September 10, 2011
On an uncommonly hot Friday in September, Don and I rode on the bike lanes to run my various errands on Whyte ave.
I know there has been some grumbling on both sides (motorists and cyclists) about the newly painted bike lanes, but I am generally very pleased with the whole situation. Motorists don't like how they have less space to do their thing, but what it really accomplishes is to provide a visual marker for where the cyclist should be riding. There is still plenty of room for cars. You might not feel as comfortable speeding past a cyclist anymore, but I think that's a good thing in general. Both for the safety of those involved, and for the residents with houses facing these streets. Nobody likes people driving freeway-style through a residential neighbourhood.
Some cyclists wish the lanes were buffered and separated like the ones in Vancouver that have all the planters, etc. I agree that it would be fabulous! Though, with limited time and resources, I think the combination of lanes and sharrows are okay. The cyclist still has to merge out at points and ride in with the traffic but at least it's all marked. Honestly, it's the same thing I would be doing even without the lanes. At least motorists are now looking a little more carefully.
I find riding on the lanes a very fine time!
We locked up and got a bubble tea.
On our wanderings I saw this sweet sweet Electra Ticino. Hello!
Bought some birthday gifts, picked up books for my students, and then it was time to take my t-shirt and shorts to sushi dinner at Wasabi.
Our ride was completely on bike path and residential roads. Heavenly.
We could tell that our double-date team had already arrived since their bikes were locked up.
Tea and Sapporo.
This mom & pops joint features some seriously adorable pops behind the sushi counter.
After so much food, we rode to Leisha's backyard for a little fire action.
In the middle of conversation I looked up and said, "Hey, Northern Lights!"
They were still out when Don and I rode home later that evening. What a spectacle and treat!
I would have zero qualms about more hot days and nights filled with northern lights, but the sensible side of me says to prepare for winter!