Used to be Conspiratemus
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hamilton ON Canada
If you keep your wits about you, with "a constant and vigilant lookout", as the railway operating rules say, Mississauga Rd. right down to Lakeshore Rd. isn't that bad and you don't get lost. It's about as "green" as Mississauga gets, and close enough to Hurontario (old Hwy 10) that it's mostly residential car traffic, not as many heavy trucks. Up your way, we used to prefer Creditview but when they put the 407 through they dead-ended Creditview so you have to detour over to Mississauga Rd. anyway to cross the ETR.
The hardest part about riding in the GTA is not the traffic per se, it's the repetitive acceleration from all those stoplights (and other traffic slowdowns you get caught in) that really tires you out. If you had to turn around and ride back to Kitchener from downtown I think you'd find it really dispiriting.
Don't forget you can take your bike on the GO Trains outside rush hours and they run hourly on weekends along the Lakeshore corridor (not to Milton or Georgetown unfortunately. That would be sweet!) You could use Mississauga Rd. to get to Port Credit or Clarkson Stations.
Edit:....or take the train all the way to Aldershot and use the multitude of quiet roads paralleling Hwys 6 and 8 to get yourself across Flamborough and back to Kitchener.
Last edited by conspiratemus1; 05-31-11 at 08:02 PM.