July 15, 2008

Fun with cycling (temporary road surfaces)

So the council have embarked on a road resurfacing scheme in the Leamington / Warwick / Kenilworth areas. All well and good but has anyone tried cycling on this surface? Not only do you get peppered with gravel from passing cars, but on a road bike its like trying to ride over the surface of the moon - larger stones cause you to veer off course, and the fear of a puncture is ever present. At one point I joined the pavement for a break but it was worse there as all the gravel was on there. I had to tackle it coming out of Leamington last night on the final approach up to the A46, and then they started on Dencer Drive and then Tainters Hill in Kenilworth this morning - also where I cycle! Arrrghh!!! I swear they're following me!

I'm genuinely curious to know exactly what the benefit of sticking all that gravel down is as I just don't understand how it contributes to resurfacing of a road considering it'll just get thrown and scattered along the sides of the road after a few days of cars passing over it? Anyone?

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