Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ride for Wednesday, 09 January

Down to Bedford for physio and, since I'm working from home today, I took the time to do some riding around the Bedford suburbs to fix some FIXMEs. I did it with a camera synced to UTC and used gpscorrelate to geotag the images - it was surprisingly easy!

The continuing warm weather and melting snowbanks made it foggy and misty out, with water continually condensing on my glasses and mirror. The long term forecast is showing this weather will continue all the way through into next week - at this rate I'll be able to get my road bikes out...

Distance logged: 28.108km
Time: 100:23
Average speed: 16.8km/hr
Max speed: 53.5 km/hr
Temperature: 6C - 7C, foggy
Cumulative distance: 190.891km
Cumulative cost per km: $0.1
Monthly distance: 190.891km
Monthly cost per km: $0.1


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarasota Cycler here...
Have you seen or have had experience withe "bike boxes" intended to reduce the number of "right hooks" (drivers turning right into cyclists going straight). Here is a link, but if you Google bike box portland you get all sorts of different articles. The first mention I saw was in the New York Times a few days back.

My question is: this is great at a red light, but how do these help when traffic is already moving? (Or they even intended to?)

Friday, January 11, 2008 5:42:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter may be moving to Nova Scotia to the Annapolis Valley. She wants me to go too. Can you tell me what it is like? We are quite health minded and would like to live a simple life, do some gardening,etc. Are there great places to bike in that area?

Sunday, January 13, 2008 9:53:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, we are in B.C.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 9:54:00 am  
Blogger steve said...

Sarasota, I've heard of them in the UK but I've never used them. They're used solely when traffic lights are red, as far as I know - the idea is cyclists congregate at the front to (as you pointed out) prevent right hooks, although I suppose it relies on cyclists getting to the box before the light changes. They're not intended for use when traffic is already moving - traffic is supposed to stop in front of the bike boxes when the lane changes.

Anonymous in BC, I've never cycled in the Annapolis Valley but it's supposed to be very cyclist friendly. The MS150 ride is held there now. There's a few shared use trails in Annapolis County and a few more in Hants County but nothing of any great significance.

That said, the back roads are pretty empty. If you spend some time with a map book devising routes you can find roads that are pretty dead with very little traffic. I rode from Halifax to Truro and back and in parts there was one car every 10-15 minutes or so. There's a lot of communes down in that area so if you're looking for hints on gardening and the whole simple life ethos, there's lots of people around who would be willing to give you a hand. See this page for a flavour of what it's like - the comment about the job situation is unfortunately pretty accurate, though.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 8:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the helpful response, I'm really getting excited about relocating.

Monday, January 14, 2008 12:58:00 pm  

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