Detour towards the fence!

Trillium Pathway Phase 3 – photos

December 11, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

The Trillium pathway is finally finished. The third stage was landscaped and finished in September/October 2018 (project OTT-046) and completes a wonderful and safe cycling loop along the canal, the Trillium railway tracks and the Ottawa River. A cycling tourist’s dream. No refuge The original project envisioned crossing Prince of Wales via a refuge. I like refuges very much because [Read more…]

“Alexa, Don’t Send Me That Bike Shopper Pannier”

December 6, 2018 Hansonthebike 12

I am looking for a pannier to use on my trips through Ottawa. I have been using the cheapies, but eventually the bottom starts to deteriorate, netting starts to fall apart and hooks start to come off. The current one’s back is sometimes touching on the spokes, when it is loaded with groceries. As a good pannier is really only [Read more…]

Gevulde speculaas

A Dutch December Dessert: Gevulde Speculaas

December 2, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

As December 5 approaches, children in the Netherlands are getting all excited about the visit of Sinterklaas, that 3rd century bishop who visits the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain every year. He brings goodies and gifts for the kids. Some gifts are accompanied with a tongue-in-cheek rhyme, often referring to something the kids (and adults) did wrong, with the [Read more…]

Cycling in Urban Sudbury, ON

November 6, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

Sudbury is a city in the near north of Ontario. The distance from Ottawa is around 500 km, similar to the distance Amsterdam – Paris. It is well known for its mining activities. We once spent one night there. Initially the plan was to stay at the campsite at that time, but once we figured out the campsite was sandwiched [Read more…]

Elections 2018: Ward 9 Knoxdale – Merivale

October 11, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Over the last two months, the Advocacy Working Group of Bike Ottawa put together a survey among all candidates for councillor and mayor for the 2018 elections to see where they are standing on traffic safety and particularly cycling. They were asked questions about connectivity, budgeting and if they actually cycle themselves. Good news There is a lot of good [Read more…]

The mystery of the Adàwe Crossing cycling numbers

August 23, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

Gone are the days that councillor Fleury walked through the Rideau river on his way to university following a self imposed desire line. Now there is the Adàwe crossing. And it is hugely popular. To get a better idea of its success, I took a belated look at the 2016 and 2017 data of the cycling and walking trips on [Read more…]

Trailer capture "North of Nightfall"

August 23: North of Nightfall: Proceeds to Nunavut Foodbanks

August 22, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Tomorrow, August 23, a special screening takes place at the new offices of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in Ottawa at 50 Sussex Drive (next to Terrace at the Falls). The Arctic Kingdom premiere of Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment’s highly anticipated film, North of Nightfall! is tomorrow. Proceeds go to Nunavut foodbanks. Axel Heiberg Island, [Read more…]

Artist impression from 2014 Downtown Moves report

Bike lanes on Confederation Boulevard in Downtown Ottawa

August 14, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

When the O’Connor bike lanes were built, we were told that it wouldn’t go all the way to Confederation Boulevard (Wellington St) in front of Parliament Hill yet for reasons I forgot already. It wouldn’t make much sense to dump cyclists on Wellington anyway with nowhere to go unless you are an experienced cyclist. And even experienced cyclists like myself [Read more…]

The new path underneath the Hurdman Transitway bridge

Visiting Hurdman bridge and the New Pathway

July 31, 2018 Hansonthebike 10

Hurdman Transitway bridge reopened The Hurdman transitway bridge is open again for cycling and walking now the Transitway has been converted to LRT. The pedestrian and cycling space next to the tracks, separated by a high fence, is an important link over the Rideau River. It connects with the NCC eastern pathways, which connect to the Hospital Link I described [Read more…]