Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Caught in the middle

Highgate box junction
My eldest daughter Sarah kindly sent me this link to the  London Evening Standard report on the money that Transport For London have raised from fines imposed on drivers who stop on the yellow grid at a notorious crossroads in north London.

The cameras caught me in the box for 3 seconds a couple of months ago and fined me £60.00. That's £20 per second. It certainly makes public transport seem a bargain.

If only Beeching hadn't scrapped so many lines in the 1960s,  many people would be using the railways for their commute over short distances, linking small towns together, and so reducing cars on the roads. How lovely it would be to see far fewer cars on the roads and a corresponding increase in cyclists. Take a look at the public transport campaigning website, and Campaign for Better Transport.

Nearly 30 years ago I cycled the 12 miles from Olney to Bedford on the A428 with my then very young daughter sitting on a tiny seat on the crossbar. The thought of attempting that now....(and not just my fitness and the seat being a tad small for Sarah!!).
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