Today I had a morning meeting on Southwark Street, so decided to strap the GoPro – recently repaired – to my handlebars. Unfortunately, the angle turned out to have been a bit wonky, so I didn’t quite get the results I was after. However, the nice thing about the fish-eye lens is that you get some quite intriguing results even if it wasn’t exactly what you expected…
I chose the apparently most direct route down Bishopsgate. How people choose routes is becoming one theme of the research – in terms of what information they make use of, what criteria they use to make decisions, and what stuff they take with them to navigate (from a GPS equipped Smartphone to my own preferred option, crumpled bits of paper).
My own decisions don’t always seem great, in retrospect. While the route from London Fields to Southwark via Bishopsgate is direct on the map, in practice it was slow and blocked with parked and moving motor vehicles; I often had to slow down and then speed up to nip through traffic, assuming an assertive riding position to make me at least feel larger and more visible. I saw other cyclists doing the same. There were plenty of small lorries, large vans, and buses on the roads.
Here a parked Royal Mail van and a (slowly) moving out of town coach.