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    Any eastern Ontarians here

    Hello all, just thought I would say hello from Eastern Ontario. I used to live in Ottawa but I now live along the St-Lawrence Sea way.

    If you are from the area share some of your favorite rides.

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    Yes, I am from Ottawa. Specifically, Barrhaven.

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    I live in Kanata. My favorite hybrid friendly trail is the trans Canada trail from Bridlewood to Carleton Place (60km return)

    I don't really have a favorite road to ride on yet. I haven't had a chance to really go out and ride for fun. I commute into Bells Corners everyday.

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    Ottawa, South Keys area but downtown a lot for work. Queen Elizabeth Driveway is one of my favourites rides.

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    Have any of you tried riding through Carp. The concession roads are my favourite. The one that I remember the best is diamond view road. It was a very beautiful road that I remember. Then if you take the side roads to Galetta you have an awesome ride.

    I also have really enjoyed riding along the 511, that is one real nice ride.

    I know that there are some awesome rides in Ottawa. I used to ride along Echo Dr. past U of O and then a slight downhill curvy ride that takes you into the Market at break neck speed. Then it's on to check out the sights.

    I always liked riding behind the airport on all those back roads to Manotic station and in that general area. The outskirts of Ottawa were always some of my favourite rides, and the bonus is that they are easy to get to no matter where in Ottawa you live.

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    aylmer, near enough from ottawa.

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    Quite a few Ottawans in here!!

    What do you like and dislike most about biking in Ottawas?

    Any happy or unhappy encounters, say, with motorists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuhoo
    Quite a few Ottawans in here!!

    What do you like and dislike most about biking in Ottawas?

    Any happy or unhappy encounters, say, with motorists?
    Like: motorists treat cyclists pretty well here, and we have great bike facilities overall (and by that term I include roads). OC-Transpo is a great back-up for a cyclist.

    Dislike: few people realize that narrow lanes are common in Ottawa, and true WCL rare. That means most people try to share a lane in situations where it is unsafe (or at least uncomfortable) to do so. Also: bike racks are removed from busses in the winter (when I might actually use them) and the O-Train will be shut down next spring.

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    Ottawa here as well! My favorite rides have to be the pathways along the Ottawa and the Rideau rivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novakane
    Ottawa here as well! My favorite rides have to be the pathways along the Ottawa and the Rideau rivers.
    I can only handle those on a weekday morning, otherwise too full of kids playing, adults standing around, etc.

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    I'm in Ottawa. I just got a bike in June this summer (after 6 years without a bike) but I've mostly only used it for commuting so far. Hopefully I'll be able to do more exploring this fall.

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    Arrrr

    I live in MD (United States) does that count? .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Gear Jammer
    I live in MD (United States) does that count? .

    I don't know how this sounds, but if you like we can me you an honorary Canuck, and even better an Ottawan. MD is now the eleventh province.

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    I know it is not in Ottawa but just across the river. My favorite ride is through Gatineau park. I love hills.

    I always hated riding down Main st. and Carling can be pretty brutal on the rims.

    I used to commute through the experimental farm every morning. It was strange sometimes. I would be riding along a cornfield, and at the edge of it is a high rise appartment building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by !!Comatoa$ted
    I know it is not in Ottawa but just across the river. My favorite ride is through Gatineau park. I love hills.

    I always hated riding down Main st. and Carling can be pretty brutal on the rims.

    I used to commute through the experimental farm every morning. It was strange sometimes. I would be riding along a cornfield, and at the edge of it is a high rise appartment building.
    I rode up Carling a few weeks ago and it's awful. I would hate to have to ride in an ambulance along there. They have big stretches of it ripped up right now so presumably those parts will be better once they finally put them back together. Right now it's just a big mess.

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    Carling is always a mess. I ride it for a bit every day on my way into work... I've tried to find alternate routes but unless I go massively out of my way there's no avoiding it - or the eroding pavement.

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    Wazzup

    How is the weather up there?, man past week or so my area has been hammered by rain and tropical storms. Have enougher storm coming next tuesday. Nice now (around 70-75).

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    Quote Originally Posted by !!Comatoa$ted
    Hello all, just thought I would say hello from Eastern Ontario. I used to live in Ottawa but I now live along the St-Lawrence Sea way.

    If you are from the area share some of your favorite rides.
    I am 50 km south east of ottawa. Nice bike trail out here that winds its way through Presott-Russell Counties all the way to the Quebec border. Also love the bike trails along the seaway.

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    I live in downtown Ottawa. Given the choice between trails and the road, I choose the road every time. It just feels more comfortable, more alive. I tend to zone out on the parkways. Riding in the city forces me to focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock
    I live in downtown Ottawa. Given the choice between trails and the road, I choose the road every time. It just feels more comfortable, more alive. I tend to zone out on the parkways. Riding in the city forces me to focus.
    Parkways or pathways? Pathways are for bike/peds/bladers, parkways are roads for bike/cars with no commercial traffic and scenic settings. The Queen Elizabeth Driveway is a great parkway to cycle on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novakane
    Carling is always a mess. I ride it for a bit every day on my way into work... I've tried to find alternate routes but unless I go massively out of my way there's no avoiding it - or the eroding pavement.

    What do you expect? Carling Avenue (between Capital Dodge dealership and Carlingwood Mall) is voted by members of the CAA to be the #1 worse road in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Gear Jammer
    How is the weather up there?, man past week or so my area has been hammered by rain and tropical storms. Have enougher storm coming next tuesday. Nice now (around 70-75).

    Fantastic for cycling. Around 20 C in the daytime and 15 C at night. No heavy sweating and no shivering cold. Just right.

    Unfortunately, the Parkway cycling program in the city (ie, federal Parkways off limit to motorists and reserved just for cyclists) has came to an end. It should last throughout fall.

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    Nice, i hate hot weather my self. i prefer riding in spring/fall like weather. Winter is excellent for running at least for me most people tell me i am crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patc
    Parkways or pathways? Pathways are for bike/peds/bladers, parkways are roads for bike/cars with no commercial traffic and scenic settings. The Queen Elizabeth Driveway is a great parkway to cycle on.
    I avoid pathways whenever I can, unless I'm out with people who aren't as comfortable riding on the streets as I am. I will take Queen E or Colonel By when it's convenient, and sometimes it's fun to just open up with a high cadence. 95% of the time, it's city streets though. There's something predictable about traffic on roads with 50 or 60km/h limits. It's easier to blend into traffic as a vehicle, rather than an obstacle to cars.
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    In Ottawa, bike paths can be very quiet - in fact sometimes too quiet to ride on. I remember that a few years ago, a U. of O. female student riding alone on a bike path was killed by a sex offender, and he was not caught until recently. There are now so call "bike path patrols", but I am not sure if it is a effective deterrent because they are not professional law enforcement officers.

    Moreover, bike paths are not maintained during winter time and receive the lowest priority for snow clearing.

    Bike lanes on the other hand are good, when you ride along major thoughfares such as Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe where the speed limit is 80 kph. In fact, when you ride on these roads, you have no choice at all but to use the bike lanes. One has to watch out for OC Transpo buses approaching bus stops, because you have no match for a fast moving 30 ton bus. It can be scary.

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