What to do With the Double Bass on the LRT?

February 19, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

City staff last week recommended that no bicycle should be allowed on the new LRT during the peak transit hours. The rush hour has been defined as 6-9 am and 3-6 pm. I find that a pretty broad definition of rush hour. It boils down to 50% of the time people travel to and from work (6-6). Yes the public [Read more…]

Heron pathways

Heron Road Bike Infrastructure at Transitway

November 30, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

This week, I was at an open house for new bike infrastructure on Heron, between Bank and Data Centre Road. At that stretch, Heron is a wide arterial with 60 kph speed limits but where it is easy to roll at least 70 kph. It is a spaghetti of roads and railway tracks in that area, and after 19 years [Read more…]

parking lot Mill St brewery

When MUP’s Run Along Parking Lots

November 28, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

It’s one of those design flaws that you don’t see coming. But once you know it, we should incorporate it in the manual for proper bike infrastructure: never run a bike path right next to parking. This is what you get: drivers rolling their car against the curb. Obviously drivers don’t realise what they are doing, so you have to [Read more…]

Open: Ottawa River Pathway Behind Parliament Hill

November 21, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

Note: the north side (Quebec side), should open end of 2018 if everything goes right. Because there are different landowners on the Quebec site, it has taken an extra year). Just before the first snow came down in the weekend of November 18-19 I thought I’d go for a bike ride to check out the repaired Ottawa River multi use [Read more…]

Raised Bike Tracks on Ottawa’s Richmond Road

November 7, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

Last week I went to Lee Valley to buy a new shovel. The wooden stem was broken and even though the shovel itself is made of heavy duty metal, the stem could not be replaced. So far for buying quality products. Luckily Lee Valley gives lifelong warranty, but as the shovel was about 10 years old, it had become 14 [Read more…]

Halloween

Halloween: 13 Spooky Scenarios for Cyclists

October 31, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

Today is Halloween so I wrote up 13 scary cycling scenarios for you. Some of them are infrastructure related, others are law related and yet others are behaviour related. I hope it doesn’t scare you away from cycling. Storm sewers Storm sewers are usually placed within about 60 cm of the curb. This is also where cyclists ride. Some storm [Read more…]

Brookfield MUP Update

October 11, 2017 Hansonthebike 2

Last night I attended the open house for the bidirectional MUP on Brookfield in the Brookfield High school cafeteria. Some of my friends went to this 1962 school in the seventies and eighties and it was interesting for me to see this heritage school from the inside. Here are a few pics for the fun of it including the heritage [Read more…]

New Multi Use Pathway on Brookfield Road Planned

October 9, 2017 Hansonthebike 6

This Tuesday, October 10, you should go to Riley Brockington’s Open House at Brookfield High on Brookfield. For many years, better cycling infra is planned for the route between Hog’s Back Falls and Saw Mill Creek and on Tuesday, you will have a preview of what the plan is about. Councillor Brockington’s invitation already mentions that this is going to [Read more…]

A collage of 8 photos of traffic signs on Fairmont on a 150 meter strip

Sign Feld on Fairmont

September 21, 2017 Hansonthebike 2

Signs are a never ending form of entertainment. My cycling route to Hintonburg follows the Experimental Farm, crossing 6 lanes of Carling into Irving (with a light soooo slow, even pedestrians walk through red), into Sherwood and then down Fairmont Ave. It appears that every month I pass Fairmont another sign pops up in an already busy field of signs [Read more…]

Not sure why I choose for red, I guess I was brainwashed by the many Dutch images I studied. Looking northbound.

Could Ottawa’s Percy Street Become a Bicycle Street?

August 1, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

Percy Street In the previous post, we read about the Dutch bicycle streets and the Dutch quest to design guide lines based on best practices. With the information under our belt we can take a look at Percy street in downtown Ottawa. Percy is a north-sound street that runs through residential areas. It is a desirable route for cycling in [Read more…]