Saturday, May 14, 2016

Downtown Protected Bike Lane - Part Two

The Boy and I were downtown for our weekly stop at the Library and Bakery and it looks like Phase Two of the Downtown Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project is going in. 



We actually approached 4th Avenue from North of 25th street (heading from Night Oven Bakery to the Frances Morrison Library) and discovered that the Protected Bike Lane only goes as far north as 24th Street. The southern end is at 20th Street. Either end doesn't feel entirely connected with anything really... Still, we rode it on the way home and though it ditched us as 20th we continued on down to 19th made a quick right and left and were onto the Meewasin Trail - I'm not sure I'd want to execute that maneuver at rush hour (especially while riding with kids)... but luckily for me, I'll likely never need to...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Day 2

While I use a bike exclusively to get around, I often forget to just get out and ride for fun! I let it slide... get into bad, lazy (why would i leave the house if I don't HAVE to" habits and next thing I know it's been TWO YEARS since I last went out for a road ride... or it's been summer for a few months and we haven't gotten out our flatland bikes yet!? Well for the month of August I've decided to get out and go for a road ride with The Boy every day (or perhaps we'll throw a little mountain biking into the mix at some point). I also promised The Girl that I'd get out and flatland with her every day... (I did actually start with the flatlanding a week ago (or so...).

 

We got The Boy this Kona cyclocross bike (which I then hunted down some slick road tires for) in the spring when Amanda signed him up for the Horizon 100 Club Youth Cycling Program. He did go (just about) every week, but hasn't been on the bike since...

Given his lukewarm enthusiasm about the Cycling Club, I wasn't sure how excited he'd be about going for rides with me... but yesterday we went out for a bit over an hour...



...and today we were out for and hour and forty minutes (I really got to get a bike computer back on one of our bikes so we can start clocking the distances and such) and he seems pretty excited to go out every day this month.

He was TIRED when we got back today - and conveniently we got back just as Amanda and The Girl were getting up and making oatmeal - so the boy got to have "second breakfast" (hobbit style!).



I did get out and do some flatlanding with the girl yesterday, and after lunch we'll do the same again...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Protected Bikes Lanes in Saskatoon - again

The city of Saskatoon has created a short video to inform citizens how the Protected Bike Lane on 23rd Street is supposed to work:




That's me and my kids (and a woman who works for the city) in the video!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Flat

Back at this again... 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Protected Bike Lanes in Saskatoon




I rode downtown with the kids this morning for the official grand opening of the 23rd Street Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project in Saskatoon.



We actually USED the lanes to get downtown.



Don Cook, Manager of Long Range Planning at the City of Saskatoon speaking to a rather large crowd of cyclists!



His Worshipleness Don Atchinson, Mayor of Saskatoon, was present for the ribbon cutting. Sadly he didn't jump on a bike and ride the new lane with everyone else... at least he didn't drive down it in a convertible...



After the ribbon-cutting we did a complete tour of the lane from city hall to Idylwyld Drive, back all the way to Spadina Crescent and back to City Hall.



I'm pretty excited about these. My only concern was the placement of the turning boxes 9for cyclists travelling along the bike lane - like the one in the pictures above and below... then look a bit... exposed...?




The cyclist basically has to turn into an area where there could be cars going straight through the intersection...



This turning box - where there's been a traffic calming bulge installed - worked out a lot better.

It's a new development for Saskatoon and there will be some growing pains and lessons to be learned - which is why it's called a "demonstration project"...



of course, it being Saskatoon, we couldn't have an official opening of a bycicle facility without at least one person parking their car in the middle of it... (actually a bus stop they've pulled into and parked...)



or two... (again, bus stop...)



Oh and these signs, that are supposed to be reminding people driving motor vehicles to watch for - and yield to - cyclists in the bike lane... can you see it there? In the mess of parking signs...? yeah, I'm not entirely sure anyone in their car is seeing it - I rode half the length of the bike lane before I noticed them... If I were king of the world I'd try and put them in the buffer zone between the cars and the cyclists.

Overall I'm feeling pretty positive about the whole project at the moment (I was a bit apprehensive at first, for... reasons...). Overall I think the city's done a pretty darned good job at this one and I'm relly looking forward to them adding 4th Avenue next summer!

This may become my new route to get down to the library!








Friday, May 29, 2015

New Bike for The Boy

Amanda signed The Boy up for the Horizon 100 Cycling Club Youth Program, so I thought maybe we ought to get the lad an actual road bike... 



I found this Kona Jake 24 instead... close enough...

It has since had the tires replaced with 24" Schwalbe Duranos. Hopefully this will get me our road riding again this summer!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Again with the Flatland

So we were doing really good with going out everyday for almost a week... but then that fell by the wayside later this past week, but we all got out again this Sunday. The Grrrlz actually started things off with a trip to the skatepark and I just slept in a bit... but then they came back to do some flatlanding and dragged me out to do some with them...



Not really sure what she's really trying to do here... but she's smiling... so, whatever...



The Grrrlz working on scuffing.





So I've been working on this spinning around thing - riding into this position and then spinning around on the front pegs so I'm coasting backwards... I just about had it a couple of times, but none of the times Amanda had the camera pointed my way.



an awesome picture of me not-quite-so-nailing it...






Amanda trying to balance (and pogo) on the rear pegs.



So I can sort of do something...



not sure what this is called... I should really learn some of the terminology... but it's a thing, right?



Teh Grrrlz trying something new.



Showing her how it's done.



nailed it... for a second or two at least...





Amanda trying some peg wheelies.



One more try at scuffing...



and then on our way home...