The pathway on the Zoo section was giving me a few headaches: The blind corners, flooding, smell of raw sewage just east of the zoo, territorial geese. And also I found this section to be really slow.
My two preferred routes currently are 8th Ave (Via Prince's Island Park). And bypassing the Zoo section using St. Georges Drive.
Prince's Island Park can be a bit of a hassle. I take it pretty slow and feel like I'm loosing too much time. 8th Ave. seems alright to bike on. I have the crossings at Centre Street and Edmonton Trail figured out to some degree but there are still mishaps. And there is a dangerous section on 8th Ave heading East just before the hill that leads down to the Deerfoot Trail overpass. Overall it's a good route if the traffic isn't too bad.
St. Georges Drive is a little scary to bike on. If I keep my speed up I feel much more secure that I'm not going to be in the way of traffic. The main problem is that driver's are treating this intersection (see link below) as if it were a dual left hand turning lane. I made the mistake of assuming it was... but there are no markings. Infact it appears that the left hand lane isn't left turn only. Maybe I'm missing something obvious here.
If the left lane was turn only and the right lane was for turns and thru traffic then I would feel secure about being on the outside - and being out of the way of traffic as soon as possible (traffic moves fast here). Taking St. George's drive shaves off a TON of time but it feels a little risky.
Any thoughts or suggestions are very welcome!!