Monday, July 1, 2013 8:58:59 AM
Incidentally, to those getting annoyed at motorcyclists cutting to the front of the queue, answer me this: why are you getting annoyed at there being one fewer vehicle waiting in the queue in front of you?
A motorcycle at the front of the queue, setting off FAR faster than anything but the raciest of sports cars could ever hope to match, is going to be holding you up far less than the motorcycle sat patiently in the queue in front of you, making you one vehicle-length further back from the lights, making you just that little bit more likely to be the unlucky sod to reach the lights just as they turn red.
They're getting where they need to be faster...and they are not slowing you down in the process. Quite the opposite: they are helping you get there a little bit faster too!
"YEs, but, didn't Motorcycle Boy do the exact same thing? He passed ALL those cars and then cut in front, yes?"
It`s legal for a motorcyclist to straddle the line to go pass, or pass between, queued traffic, but only if the traffic is stationary.
When the traffic is moving, the motorcyclist is expected to treat any passing as an overtaking maneuver. This means you can pass moving traffic on your left, but not go between two lines of moving traffic (for instance, on a motorway).
Monday, July 1, 2013 1:28:16 AM
Angilion, I lived in Hammersmith for a couple of years and worked about 3 miles away in Ealing. I had to drive one day and the journey into work wasn't too bad, but on the way home a bus had broken down in one of the lanes at Hammersmith roundabout and the traffic slowed to a crawl for miles because of people not letting those in the affected lane pull out - those 3 miles home took me 2 hours a mile.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:00:56 PM
Why anyone drives in London is beyond me. (I've been there a couple hundred times). Public transport is excellent.
I lived there for a while and I agree wholeheartedly. Driving in most of London is slower than public transport (and not infrequently slower than walking), tedious, irritating and expensive. And that`s assuming that you can find somewhere to park.
I once sat on a bench in London having a drink and saw the same car come past 7 times. They were in the wrong lane and went round and round and round before someone let them out.
If anyone is going to drive anywhere near central London, I suggest they prepare by burning money and repeatedly slapping themselves in the face so they`re used to the appropriate level of expense and annoyance.
The underground is ugly, but it`s very efficient. Use that instead. Or get a taxi - there are thousands of them.