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By VicGedris (registered) - website | Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:50:45

I used to live right near the top of this, and still visit there often. We alternate taking the stairs or the path when walking up/down. Haven't cycled it as much lately though, but I rode down a few weeks ago! The uphill ride would be much more doable if it was paved, though not impossible right now with a good low gear. There would be a HUGE temptation to ride REALLY fast downhill if it was paved! :)

The covered gap in the jersey barrier is somewhat recent (well, relative to the age of the path). There was no gap at all in the 80's and 90's. I think the gap was installed in the early 2000's around the time of the World Cycling Championships. Seems they blocked it off again not long after. (I may be fuzzy on that timing...I didn't live there then) In some ways, I feel much safer crossing the street where that closed gap is, because you can actually see the traffic coming up the mountain. The current crossing can be a bit hairy, especially with some of the really fast speeding cars that you can't see approaching.

I truly love the idea of making half of the Claremont->W5th road a cycling path. As Ryan mentioned, there's really no reason for it to be two lanes. It doesn't even seem as busy as it used to be in the 80's/90's. If that connected to an improved John St. trail and Claremont Access!

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