April 16-22: Only Two Weeks Until Bike to Work Week!

Friday of week after next is Bike to Work day. Have you talked your coworkers into trying a bike commute?  Now's the time, they'll need to dust off their bikes, maybe get them serviced, do a trial run on the weekend ....

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Pleasant surprise

I used it this morning on my way to the Dentist. I had no idea it was  open and would have missed it if another cyclist in front of me hadn't turned right to the path instead of taking the detour through the intersection.

Does anyone know how long it took them to reopen that underpass? It seems like years to me.

Open at last

I rode along it on Friday, I think that was when the opened it. It will be really interesting to see if they are going to keep it open all year, or whether it will be blocked by ice for a large part of the year. I hope that it is the former, or I will have to stick to the south side of the river.

Just glad to be here

45th and Richmond thismorning. I'm north bound 45th on green. On Richmond an east bound bus is stopped for the red in the right lane.  A small silver econo box crossed my path, just 2 feet off my front wheel. It'd passed the buss on the left and blown the red light. Probably never even registerd the light or my presence, just drove on through, no brake lights, not evasive maneuvers, nothing.

I shook all the way to work.

Glad you're here too!

Sorry to hear about the close call. Glad you made; nobody wants to hear about a cyclist/vehicle accident. Take some deep breaths and keep getting back on the horse (although I doubt that'll be a problem for you). 

My ride on the MUP was as uneventful as usual. Weather was nice and the pathway was pretty quiet. Might get some damp weather in the next couple of days, but there should be some nice weather mixed in too.

Glad you're OK

I hate that sickly, shakey feeling that you get after a close call.  Why does it last so long?  And then your head keeps playing games with you like making you think "What if???"  That makes it worse!  Maybe that's only me?


 


I would bet that 99.99% of us ride in a sense of "heightened paranoia - " constantly shoulder checking (even if you were only thinking of moving a couple inches further from the curb), looking waaay down the intersecting streets when approaching intersections, leaning forward and looking down alleys as you approach etc. etc.  (Or again maye again, that's just me), but it always seems that if you let your guard down even for a second, that's when you'll have an encounter like that.


 


Ride safe everybody!

Glad you're okay Mike

Glad you are okay Mike - that is very scary.  I had an eerily similar occurrence sometime this past year crossing 17 Ave (at Simcoe Blvd) on a green when a car screamed up the hill & through the intersection - and didn't even slow down for the red nor brake after just like you mentioned.  But I had a couple more feet of clearance than you did, yikes - that makes me shudder.

Dangerous roads

Obviously this is a bad situation, and thankfully you were not injured.  To me this just re-inforces that as a cyclist we have to be even more aware than ever of other road users (not that being a cyclist had anything to do with this).  I can't say if these red-light-runners are due to distraction, or just so many drivers not giving a sh*t about anyone?  The latter I think.   Thanks for sharing your experience - your note really hits home with me and reminds me to have a chat w/ my kids again about safety.


On my commute in today I saw several bad red-light runners, one of which could easily have nailed me if I'd actually gone on my green.  Like you, no brakes, nothing.  Late last week same story but with a SCHOOL BUS!!  I couldn't belive that.  On the weekend I was driving and the car in front of me went straight through a red light - now I'm not talking marginally red, I'm talking cars were already moving for the other folks w/ right of way, as in she threaded-the-needle.  Luckily she didn't hit anyone but it was "that" close.  They didn't even brake.  I think they were driving a BMW X5?  Summer of 2010 I was driving and had been stopped at a red light for ~30seconds... got rear ended by a distracted driver who saw neither the red light nor me, they were doing about 80km/hr.  My car was a write-off and I suffer long-term issues now.


Granted there is only so much you can do as a cyclist, but dressing with bright clothing (or stripes) helps, appropriate lighting (even at 8am on a crappy weather day like today), acting predictably helps, but most of all being super-hyper-aware of all traffic around you.   Just be careful out there folks - I've already had 1 buddy die on the roads - and teach your kids/family to also be safe.


 

Dangerous roads

Obviously this is a bad situation, and thankfully you were not injured.  To me this just re-inforces that as a cyclist we have to be even more aware than ever of other road users (not that being a cyclist had anything to do with this).  I can't say if these red-light-runners are due to distraction, or just so many drivers not giving a sh*t about anyone?  The latter I think.   Thanks for sharing your experience - your note really hits home with me and reminds me to have a chat w/ my kids again about safety.


On my commute in today I saw several bad red-light runners, one of which could easily have nailed me if I'd actually gone on my green.  Like you, no brakes, nothing.  Late last week same story but with a SCHOOL BUS!!  I couldn't belive that.  On the weekend I was driving and the car in front of me went straight through a red light - now I'm not talking marginally red, I'm talking cars were already moving for the other folks w/ right of way, as in she threaded-the-needle.  Luckily she didn't hit anyone but it was "that" close.  They didn't even brake.  I think they were driving a BMW X5?  Summer of 2010 I was driving and had been stopped at a red light for ~30seconds... got rear ended by a distracted driver who saw neither the red light nor me, they were doing about 80km/hr.  My car was a write-off and I suffer long-term issues now.


Granted there is only so much you can do as a cyclist, but dressing with bright clothing (or stripes) helps, appropriate lighting (even at 8am on a crappy weather day like today), acting predictably helps, but most of all being super-hyper-aware of all traffic around you.   Just be careful out there folks - I've already had 1 buddy die on the roads - and teach your kids/family to also be safe.


 

Victoria Bike Lanes

I was out in Victoria last week.  They seem to really like to use lots of green paint to denote their bike lanes (Esquimalt, Metchosin, etc.), particularly where the bike lane continues across a turn lane.  It really clearly demarcates the space.  Unfortunately I didn't snap any pictures but it would be nice to see Calgary start taking a similar approach in certain instances.

Good idea

I'd like to see the bike lane painted on 10 St on the Northbound approach to 16 Ave. There is a long gentle curve to turn off 10 onto E bound 16. The bike lane is in that danger zone for quite a while and cyclists are typically still going slowly from the hill. Ditto for the turn into/out of SAIT. 

My home

Havent been back in 5 yrs now. So glad to see the cycling initiative there making inroads. They have always had pretty decent succes but this goes to show how far they are moving. Hope to get there this summer. Will definately bring my bike and cam and do some footage.

Zoom zoom

This morning I passed an oncoming Vespa-style scooter.  Some dude just driving along on the MUP near McKnight, seemed to be doing his 20km/hr, no helmet, MP3 player buds in, a license plate that said "BIKE".  Dude looks perfectly content, a look of serenity and enjoyment as he didn't have to worry about traffic and instead appreciated the paths along Nosecreek.

You should have stopped him

You should have stopped him and told him to get a real bike!

Illegalities of scooter on the MUP aside, if he was only doing 20km/h he might as well do it on a bike and get some exercise and clean air while he's at it. :)

Mood!

It is now past 10:30, I have been on the job for just over 2 hours and I am seriously grumpy!! All kinds of drama, but oh wait a minute. Let me think back to my morning ride - ahh, yes. I saw the beaver again this morning, I'm seeing him almost every day now in pretty much the same location. Also saw the osprey take flight from it's nest, what a beautiful sight that was. There, I feel better now. I don't care if it is damp and cool today, the ride home will surely cleanse my brain from the ugliness of this work day.

Where are the Beaver and

Where are the Beaver and Osprey? I saw a big bird of prey landing on a tree just past Crowchild this morning, I thought it was an eagle of some sort, but after googling Osprey I think that is what it was.

I know where the Osprey is.

Actually I know where 2 are....


The one Julie is talking about lives on a man made platform on the north side of the river near the intersectionof 19th Street & Memorial NW.  It's close to that pedestrian bridge that connects to 20th Ave (near the Boy Scouts & Girl Guides Headquarters).


 


There is another one in Bowmont Park near the old Klippert site.  I often see them fishing in the river, the splashes are great!


 


As for the beaver????

Osprey

It doesn't look like the Osprey are using the nesting platform in Bowmont park yet - although I saw a goose up there last week.

Have you seen a pair in Bowmont?  So far I've only seen individuals.

Well it was probably the 19th

Well it was probably the 19th st one I saw. It landed on a low branch right next to the path on my way in to work (on the south side of the river).

I've never see one anywhere near that close before, but it was quite impressive, and apparently unconcerned by nearby cyclists.

Mood changing

When I was riding home last night, there was a police car by the path behing the pumphouse (south side of river, just east of Crowchild) and the officer was searching for someone / something in the bushes on the riverbank.


 


I felt uncomfortable, so I sped up, but I looked down to see if I could see anything.


Anybody know anything about what was going on?


 

Fish and Wildlife also

I think it must have been the same day.  On my way through Shouldice there was a Fish and Wildlife truck driving the MUP.  The officers appeared to be looking for something along the riverbank.  Not sure what.

The Beaver?

I know "they" don't like beavers chopping down all the trees, perhaps FIsh and Wildlife were hoping to trap it. Although calling out the cops for a beaver seems a little unusual.

yep, that's the place

Bruce, that is the location where I saw the osprey this morning (and last night as well) but I have seen the pair out in Bowmont. One time I was standing close to the water's edge and they swooshed past me, it was very spectacular! I felt like I might fall in the river from the draft.


Lately I have seen a pretty big beaver along the shoreline north side of the Bow just before you get to the Crowchild off ramp. Basically between that ped crossing and Crowchild. He appears to be very busy, hahha, you know - busy as a beaver!

Damp

Had a pretty easy-going ride to work in the snow and rain early this morning.  I find this type of weather a bit dreary and depressing, but the motorists today were surprisingly nice and a couple of generous people were downright accommodating!  I even exchanged a couple of smiles with people (and I am pretty sure they weren't just laughing at me inside their warm, dry car!)  Wink

Still, I would rather have -10 degrees and sunshine ANY day over dreary days like this (despite what the nay-sayers will tell you about Calgary winters being prohibitive to biking).  Another reason why Calgary could be such a great cycling city, especially if rainy places like Vancouver or Portland can keep up year-round ridership.

Nice ride in

A couple of coworkers just told me that they drove in through rain and snow, but I had a nice ride in. Just a fine mist hanging in the air that kept me cool, but not cold.

Can't miss me on the MUP!

Enjoyed my ride in today, although there was an uncharacteristic headwind. If you see me out there, say hi! I'm the guy on the fixed-gear bike with blinky lights in my spokes and a really rattly rear fender (I really need to look at that).

I saw the pair of Osprey on Monday sitting on the perch on the nesting platform near Memorial between 19 St. and Crowchild and thought it was a nice sign of the approaching spring. I'll have to keep an eye out for the beaver, I hadn't noticed this year. A couple of weeks ago, I had my first-of-the-season hiss from a goose near the pathway...yet another sign of spring!

I do the hissing

I have taken to hissing at Geese who sit on the pathway and refuse to move for bikes.

I don't know if it affects them at all, but I figure if they hiss at me to make me move, the reverse should work too!

I hiss too!

I figure that if they scare at that, they'll be less likely to go near the paths and less hazardous for us all.


 


Last week I left work early as I had to read a report and chose to sit down by the river in the sun to read it (rather than my stuffy office).  I was seriously distracted by the turf wars going on as the paired-up geese were fighting over the 5 or ten feet of riverbank that they wanted to nest on.  They would squwack, chase, pull at each others tailfeathers as they swam away.....  


 


Weird thing, there is none of that this week?  Everybody must have got settled?

Silent Ride

Finally decided to strip the studs and put the summers back on last night when I got home. I actuall forgot how quiet the bike can be. My legs thank me for sure, it was like ridng a rocket ship this morning.

Route Home

So I've figured that going straight north from my office to the MUP, across the Peace Bridge and onto the north side Bow River pathway (heading west) alleviates dealing with some of the pathway congestion on the south side pathway west of downtown.  We'll see how it shapes up later in the summer when the approach to the Peace Bridge gets busy with tourists, etc.

Peace West

I find that coming off the Peace bridge and heading west is congested until after crossing 10th St.  Some grumpy pedestrians on that short section, plus not much room at the lights for crossing.  Perhaps the opening of the MUP under 10th will relieve some congestion.

Only Recently...

...that I started going this way.  I wouldn't when the underpass was closed because it wasn' t worth the wait to cross 10th at grade vs. the underpass on the south side.  It is pretty busy at the exit to the pathway from the bridge on the north side.  Let's hope they finish off the approaches on both the south and north ends so we don't have  marginal access to our (Calgary's) high profile bridge.

I changed my route

I have been coming and going that way for the last couple of days.  Fortuneately for me, the windy little roller coaster section under the ctrain bridge has been clear (and kinda' fun to blast through).


 


Otherwise, I do find it less congested.  I rode out to Bow Cycle at lunch yesterday and was surprised at the very small numbers of joggers I saw....

EV Riverwalk: Awesome, Idiot Rider: Not so Awesome

After work I had to head to Ogden to pick up our minivan at some auto-detailing place.  It was nice heading east for a change, and the new river walk in the East Village was fantastic. 


 


The trip was marred early on by some big guy (220+) on a road bike who was ahead of me, and going quite fast.  There was a mother and her toddler up ahead and I could see the guy move to his left to get around (the little girl was toward the middle of the path) while he dinged his bell a couple of times.  The girl ended up stepping to her left a little bit, but enough to make the guy swerve to his left because he clearly hadn't slowed down at all.  He ended up glancing the girl with his bike or his leg, which spun her around and onto her back.


 


The guy just took off and didn't look back once.  I stopped to see if the girl was okay and despite being scared out of her wits, she wasn't too badly hurt, thankfully.  I can't believe how callous that jerk was - something like that makes your blood boil.

Over dressed

The leg warmers and arm warmers were definitely overkill this morning. The ride home should be fantastic, in part because I finally got the road bike out again.

late night ride

rode home last night from downtown just a little after 11:00 p.m. It was a perfect time to tride, very calm and mild, quiet and close to no traffic. My light beam was catching little dust particles floating in the air and there were shadows all around from various light sources - mystical!

Sun Ride In

Wow, it was the warmest morning commute so far this morning - didn't even need gloves!

Noticed that some people began celebrating 4/20 early though.....got a huge wiff of smoke at the lights on 26 Ave and 14th Street that was enough to make me queezy.

Looking forward to some nice weather riding on the weekend.

Pulled out the 'fast' bike this morning

Decided to treat myself to an extended commute on my nicer bike this morning. From Varisty, I took the roads through Varsity Estates, to Silver Springs, to Nosehill Dr. and then down into Bowness before turning back eastbound to head in.  Turned my <20min ride into almost 45min and felt great! The roads were pretty quiet so the whole thing was pretty stress-free! Got on the MUP after crossing Hextall bridge. The only thing to mar this great ride was that I managed to fall over when getting off the bike to cross Memorial at 10 St. D'oh! I forgot how slippery the road shoes are when not attached to a pedal. Looking forward to the beautiful weather for a ride home mid-afternoon!