Riding on fast dual carriageways.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BlackPanther, 15 May 2019.

  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    @Trickedem and myself did that path a couple of years back on an Audax. Surprisingly good surface for cycling.
     
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  2. Ian H

    Ian H I am an ancient randonneur, & I stop often for tea

    Location:
    East Devon
    It depends.
     
  3. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    Cheers. :smile:

    At the time I was riding flat out (something I very rarely do) with snot dribbling out my nose and steam coming out my ears and was also a bit lost. As it turned out I ended up on the DC which was actually not all that bad. I rode on the white line to the left, with a big shoulder area to escape onto and the traffic was quite light. I did catch up with my friend eventually.

    But next time I'm up that way, if it's a planned ride, I'll be tootling along little yellow lanes, not big red A roads. (OS map colours)
     
  4. Reynard

    Reynard Guru

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    The A10 this side of Cambridge has its hairy bits as well. You do see some cyclists using parts of the stretch between Ely & Cambridge, but not that often. I certainly wouldn't - and besides, there are quieter alternatives.

    I do use a few short stretches around Ely and Littleport when there's no other option, but they're less busy than the A10 south of Ely, mainly because a lot of traffic then turns onto the A142.

    Speaking of, the A142 can be a tad hairy as well. Although there is a cycle path (albeit a not very good one) heading to Witchford, Sutton and beyond, and on the other side, the bit to Soham has changed thanks to the new bypass. The local cycle club uses the stretch of the A142 between Witchford and Ely as part of their 25k TT course.
     
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Which A5?
     
  6. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I have raced on those roads many times.
     
  7. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Yeah, if you like the gravel on National Route 11 :sad: The B road through Cottenham is quieter than the A10 but still has far too many bad drivers close-passing. It's disgraceful that the Ely-Cambridge A10 has a cycle path - and again a not very good one - that still has a clanking great gap in it from Little Thetford to Waterbeach. Government is building another farking motorway to Cambridge when the cycleways (or cycle-friendly roads - I don't mind which) are still incomplete, demonstrating yet again that cycling is the lowest-priority opion.

    Isn't there always another option for that bit? The main unavoidable bit north of there IMO is to get to Brandon Creek or between Hilgay/Southery and Denver without the huge detour round the sluices.

    Still unchanged and very very unpleasant between Stuntney and Soham, isn't it?
     
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  8. Reynard

    Reynard Guru

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Especially when you've got decent east-west routes along the guided busway... Seems the north-south bit has been ignored. Although the busway's not without its problems either.

    I don't tend to go that far north. Most of my riding is around the Littleport / Welney / Coveney / Mepal area. The two short stretches of A10 that I use are at Sandhill (where it joins up with bits of the A1101) and the bit between West Fen and the B1411.

    Can't say to be fair, as I haven't ridden beyond Ely Station since they opened the new Southern Bypass last October. But there's a heck of a lot less traffic coming from Stuntney - it's very noticeable whenever I go to the station or to the Tesco at Angel Drove.
     
  9. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

    Location:
    Here and there
    I've ridden the last 15 miles of the dual carriageway of the A470 between Merthyr and Cardiff just once when I was in a hurry to get home. Never again. If you get off the main carriageway on to the fairly wide hard shoulder to avoid the speeding traffic (50-70 mph) you find that it is full of debris e.g. stones, twigs, cans that is just as dangerous to cyclists.

    I drive that route at least once a week and now I appreciate why I never see cyclists on it.
     
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    This millennium? Traffic has got significantly heavier in the last 20 years
     
  11. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Wow! Where has that 12 years gone.
     
  12. steverob

    steverob Über Member

    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Wasn’t aware there was more than one to be honest (or is it the same one but a large chunk in the middle has been reclassified like the A41?)

    The short bit I did was on a section between Milton Keynes and Towcester (around the village of Potterspury).
     
  13. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    There's one in Northern Ireland as well.
     
  14. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Roads are not dangerous.
     
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  15. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    On the phase of the moon
     
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