Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ride home for Thursday, 15 May

Today was supposed to be warm and sunny, according to the meteorologists... needless to say, it wasn't.

Distance logged: 11.737km
Time: 33:01
Average speed: 21.3km/hr
Max speed: 50.4 km/hr
Temperature: 13C, cloudy, breezy
Cumulative distance: 2736.636km
Cumulative cost per km: $0.06
Monthly distance: 321.727km
Monthly cost per km: $0


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey steve,
you seem like you've been biking for a long time.
i've just started to take up cycling and will commute from dartmouth to halifax every day, just wondering exactly how do you get on the cycle lane on the bridge? i've heard its kind of confusing.
I'm new to the city and I'd appreciate your help so I dont get killed on my first day!

Monday, May 19, 2008 3:47:00 am  
Blogger steve said...

From the Dartmouth side, you can get on the bike lane from the car park at the corner accessible from Faulkner Street. On the Halifax side, it's a bit less straightforward and it depends on where you're going to or coming from.

If you're heading to the North end, you're supposed to walk your bike down to the crosswalk, cross over all the way to the other side of North Street, and then ride up - I usually just cross over at the bus stop where the cycle lane exits after checking for oncoming traffic.

If you're heading to downtown Halifax, I believe you're supposed to walk it down to the crosswalk then remount on Barrington after that; I just bunnyhop onto the bus stop and merge with traffic. If you're heading downtown and don't want to fight the traffic on Barrington, take the first right off Barrington onto Artz Street and that will take you up to Brunswick.

To access the bike lane from Halifax, I would recommend approaching from Brunswick, merge onto North Street as if you're heading to Barrington, then where North Street merges back with Barrington ride straight up the sidewalk onto the cycle lane. I think this is the recommended method, although I suppose technically you're supposed to walk your bike up the 10 metres or so of sidewalk. If you're coming up Barrington from Halifax, or up from the dock yards, you're probably best off using the pedestrian signals and walking across as that's about the quickest and safest way to get there.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thankyou so much for this info! i think im going to walk some of the routes you mentioned first, just to get a feel of the location and traffic etc.
Thanks again!

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:13:00 am  

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