In the summer I like to ride my bike to work. It isn’t far for me, and it’s a great way to build some exercise into the day, plus it saves me a bundle in bus fare too, which helps support my coffee habit. It’s win-win you see.
It is when I create posts like this that I wish I had some talent as a photographer, but because I don’t, I will have to rely on my clever, yet understated sense of humour to make this post mildly entertaining. Cripes, sorry folks.
Anyhow, in the mornings I like to take the most direct route to work, because shorter is better when your building doesn’t have changerooms or showers, and nowhere to even plug in a hair appliance. Trust me, this matters on the days when my sweaty helmet head makes me gasp in horror when I get into the mirrored elevator, and even more so when my elevator mates gasp in horror at me. It is then that I know that I’m in for an overall bad hair day and nothing I can do with just a brush and a mirror will make it better. I have been known to take the bus on the days when it is already 25C and 100% humidity at 7:30am in order to avoid this problem.
Construction is always the theme for summer in Ottawa, but this year there is even more than usual. I have been having to come up with creative ways to leave my neighbourhood in the morning and to find my house again at the end of the day.
|This part of the road is closed, but I can fit through these pylons.
Hurray for being rebellious AND riding with no traffic.
|This has made finding my house a little challenging.|
Once I get past the construction, this gateway to Chinatown always makes me smile.
|This picture really doesn’t do this archway justice.|
Early in the biking season I was very excited about the segregated bike lanes being built as a pilot project on Laurier Avenue. Laurier was a part of my regular route anyway and I was looking forward to not having to play “dodge the car stopped in the no stopping zone”, and “avoid the car doors opening in front of you” games. Of course, now the city has lost what could have been a very lucrative source of income. If cars had been ticketed more often for stopping in the no stopping zones during rush hour, we could have had this light rail gig paid for by now.
It took a while, but they finally opened to much celebration from downtown cyclists.
|I’m a big fan already.
|It is pretty popular with other cyclists too.|
|Is it just me, or does this planter not add beauty?|
There has been a lot written about these bike lanes, and I think they are a great addition to an already very bikeable city. When I’m riding in these lanes, I really do think that I am safer because the lanes are completely segregated from car traffic. It is good for the city for cyclists to feel safer because it means more people will be downtown with fewer cars. I’m not completely sold on the way you are suggested to make left turns with these lanes though. I am quite used to taking my lane and making my left turn as a car would, but if I use the lanes, then I need to go straight through the light, and then wait for the perpendicular light to turn green so that I can complete my turn. This isn’t great for me on a one way street where I actually want to be in the left-most lane to get to my building, but because there are periodic gaps in the barriers, I still have the option to turn the old way. I have tried both so far, and I will probably continue to use both depending on the lights and traffic on the particular day.
|Seriously, will someone please give a blogger some
|Wheeee, part 2!|
|Wheeeee Part 3!|
|Aw fluffy wuffy goosie woosies.|
|See them there in the shadows?|
Bluesfest has been on and I managed to catch Tegan and Sara practicing.
|I like them, but are Tegan and Sara really blues?|