Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

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Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Postby The utility cyclist » 17 Mar 2020, 5:10pm

Just wondered if anyone has been finding the roads less busy either going into work or your normal leisure rides?

TBH around here it's seems business as usual, and the usual divot close passing or pulling in/out and normal levels of traffic. Car parks around the supermarket are same levels.
Was kinda hoping a few motons would stay at home but nope, and seemingly no better patience/attitude to others :evil:

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Postby millimole » 17 Mar 2020, 5:53pm

In Leicestershire I'm seeing much quieter roads, but this seems to be encouraging more stupid than usual driving
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Postby Cyril Haearn » 17 Mar 2020, 6:02pm

No, it is sickening, there is lots of traffic, doubtless they are visiting several stores looking for the cheapest toilet paper
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Postby Postboxer » 17 Mar 2020, 6:31pm

Far less school run traffic for me, lots of kids not in school. Haven't been out any other time. Planning an early night tomorrow and shopping whenever I wake up, hopefully 4am ish. Avoids the traffic, people, hopefully the shops will be restocked quicker than they're emptied in the early hours.

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Postby richardfm » 17 Mar 2020, 6:37pm

There has been a lot less traffic on my commute in and out of Cardiff yesterday and today

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Postby gaz » 17 Mar 2020, 6:42pm

Anecdotally a little less traffic, more speeding, poorer driving.
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Postby Postboxer » 17 Mar 2020, 6:43pm

Audis are exempt from all laws aren't they? They come with free bad driving lessons too so it seems.

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 17 Mar 2020, 6:45pm

Postboxer wrote:Audis are exempt from all laws aren't they? They come with free bad driving lessons too so it seems.

See long thread 'Why, is it always an adui' on these fora :?
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Postby mjr » 17 Mar 2020, 7:06pm

gaz wrote:Anecdotally a little less traffic, more speeding, poorer driving.

^^ This is how it seemed to me. Noticeable increase in phoney drivers, possibly looking for latest bog roll locations?
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Postby softlips » 17 Mar 2020, 7:41pm

Central London was virtually empty today. Lovely cycling through.

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Postby sjs » 17 Mar 2020, 7:50pm

A lot less rush hour traffic here. Didn't notice any change in standards.

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Postby willp01908 » 17 Mar 2020, 8:28pm

Seems to be more traffic down my way - given that I personally know people in my street who`ll drive the 300 yds to the supermarket and come back with a bottle of milk, I suspect a lot of it is extra shopping.

Seem distracted too.

Might slow a bit if (when!) fuel deliveries are affected by sickness and absence in the haulage industry, though not without a period of panic buying fuel I suspect.

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Postby The utility cyclist » 17 Mar 2020, 9:00pm

Postboxer wrote:Far less school run traffic for me, lots of kids not in school. Haven't been out any other time. Planning an early night tomorrow and shopping whenever I wake up, hopefully 4am ish. Avoids the traffic, people, hopefully the shops will be restocked quicker than they're emptied in the early hours.

be aware, some larger supermarket chains are changing their opening hours, particularly the early hours of the morning.

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Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Postby roberts8 » 17 Mar 2020, 10:06pm

I live in the Surrey hills area and yes there is a bit less road traffic but air traffic is nearly nonexistent so the lanes near Gatwick are a joy to cycle on. Birdsong against Easyjet is no contest.

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Postby peetee » 17 Mar 2020, 10:48pm

The utility cyclist wrote:
Postboxer wrote:Far less school run traffic for me, lots of kids not in school. Haven't been out any other time. Planning an early night tomorrow and shopping whenever I wake up, hopefully 4am ish. Avoids the traffic, people, hopefully the shops will be restocked quicker than they're emptied in the early hours.

be aware, some larger supermarket chains are changing their opening hours, particularly the early hours of the morning.


My daughter works in Tesco. They haven’t been briefed about increased risk of abuse and how to deal with it but going by what she has told me I suspect the changes to opening hours are to assist staff in restocking shelves in a ‘safe’ environment. Also staffing must be tight with kids not attending school.
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