Speed. We all like a bit of that, don’t we? Getting there quickly, nipping about, being efficient with time. But there’s a ‘but’.
There’s always a ‘but’.
When I’m on my bike, it takes me just over 20 minutes to get to work. When I’m in the car, it also takes me just over 20 minutes to get to work. So I’m travelling at the same speed, right?
I’m averaging the same speed, but rarely am I travelling at the same speed. The high and low points at the outliers of my range are significantly different. This struck me, whilst reviewing these images that I took in London recently, images taken handheld with the ISO whacked up high, images that show static objects and people against tail lights like spectres.
Bikes spin quietly and drift easily. Constant steady progress towards a goal. Cars however, ebb and flow significantly. 5mph crawling in a queue, to 30 mph when the road opens up. And herein, lies the problem. That maximum speed of 30mph can make all the difference to the personal safety of those involved.
In the interest of safety for all, the riders in my city would like a 20mph speed limit enforced across the piece. I’m one of them. Care to join us?