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  • in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of November 2019 #38528
    winterrider
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    CT drivers can be pretty bad. I’ve been forced on to the curb by buses making stops on the bike lane on Bowness Rd (as in they half pass me then pull over, forcing me to hop the curb or get run over).

    And I almost got hit by a bus while driving my car down that road. There was a light dusting of snow, and a bus no seeing the paint on the road decided that the bike lane (which is 3 feet wide) was in fact a bus lane, and proceeded to pass me on the right. I called that one in, the bus missed me by inches before I realized what it was doing. I stopped, got out, and went to the door to explain what the road markings were before being roundly ignored.

    So yeah, some of those bus drivers are completely clueless… Some of them are great though.

    What we need is a way to rate the drivers (a la uber), and then have colored lights on every car that displays their rating for all to see, so we can spot the dangerous drivers coming! Maybe we could even add a down vote button on the bus mirror, so your next encounter would be recorded for the rest of us…

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of OCTOBER #36923
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    I think they’ve adjusted the timing of the lights along 12th Ave. Everytime I use that cycle track (from 15th St SW to Center St.), I’ve always had to stop 4 to 5 times for red lights. Since they finished the extension of the cycle track, it seemed like it was even worse.

    And suddenly this morning, no stops (well 1, but it felt like none). I found myself braking for green lights that I have instinctively come to know should be red.

    In fact the only thing impeding me today were the 3 bicycle cops who stopped to have a chat in the middle of the cycle track (who stops in the middle of a cycle track at an intersection just blocking everything!). Hopefully the loud “on your left” they got will make them pick a better spot to stop next time.

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of OCTOBER #30369
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    Bridge under Stoney not open yet. Or rather, the bridge might be, but there are no connections to the paths on the other side. I hit this a couple weeks ago and rather than riding back through Bowness Park to the 85th St Bridge, I walked along the grass slope on the east side of Stoney around whatever construction project they have going there that has blocked the path detour that was put in for Stoney Expnasion construction.

    If you want to ride the new path by 12 Mile Coulee, I would cross the river on 85th St, then either ride through Baker Park which still has access to the path detour on the north side of the river by Stoney, or you can ride up to Nose Hill Drive, then follow the path by Nose Hill Drive which eventually goes underneath Stoney and connects to the new path.

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of OCTOBER #28123
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    Today was a breeze, yesterday was tough.

    Riding in, the wet spray was freezing on my cassette. As I pedals water was hitting the chain, and then freezing on the cassette, so that one at a time my gears became inoperable. By the time I got downtown I was down to my four slowest gears.

    For the ride home, I was stuck on the biggest gear because somehow I disconneted the shifter cable inside the brifter thanks to a hunk of solid ice that had accumulated under the bottom bracket. Took some tinkering last night at home to figure out what had happened.

    So I’m not a fan of the freezing water temps, give me -10 anytime over what we had yesterday….

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Sept 2019 #22824
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    12th Ave Cycle track was still under construction this morning (as of 10am).

    But, they’ve painted lines on the road from 11th St to 15th st. I am presuming they still have to install some plastic bollards or some other form of physical separation before it’s open to use. I couldn’t see any physical separation yet in place.

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Sept 2019 #22595
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    You must have missed me last week then, I had the studs out during the rainy days. The reason is that my winter bike has fenders (and studded tires) and it was easier to grab in the morning than my other fendered bikes for a short ride into work.

    But maybe this person was seating their studs before the snow flies, they say you’re supposed to do like 50km on dry pavement before the snow and ice arrives.

    in reply to: Riding on a transit overpass #18734
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    One hopes the new yield regime will be a prelude to a full idaho stop law once it can be shown that the sky hasn’t fallen….

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of JUNE 2019 #8509
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    That’s f’ing insane!

    The harm that comes from speeding cyclists vs the harm that comes from speeding cars….

    A $400 speeding ticket in car is when you’re doing about 40km/h over the speed limit, so that’s the equivalent of doing 70km/h in a playground zone, or 60km/h in a 20km/h zone (such as on the bike paths).

    How is that comparable in danger to speeding cyclists on the paths? It’s not even close!!!

    I’ve seen lots of dangerous behaviour on the paths, but nothing that justifies this. Who was behind this change? And what were they smoking…. ?

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of May 2019 #8367
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    Wow, I thought they wouldn’t bother, guess I was wrong on that one!

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    The lane jogging was by design to mess with drivers and make them slow down.

    Not only did Tom Thivener tell me this, but one of the City Councilors did a radio interview where he discussed this strategy.

    Of course I can’t find a web link now to back that up, but I’m certain that the current state of 12th was by design to slow traffic, not to keep parking on both sides of the street. As a driver and cyclist on this route, I was not that keen on the design of vehicle lanes, so I asked about it explicitly.

    Going back to 3 straight through lanes will definitely improve traffic flow, but obviously that’s the opposite of trying to slow traffic flow.

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    So one of the major things they did when installing the 12th Ave Cycle track, was to intentionally make it more difficult to drive down 12th. This included removing a travel lane, having some lanes start/stop at strange places etc.

    The goal of this was to make drivers cautious, slow down, and be safer.

    As I sometimes drive to my office on this road, I can say that my experience is that this worked wonders. Traffic is much slower, and much safer.

    It sounds like they’re reversing this plan though, to speed up traffic again. I wonder why? Obviously commuters want a faster drive, but I was under the impression that the local Businesses and Residents had lobbied hard to slow down traffic.

    At the Cycle Tracks open houses, and again after they were opened at a separate open house, I asked Tom Thivener about this and it sounded like the slowed down configuration was cast in stone for all time.

    Does anyone know what changed?

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of May 2019 #8340
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    I think the City only cleared that last year to make up for having the north side path closed due to construction on Crowchild.

    So it’s not normal for them to do this, don’t expect it to happen again…. probably ever.

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of April 2019 #8286
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    Left the winter bike at home. I had been planning on going with the studs this morning just in case, but when I saw how clear and dry everything was up in Tuscany, I decided the road bike would be fine.

    And it was a great ride in. I have to drive first, but from where I parked near downtown, the paths were all bone dry everywhere, great ride in!

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of April 2019 #8188
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    Woot Woot! Finally rode in on the summer bike. I felt silent like a ninja (no studs), and fast, oh so wonderfully fast.

    in reply to: How was your ride today? Month of April 2019 #8170
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    Not sure whose fault all that snow was. I know 2wheeler hung up the winter tires, but I was planning to bring out my summer bike for today’s ride (would have been the first commute on it this year).

    Had a nice ride in on the studs anyway. No ice anywhere (a bit of snow left in shaded spots though).

    Unfortunately, not enough moisture yet to dissolve the piles of salt left on the MUPS in some places (presumably left when a plow/salting truck stopped in one spot).

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