I’ve taken about three Transport for London maps and have been looking through the area a little more. I am pleased to say that the place isn’t just ‘surrounded by cemetaries’ , but there are quite a few nice parks nearby, with lakes, a mountain bike area and even Epping Forest is nearby – which people keep raving on about. It all looks quite nice on the map, but what will the reality be like?!
Providing I cycle away from Leyton I will be fine.
One thing I notice is that there are a lot of Sustrans Cycle Network signs which are intriguing. Intriguing, because I haven’t a clue where they go. Is it just me?
Some of these signs are ambiguous. For example, it just says Sustrans National Cycle Network 18 (well, where does that go?! Why no destination?). Others say something similar but they put a destination say Hackney Wick (what is the difference between Hackney Wick and Central if you don’t have a map on you?)and still you don’t really know where it goes after that. Why can’t they just say National Cycling Network Destination Westminster/City/Docklands etc so at least you know it you will end up there, well, at least in the right direction. Perhaps a Compass Sign? Like the tube, you have a map of where the trains go and the station. With Sustrans, unless you have a National Cycle Network map on you, you are pretty stuffed. Maybe even landmark signs ie Big Ben perhaps – Tourists know that landmark immediately.
I think there should be larger maps at certain points in London so you have a better idea where you’re going. I mean not everyone carries a cycle map with them, if they’re like me, they lose them. I find Sustrans signs very confusing. Another thing, which needs A GOOD SHAKEUP!
So I have bought from Amazon a London Cycle Map. I bet it will be useless though!.