Just got back from my first long UK tour - 300 miles Lands End to London ride over 4 days this Easter weekend. (I think I was the only one) How beautiful is this country!! But anyway - I spent a fair bit of time on the A30 and a few other A's (mainly the non-dual carriage way bits) and what an amazing road this would be if it had a hard shoulder the whole length of it. Why for no consistent hard shoulders? Is it because there weren't any bicycles in horse and carriage days.