It's The Strand and High Holborn during rush hour.
After following TFL's recommended cycle route to get me from Crouch End to Waterloo Bridge, I found myself cycling some of London's most terrifying and perilous roads where cycle infrastructure is zilch, nano, non-existent. Ok, ok, I already knew this, but I guess I've never really had so much trouble getting somewhere during rush hour before.
At the start of my commute, I was at ease with the calm traffic and simple roads, but then I stumbled into territory where cars, black cabbies and monstrous lorries rule the streets. I quickly learned where my place was and it was a difficult decision between the pavement and the gutter.
Throwing myself onto the sanctuary of the pavement, I walked the remainder of my route to Waterloo Bridge and I thought about how cycling on quiet back roads just doesn't work in central London (a point well made by the Alternative Department for Transport blog). Here is a taster of what I encountered:
+ Wide one way roads with multiple lanes occupied by buses and taxis - but no cycle lanes!
+ Monstrous lorries storming through junctions at peak times
+ Congested traffic on narrow lanes with limited shared space
+ And this Crazy of a junction on High Holborn. I thought I understood roundabouts and complex junctions but this one is ridiculous
+ Walking and cycling, I eventually made it to my work training session
But I decided that next time I'm going to call The Jetson's and HITCH ME A LIFT please!
Do you often have to walk part of your cycle route you are way too scared for your life?