barry walsh Wrote:
>> Too bad eh, that you never used this road before
> or your the tourist that always wanted to drive
> across the bridge for the once in a life time
Surely if you are a tourist doing a one in a lifetime drive you wouldn't be going across the bridge at 30+mph , they are moe likely to be the ones driving across at 5mph to admiring the views.
Barry, I admire your Mahatma Gandhi -ish approach, but I'm not sure that standing up for what you consider to be an unjust and punitive road traffic enforcement measure is really going to work (although the reference to "A Bridge Too Far" is most ironic, as the film is also about a failed attempt).
As I cycled home last night, I pondered on how difficult these mysterious speed limit signs must be to read. I mean, on entry to Tower Bridge Approach there are two standard sized (ie. huge!) 20 MPH limit signs, a good 100 yards before the cameras. Then, in case you haven't spotted those signs, another one immediately before the bridge (smaller, this time) telling you "hey guys! we're in a 20 MPH zone here". What more do you require (apart from, I suppose, a visit to Dollond and Aitchison)?
Anyway, the prize for the bravest cyclist must go to the poster who cycles to work through the Rotherhithe tunnel. I take my hat off to you and your resilient lungs, sir. I once cycled through that tunnel and spent the next few hours coughing up black phlegm.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 27 October 2005 9.45am by Martin Underwood.
I heard that there were cameras on the bridge but didn't believe it. I suppose if it is for wear and tear reasons then this makes some sense. I have been whizzing over quite happiliy on my m/c at 30mph+ for about 25 years and still do (no wear and tear issues on the road so I don't feel too bad). I assume the fact I haven't got a ticket yet means the cameras phograph the front of vehicles and cannot catch motor cycles...or am I just lucky?
Seperately, the state of the of the road coming up to the opening part of the bridge is absolutely disgusting, with deep ruts where cycles have to ride. These are incredably dangerous as they tend to through the rider (cycle or m/c) into the path of cars on a very narrow road. I see this in lots of places around London whereas 25 years ago this sort of rutting never ever occured. Is it just the much heavier lorries (is it 35 tons) we now have in the UK (and EU) doing this, or just poor roadbuilding?