How Far Would You Go Out Of Your Way?
After yesterday’s post about how nice and straight the path alonside the Coast Road is, I got thinking about nice direct routes, and traffic-free routes in general.
It’s just so much quicker to get to the centre of Newcastle by going direct, rather than the routes I usually take, that I struggle to understand why I don’t go that way every time. But here’s the thing - imagine if I lived on a busy road that ran parallel to a great bike route. How close would that bike-friendly route have to be for me to take the detour down to it, rather than just heading along the busy road?
I don’t know the answer to this. But what about you - do you add mileage to your trip just to get to a really bike-friendly route?
While you’re thinking about that, have a look at this video (which I’ve posted before) about Houten in the Netherlands. Bikes there seem to have the best of everything - routes that are direct, and no traffic. It makes you wonder why people would drive at all there!