I had to bring a book back to the library and we decided to make a little outing out of it. Usually I take it back to the Main branch down town during lunch hour, but today (Victoria Day) we decided to cycle to the Centrepointe branch in Nepean, even though the Emerald Plaza branch is closer. It turned into an 19 km ride, mostly on bike paths, through parks and underneath hydro poles.
With an average speed of 14 km/hour (that included checking the map and taking some pictures) it took us about an hour and 20 minutes. That is OK, we are not in a rush and enjoyed watching people working in their gardens, boys throwing stones in the storm water ponds, dog walkers, kids in splash pools, other cyclists and Bob Chiarelli and Lisa McLeod lawn signs for the upcoming Ontario elections.
Baan Thai Restaurant, on Centrepointe Drive in a strip mall has good reviews. It is definitely a destination for us this summer, as it is less than 6 km away from home.
There are very few places where you can pass the railway tracks that run through Nepean. Nepean was built in the car era, so all underpasses are wide four lane car lanes that invite speeding; there is very little safe infrastructure for cyclists. An exception is this underpass of which we need a few more.
After this underpass the path leads to Craig Henry Park. We found our way via Conover, a hydro line green space, Knoxdale and through a narrow path through Manor Dale Park to Sherry Lane park to a path that meets up with the bike path north of Hunt Club.
After the Woodroffe and Hunt Club intersection (a suburban monster intersection, must be the size of a football field), we followed another path towards Merivale, where we crossed towards Colonnade and into the Nepean Creek area.
Part of Colonnade is seeing more housing development and a large retirement home. The developer was asked to build a bridge but the plan was to build it as narrow as possible, certainly not big enough for cyclists and walkers crossing at the same time.
The reasons for a somewhat wider bridge were that residents need to cross the creek in order to go to school at the north side and residents on the north side to go to work on Colonnade on the south side. It saved each side 4 km of driving, but apparently, the developer didn’t give a shit.
Usually, the cheap way out is a ‘walk your bike’ sign. Put the onus on the cyclist. Of course no one does and angry comments that’ no cyclist’ sticks to rules follow. Several forces pushed for a wider bridge and eventually it was built. An example of a simple solution that was nearly not built because the developer lives in another era still.
We cycled further north to cross Meadowlands into our own neighbourhood and lounged in our porch and wrote this blog.
Thanks for all you engagement with city counsellers with this and other mups. We need to celebrate and promote the trails we have and of course improving and expanding the cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in general.