Bus Lane Abuse

There’s a section of bus lane I cycle down on a regular basis (pretty much all bus lanes allow cyclists) but I’ve noticed a worrying trend.

Whilst I would occasionally see a car in it, it’s now getting to the point that every time I ride down it I’m tailgated by a car, often being driven aggressively.

I sat there for half an hour recently, between 4:50pm and 5:20pm, on a typical Tuesday evening rush hour. The results were shocking:

Of the 39 vehicles using the bus lane, over 60% of them were using it illegally. Only buses and cycles have a legal right to use the bus lane. One vehicle was a taxi but according to the signage even they are prohibited in this particular lane as it is part of the Sheffield bus corridor.

An additional concern is that the road is a 40mph road and many of the drivers jumping the queue also did it at very high speed – were they to strike the back end of a cyclist the results could be fatal.

I’ve now taken the matter up with the council, police and my local MP about enforcement cameras, although I did suggest that an hour of the camera van there would probably net them £2000+ in fines alone.

I’ll report back what I find.

To continue a theme.

The fitness kick continues. I’m now over 5 miles on a ride and unlike previous rides I’m now no longer finishing exhausted. It’s amazing how quick your fitness starts to return when you make the demand of your body.

My waist hasn’t shrunk much, but I’ve noticed that the wobbly leftover of my old fat days is no longer as wobbly and my flab on my thighs, similar. I can feel muscles developing all the time and the tone of my calves and thighs improving beyond belief.

Even my weighing scales agree…

A physical week at work also helped though… I’m on three installs at the moment!

So this was week’s Saturday jaunt. A 5 mile run along the Trans Pennine Trail. Not too challenging, however, the thing that can be observed is that my times spent in each exercise area are changing. I’m no longer seeing much in Maximum but I’m getting a nice balance of aerobic and anaerobic which is apparently as it should be for someone of my fitness level and age. Too much in anaerobic and maximum without developing your fitness first can stress the heart and lead to cardiac problems.

As you’ll see though, I’m looking a lot more svelte! These are a 36″ waist trousers and the top is an XL. I’m definitely out of the XXL and 40″ waist now.