are only four roads.
So sometimes I choose the main road home just because its busier. London it isn’t, but there are still a few opportunities to glide past lines of waiting cars at the only traffic light on the return journey:
Traffic congestion is not too bad around here, except when there is a problem on the M6 and then the local road network gets gridlocked. This is one of the reasons why so few people cycle: It is just very easy to go by car. Both Alsager and Sandbach also have free town centre parking – effectively another subsidy for motorists. I should add that the relatively low cycling rate may contribute to the courtesy shown by most drivers; it’s only about once a week that I feel the need to shout after a passing vehicle, but perhaps I’m just too tolerant.
A six-mile commute through quiet country lanes: Aren’t I lucky?