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Old 04-17-07, 01:47 PM   #1
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London Commuting Pics (56k warning)

Hi all,
I've been an avid reader on this forum for some years now and haven't posted in a long while.

I'm an Aussie living in London and a mate from back home asked me to show pics of my commute. I ride a 15 mile round trip from Wapping in east London to Chelsea in west London. Along the way I past some world famous landmarks such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. If I deviated an extra mile I would also pass the Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

I'd like to share the pics I of my commute with you all. Any feedback appreciated.

Also wondering if anyone knows of anywhere with a similar frequency of great landmarks in what (I think) is a short distance.
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Thanks for taking time to post these pics !!
I love to see stuff from other countries.
What is it like to commute there ?
Are motorists freindly ??

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I think the biggest mistake someone from the US would make there would be to ride on the wrong side of the street ...
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At the moment it's a very warm spring in London.
So commuting is an absolute joy.

Road conditions are quite ordinary. Loads of potholes and cobblestones.
Streets are quite narrow and only one lane most of the time.
As my commute goes right through the heart of the city there are loads of double decker buses and cabbies not to mention peds.
Bus drivers are generally patient and friendly. Cabbies less so.
Simiarl around the world perhaps?
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No...We live in violent society over here.
It manifests itself in all aspects of ones life somehow.
Although there are commuter friendly places, like where I
live currently for instance, a lot of us suffer random acts
of uncivility in other parts.
My Wife and I are planning on a 2009 tour of England and Ireland.
It goes without saying I will be doing as much as I can 2-wheeled !!

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Wow. That must be a really popular bike in London for you to have found them all sitting around like that in front of famous locations.

Someone in Washington DC who rides to or through the Mall (especially east-west) could easily bag the Capitol, White House, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Supreme Court and dozens and dozens of famous museums.

Thanks for posting the picutres.
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Well, thanks for the idea dude - y'all should see a Holland commuting pics thread soon...
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I'm from Melbourne, Australia which I now realise to be very peaceful and friendly.
In London, I think the crime rate is incredibly high compared to Melbourne.
It's amazing what people can tolerate...

newbojeff. washington sounds like an incredible commute.
any washing commute pics on this forum? i think the search function is down.
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Also wondering if anyone knows of anywhere with a similar frequency of great landmarks in what (I think) is a short distance.
If I'd done this when I was living in Paris, it would have been pretty decent.
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Nic, let's see if you can do it without pictures of a) windmills, b) canals, c) flowers. Good luck.

(Actually, I like all of those things. They're purty.)
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nicodemus, thanls for the compliments mate.

I really love my bike. Claud Butlers get a bit of stick over here as they're a cheapish brand.
But I really don't care, my levante is about as fast as my giant ocr1 and smooth as silk.

just concerned bike theft. apparently one bike gets stolen every minute in the UK.
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re paris - funny you should say that.
I hope to ride around paris for a week soon - gotta run it by the wife first
When I do so, i'll definitely post pics.

maybe I can arrange a "romantic" holiday to coincide with the tour de france finish as well.
might be too much cycling for my wife's liking though. hahhaa
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I've ridden many times in London, and from what I read here, commuting in America is far more dangerous, in terms of traffic, aggression, and bizarre pedestrian behaviour. You do still need your wits about you in London though!
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Is that Limehouse basin?

Thanks for the pics... took me back.

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We will be in London in June and look forward to visiting the tourist traps you've mentioned.
Thanks for the pictures.

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Also wondering if anyone knows of anywhere with a similar frequency of great landmarks in what (I think) is a short distance.
You can pass a bunch of stuff in NYC. My commute's pretty short (less than two miles now!) so I only pass a few things like Grand Central and the Waldorf Astoria. If I meander, I'd pass a bunch of other famous and semi-famous places. Great pics BTW.
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Also wondering if anyone knows of anywhere with a similar frequency of great landmarks in what (I think) is a short distance.
Rome.

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Azb - that was St Katherine's docks. Not far from Limehouse basin.
I live in Shadwell basin which is between the two. Lovely area.

Riding in london is totally gorgeous. The landmarks are awesome too as most of them are so old and have loads of history behind them. Not that to say the landmarks in DC and NYC aren't as attractive - they're just not as old or historical.

I know I'm going to get flamed here.
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Ah yes, St Katherines! I forgot the name. But I thought I recognized it! I used to walk through that area on my way to Tesco. I lived just on the other side of the Thames from there.

I'm not sure why anyone would flame you for the truth. I was born in NY and it's a great place, but what is considered old in this country is barely broken in over there. Although there was a lot of rebuilding in London after WW2, there are still a lot of buildings that are 500+ years old. There are parts of the original Tower of London that were built by the Romans almost 3000 years ago. The USA is too young a country to have that kind of History.

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I think that part of the river is such a lovely and understated part to live in London.
The scenery still takes my breath away and the roads are fabulous to ride on
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Ahhhh, your pics make me miss commuting in London. I rode from Islington to West Kensington for a while, not quite as far, but I had a few routes that took me past some of the big landmarks. London is great for biking...

But I always liked going north through Camden, St John's Wood and Westbourne Grove... no landmarks but a great part of the city for riding.
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Ahhhh, your pics make me miss commuting in London. I rode from Islington to West Kensington for a while, not quite as far, but I had a few routes that took me past some of the big landmarks. London is great for biking...

But I always liked going north through Camden, St John's Wood and Westbourne Grove... no landmarks but a great part of the city for riding.
I hear you there. So much as I whinge about the traffic and air pollution I couldn't imagine any other city as enjoyable to ride through on a warm spring day than london.
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