Thursday, September 25, 2008
I've barely used my scooter to get to work recently. Two weeks ago, I did an intensive driving course in a vain attempt to pass my car test. While I was learning, my instructor banned me from using the scoot to purge habits that don't translate into car driving. As it happens, I failed for speeding and er, "cornering like you were on a motorcycle". On monday I rode to work as usual, only to find that the Aldgate one-way system had been remodelled into a two-way obstacle course of traffic lights and widened pavements. Apparently it's to create a 'piazza-like environment'. I'm all for putting pedestrians first, but I can't imagine who'd want to hang about on that polluted corner. Anyway, it was fine on the way to work, but on the way back the entire length of Lower Thames Street, Tower Hill, Aldgate and Mile End Road as far as the Whitechapel Hospital was a long line of hooting, static, cars, vans, lorries, taxis and cement mixers. I'm not much of a filterer, and progress through this maze of metal was torture. It took me longer to get home that night than it would have if I'd got the tube. It used to take 20 minutes. Same thing on tuesday, but in the rain. So i'm having a break until City Hall sort the phasing of the traffic lights. Scootering, after all, is meant to be fun.