The pedal home last night was brilliant, no Birmingham City Centre, no grid lock through Selly Oak, just the peace and tranquility of towpath pedalling with no ice. I don't know if this gave me a psychological boost but I was out of the saddle stamping all the way up Cock Hill for the first time ever in about 3rd gear I think. Normally I'm sat grinding away in first gear (all big ring by the way).
Even better was the pedal in this morning, I was half expecting to wake up to snow as we have had about 3" forecast, but happily none of the white stuff was around so up and at them! Obviously setting out about 0530hrs means traffic is minimal but there seemed to be even less around this morning, maybe everyone saw the forecast last night and decided to jack this morning. Whatever the reason I'll take it. I got on the cut at Selly Oak as usual and never saw a soul all the way to Smethwick, just me, my bike and my thoughts. Wonderful!
Below is a piece of footage showing a typical Birmingham cycle lane. It's like this every evening. As I point out in the video, the parking at the hospital is abysmal, I know having been a patient there on a few Rugby related matters. So I can't blame them when you have to get broken people in to the place you need to be as close as possible. Still crap though.
Maybe make the central reservation of the dual carriageway a car park?