Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bike route for Bar B Biker

I just created a copy of my commute downtown from Clayton Park; it's a bit circuitous, but the general idea is no left turns unless there's a traffic light or 3 way stop, or it's a residential street. Hopefully this will help Bar B Biker a bit, as Dunbrack and Bedford Highway aren't the most fun roads to ride on at rush hour!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Eric said...

Bikely's really cool... see my usual routes here:
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Commute-from-Fairview-to-Brunswick-St-Office
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Commute-from-Brunswick-St-Office-back-home-in-Fairview

Suggestions for improvement are very welcome!

Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:56:00 am  
Blogger Dougii said...

Hey Steve,

I love the Bikely's site. Thanks for posting this. I have two comments on the route.

1. I hate making a left turn onto Pepperell St. from Oxford. Traffic is quite fast and I feel very exposed at that intersection. If end up wanting to go to that side of town, I either go through the parking lot past the Canadian Tire or go right up to Windsor and double back to Quinpool Pl and then left onto Quinpool or walk my bike over to Vernon.

2. You might want to remind people to walk their bikes across crosswalks. I saw in the paper a cyclist was sent to the hospital on the weekend. He was riding his bike through a crosswalk.

Cheers,

-Doug

Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:13:00 am  
Blogger steve said...

I just did a reverse route as well. Eric, it looks like you've optimised your route to be as short as possible (and as fast as possible?) with the only downside being you're on some high traffic roads. I prefer to go on lower traffic roads, away from the pollution - all a matter of taste, though!

Dougii, the left turn onto Pepperell is actually safer than it looks (modulo the drivers wanting to move into the left lane without looking); traffic approaching is usually slowing down either to turn left or right, or because traffic in front is turning left or right. Traffic behind in the left lane is quite often turning left onto Pepperrell as well anyway, and if they aren't, I'm quite visible so not in any risk anyway.

Good point about walking bikes across crosswalks. I always walk my bike across the crosswalk so I can push it ahead of me - I'd rather the bike got smushed than me! I suppose if one wanted a new bike, one could simply repeatedly walk across the crosswalk pushing one's bike ahead of one until a driver thoughtfully smashed into it...

Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:26:00 am  
Blogger Dougii said...

I suppose if one wanted a new bike, one could simply repeatedly walk across the crosswalk pushing one's bike ahead of one until a driver thoughtfully smashed into it...

Snort!! Lol ....

Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:06:00 pm  
Blogger Godwin said...

This bikely thing is pretty awesome.
Looks like you work close to where I do and our paths intersect where I begin. I take a more direct route.

I'll probably be meeting you at the critical mass tomorrow if I can make it, I've been bugged to go several times and I think I can actually make it this month.

Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:08:00 pm  

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