September 28, 2004

Traffic Congestion

Follow-up to Schadenfreude from Secret Plans and Clever Tricks

Will someone please put me out of my misery and post a blog entry about how bad the traffic is when driving from Leamington in to the uni in the mornings?

I'm just dying to post a snide comment about how enjoyable it is right now riding my bike up the middle of Gibbet Hill past all the stationary cars…

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  1. Lionfish

    Wow, do you bike to uni from Leam?
    I was thinking about doing that… biked from Earlsdon all last year. But my bike's slowly falling apart…
    who need breaks, eh?

    Anyway: Which route do you take from Leam to avoid most of the traffic?

    28 Sep 2004, 10:39

  2. Chris May

    I bike from Radford Semele, which on the road out of leam going towards Southam, so I go through Offchurch and Cubbington, then out to Stoneleigh (All on roads that are usually fairly quiet), then over the A46 and up Gibbet Hill (which is so busy & slow in term-time that you can ride safely up the white lines in the middle of the road)

    From the center of Leamington ( I go that way sometimes if I need to go into town first) the best route I've found is to go out through Lillington towards cubbington, then either go past the NAC (bit busy) or keep going into cubbington and take the back-road into stoneleigh (marginally further but a nicer ride).

    Brakes are optional – who wants to ride slowly, after all :-) But make sure your lights are up to scratch if you ride in, 'cos the roads from Stoneleigh are unlit, and you really want drivers to see you in plenty of time along there.

    28 Sep 2004, 10:55

  3. The traffic's only really bad during rush hours. I'd also like to cycle in, but I haven't bothered to find any routes into uni from leam.

    Yeah, so what route do you take?

    28 Sep 2004, 10:56

  4. Oh, thanks. So how long does that usually take?

    28 Sep 2004, 10:58

  5. Chris May

    From Radford Semele, 35–45 mins depending on how lazy I feel. From the center of Leam, about half an hour or so (depends on where exactly you are in Leamington – you can spend a lot of time faffing through the traffic round the Parade)

    28 Sep 2004, 11:04

  6. Catherine Fenn

    I biked from Coundon this morning (less than 20 mins) and enjoyed whizzing down the cycle path on the A45 past the stationary traffic.

    Parking here at Westwood is non-existant today so I feeling quite smug!

    28 Sep 2004, 11:59

  7. James Taylor

    You guys won't be laughing when the rain and freezing cold weather comes. It was from bitter experiences cycling back from college in the lashing rain that I resigned myself to never riding a bike to work. If I worked in jeans & t-shirt i'd possibly reconsider it, but as I need to wear shirt and tie and as i'd rather not use our communal toilets at NAGTY as a changing room, it looks like i'm going to have to bear the traffic. Though the thought of one of those £800 Peugeot Scooters as made popular by the ever expanding Coventry 'chav' community is becoming ever more appealing I have to say.

    This morning was the worst it has ever been. I literally joined the A45 on the junction that comes up off the Hollyhead Road, and crawled the whole way in 1st and 2nd gear to the roundabout at Canley.. thank god there was some good music on my CD player to keep me calm or I think I might have just exploded out of frustration.

    28 Sep 2004, 12:43

  8. Chris May

    I laughed all last winter and I'm hoping to do the same this time round :-)

    However, I do benefit from (a) working in jeans and t-shirt (though I don't ride in my work clothes anyway), and (b) working 2 minutes away from the Westwood sports center, fully equipped with nice hot showers.

    28 Sep 2004, 13:05

  9. Steve Rumsby

    I'm with Chris. There was one day last winter when I chose not to cycle. That was because there was ice on the ground and I didn't fancy it on semi-slicks (and only because I did try it the previous day and came off)! I cycled every other day, come hail, rain, wind, snow, fog, etc.

    I only have a short ride. If I had to ride as far as Chris, well I probably wouldn't have started, but now that I do cycle regularly I would stick with it even if I had to ride that far. I also work in University House, which comes equipped with a locker room and showers. So I can ride in sensible clothes and dry/shower off and change when I arrive. I did spend a year cycling to Senate House, which doesn't have such facilities, and still cycled in all weathers.

    I really isn't that bad.

    28 Sep 2004, 15:16

  10. Thanks for the info! But I decided to get a bus pass this term. Having a load of good books is a must though… Will bike after christmas, when I get my bike up from home. (Another reason I've stopped biking is I started having trouble with my back: think my bike's too small, or something… dunno,... :/)

    28 Sep 2004, 15:43

  11. Well James' comment has made me feel better – after hearing about the motorway accident, I decided to drive via Stoneleigh rather than A45 and although there was a good queue of traffic, from what James is saying it would have still been worse coming via A45. Thanks James! :-)

    28 Sep 2004, 16:50

  12. Yes the A45 was hellish this morning. I drive from south Derbyshire each day. Yesterday it took an hour, today it took two! I missed my first introduction of the day.

    At least I know the reason now, thank you She Bevan.

    28 Sep 2004, 22:12

  13. The A45 is not just a bad road at rush hour. Its straight up diabolically EVIL!!!!!!!!! A tortoise could get into uni quicker. Thus hear I am at 8.15 on a thursday morning. Hmm, really needing sleep about now. Oh well, at least i don't have many 9.00 lectures this term. And I'm getting my car up in a few weeks .Hurrah!!

    30 Sep 2004, 08:20

  14. James Taylor

    Went in extra early this morning (hear at the science park for 8:03am) – it seems the crossroads by the Wing Wah backs up no matter WHAT time you come in, but the traffic at the Canley roundabout is greatly reduced.

    Still I had to smile to myself as I saw a few people on bikes dolled up in waterproofs pedalling into the horrible kind of slanty thin driving rain whilst I sat in my comfortable car, giving my new subwoofer a work out to the Keane album 'Hopes and Fears' :D

    30 Sep 2004, 09:16

  15. I realise this isnt really on the same subject, but I took forever getting into campus this morning, because of the absolutely shameful service of Stagecoach. Im a third year so have been experiencing ther annoyingness for over a year, but still they never fail to aggravate me when their 'every ten minutes' service fails to deliver even one bus in half an hour. then ten come at once,all full to the brim. even more annoyingly, this forces me to resort to travelling on the west midlands number 12, and, therefore, to spending unnecessary money so as to have the correct change for their stupid machines!!! aaaarrgggghhhh, anyone else an avid stagecoach hater??

    30 Sep 2004, 11:43

  16. i live in cannon park and i know nothing about the traffic. But it is interesting to read others' experience. Anyway, good luck!
    By the way, i am new comer from China, nice to see everyone here.

    01 Oct 2004, 09:50

  17. Reza Shahrjerdi

    I am thinking of fixing my old bike (I made a simple webpage for a friend's pizzashop in London 4 years ago and he gave me a bike instead) and "throw" away my car .Just I need an "Exception" , hoom.., maybe this traffic is what I need.

    02 Oct 2004, 13:02

  18. MIke phillips

    "Hallitubes" – high-speed transit system with terrorist-resistant features proposed.

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. A grassroots anti-congestion initiative headed by Attorney Greg Maizlish advocates rider-agility-based electric vehicle commuting through thin, low-elevated tubes. Twenty other referendum measures combat road delays with new technologies as part of a California Proposition plan.

    Hallitubes will siphon enough commuters from highways to bring rush hour speeds back to posted limits. They offer an electrification hedge against uncontrollable crude oil prices as the carts can be highway-adapted. And terrorists bite on metal where transit riders are distributed rather than concentrated. Although electric personal rapid transit has been proposed since 1940, Hallitubes are completely different in dimension, speed and level of rider skill requirements.

    "Government and academia have failed to relieve congestion. Parents spend days waiting in their cars, separated from their children. Many commute to two jobs daily. Voters, media and private sector must evaluate new low-cost approaches, even if they seem radical " Maizlish said.

    Credit card-checked riders will breeze through license and evacuation exams, as the space economy of the system is only achievable via user training and vehicles with 60% less volume than other PRT systems. Hallitube installations will grow into profitable transit franchises, without swallowing existing gridspace.

    There is no dangerous "cattlecar" rider-crowding into one vehicle, making Hallitubes safer from bombings. Hallicarts rush recumbent riders along the highway via low-elevated tracks fitting below highway overpasses without disturbing traffic, a feature lacking in light rail or other PRT systems. Licensed commuters pull and hoist their Hallicarts into slots on arrival, without central automation. Early installations directly wire bedroom communities to concentrated employment districts. Long-distance commuters will harvest 40 minutes of leisure time per day. The Hallitube website with 100+ images, is at


    What the experts say about Hallitubes: page 2 of 3

    "An innovative strategy that merits consideration for alleviating congestion and encouraging alternate transportation". Dr. Stephen Mattingly, Univ. of Tex. " (rest omitted)
    Because Hallitubes are inserted under highway overpasses, they do not require expensive, tall monorail structures taking decades to build. Tubes end in connected suites within apartment complexes, malls or corporations. No stations are built. A patented rail/conveyor interface disperses carts, and rail switches dissipate cart queues preventing tube exit congestion. Recumbent riding permits low cart diameter, overpass compatibility and low air resistance. Financing will be through a private/public consortium.

    Speeds are up to 120 mph, with 4–7 miles between exits. Hallitubes were invented and patented by Greg Maizlish and are supported by a volunteer organization.

    Other provisions of the anti-congestion proposition plan also focus on new technology: To cut short car chases, reduce shopping mall parking-spot cruising, introduce mandatory highway accident shielding, create low-cost automated pedestrian overpasses, yielding courtesy lights for cars, green-arrow left turn intersection light audio-signals, sedan car-top cameras, passenger-driven mini-buses, and a faster, curving



    25 Jul 2005, 06:01

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