Jersey teases a Guernsey resident with glimpses of the future

August 23rd, 2011 by Richard Lord

Jersey is a delightful island to bicycle around.

Just as Guernsey’s beauty is more easily appreciated from a bicycle than it is from a car, a visit from Guernsey to Jersey by bicycle showed off the beauty of Jersey’s rural landscape more effectively than a previous journey by car had done.

While waiting at the Condor Ferry terminal in St Helier to return to Guernsey, two couples described the pleasure they had taking a day trip to Jersey by bicycle.

Jersey provides bicyclists with ample bicycle racks in St Helier and more pathways for bicyclists than Guernsey does.

Bicyclists are well provided for with bicycle racks in St Helier, Jersey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The coastal road is a pleasure to cycle whether during the day or at night.  When walking or cycling one can stop to admire the view; it is much more difficult to pull off the road and stop suddenly in a car when a majestic view presents itself.

Cycling along Jersey's south coast road I admired the moon rising over the sea at low tide (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jersey Electricity operates three electric Smart cars, which are used by meter readers.  A day’s driving involves no more than 40 to 50 miles, which reduces the battery charge by 40 percent. The electric cars are fully charged overnight.

One of the three Jersey Electricity electric Smart cars that the company uses to visit customers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust provides an electric vehicle charge point for the parking space closest to the entrance.

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's recharge point for electric car is the closest car parking space to the main entrance (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

For those who don’t drive or bicycle, Jersey offers a more comprehensive bus service than Guernsey does.

 

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