Monday, 30 March 2009

Monday 30/03

Made a nice change to cycle in this morning despite the very low temperature. Nothing much to report other than a bus (PC line) which cut straight in front of me and then pulled up at a bus stop bringing me to an abrupt and forced stop. Lucky I was watching it because the driver clearly hadn't seen me.

Hope to ride in most days this week as the forecast seems to be set fair.

Friday 27/03

Uneventful commuting by public transport today

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Thursday 26/03

Pleasant enough cycle in this morning, but looks like rain for the ride back home.

Speaking of which I shall have to find an alternative route as the building work (I guess for the new tram line) along the Boulevard Ney is making this section somewhat hazardous.
Total journey time = 60 minutes

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Wednesday 25/03

MOre rain this morning, so cycling once again ruled out. However I was lucky enough to bump into my neighbour just as I was leaving the house this morning.
We were caught in quite heavy traffic through Levallois and then I got copiously rained on walking across the POnt de Levallois and into work. But this was still better than the RER/Train alternative!
Total journey time = 75 minutes

Tuesday 24/03

The Spring may be here according to the calendar, but the weather has other ideas. Grey, cold and damp this morning so I'm condemned to public transport.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Friday 20/03

Well this has been a good week on the commuting front with just one day on public transport. No time to appreciate the scenery this morning as I had to arrive in time to shower and dress for a 9.30 meeting.
Total journey time = 55 minutes

Thursday 19/03

Forced by the horrendous roadworks on Bd Ney to find an alternative route home. My preferred solution is the 'long way round' which takes in Asnières/Genevilliers/Ile St. Denis/up past Stade de France into Aubervilliers/Bobigny and home. It takes a good 10 minutes longer than the Parisian route, but there is slightly less traffic.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Wednesday 18/03

Great ride in this morning on a cold but cloudless day.
Let's have a look at the latest forecasts of the impact of tomorrow's strike.

Tuesday 17/03

Uneventful travel on this St. Patrick's day courtesy of the SNCF and RER networks.
Interestingly, the Paris metro has declared to the news media that service will be normal tomorrow, Thursday, the day of the strike action. So none of the metro train drivers use the SNCF lines that are affected by the strike to get to work then?

Monday, 16 March 2009

Monday 16/03

Lovely bright morning, so thoroughly enjoyed my ride in.

Looks set pretty fair for this week, so I hope to be rebalancing mys journey stats in favour of the two-wheeled solution.

Total journey time = 60 minutes

Interesting article in the latest edition of the Paris cyclists' association (MDB) pointing out that cycling is a lot less dangerous than it is made out to be. The point is you have to measure the accident rate against something, and whatever you choose, whether it is the number of journeys, the total journey time of the distances covered, cycling is actually a lot safer than other forms of transport. This is because the total number of journeys is so huge.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Thursday 12/03

LIght rain spoilt what would otherwise have been a pleasant ride in this morning. As if I didn't have enough to do at the weekend, a good clean of the bike must now be added to the list.
Total journey time = 60 minutes
Looks like I picked the right day to avoid the public transport network, though:

Réseau RER - Bulletin trafic en temps réel RER E SNCF :
En raison d'un problème d'alimentation électrique, le trafic est perturbé sur la ligne E du RER. La circulation des trains est reportée en gare de Paris Est sur les axes : - Haussmann-Chelles Gournay, - Haussmann-Tournan. Le service est interrompu entre Haussmann St-Lazare et Magenta, dans les deux sens. Trafic normal sur les autres lignes RER.

It's amazing what the RATP and SNCF have to deal with in fact. Quite apart from football supporters using electrified and operating railway lines as pedestrian shortcuts, there was a gun fight in Paris yesterday morning and a suicide at Noisy le Sec yesterday afternoon. Details here.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Wednesday 11/03

Easy journey in on public transport (often the case on a Wednesday) but should be on the bike tomorrow.
Glad to say that RER Haussmann station has now been cleaned up.

Total journey time = 55 minutes

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tuesday 10/03

No mishaps worse than a thorough drenching while walking from the station to the office this morning.
Total journey time = 55 minutes

Monday, 9 March 2009

Monday 09/03

Another very minor injury prompted me to not to cycle in this morning. Pleased to report that the public transport network was working well and was not too crowded (recession impact already?)
Total journey time - 55 minutes

At least we have a national transport strike to look forward to on 19/03!!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Thursday 05/03

Now that's more like it.
A chilly cycle in this morning (it was a nice round 0° when I left), but in daylight now.
Total journey time = 60 minutes

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Wednesday 04/03

all ready to take to the road this morning....unitl I saw the weather!
Heavy rain with plenty more forecast later in the day.
2009 looks like being the leasy cycle-friendly year I have had.

Tuesday 03/03

While the RER and train networks are running pretty well on time, the rubbish and filth at St. Lazare are becoming a real nuisance. How hard can it be to settle this industrial dispute?

Monday, 2 March 2009

Monday 02/03

I'm back at work after a short break, which means back on the public transport system for the moment as I tweaked a calf muscle playing tennis (hence no cycling for today at least).

While the trains were running more or less on time, the cleaners' strike affecting Saint Lazare station is becoming a serious nuisance.

with the weather improving and the days getting longer, the sooner I'm back on two wheels, the better..

Total journey time = 55 minutes