Never a fan of public transport, I have always preferred to commute by car but the reasons why are what also makes the drive to work frustrating – I get impatient and don’t like sitting still for too long.
Getting to the meeting point was an arduous task in itself. I joined the slow winding line of cars making their way to Rodley roundabout before I could join the bypass up to Horsforth.
I resisted the urge to take the rat run and zip up Canal Road and Bridge Road before re-joining Rodley Lane. This is because a) I don’t think by the time you have waited to re-join the traffic you save much time and b) it looks like the council is making that road one-way soon so it will be out of the question anyway.
It took 20 minutes to do the two-mile journey to the meeting point and I took this as a sign of how the rest of the journey might go, especially after seeing the line of traffic waiting in the opposite direction.
After leaving our starting point, I find the traffic waiting to go through the lights at the Toby Carvery has actually decreased, and I turn onto the ring road before taking a popular cut-through via Featherbank Lane to get to New Road Side. Traffic is moving steadily, although slowly, as I approach Kirkstall on Abbey Road.
A fair few cyclists whizzed past while I sit on Kirkstall Road which is, as expected, quite stop-start. After joining Wellington Road, it’s a fairly clear run to the office via Northern Street and my destination on Whitehall Road.
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