Welcome Guest!
WIn order to take advantage of all the great features that Waterloo Region Connected has to offer, including participating in the lively discussions below, you're going to have to register. The good news is that it'll take less than a minute and you can get started enjoying Waterloo Region's best online community right away.
or Create an Account




Thread Rating:
  • 1 Vote(s) - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Cycling in Waterloo Region
Parts arrived Tuesday Canada Post no questions asked and no charges! Yay! Now to find some time to put them on.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
Reply
Upgrade time!!

I ditched the stock/combined V-Brake and shifter levers that came with my Trek Verve3 for separate Deore brake levers and SL-M310 RAPIDFIRE shifters.  They're not quite as nice as the Deore 10-speed shifter my other bike has (it's so tight and crisp), but way better than what was on it.

   
Before...

   
...after!

   
Maybe it's just a novelty to me, but there's something about the design of the shift indicator window that just makes me smile.  I love shapes and little design features that are well thought-out.

   
What a Blue Box should look like!
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
Reply


Absolutely fascinating. I'm still recovering from my accident last fall, and I can't help but think if I'd been wearing something like this, I wouldn't be.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
Reply
Turns out my head is too big for a Hövding! Just a cm too... the 10 hour battery life wouldn't be enough for any of my long distance riding either.
Reply
With all the car and truck airbag recalls lately I'm not sure I am ready to trust one for my head.



Moving the Erb/Bridgeport cycling lane discussion from the 70 King St N thread over to cycling:

(03-16-2018, 06:37 PM)jamincan Wrote: If I have to choose between the two, I'd rather have two-way segregated bike lanes over two-way motor vehicle lanes. It's far less of an inconvenience for motorized vehicles to detour than it is for someone on a bike.

Yes, but that probably won't be the choice of options when the time comes to re-do Erb and Bridgeport.

The anti-bike lane populace will be fighting for the status quo (3 lanes in each direction) when current traffic counts (and future projections) can probably only justify 2 plus turning lanes.

People who cycle will probably be asking for two-way on both to help build a minimum grid.

Both won't fit in the right-of-way; so there needs to be compromise.

Two-way with centre-lane turning and one segregated bikes lane on each allows for such a compromise.

The only thing worse than the status quo would be to rebuild the status quo for another 30 years. If this is the difference of getting some separated infrastructure and a start on a minimum grid versus getting no separated infrastructure then again I will say that something is better than nothing.


Second, it is only a detour if you are only going to be travelling exclusively east-west along Erb-Bridgeport. Most people are going to travel for part of their trip east or west and then also a bit of their trip north and/or south of Erb/Bridgeport.


For example, let's say two-way bike lanes are installed along Bridgeport and you live at King and Bridgeport and work at Bridgeport at Weber. Nice and simple straight commute to and from work. 
   

But with an EB bike lane on Erb, and a WB bike lane on Bridgeport then yes you have to deviate 200m to get to the EB Erb bike lane, and another 200m to get from the EB Erb bike lane to your destination. On the way home you just take the WB Bridgeport bike lane straight home. So yes, there is a "detour" of 400m total for the daily commute.
   

But, most people who cycle would probably travel along Erb/Bridgeport part way then go North or South at a certain point so the detour is a net of zero on the day. Take an example of living at Lincoln and Weber and working at King and William. Regardless of whether there is a two-way cycle track on Bridgeport, a two-way track on Erb, or a one-way cycle track on both Erb and Bridgeport the vertical (north-south) travel distance is the same. There is no detour distance.
   
   
   


Also, under a conversion to a two-way Erb St and a two-way Bridgeport there is nothing to say you could not simply take the lane to go EB on a re-built two-way Bridgeport or WB on a rebuilt two-way Erb. To travel on Erb or Bridgeport now you have to risk your life to ride on the road and only go one direction or ride illegally on the sidewalk to go either direction. Taking the lane on a rebuilt street with narrower and fewer lanes would be much safer and comfortable for that purpose than the faux-highway we have now. Instead you would have options (as would would motor vehicle traffic in the event of a crash, water main break, etc.).
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
Reply
(03-19-2018, 08:37 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: With all the car and truck airbag recalls lately I'm not sure I am ready to trust one for my head.

Did you watch the entire video? If not, please do.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
Reply
(03-19-2018, 12:13 PM)Canard Wrote:
(03-19-2018, 08:37 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: With all the car and truck airbag recalls lately I'm not sure I am ready to trust one for my head.

Did you watch the entire video?  If not, please do.

I didn't say it didn't work, I said I wouldn't feel comfortable using it.

Just like I am still unsure about using a car with automated emergency braking.

I understand that my odds are probably better with this device than a standard helmet, even if you consider the rare event of a failure to inflate (apparently 60,000 have been sold, 1,300 activated, 1 recorded failure to inflate), and I know it isn't rationale, but I tend to stay away from b-leeding edge technology until it more refined and tested, and I feel more comfortable with it.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
Reply
Found on the Internet: stats on how often bike infrastructure is blocked in NY.

https://www.jwz.org/blog/2018/03/a-rare-...d-of-evil/

Not that we need any infrastructure for King Street. Isn't it time to do something about that already?
Reply
When is the UpTown Waterloo/King St. Bike lane construction set to resume/wrap up?
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
Reply
As a cyclist in the region I would personally like to hear why from the Crown Attorney. Is biking in dark clothing a crime? Am I not protected under the law if a street light burns out?

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/835...o-cyclist/
Reply
« Next Oldest | Next Newest »



Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 3 Guest(s)

About Waterloo Region Connected

Launched in August 2014, Waterloo Region Connected is an online community that brings together all the things that make Waterloo Region great. Waterloo Region Connected provides user-driven content fueled by a lively discussion forum covering topics like urban development, transportation projects, heritage issues, businesses and other issues of interest to those in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the four Townships - North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

              User Links