a bird's eye view of a Dutch roundabout

Cat eye lights built into a road (with video)

February 9, 2023 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last year, when I was visiting the Netherlands, I drove home one night and noticed these interesting little lights at a roundabout. Of course I needed to know more about it and I returned a few nights later to check out what it was all about. Upon closer inspection, I noticed these were very flat cat eye lights built into the road deck. Decades ago, I remember you would sometimes see something similar in temporary lanes on highways, when there was work being done on the road. However, those were reflectors. Solar powered cat eye lights Technology improved and now [Read more…]

A view over the Ottawa river from Petrie Island

A 30 km loop in Orléans (Ontario)

October 5, 2022 Hansonthebike 4

Reading Time: 6 minutes Early September, Karen and I finally made it to Orléans (in Ontario). We cycled a 30 km loop with a short 5 km side tour to Petrie Island, mostly on pathways, and a bit on residential roads. Orléans could use more cycling infrastructure though as there are missing links. Hopefully with the arrival of LRT more cycling infrastructure will be added.

New Urban Parkette for Ottawa

November 30, 2021 Hansonthebike 0

Reading Time: 5 minutes Chaudière Island in the Ottawa river is now partially being built up, but at the western tip a small new park was recently opened, as well as a new connection from the NCC pathways.