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I personally don’t really like riding on the shoulder of busy highways. Too much noise, dust, and gusts from the vehicles. Cars and trucks passing you at 120 kph isn’t very nice. I always prefer to find the quietest roads, even if there is no shoulder. Fewer cars mean a more enjoyable experience for me. The interchanges of the big freeways are especially poorly designed for cyclists.
If you want to get out to Chestermere the Canal pathway is a very pleasant way to go, if bumpy in a couple of spots. It starts at the Bow Waters Canoe Club and flows the canal from there to Chestermere.
Great, thanks for the info.
Bike shops are open, if that’s what you’re looking for. I was perusing a new bike on the weekend. No commitments yet.
I haven’t been back since I visited the Dam last week. Way too many people! The Weaselhead is my usual route to access rides south of Calgary from downtown, but now I’m just taking Elbow drive.
The problem I personally have with complaining about pathway maintenance overall is that it’s just so much better than it was 10-15 years ago. We have so much more plowing now, so many more clear trails to ride all winter long. But yes, there is room for improvement.
I know it’s not perfect by any means and sometimes I shake my head when the plow leaves a giant pile of snow right in the middle of the pathway, or forgets to plow the steep hill under a bridge. Those Great Lakes that have formed this year in various places are hard to avoid once they develop. But it has steadily been getting better year over year.
RR is correct that Calgary’s near constant melt freeze cycles mean you must be constantly vigilant. Morning ride, to afternoon, to the next morning can be an entirely new ride.
Agreed, much better clearing on the south side of the river too. I HATE when the plow leaves a pile of snow at the end of it’s path. I have a couple of low underpasses and some years the plow operator left a giant pile of snow square in the middle of the pathway. Not good!
I totally agree with your assessment of the snow clearing after the past snow event. The pathway around Repsol Centre and along the Elbow River was left until it had packed down, then warmed up and finally when it froze down to ice the crews tried to clear it. Now, even after 5 days of warm Chinook weather there is still a hard layer of ice covering most of the pathway. It’s going to be there for a while.
It seems to me like every year is the same. The snow removal crews early in the season aren’t good at getting the snow off down to asphalt. Maybe it’s all new operators? Whatever the reason they really need to do a better job early in the season because if not the icy mess left can stick around well until spring!
Winter studs – 100% a personal choice. There have been a few winters in Calgary when I haven’t used studs at all; the snow comes late and doesn’t really stay on the pathways much. Even with a little snow a regular Cross tire is fine. However some winters heavy snow packs down into icy ruts and roads and pathways are treacherous. Studs are a great solution to terrible road conditions.
Some routes near the downtown are very well maintained, but this does change form year to year depending on the contractor and weather. If you’re lucky enough to be riding these pathways and roads you probably won’t need studs.
I personally would wait until you absolutely have to put on studs to ride safely. They’re so damn inefficient and noisy! I’ve got a 10 year old set of the Winter marathons and they’ve done pretty well for those times when it’s just too sketchy for rubber.
I ran into, literally, one of those electric skateboards the other day. He came around a corner towards me in my lane. He saw me but couldn’t turn the board as he was obviously new to the device. We came to a screeching halt in front of one another. I had no words to share.August 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm in reply to: 12 Avenue Cycle Track Closure @ 9th St to 8th Street #14693
I agree that it’s a poor attempt by the City in the event of a closure of the bike lanes. They don’t seem to value the bike lanes if they just close them without a viable cycling option. I had the same experience when they shut down the pathway by Repsol for high water. There is simply no option for cycling. It shows that the City still thinks of cycling as a luxury and not used by serious people trying to get places.
FYI City of Calgary- walking with your bike for several blocks is not a viable option when cycling!
Yes, that’s the location, and the underpass has been opened since the high water subsided. It was closed for about 10 days? It’s my impression that a legal pedestrian crossing exists at every intersection Calgary. Here we have the intersection of the pathway and McLeod Trail. I agree that when Parks closes the underpasses, Roads needs to designate a cross walk here to alert cars that people are crossing. There is no other feasible option here for a cyclist as the sidewalk is the only exit from the talisman Centre. But we all know how dangerous it is for cyclists on sidewalks, not to mention illegal. I would prefer not to ride on McLeod trail as it’s absolutely not a safe place for cyclists.
I don’t think the scooters are dangerous… they just attract a certain type of user. Riding home in the early hours last week I noticed how many people were climbing onto scooters at closing time of the neighbourhood pubs. You still need a little bit of coordination to ride them!
I agree, it is preposterous. And it makes riding on the pathways a criminal offence. Just try riding down Nose Creek pathway at 20 km/hr with a tailwind! Ridiculous and no evidence that it improves safety for anyone. The one-size fits all speed limit for the pathways has got to change at some point, or it’s going to become too expensive to ride on them at all. I’ll stick to the roads where I can travel at a reasonable speed thank-you.
The City had a backhoe out today trying to bash the glacier into submission. Looked to me like the glacier was winning.
BSNYC has a lifetime of great anecdotes. Having recently ridden a bicycle around NYC, I don’t have the focus or the energy to stay safe under those conditions. Happy that we have the pathways here for some respite.