Snow Brings Traffic Chaos!
So anyway, I’d thought that winter was over, that as a wise politician once said, the green shoots of recovery are just around the corner. To prove it, I rode in to my client’s offices today wearing a shirt as a base layer, rather than the technomaterails I’ve got used to this winter. It was cool on the ride in, but great cycling weather - a slight tailwind to make everything flattering and unsweaty.
Cut to four hours later, those four hours having been spent in a meeting room with no external windows:
Apparently it’d been snowing hard from ten o’clock, and with the ground cold from last night’s frost, it was pretty much settling everywhere. Last time there were conditions like this here, and I went out on my bike, I managed to fall off. Twice.
So I was naturally a little (read: extremely) cautious.
To keep the rubber side down, I rode in the clearer part of the road, where tyres from cars & busses had more or less cleared it. I figured it’s better to put myself out there and visible, than try hugging the gutter, where hazards in the road surface were hidden by the snow & slush at the edge. There were only two “Eeek!” moments - I hit a raised lip of a manhold cover and the front tyre skittered sideways, and did the same with a pothole I hadn’t seen. I’m not sure how I didn’t fall off - maybe because I was looking for what might happen, I was just more aware of it, and in reality neither was anything to worry about.
Anyway, I got home in the end without any real mishaps:
As you can see - it’s little wonder that there was such traffic chaos. There must be nearly an inch of snow on the ground.