Random routing

We have been in Nottingham since yesterday afternoon. We visited with Hilke Kurzke on our arrival and again in the evening. She suggested a bike shop for us (we needed new brake calipers installed after the day’s rain and mud finished off the wear from going downhill in the Pennines) and the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery. (These were both excellent recommendations.) We set off this morning to Aladdin’s Bikes armed with our sat nav (GPS) pre-programmed with a route provided by cycle.travel.

We have occasionally encountered what we refer to as tandem traps on major cycle routes. These are barriers constructed to prevent motorcycles from using bridle ways/bike paths. Sometimes difficult for solo bikes, these can be a major nightmare for us with the tandem bike’s greater length.

Today’s route offered this option:

The picture shows the bottom section of a steep flight of stairs at the end of a narrow alley. The flight of stairs does, indeed, come out onto the street right next the cycle shop. 

We walked around the end of the block on the sidewalk.

I mentioned the route to Ben, owner of Aladdin’s Bikes, and he laughed. “I’ll give you a fiver if you can get your tandem either up or down those!”

When the brakes were done we walked back round the end of the block.

I assume that someone once carried their mountain bike down the stairs while recording their route on OpenStreetMap.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Random routing

  1. Glad to hear you got your brakes fixed despite the awkward route. – But you must admit: these brick stairs do look beautiful 🙂 Nottingham is surprisingly hilly, isn’t it? Indeed I maybe should have mentioned that the shop is located at a particularly steep road. 😉


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