So we had another tube strike in London on Thursday this week. Bleugh.
In the morning, I cycled into London expecting carnage. There were 250 more buses out, all the taxi drivers in the London area would be on the road, and clearly more people would drive and cycle.
It was pretty chaotic. There were stretches where the cycle lane was totally clear, but there was also lots of stopping, and I had to walk my bike along on the pavement several times to get round cars and buses which were blocking the cycle lane.
Dr. Bike was out giving free mini services to bikes which is cool. I should imagine there were some shockers on the road and just pumping up tyres would improve their road-worthiness 1000%.
Since I totally failed to run on Wednesday morning (and ate badly all that day as I was exhausted/felt sorry for myself), I opted to run home on Thursday evening. This was significantly easier than cycling. I’d noticed on my ride in that lots of people seemed to be running in – with the tell-tale backpack distinguishing them from local runners. There were way more than usual, and the same seemed to be true of the evening. When I set off, it was busy – but then it always is around St. Paul’s Cathedral.
There were long queues for the river boat….
…..and the pavements were busy in narrow sections.
In fact, they were way busier than normal all the way home. In town, it was mostly tourists. I guess everyone focuses on the impact of a tube strike on workers, but the tourists have to get about too. A lot of people seemed to walk home from train stations, which makes sense, so pavements stayed busy almost the entire way home, especially as I passed stations. Once I got past parliament, it was way quieter.
Above all, there were just SO many commuter runners!! Like this guy, who had the same backpack as me…
And here are some more running along Parliament Square.
So. the strikes are annoying – but I guess if someone dug their bike our the shed, or ran further than they normally would then hey. Some good has come of it!
Then I got home, and someone was pleased to see me….