Comment 75540

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted March 29, 2012 at 09:58:01 in reply to Comment 75537

After all, this is Hamilton!

Well, someone had to get that out of the way. Thanks for talking the bullet, mrgrande.

Though I will say this, having biked from Westdale to Mohawk College last week: that mountain is a bitch. It doesn't have to be, but it is.

Queen St. feels too narrow; James St. has a bike lane, but feels like a highway. The stairs are direct, but awkward with a guitar and a briefcase (as was the case).

So I took the radial trail, which was really nice, once I mounted that last bit of vertical climb to the Chedoke Golf Club. But then the trail left me in a twisty maze of suburban streets from which I had some trouble escaping and I ended up blocks South of Fennel and had to back track. The radial trail goes nowhere, except from the perspective of someone who lives well West of Garth.

And then to get back down, I had to first go the wrong-way on a one-way street (to avoid tremendous back-tracking again) and then descend the radial trail in pitch blackness and past sketchy-looking groups of lurking teenagers ... to discover that my bright headlight is not quite so bright as is seems on the street.

I'm pretty sure that we can do better. A grade-separated bike lane on James St, for example. Or a little tow-hook thing like that town in Denmark has. Or - dreamy-dreamy - a funicular (they can't say it can't be done, because it was done here).

Comment edited by moylek on 2012-03-29 10:34:59

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