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Cycling Outside Waterloo Region
#16
(07-11-2017, 09:36 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Left arm out to turn left, right arm out to turn right!

Yep! But Stop is up, instead of down!


I'm glad I looked this up before riding.

Left turns are also very, very different.
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#17
How are left turns different?
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#18
It appears that left turn is the same, right turn is the same, stop is different.
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#19
No, I mean physically turning left is different. The signal is the same!

You're not supposed to (illegal) use the car lane to turn left. You proceed through straight, signal a stop on the far side, and cup in behind those waiting perpendicular to you.

Just finished up a ride in Göteburg! Amazing bike infra here, too.
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#20
(07-12-2017, 03:37 AM)Canard Wrote:
(07-11-2017, 09:36 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Left arm out to turn left, right arm out to turn right!

Yep!  But Stop is up, instead of down!

Do people actually signal stop?  I don't remember doing that at all from when I was growing up on that side of the pond ...
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#21
You signal it if it's not expected. Ie, nobody does it at red lights, but if you're stopping mid-block in order to pull off, then you signal it (and yes people do).
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#22
The two stage left turn is used here too, basically, most people who are uncomfortable moving across two lanes of fast moving traffic will do it here, sometimes there are even boxes to give a person space to do it. Of course, drivers are confused by it, cyclists do it because it feels safer, but don't really understand what they're doing, so yeah, its very "different" from here.
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#23
I did some more riding in Toronto this morning. I parked at Humber Park and rode in mostly along the trail there by the water, before heading up onto city streets to run some errands.
  • Turning left off of a main, 4-lane street with streetcar tracks onto a side street is hard. First time I've actually thought "Well, if I was ever going to die riding, this is going to be it".
  • I feel like at least cars a bit more aware, since there are a lot more bikes, here, so they're probably a lot more on the lookout for them here.
  • I love how the bike paths are separate from sidewalks - but still kind of go "hmm" at joggers using the bike paths. They're certainly wide enough it's not really an issue, though.
  • Nobody, and I mean nobody rings their bell. If they have one. I do when passing and I get weird looks. One lady jerked her dog so hard out of the way it barked, and scowled at me while I rode by like a "maniac" at 16 km/h! I can't figure out if it's just a Toronto thing (some aversion to using them) or it's just totally not even on the radar.
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#24
This morning we rode the Brantford to Hamilton Rail Trail again, starting at a different point and venturing further West.

   

   
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#25
I've been meaning to hit that part of the trail up again, I usually only ride from 52 down into Hamilton, usually to the lakeshore trial but it's still flooded.
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#26
Biking weekend!  We were visiting friends in Owen Sound on Sunday, and brought our bikes with us, riding the Georgian Trail in the morning.  It's fantastic!

   

   

   

   
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#27
Looks nice! Last year I rode through Collingwood and up Blue Mountain last year... it was a tough climb on a hot humid day but worth it. On Sunday I was on the Elora-Cataract trail from the trestle in Elora to Shantz Dam on Belwood Lake... lovely little section. The rest of that trail is pretty too but I've never ridden all the way to the Forks of the Credit park, there are a lot of nice roads around there for riding and some good trail in the park too.
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#28
Today, we rode a chunk of the Caledon Trailway.

https://goo.gl/maps/sJ1pUWvPgFz

   

   

   

   

   

It's really nice; highly recommended!
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#29
(08-06-2017, 07:30 PM)Canard Wrote: Today, we rode a chunk of the Caledon Trailway.

I've only ridden the roads around there and it's gorgeous countryside... the Forks of the Credit park also has some nice trails. Did you happen to get off the trail and check out the Cheltenham badlands? They're a neat sight and on a bike you can ride by slowly and take it all in without disobeying the no-stopping signs on the road since they closed the area a couple years. Apparently it's gonna re-open next year though.

I was up riding around the province yesterday too, started here and went to Palmerston (they have a railway museum I didn't know about!), then up to Ayton and across to Dundalk. I went up and down the escarpment as I rode through Kilgorie, the Boyne Valley and past Mono cliffs... the gravel roads were challenging and very hilly, the garmin said the grade was 13% at one point. I rode back to Grand Valley and finished in Fergus as the lightening was looking bad and I called for a pickup. It open up shortly after that and there was a short deluge of rain.
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