Shopping trips may seem mundane, but they are a type of journey that makes up a large percentage of the total that most people make. Everyone needs to eat.
Enabling shopping trips to be easy by bicycle is as important as enabling trips to school or work.
This is a journey made on a perfectly normal bicycle by a person wearing normal clothes. It's about 2 km in each direction to get to the shop shown, though I have a choice of two other shops which are closer than that.
The video is cut to make it more varied and take out repetitive parts, and I take a different route home in order to show some variety. However it still accurately portrays what a journey of this length is like. You see very few cars as they take other routes. Talking of which, if I was to drive I'd have to stop at two sets of traffic lights to get to that supermarket, and while the parking is free at the supermarket it is further away from the front door of the shop than I can park my bike. It's almost always quicker by bike than by car.
In the video you will see the "lonely bicycle" which is parked at a bus stop around the corner every day, and one of the underpasses which allows cyclists to avoid traffic lights. There is also a stretch of outdated cycle lane which is soon to be replaced along with a section of what I expect to replace it, we get to completely avoid a roundabout twice, we have priority when crossing roads twice, ride on residential streets which are empty of moving cars because they provide permeability only for bicycles and collect our shopping without using any carrier bags because it can be transferred directly from the supermarket trolley into the bike baskets. We also see lots of other people doing the same thing, because there are always lots of other people cycling everywhere.
This was actually a slow day at the shops. On busier days I can't get my bike indoors at the shopping centre because there isn't room.
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