You’ve just touched on a pet hate of mine - from Tonbridge, I bang up the A21 to work every morning - 3 lanes each side and about a mile after I turn off, it becomes the M25 and is no different whatsoever.
So I can join a road that is the same as a motorway, ride a road that is the same as a motorway and exit from a road that is the same as a motorway, but I can’t ride on a motorway
If I could ride the motorway, I’d probably do the BCR roads a bit more, but as it stands I have to go up through Bromley, Lewisham, over to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, trawl at 20mph through it then head back east towards Dagenham - takes a couple of hours to get there…
Strangely enough, my other half asked me the same question recently. As she’s recently completed her CBT. Last Sunday, we rode from Brentwood to Battlesbridge via the A127. This was my other halfs first ride out. Like many here, she and neither can I understand the difference between a duel carrigeway and a motorway.
The biggest problem about a ‘L’ plated bike being on such roads is the speed thing which is due to the low power of a 125cc bike.
My good lady and I had a nice ride untill we came on the aftermarth of a nasty high side accident, which involved a single bike (Virgin Mobile R6) and possibly a car. The Essex Air Ambulance was in attendance. The bike was a complete write off, I just hope the rider was ok.
change you route: from the A21 turn off go through st pauls cray to sidcup and bexley drop down through crayford and through the dartford tunnel( the last time i looked the dartford crossing is NOT a part of any motorway) much quicker and faster roads:w00t:
Well it is probably a hell of a lots easier to have a blanket ‘no motorway’ rule than a ‘no motorway or 2/3 lane motorwayish A road’ think of all the signs and confusion that would arise (there is enough just with bus lanes!).
I did check that out on the map - I often use the A224 / A225 as an alternative to the M25, it’s just that the bit of road just before the tunnel looked well confusing - will have to go and check it out when I have a couple of hours free ;)Elad - I reckon they should just let us on the motorway - after all, devsTa did alright on the M23
There are many places you can’t get to without using a dual carriageway.
The only place you need to go on a motorway to get to is a motorway service station.
Motorway-grade a-roads are obviously in existence, but they’re hardly the norm. And it makes far more sense to legislate with that nice and easy divide of road-type than having to stick signs up at motorway-grade dual carriageways.