SouthWest Trains were in a particularly uninformative mood all day today. Not only was the Vauxhall train information system displaying its regular ‘owing to a fault’ message, but the rest of the stations’ platform indicators seemed to be having the problem as well, and weren’t willing to commit themselves beyond a basic ‘Welcome to Kew Bridge’ (or wherever … they had at least usually got the name of the station right). Presumably the rest of the information was being made available on a Need to Know basis, under the Freedom of Information act.
However, one mystery has finally been cleared up. Some time back I wondered how much a bus weighed and a certain amount of desultory searching on the Internet was not particularly enlightening. However Huttonian has alerted me to a letter in today’s Guardian which finally provides an answer: 7 tonnes for a routemaster and a lardy 18 tonnes* for a bendy bus.
So with that question answered I give you another to ponder:
You are the driver of a van and you are about to drive through a bit of the road which has cars parked on both sides when you see a cyclist who is already trying to squeeze through the same gap. Do you
a) Accelerate, make sure that you are equidistant from the cars on either side so there’s no space for both bike and van, and force said cyclist to stop and back up in order save her puny life?
b) Cyclist? What cyclist?
* that’s respectively 7.716 tons and way too bloody much in imperial measures.