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Old 09-13-11, 06:49 AM   #1
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The hydro trails

Spouse and I tried out the new Toronto trail along the Finch hydro corridor today, and it's quite fun. Eventually they plan a complete ring of trails around the city from the Humber to Scarborough -- I'm guessing it will be 80km or more when it's done, although there's a ways to go. It was pretty empty except for one very, very evil spot just by Bathurst with every family in North York ambling across the trail on their way to a soccer game -- they really needed to think that area through a little better. The people there are just not thinking bikes, and the designers put the trail between access/parking area and soccer pitches, so there is bound to be trouble. (You can avoid that bit by heading north a block and taking the road parallel to the cemetary).

The sad thing is that the trail doesn't connect anything with anything yet. We started at Finch subway and ended when the trail ended maybe 10 km down the road, and all that was left was meandering up through a few parks and heading back through residential streets. We rode 25km in total, which is better than not riding at all.

Now I admit I'll take country roads over bike trails at any time, and I'll take quiet city roads over trails most of the time. But it's certainly a project worth encouraging, and a nice little trail to ride.
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Old 09-13-11, 02:50 PM   #2
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Last time I rode that trail (we live very nearby to it), it only went as far as Bathurst. Does it go farther now? How do they get you across Bathurst?
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It goes quite a bit beyond Bathurst now, but there's an evil race across the busy street to get to the next stage. Maybe one day they will do a set of lights.

My 'hood too, for now.
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I hear you about the trails not connecting anything to anything. I can just hear our stupid mayor now, "Well we were going to connect the trails but no one's using them, so we're not going to bother".
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I'd heard about the hydro trails from the owner of one of my LBS. I'll have to try them out one of these days.
Since I live pretty much next to the Waterfront trail I usually go there on my rides (or at least part of the way) and the hydro trails sound like a nice change of pace.
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I hear you about the trails not connecting anything to anything. I can just hear our stupid mayor now, "Well we were going to connect the trails but no one's using them, so we're not going to bother".
Oy! I hate to say it, but you're probably right.
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I ride the gatineau hydro trail in scarborough regularly and although it's pretty barren, it's a nice quiet ride. At the moment it goes from just north of pharmacy and eglinton ave to about orton park and ellesmere rd. I'm looking forward to the finch corridor being completed, but I'm even more excited about it connecting to all the trails by the dvp.
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