Leaving Madrid is best done by train.
Cycling south certainly did not provide any fantastic scenery of architectural significant buildings or exciting streetscapes.
Commercial buildings were alot of wonderful post-war designs of the 1940’s and 50’s, where taste was forgotten. Thirty kilometres of ugly urban sprawl before countryside was reached. Then, at least, there was a green separation between municipalities, which laid about 5 or 10 kilometres apart. The roads were busy. The wayfinding signage was frequently missing when you needed it the most.
Bus lanes can be found in any roads in Madrid, even the most busy four lane roads would have their bus lanes on it, leaving two lanes for driving in them. But then, Madrid has a very extensive metro system so drivers do have an alternative way of commuting by bus and metro.
Still to be done:
- Rolling countryside, green
- Quieter roads
- Toll roads and expressways not busy, smaller roads busier