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🚲Cycling the One-Way Bike Lane of Charlton Avenue West in #HamOnt🚲
I take this route often to connect from the Escarpment Rail Trail to either the Chedoke Radial Trail or the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail.
Cycle Hamilton @CycleHamilton2 days ago
The votes are in. #30DaysOfBiking starts on Saturday April 1.
Join us for a Slow Roll On Saturday.
Bayfront Park by the boat launch at 10:30 AM.
Carter Park at 1:30 PM
If you can't make it remember to ride your bike
@mattjelly Olive the signs that I look forward to the most!
@antonlodder Are they parked with their tail over 33's basement entrance? Only a Mini Cooper could park there comfortably.
@mypicisme @EasyThePianoMan @cityofhamilton What's actually "wrong-headed" is following someone you don't agree with, just to harass every post they make. Get a hobby, mate. Build some bird houses or something.
@JoeyColeman Wait... that's a real clause they have?
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane I honestly don't want to argue, or discredit your experiences, but if we make all ages and abilities infrastructure, and educate users of said infrastructure, then all will benefit. Hence, this post's humble beginnings.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane Fix sidewalks benefits WC users, rollerbladers, skaters, parents with strollers & wagons, joggers Cost: $$$$$ Installing all ages age abilities cycling/rolling infrastructure benefits- WC users, rollerbladers, skaters, parents with strollers & wagons... and cyclists Cost: $$$
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane What I think I'm hearing is that you don't want to use bike lanes, b/c a protected bike lane will force cyclists to pass too close and hit you? I understand that. Sidewalks with bumps every meter it is then. The other solution is tearing up every sidewalks & pouring asphalt.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane Never said to put bike lanes on every road. We need connectivity though. And as you said, we all just want to get to our destinations.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane I'm not saying cyclists should be prioritized at all. But (like how this post began) if we build bike lanes that are accessible to all ages and abilities (yes, WC users too! 100% post signs if we have to) then we can make a better city to travel in.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane Yes, we need better sidewalks, but the cost of tearing them up to widen and repave them is astronomical compared to painting to make a bike lane, or moving concrete prefabs, or installing cheap plastic. /end (hopefully)
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane The road that is taken from cars is not torn up and repaved to be brand new. It is filled with cracks, sewer grates, and prone to having sharp debris. But we'll take it, because it's better than nothing /4
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane If we are lucky, we get repurposed (read, recycled) concrete prefabs, or cheap plastic knock-down sticks. /3
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane They are not smooth (as you do not wish to roll on them) and they tend not to be protected (as you said you don't feel safe on them) /2
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane I will also add- you started by saying you were upset at cyclists getting "new" bike lanes. The bike lanes we get are converted gutters. They are cracked and damaged from heavy use of vehicles. /1
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane The best solution is to narrow roadways and use that space for wider & better sidewalks. So, target your frustration at cars for plundering our valuable space. Narrowing roads and reducing turning radii will also force drivers to travel at the posted speed limits.
Here is what is it like to cycle Westbound on Maplewood Av, Delaware Av, and Stinson St in #HamOnt.
The 250m gap on Maplewood is gone, but there are still some smaller gaps when changing roads.
And of course, West of Victoria we have sharrows
@mbonsma We definitely need grass buffers. Even just 1ft of grass, would mean the curb cut out could be away from the sidewalk.
I really need to start looking at the bicycle master plan more, as the Inverness project has a major flaw (IMO)-
Make Queensdale bike lanes go to Skyland Dr, and Inverness lanes from Belvidere to Up. James.
Why steer cyclists away from the bike route through Bruce Park? #HamOnt
@WorldBollard @Clearpreso Ah. The good ol' Drive-Shaft Tickler.
@jdavey @jdavey_25 days ago
As heard in #hamont.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane They should not have done that. The cycling community is currently working on educating cyclists to be more inclusive. The problem is- some people just aren't willing to better themselves. You should see how crotchety the anti-bike lane community is like... just as unpleasant.
@MShadowrocker You might facepalm what I have to say, but I am the one who has experience cycling alongside buses, trucks, cars, &c. The vehicles on the road that are the greatest threat to cyclists go- transport trucks, then personal trucks/SUVs, then delivery trucks, then buses & smaller cars
Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher @mbonsmaa week ago
@MShadowrocker It has been my experience that HSR buses tend to be extremely observant of cyclists - more so than the average motorist, at least. I would assume it's because they have additional training than just a simple G license, so I trust an HSR driver over the standard motorist any day.
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane The more people we get using the bike lanes (joggers, people pushing strollers/wagon/&c), more connections we can get the city to build. Gaps in infrastructure are horrible, as you probably know when there is a complete lack of sidewalks in places. Let's take back the streets!
@Mr_J_Abbey @emptybikelane I welcome WC users to use the bike lanes! I know how the road can oftentimes be better than the sidewalk. But that is all the more reason to make protected tracks, as rolling in a painted gutter cannot feel safe.
Cycling Eastbound on Stinson Street, Delaware & Maplewood Avenues in #HamOnt
I've covered these streets before, but there have been some minor improvements since 2021 -- mainly the installation of "knock-down sticks" on Delaware & Maplewood.