[Talk-GB] National Cycle Network - filling the gaps

Peter Childs pchilds at bcs.org
Mon Mar 8 19:34:52 GMT 2010

On 8 March 2010 15:37, Gregory Williams
<gregory.williams at purplegeodesoftware.co.uk> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: talk-gb-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-gb-
>> bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Peter Childs
>> Sent: 8 March 2010 15:24
>> To: Richard Fairhurst
>> Cc: talk-gb OSM List (E-mail)
>> Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] National Cycle Network - filling the gaps
>> On 8 March 2010 14:46, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
>> > Gregory wrote:
>> >
>> >> On 8 March 2010 02:23, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>
>> wrote:
>> >>> - *To complete the C2C*: Forest section near Keswick - the one gap
>> in
>> >>> our coverage of the NCN's most popular route!
>> >>>
>> >> The end of the mapped route is marked on the ground by some blood
>> and
>> >> ambulance track marks.
>> >
>> > That sounds awfully familiar. My C2C attempt ended in a similar heap
>> > of blood and gristle at the bottom of a hill where I'd spotted the
>> > signpost too late.
>> >
>> > One of the reasons to improve OSM's NCN coverage is that future
>> > cyclists can be warned in good time by the map on their Garmin,
>> rather
>> > than having to squint for a little blue sign. :)
>> >
>> > cheers
>> > Richard
>> >
>> >
>> Not a lot of use when the route goes through yet another gap that's
>> not big enough for your bike, and you have to leap off, and go through
>> sideways, holding your bike over you head yet  again, (This happens
>> several times on NCN1 in Medway.... (and I'm not that fat really!) and
>> that's when the route has not yet again taken some scenic diversion
>> yet again around some bush....
>> No help from any Garmin is going to help you follow and actual get
>> along NCN1 (at about this point you give up and cycle along the A2
>> (Which in this case has quite a nice cycle track along the side.)
> Are you sure that you're following the official NCR1 through Medway, Peter?
> Admittedly there are a few motorcycle inhibitors, but I've been able to take
> a bike loaded with four panniers through there quite easily. I assume that
> you turn your handlebars 45 degrees to pass through the motorcycle
> inhibitors? (Oh, and if you're riding a tandem then I know that that's an
> exception to the rule...).
> Gregory

Yes I could fit the bike through by turning the handle bars by 45" but
I still had to go through side on and I'm not that wide at the
shoulders. I also kept losing it and had to go back and play hunt the
small blue sign....


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