Posted by Alan on February 25, 2011
So the real reason Mr C visited London was to play about on the Boris Bikes. Being the
scheming planning type I thought – why don’t we try something a bit different. How about trying to visit every square on the monopoly board using only Cycle Hire? Great idea. In their glory, here’s the map of all the points:
- The docking stations of Monopoly
Starting at Angel there were two bikes in the dock – only one would undock. Stop. Walk to the next docking station halfway down Pentonville Road. Undock. Get distracted and cycle to Marylebone via the segregated route parallel to Euston Road (in doing so miss Euston Road & Kings Cross station). Due to roadworks even this didn’t go well as the eastern end was closed!
Docking at Marylebone, we then struggled to find another two bikes in the same rack. Which resulted in a walk to Marble Arch and ultimate abandonment. Having not really planned a route between the docks or really thought about it past potting them it probably wasn’t ever going to go well. However, we did then cycle all the way across Hyde Park and back again. And the further east eventually finishing at Liverpool St. So it wasn’t an entirely wasted day.
Jelly family at Marble Arch
Ideally I need to find someone adept enough with computers to run a travelling salesmen algorithm across the points to get the most optimal route. The two main outliers (Old Kent Road / Marlborough St) might cause you to spend a quid but otherwise everything is easily within 30 minute cycling distance of Charing Cross – but even then I’m sure with a bit of gusto and traffic lights in your favour it would be possible.
For anyone who fancies a go – here’s my Boris Bike Monopoly spreadsheet listing the squares, docks and co-ordinates of the docks.
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Posted by Alan on December 27, 2010
With the recent snow across London and the South East I think it will be interesting to see the impact on the cycle hire scheme. Certainly the bank of bikes at Euston Underpass on Sunday (19 Dec) was full and most bikes bearing some snowy evidence of not having moved anywhere for a while! – Personally I’ve avoided cycling too, though after Christmas with luck the snow will recede and I’ll be back on the saddle… For now, here’s a few pictures of bikes in the snow!
Boris Bikes sleeping by the Euston Underpass
Unlike my last evening sojourn onto the streets with the camera I found just one brave soul cycling along.
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Posted by Alan on October 23, 2010
Just a quick picture post today – Boris bikes lined up on the street behind the Mayor’s office, City Hall.
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Posted by Alan on September 30, 2010
Boris Bike Brolly
With the recent binary weather affecting London, I haven’t been able to leave home without my brolly. So… with good weather and a trip over to the BCS YPG in Covent Garden required, well, I couldn’t resist.
Right turns were more challenging, but otherwise it wasn’t a problem at all.
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