Runners in the bike path
How about a joke.
How can you tell the difference between the sidewalk and the bike path?
Answer: all the runners are on the bike path.
This would be funny if it wasn't true.
Cycling inside and outside Montreal.
How about a joke.
Where have the Bixi stations gone?
This occurred this morning.
There is a very interesting interview (Q&A format) between the La Presse newspaper and Susanne Lareau, president of Velo Quebec and Brigitte Roussey, spokesperson for the CAA automobile club (no, not the bicycle kind of spokes). The CAA is big on police repression for scofflaw bike riders.
Are you looking for a great intermediate middle-distance road ride?
Safety? On a bicycle? Commentators this week have been making lots of noise about bicycles and safety and the needless waste of human life when a cyclist dies. This week there were 5 deaths.
In the quite amazing Gazette archive (1880-1985) on google news, the Gazette in the late 1800s reported on a race between the traditional form of personal winter travel/recreation in Quebec, the snowshoe, against that newfangled scandinavian invention, the ski (Ok, the ski has actually been around for 1000s of years, but it was newly introduced to north america).
Quebec's Ministry of Transport (Transport Quebec) builds a lot of roads. Generally they build good roads. But there are a lot of numbered highways that don't have paved shoulders and the MTQ is in no hurry to build paved shoulders on highways that don't have them. These artifacts from an earlier era are death traps for cyclists.
Bicycles enjoy going downhill, as do their riders.
Stanley Cup fever kept people at home glued to the TV set.
The time of sunset gets later every day.
While bike commuting through Montreal we have observed the following dangerous behaviours (all of these were witnessed today):
You really have to wonder if the management of Parc Drapeau has ever ridden a bicycle? The latest improvements to the (highly excellent) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve F1 race track are not pleasing the cyclist community.
Getting closer to 10 mpg avg speed up Mt Royal's 6 km dirt road 500 ft elevation gain climb on mtn bike. 9.67 mph was last nights avg speed, and wasn't trying to go fast, that's 23.5 minutes and the goal is 18 minutes = 20 km/h for the climb a.k.a. the impossible dream/posted speed limit.
UPDATE: please click here. <-This the latest information on montreal bike paths. Thanks!
Yes, we're always late to the party. But we get there eventually...
We love new bike exploration adventures.
Did you do a spring tuneup on your bike yet? Doh.
Spring is amazing. Today the sun set at 8:05 pm. Yes, after 8 pm. 14 hours of daylight every day. Goodbye winter darkness, gone forever! (Well, not quite forever, but for a long time.)
The Gazette's Michelle Lalonde writes about the new Mount Royal "car-free ring road" that is presently being built bit by bit. This is amazing good news. Read it here.
The idea is to create a 10-kilometre-long gravel road, four to five metres in width, encircling all three peaks of Mount Royal as well as the cemetery grounds. The road will wind all the way around the mountain, parts of it tracing the outer limits of cemetery lands, parts winding into the forest and up the slopes to offer gorgeous views of the city.
When the project is completed, sometime over the next two or three summers, cyclists and joggers will have a safe, gorgeous, challenging 10-kilometre-long route on which to train or just meander.