Highways and Byways

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?

About abikerideaday

I like riding my bike about for work and for fun. Having a blog lets me sound off and generally express things. If you like my blog, please pass the address on to other cyclists in the area!
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