De Sisti wrote:
To get onto and off a motorway one has to encounter a slip road with FAST moving traffic.
The differential between that traffic and the speed of a bike is a substantially greater than
that between cars and bikes in an urban situation.
Absolute madness to even consider it as being feasible.
Many people ride on roads that are 60/70mph and have motors passing at far greater than that, I have to cross two slips at J7 A1, this is part of NCN12 to then try cross a dual carriageway (bypass road) where the crossing is located on the crown of the bend. I then cycle on what was the old gt North road which has a recycling plant on it so I have to put up with skip lorries thundering past at 50+mph or a single decker at same often coming within a couple of feet.
The alternate would be to get on the slip and continue on the hard shoulder down to the next junction.
Given the stats for deaths/SI on hard shoulders compared to elsewhere I reckon it's far safer for me on the hard shoulder than it is trying to cross two slips, two dual carriageways plus a NSL road with tipper lorries, buses and the usual twonk going to the golf club!