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What Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s could have done (2)

In my previous post What Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s could have done (1) I took a minimalist approach to providing a safe infrastructure for the Melton Road junction with Troon Way/Watermead Way at the site of the new Sainsbury’s. Now I want to take a little more radical approach.

Political Support

Both Sainsburys and Leicester City Council make bold claims for their political support for the environment and for carbon reduction.

Sainsbury’s on the environment

Let us imagine the sort of design that would fit with a Supermarket chain that claims the following:

Respect for our environment

At Sainsbury’s, respecting the environment is about doing the right thing. We aim to be the UK’s greenest grocer, which is great for our business but even better for the environment.

Making a positive difference to our community

For us, retailing is about more than quality products and great service. It’s also about supporting and helping the communities where we work, and being a good neighbour. We aim for our stores to be at the heart of the communities they serve

Further more, let us imagine they wish to build a flagship store that is their most environmentally efficient:

Sainsbury’s new supermarket in Leicester is one of two ‘Triple Zero’ stores the retailer has just opened. It is Sainsbury’s most environmentally friendly store to date and uses the very latest technologies available to complement its industry-leading standard specification.

Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s Property Director, said: “We aim to be the UK’s Greenest Grocer and achieve our 20×20 target to reduce our operational carbon emissions by 30 per cent absolute. To do this we’re now building and running highly sustainable, low carbon stores.

Such a store would of course take into account the environmental impact of it’s customers travelling to and from the site, sadly though all their public messages about the environment ignore transport, it is the elephant in the supermarket.

Of course if you want to build a very environment friendly superstore it helps to do it in an environment friendly city, so let us consider Leicester City.

Leicester City on the Environment

Leicester makes bold claims:

Setting sensible targets

So with a Supermarket chain and City both committed to a sustainable and low carbon environment, to the local community and to healthy and active travel, what might they do for transport at a site with 1,000’s of homes within a couple of miles, a site at a major junction where there is a lot of congestion and which is at the junction of key routes into and around the city.

  • They would presumably have targets for the percentage of staff walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work. They would do all they could to encourage this to reduce congestion, reduce car parking needs and increase the health, wealth and productivity of their staff.
  • They would presumably have targets for the percentage of customers walking, cycling or using public transport to get to and from their store. They would prioritise access to the store for these customers recognising that by doing so they benefit the local community by reducing congestion, pollution and health care costs.
  • They would presumably recognise how key the junction next to the store was for access into and around the city. They would note that it is the most direct route into the city for the communities of Thurmaston and Syston (and beyond). They would note that alternative cycling and walking routes into the city are far less direct and are through unlit parkland that is on the flood plain and thus inaccessible at night and when flooded. They would note that the crossing of the river Soar from the junction is one of the few that does not flood (the next nearest to the North is the A46 which is 3 miles away, to the south it is Loughborough Road 1.4 miles away) and so is important for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • They would note how close schools were to the site and the safety issues that come from having an attractive supermarket across a busy road from schools.

Noting all these things creating safe, attractive and convenient walking, cycling and public transport routes to, from and past the Supermarket would be of the highest priority.

Designing the transport links

The roads by this site are all very busy. For example the Melton Road is a dual carriageway that has 5 lanes heading south into this junction. Troon Way has 4 lanes heading east into the junction. There are frequent tailbacks on all 4 arms of the junction.

The London Cycling Campaign has helpfully adopted a simple formula for when cyclists should be provided with high quality protected space. If speeds exceed 20mph (based on 85th percentile actual speeds not the speed limit) or 2,000 PCUs per day (passenger car units, a weighted measure see this pdf for more detail. Here is a bit more detail. The London Cycling Campaign claim this is similar to Dutch requirements although it seems to me that theirs are more finely grained and consistently applied which no British standard relating to safe cycling infrastructure has been. See the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain for some analysis of Dutch standards.

However, every road at this junction way exceeds both the 20mph speed limit and the 2,000 pcu per day measure. The suggestion from a City Council officer I met at the safety audit that cyclists heading out of the city should ride on the dual carriage way shows a worrying lack of interest or understanding of safety for people on bikes.

So, idiot engineers from the City Council aside, it is clear that this junction should have fully protected cycle infrastructure on every arm. Consider the map

If Sainsbury’s and Leicester City were serious about their environmental policies then they would be looking at making the following cycle journeys safe and convenient:

  1. North/South along Melton Road A607 to provide good access in and out of Leicester (especially for the Golden Mile) for people in Thurmaston/Syston (and the villages beyond). Also to the Rushey Mead Secondary school on the Melton Road.
  2. East/West along Watermead Way/Troon Way A563. This is a critical east/west connection for cyclists, especially at night and in winter when many will not want or be able to cross the river Soar in Watermead Park. It provides critical connections between work places, hospitals and residential areas
  3. North/South to East/West due to the strategic crossing of the Soar and the direct route of the Melton Road there are many routes that will turn at this junction. For example from Syston to Glenfield Hospital is from North to West. Syston to the General Hospital is North to East.
  4. Local Routes to Sainsbury’s. The closest homes are behind the store in Thurmaston and across Troon Way. However, access from Melton Road (North and South) as well as Watermead Way (Birstall is from 1 mile away) will also be popular.
  5. In the summer connections into Watermead Park and the Sustrans route along the River Soar would probably be popular for people who are less confident cyclists.

With roads as busy as these I believe that grade based segregation is the best solution. Toucan crossings are slow and inconvenient. In the UK these are never very responsive to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists due to the focus on maximising motorised traffic flows. Nor do they provide attractive options that encourage school children to cycle (especially they do not encourage parents to allow their children to cycle to school).

However, the UK also has a very poor history when it comes to the design of grade separated segregation. We build subways that feel dangerous and which flood. We build bridges that are eyesores as well as narrow with long detours on the steep ramps. There are examples close to Sainsbury’s and they are frequently ignored by pedestrians and cyclists like this:

The Dutch do things differently and the best recent example is the Hovenring at Eindhoven that I rode over this summer. (although Mark also mentions a somewhat similar roundabout in Norway).

Note how the Dutch solution is attractive (no more than that, beautiful)!

hovenring

Not only is it beautiful it also feels very safe. The ramps are gentle and wide, for the most part with grass banks rather than railings. The roundabout gives you a choice of directions so you can avoid other people to feel safe. There is great visibility from all directions and the road which also makes you feel safer.

There are other practical advantages to the Hovenring, installation was quick as large segments were simply lifted into place. Cyclists and pedestrians never have to wait and never delay motorised vehicles. Maintenance is easy as the Hovenring is wide enough and strong enough for normal maintenance vehicles to drive on it.

Imagine how Sainsbury’s could have used this in their publicity and as a sign of where their most environmentally friendly store was. What a great gateway into the City the Council could have made this.

Things would have been done very differently. Instead of all the roads rising upto the junction it would have been lowered by a couple of meters, this would have provided the material for the ramps. It would have made the slopes easy for cyclists and pedestrians. One exit ramp could have curved gently down to the store canopy (where no doubt Sainsbury’s would have thought of providing more than 19 Sheffield stands for bike parking). One ramp could lead to a new cycle bridge alongside Watermead way where currently cyclists have to ride with no protection on a very busy road with a 50mph speed limit.

With imagination and a commitment to their public policies Sainsbury’s and Leicester City Council could have produced something to be proud of, something that would have gone a long way to transform the way that people get around Leicester and to/from this store. With that imagination they would both have gained huge visibility just as Eindhoven is currently reaping the benefits of being see the world over as a leading city for cycling.

 

 

What Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s could have done (1)

I have written a lot of blog posts now on the failures of Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s in the design and implementation of the new junction on the Melton Road at Troon way/Watermead Way because it is appallingly bad. There is probably at least one more critical post to come about actually getting to the Superstore by bike. So if you haven’t seen these posts have a look:

The thing that is really frustrating is that it could easily have been so different. On the east side (where Sainsburys is) there is lots and lots of space.

So my first suggestion for what Sainsbury’s could have done is very simple. They could have re-connected the old 1930’s segregated cycle track alongside the Melton Road so that it stayed as a segregated track running all the way through the junction.

They could have copied the design of the new segregated cycle track they have put in on Newarke Street where there is a colour and grade separation between the cycle track and the footway. See that in this video:

Then at all the crossings they could have copied the design of the “super crossing” near the station where a toucan crossing is both very wide and straight as it crosses the Central Ring dual carriageway.

The cycle track and footway would have needed to curve away from the Melton Road slightly from just north of the Sainsbury’s entrance to just south of Troon Way in order to allow the toucan crossings to be straight. This would have also allowed the cycle track to bypass behind the bus stop as they always do in the Netherlands.

The new left turning lane into Troon Way would have needed to be made a little more separated in order to line up the crossings. The central refuge of the Troon Way crossing would have needed to be a little wider so that the cattle pens could be removed and the crossing be straight.

None of this would have cost very much in the context of the whole junction.

The problems with the other side of the junction could have also been solved very simply by

  • upgrading the existing 1930’s cycle track on the Sainsbury’s side from Thurmaston to Belgrave.
  • upgrading one Melton Road crossing north of the junction and one south to supercrossings (with linked lights)

As part of this the Council could have reasonably resurfaced the 80 year old segregated cycle track on the east side of the Melton Road all the way from Manor Road in Thurmaston to the entrance to Rushey Fields in Belgrave (just south of the vehicle entrance into Rushey Mead Secondary School). Most of that cycle track has not been resurfaced in 80 years and now the concrete slabs have big steps between them. While resurfacing it could have been widened into it’s grass verge, been given priority over side roads and entrances by running it across a hump as existing standards allow (there are only about 4 needed) and bus stop bypasses installed.

If that work had been done then I am confident many people would be content to use this as a fast two way cycle route along the Melton Road and when travelling North would cross from the west side to ride the whole length on the east side. Therefore a crossing of Watermead Way would no longer be an issue.

[Update]

I feel I should have made it clearer that my suggestion is not just about this junction but about how it connects and how it can contribute to a wider network.

My suggestion connects at the north end with a scheme (that has a significant number of design issues itself) provided by Leicestershire County Council. With a naff bit of shared pavement you can get past the health centre and shops at the Humberstone Lane junction and then use the route along the Thurmaston bypass which is partially on a 20mph limit road (a speed limit that is widely ignored) and then on a shared footway to Thurmaston Shopping Centre. From there the quality goes down again and you have a section of poor shared footway to the mini roundabout at Fosse Way where you are abandoned.

At the south end of my suggestion there is the possibility of using Lanesborough Road to connect to Bath Street and join the Sustrans route through Abbey Park. There are only two problems with this. a) the bit between Thurcaston Rd and Abbey Pumping Station floods a lot and b) there is no safe route into the City once you get to the Central Ring Road.

A signposted alternative for cyclists at the southern end is to go through Rushey Fields and along Harrison Road. I only recommend this if your destination is on Harrison Road and you are a confident cyclist with a death wish. It is horrible!

More frequently these days I tend to go straight along the Melton Road/Belgrave Road. It is unpleasant but it is fast. I find it easier going towards the city than away from it though. This is the Golden Mile in Leicester, it has exciting vibrant shops and restaurants but ends being dominated by a combination of parked and speeding motorised vehicles. The road could be made so much more attractive to visit by reducing it to a single lane of motor vehicles in each direction with protected segregated cycle tracks and wider pavements with outside seating for the restaurants in the summer.

Better nights out when you go by bike

Last night we went out with friends for a film (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: I fell asleep, 2 hours of my life lost for ever) at the Phoenix followed by a great meal at Bobbys on the Melton Road.

All four of us cycled and it made the evening so much better than any alternative.

First, with us travelling from Syston and our friends from Birstall it would have been a slow detour at each end for either of us if we tried to share a car.

Second, there is no parking at the Phoenix or at Bobbys. So I guess we would have parked in the Lee Circle multi-story (and paid) and walked to the Phoenix. Then we would have chosen a different place to eat that had parking. So we would have missed out on some fantastic food.

As it was we rode gently from Syston along cycle paths including sections through parks. Took us 35 minutes to the cinema where we parked right outside.

After the film we rode as a group of 4 along some shared use pavements, through the Sainsburys car park and about 200 metres along the Melton Road before locking our bikes up right outside Bobbys (in fact we could see them from our table).

They were getting ready to close by the time we left Bobbys so we went our separate ways. We came home sttraight along the Melton Road, using the cycle path where it exists and going through Thurmaston Village.

It was relaxed and easy, but more importantly we had a better night out than would have been possible by car. If only the City made it possible for more people, many of whom currently find the roads and traffic too scary to use a bike.

Ironic Buses in Syston

Today as I rode from Thurmaston to Syston I was overtaken twice by a number 5 bus.

The first time it was not too bad. A lot more space would have been welcome but he did give me a couple of feet.

The second time was just after I crossed the railway bridge coming into Syston. From the railway bridge it is downhill with a mini roundabout, then the station entrance and then a parked car outside the Mace shop – all close together in less than 100m. I thought I was far enough out to have taken the lane and was accelerating hard.

Yet the bus came charging past me on the down side of the bridge (close enough to touch). Then the mini roundabout has a built-out kerb which meant I had to slow down dramatically to avoid being squashed between that and the bus as he zoomed right across the mini roundabout. Then he slammed on his brakes because he couldn’t get past the parked car. I had to stop completely as he left nowhere for me to go.

Completely ridiculous, dangerous driving and it got him nowhere as there was another bus stop some 50m after the parked car.

The irony is that plastered all over the back of the bus is an advert for car insurance saying that risky drivers are not entitled to a full no claims bonus.

Why don’t we do things the easy way?

Today I nipped out to join Jane for lunch at Starbucks after she finished work (nice to get away from kids on school holiday).

I checked when I was locking up my bike, which I can park right outside Starbucks, and it had taken me exactly 5 minutes to get there. As I looked around it seemed that people were taking nearly that long to park. One person took several attempts to fit a Porsche Cayenne in a space before giving up and parking it diagonally across a space and access to the ramp for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bikes.

My estimate is that a very slow bike rider can comfortably get to Asda or Starbucks at the Thurmaston Shopping Centre in under 20 minutes including locking your bike up. That is for an absolute maximum distance of 2.5 miles (it is approximately 1 mile from Syston Station and I don’t think anywhere in Syston is anything like 1.5 miles from the station). 20 minutes means an average cycling speed of 7.5 mph if you live at the furthest part of Syston and less for everyone else.

If you drive it will take between 5 and 10 minutes (unless you get caught in a queue in Syston or at the Thurmaston roundabout which could easily double your journey time at peak periods). If you visit Asda and another shop you will probably have to park twice (or spend 5 minutes walking) and you will frequently have to hunt for a parking space.

I estimate that if you live in the parts of Syston furthest from Asda a car can at very most save you a total of 20 minutes. However, most times it will save you much less and sometimes (particularly on very busy days around bank holidays) it will take longer.

I estimate that if you visit Asda and another shop (in the other part of the shopping centre) a car will never save time over cycling. You will lose the gains in either finding 2 spaces or in walking between the two centres.

Obviously this is based on going to out of town shops with huge free car parks. If you drive to the more local shops then a car will almost always be slower than cycling from anywhere in Syston.

So why is it that we make life so much harder for ourselves?

Why don’t people choose the easy option?

  • It is often faster to cycle.
  • Here it will never take you more than an extra 20 minutes per shopping trip to cycle (for just a few people on quiet traffic days)
  • The car will cost you far more in fuel and other costs
  • If you drive you will need to get exercise at another time or be less healthy and probably die younger
Why do the Council not do anything to help people choose the easy option that is good for the community? (eg a decent cycle path)
Seems that only if we were addicted to something could we ignore the costs and miss the benefits of alternative solutions.

Leicesters Golden Mile is in crisis.

The city’s Golden Mile is in crisis as a combination of pressures mean shoppers are staying away.

It is a pity that nobody recognises that one reason that people will choose to stay away from the Golden Mile is that the traffic makes it so unpleasant.

The road is always packed with cars, vans, lorries & buses. At most times of day it is faster to cycle than to drive. But it is a scary road to cycle on as it is so busy and lanes come and go.

If the Council want to make this attractive for shoppers then they need to implement significant traffic calming, provide good cycle paths and wider & safer pavements. Make it a really nice place to stroll along to visit all the shops and restaurants.

That process has worked in many other cities it would be a good idea for Leicester with it’s claims to be “Britain’s first Environment City” and a “Cycle City” to actually take action.

So my suggestions would be:

  • Change the road so that there is only one lane of traffic in each direction. No extra lanes for right turns or anything else.
  • Use the extra width to provide a 2m wide cycle path in each direction. This needs to be protected from the road by high kerbs that prevent cars etc using it for overtaking or parking.
  • Refurbish the pavements by relaying so that that are smooth and uncluttered. Surface with a nice brick.
  • Provide a level crossing of every side street for pedestrians and cyclists with total priority over all other traffic
  • Provide plenty of cycle parking all the way along the Golden Mile.
  • Turn the hatched off area of the Belgrave flyover into a clearly marked cycle lane with prioritised safe routes on and off the flyover (including in and out of both Sainsburys and Leicester College).
  • Provide much better pedestrian and cycle routes from the City Centre with excellent road crossings and clear signs.
  • At the northern end resurface the cycle lanes along the Melton Road past Rushymead. Give them priority at the small junctions and provide a safe crossing of Troon Way for cyclists and pedestrians. Make sure the cycle route is properly connected to Watermead Park, Thurmaston and Syston.
If people in Birstall, Thurmaston and Syston had a safe, clear cycle route into the Golden Mile then I am sure many more would want to shop there. As the moment it is unattractive to drive there due to the congestion and lack of parking. Cycling there is unpleasant and feels dangerous especially with the crossing of Troon Way and then horrible traffic in the Golden Mile itself.

#bullitt #cargobike for Guitar Hero

This week the Methodist Church in Birstall has been open for a whole range of events leading towards Easter. This afternoon and evening it was time for Wii Games.

So my Bullitt Clockwork got to carry a fair bit of stuff:

If I remember correctly the load included:

  • 3 data projectors
  • 1 x 30 watt Roland Cube Guitar Amp
  • 1 x PC 3 speaker set (with big bass speaker)
  • 2 x iPod dock speakers
  • 2 x Wii
  • 3 x reel power extension cables
  • 2 x 5 way extension cables
  • 1 x Guitar Hero (drums, 2 guitars, mike)
  • 1 x projection screen
  • 1 x cycling magazine but I never got a chance to read it 🙁
  • lots of assorted sound and video cables
  • U-Lock
Here in close-up, you can see how elegantly everything was packed for the 3 mile trip. The route starts in Syston, goes thru Thurmaston, across Watermead park using a bridleway, board walk and two bridges over the river/canal. So quite varied. The only tricky bit is when riding on narrow paths between railings as the projector screen was not centred and so made the load quite wide.
Still there were no problems in either direction.
Of course as usual one of the advantages of a cargobike is being able to unload (and then load up afterwards) it right where the stuff is needed, ie in the middle of the Church 🙂

50 per cent rise in deaths on Oxfordshire roads after speed camera switch off

Ahead of the switching back on of Oxfordshire’s speed cameras on 1 April Thames Valley Police force has revealed that road deaths in the county rose by 50 per cent in the first six months in which speed cameras were switched off compared to a similar period the year before. via 50 per cent rise in deaths on Oxfordshire roads after speed camera switch off | road.cc

Surely the message is obvious. People are now dead (one extra person per month just in Oxfordshire) because the cheapest way of stopping drivers speeding was cut back.

We need the cameras back on everywhere!

We need more cameras and we need to invest in other ways of slowing down drivers everywhere!

Just one example of a mechanism that does not work is on the Melton Road between Syston and Thurmaston. There are the signs that flash 30mph when a car goes past breaking the speed limit. The signs hardly ever go out. I ride my bike on this road nearly everyday and it is an unusual day if a car or van goes past these signs without lighting them up due to their speeding. This is a road with the main entrance to a school on it and it is used by people walking & cycling between Syston and Thurmaston (including the only direct route from Syston to Thurmaston Shopping Centre). The speed limit should be at most 20mph and it should be enforced properly.

Speed kills and the government cut back on the most effective way we have had of reducing speeds to save almost no money (speed cameras are almost self funding unlike speed traps that require staffing).

Of course it would be better to actually re-engineer the roads to make them slower and make safety of pedestrians and cyclists the priority. But instead our politicians would prefer to spend our money on treating obesity and funding tax cuts for motorists.

Shame on all those who demanded or supported shutting down speed cameras.

The faster way from Asda

Circumstances meant that Jane and I arrived separately at Thurmaston Shopping Centre, she by car having been to see Mum on the other side of Leicester and me by Bullitt Cargobike.

It gives an easy way to compare the two.

Score 1 to the Bullitt for ease. I parked right outside Starbucks where we met and then rode to the other car park to park right outside Asda. Jane parked at Ada and walked to and from Starbucks. The Bullitt was quicker and more convenient.

Score 2 to the Bullitt for speed. After shopping we took the trolley to the car to unload. Jane then started off while I walked back to the Bullitt, loaded what hadn’t fitted easily in the car, parked the trolley and then left. By the time I started off Jane was almost at the front of the queue out of the car park. However, that was the last I saw of her. By the time she had got around the Melton Road roundabout I was so far ahead that she never caught up. It is worth remembering that had I continued further into Syston the gap would have widened as the Melton Road through the centre of Syston is nearly always clogged up by cars, vans and buses so a bike is almost always faster.

Score 3 to the Bullitt for convenience. I get the stuff I carry right to the back door, inside the covered side passage. When unloading we don’t have to let all the cold air in the house and we don’t have to carry it as far.

Obviously it is rare for us to travel home at the same time by bike and car, if Asda was not on the way home from Oadby we would not have done so today.

However, it is interesting to see that in a back to back test from our local out of town shops the bike is noticeably faster (remember Jane started off while I was still walking back to the bike and I got home first). Note that I wasn’t racing, I was in normal clothes and I was riding a cargobike with 16 litres of fruit juice.

I keep commenting on these convenience and speed issues because we are still continually sold the lie in adverts and government policy (can you always tell the difference?) that cars are essential, fast and convenient. Even in a very cycling unfriendly place like the Melton Road between Thurmaston and Syston it is simply not true.

Cars are expensive, slow, inconvenient and bad for your health and others when used around towns and cities.

Bikes are cheap, fast, convenient, good for you and community building when used around towns and cities.

Yet in the UK we subsidise the bad and inefficient mode of transport that sucks our money out of our local economy while doing nothing to encourage the good, efficient mode of transport that keeps far more of our money local.

Let us challenge the assumptions and lies about cars as transport.

Fill her up :-)

Just back from a big shop for an event at Syston Methodist Church tomorrow evening. Fortunately, we took the panniers for Jane’s bike as it would not all have fitted on my Bullitt.

Anyway, sad person that I am, I weighed what I carried home in a pretty heavy and full Bullitt:

  • 17 x 2litre bottles of soft drinks = 34kg
  • 4 x 2.27 litre bottles of milk = 9.6kg
  • Sauces & relish = 4.1kg
  • Salsa, Guacamole, Sour Cream = 4.6kg
  • 60 Hot dogs = 8kg
  • Assorted cheese, & plastic glasses = 3.2kg
  • Cake and Blackcurrant squash = 3.7kg

Grand total 67.2kg

Plus u-lock and cable = 2kg

That is the heaviest load yet, but I still had about 15kg of capacity left. I would need a bigger box to fit that in. Handling was no problem at all, very smooth.

Jane was carrying 40 burgers, more cheese, lots of bags of nachos, burger buns, hot dog rolls and of course the coffee.

Of course it is only just over a mile but the Bullitt rolls so well that I could have easily gone a lot further, much in the way of hills would of course have been hard work. With the gentle rolling bits coming from Thurmaston to Syston the momentum just carry’s you up.

If I were in a hilly area then a trike with really low gears would be very handy. Alternatively a Bullitt with a mountain drive in the bottom bracket could get you up some pretty steep stuff ( if using that I would go for a larger chainring than the default (say a 44 tooth which would allow a chainglider to be fitted). It would be a lot quicker than a trike on the flat and downhill, plus it can still be fitted through a normal doorway.

This was an exceptional shopping trip, I don’t think anyone is normally going to get a heavier load of shopping. Just goes to show that supermarket shopping does not require cars. However, to get more people to do it does require a good enough infrastructure that people will feel safe and will be willing to invest in load carrying bikes (or have enough people wanting to shop by bike/trike to make a cargo bike hire scheme practical). Nor does it require as much effort as people think, after all I had already cycled 22 miles today, about 50% of it partially loaded. It was the heaviest load Jane had carried on her bike and she noticed the heavier steering, 40 quarter pounder burgers + loads of cheese in your front basket does that 🙂 but had no problems and commented on how easy it was to ride.

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