The Euston road is busy, crowded, fast paced and now has an Olympic lane sprawled across it. Some “urban warrior” style cyclists love these conditions. Others, prefer the tranquillity of a back route.
The joys include less traffic, a more relaxed pace and far more pleasant surroundings. As well as the opportunity to discover new parts of London you may not have seen before.
Let’s say you wanted to cycle from near Marylebone all the way to Old Street. One option is to power your way along the Marylebone road (one of the most polluted roads in London), then down the Euston Road, past Kings Cross and then up the hill towards Angel and down the City Road.
Alternatively, slightly South from the Marylebone Road is Crawford Street and a network of designated roads for cyclists. Unfortunately, the cycle path is not segregated from traffic but the speeds are far lower. Also, there are far less vehicles.
The route takes in quiet back streets and goes past some really nice little parts of London, giving the city that more village like feel, that it is often romanticised as.
But which route is fastest?
The Cycle Streets website recons this is a 26 minute cycle covering nearly 4 miles. The busy Euston road may edge ahead slightly on speed. This is mainly as the quiet alternative has a lot of turnings and traffic lights. Plus, if you cycle like I do, then you ride like a mad man on a busy road, but when the pace around you is slowed down you feel more like enjoying your surroundings.
Are you interested in alternative routes through London like this one? If so, please let me know in the comments and I’ll endeavour to cover more.
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