Using buses

Posted by Chris Morley on 31 August 2008 in English (English)

I had a nice day out with my folding bike in rural South Cheshire. I caught the 84 bus from Chester to Nantwich, and then the 73 further south to Hankelow. I then biked along all the minor roads in the area and ended up in Wrinehill, just into Staffordshire. After a pint in the Blue Bell I got the 85A to Crewe and then the 84 home. Buses make possible unidirectional journeys, which seem somehow more satisfying, and getting them for free (>60) also appeals.

At one stage I went for 500m through a field (on a right of way), so that I could do an efficient through route with the minimum of main road riding. The (already mapped) main trunk roads here tend to be fast, narrow and without footpaths, still less cycleways, and are a bit frightening on a bike. Whether rural main roads have footpaths or cycleways is well worth recording, but this should be done in tags, not by ways displaced 3m from the road . I have no qualms on riding on the footpath in such circumstances, even if it is both nominally illegal and desperately uncool.

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