All about biking

Hi all – sorry it has been a little sparse around here lately.  Life is nice and busy, and with the weather getting warmer, it makes it harder to sit and write posts in our down time.

Speaking of nice weather, the melting snow means that all of us who are seasonal bikers (along with the hardcore, year-round dedicates – is that a word?) will be getting our bikes tuned up in no time!  So with that, I wanted to share some cool biking links, to help us all continue building the cycling culture in the City:

An event that will be taking place in Regina in May!

Cool news from Google!

**Here are also a few links about innovative biking gadgets from that article!

Also – THIS is awesome and so needed!

A multi-use pathway map of the City!

Sask Cycling Association!

Enjoy!!!

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All about biking

10 thoughts on “All about biking

  1. Barb Saylor says:

    Remember, as you gear up for the riding season, to stay the heck off the sidewalks. Cyclists’ safety doesn’t trump pedestrians’.

      1. wourliem says:

        Yes!

        I like “this” and “lane” best. Auto’s in Regina have no respect for bikes. Sometimes that’s fair considering all the irresponsible people who do strange things while biking. But for the most part speed limits are higher than most bikers can go, and roads have no room for traveling on the shoulder. I’d love to ride 60kph up the slight incline going north on Broad St beyond Broadway Avenue. Unfortunately, I’m not fit enough to go so quick. I also don’t fancy making the traffic behind me crawl at 20-30kph.

        Segregation seems slightly extreme, there are a lot of extra costs involved. But if the city is serious about its Vision Statement there needs to be dedicated bike lanes on major, direct routes in the city. Biking is a viable option, for most people, 5-8months of the year. Let’s make the city comfortable for bikers and drivers with some significant dedicated bike lanes.

        OH and bike architecture, that or remember to buy a lock that’ll fit street signage and parking meters.

      2. I would argue that segregation is neccessary – in the sense that having clearly delimited spaces for different uses is often encouraged by planners and designers. The spaces don’t even have to be separated by curbs, but by small green spaces, good signage and linage, and most importantly enough space for the different uses to flourish.

        I think it would help to keep everyone a little safer. Better education would be great too – I am sure I am not the only cyclist who has ever had things thrown at me while riding on Albert Street (between moving and parked cars).

  2. Tom says:

    Barb’s slightly non-sequitur comment is true to a point.

    However, I’m guessing that she’s never attempted to bike the suicide-run that is the Broad Street underpass next to the Casino.

    The signs on the west sidewalk read “Cyclists Yield to Pedestrians”. Clearly sidewalk-biking is encouraged in this case.

    It certainly beats risking injury or death by trying to ride the narrow strip of gutter between traffic and a concrete wall.

    1. Barb Saylor says:

      Hardly a non sequitur, as it has to do with tuning up for the riding season, by refreshing one’s memory about the rules of the road. The Broad Street underpass, which I frequently walk, is an exceptional case, as it is narrow, extremely busy and noisy, and has but one sidewalk, so for reasons of necessity (and liability), the walkway must be shared. That said, I must add that the sign wasn’t always there, and that its request is regularly violated by cyclists. And: one exception doesn’t excuse abuses elsewhere.

      1. Tom says:

        It was slightly non-sequitur in the sense that this particular post had nothing to do with cycling safety one way or the other. It was largely about enthusiasm for springtime and biking.

        If there was a post about the quaintness of a pleasant Sunday drive, would a comment about the importance of signaling and obeying speed limits appear?

        I don’t disagree with you about the importance about obeying the rules of the road, but as a regular reader of this blog and the Prairie Dog Blog, I can’t help but notice a pattern of instantly-defensive negativity in comments like the one above. It disguises frequently valid points as being nothing more than a personal vendetta. It also reduces opportunities for constructive discussion.

        Your comments would carry a lot more weight and relevance if they didn’t come across as simply defensive and cantankerous musings.

        And now, I’m the one who is off-topic, so, if you would like to talk road-rules, let’s talk:

        The above post expresses excitement for cycling culture, and the possibilities of the future. As cycling awareness grows, so too will the awareness of the rules — which goes for cyclists, motorists, pedestrians, and everyone in between.

        And as someone who walks, bikes, and drives, I have found that everyone could use a remedial course on the rules of the road. There are offenders in each category.

        Of course, usually each one assumes all others to be the root of all road-related evils.

  3. wourliem says:

    Tom is quite right about the Broad St. Under-pass. I’ve only traveled through it twice. The first time was pretty scary, pothole-minefield, next to the gutter full of gravel and who knows what. Then there were pigeons flying out of the darkness at my head.

    The second time I was with a group of bikers who commanded a lane of traffic and that made crossing the underpass quite fun.

    Using the sidewalk is a must with the Broad St. underpass but northbound bike traffic is really inconvenienced because you have to get yourself on the West side of the street. Once you’ve emerged on the other side the problem reverses and you have to find yourself to the east side of Broad to continue biking.

    Laura,
    I’m not sure separation is necessary for all but the busiest streets, your Alberts, Dewdneys and Rochdales. Even then, some sections of those streets are so wide that biking is fairly comfortable, especially where there is no parking.

    I get separation with regard to autos because of their power and size. I’m not sure planners, in every case, do go things when they separate uses or delineate spaces, but in the traffic context and for major roads that’s probably the best approach.

    Oh and you aren’t the only one to become target practice for Albert St. motorists.

    1. I agree that it is not always neccessary to have separate curbs, but I appreciated even on smaller streets in Montreal having a separation. The bike lane was next to the sidewalk with parking between the cyclist and traffic. I think that would be acceptable on smaller streets (i.e. 13th). I think these are going to be neccessary if we hope to increase cycling access to downtown, etc.

      Barb and Tom, I think we can all agree that everyone’s safety is important and no one group trumps another. Pedestrians need to watch for bikes as they do cars (I have also had that unfortunate incident happening while riding on the shoulder of the road), cars need to watch for pedestrians and bikers (to avoid car door collisions), and bikers need to watch for pedestrians and cars. I think if we all do our part and give eachother enough room there can be a happy arrangement for all.

  4. Barb Saylor says:

    Tom: I’m looking forward to springtime walking, without ice and snow, parkas, or boots (with or without Stabilicers)…just as, when winter began, I looked forward to bundling up for a walk or for cross-country skiing. I always look out, regardless of season, for vehicular traffic, which includes bicycles. Sometimes those bicycles are on the sidewalk when they should not be, and without warning equipment. If you interpret my concern for my own safety as “instantly-defensive negativity” or a “personal vendetta”, well, I guess we’ll have to call that minimizing, and close the discussion as being fruitless.

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