Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby timdownieuk » Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:20 pm

I could well imagine that a motorway hard shoulder would be way safer than many roads that they train on back home!
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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby Mark1978 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:20 pm

timdownieuk wrote:I could well imagine that a motorway hard shoulder would be way safer than many roads that they train on back home!


Or many roads in the UK.
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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby irc » Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:34 pm

timdownieuk wrote:I could well imagine that a motorway hard shoulder would be way safer than many roads that they train on back home!


If it was legal I'd take a rural motorway shoulder before a busy fast A road any day. I've cycled a few sections of Interstate shoulders in the USA and it felt perfectly safe.

But the places where riding on the interstates is legal is usually in very rural areas where there is few junctions and bugger all traffic compared to the UK. HGVs frequently moved into the offside lane to pass me even when I was at the inner edge of a 12ft wide shoulder.
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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby drossall » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:29 pm

Hard shoulders are reckoned to be pretty unsafe for broken-down motorists. Can't see why it would be different for bikes.

And then there's the junctions...
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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby timdownieuk » Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:25 pm

Didn't say it was safe, just possibly safer than their roads in Sri Lanka. ;-)
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Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

Postby Braveheart » Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:05 pm

The roads are Crazy in SL. Not sure if the have a motorway yet, so an easy mistake to make. They have been building an mway for years, not sure if its open yet
Saying that I've witnessed their pro's often over the years. Most, from memory, are military. Some of the roads they train on are more suitable for horse and cart. After being there im never going to complain about the roads in sussex agaion
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