... Is a bit of a pain in the backside to be honest. It's like the place is designed to snarl cars up and make it impossible to cycle across. Every 100 yards in the city centre there's a set of lights to stop you (if you're well behaved like me anyway) and there's that flaming inner city motorway to find a way across which cuts residential areas off from the town. I'm only coming in from Sandyford to near the railway station, but it's taking me nearly 20 minutes to do less distance than I used to do in Edinburgh in 10. Tis very frustrating. However, I drove in from Edinburgh this morning (to be in work for 9 which meant a 5:30 am start) and managed to get to Newcastle outskirts in just over 2 hours (without breaking the speed limit) and then travelled 6 miles in 50 minutes to get back to my flat to cycle into work by which time I was late, so thank god that I cycle into work and don't drive on a regular basis, otherwise I'd be tearing my hair out!