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Old 06-16-16, 10:30 PM
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Safe/Calm Roads around London, Ontario?

Hey folks,

My wife has surprisingly become interested in cycling and is currently riding my sister's unused Specialized Dolce. I am trying to introduce her to lengthier rides on the open road as opposed to only riding through the local subdivisions.

We live in the north part of the city. Any ideas for paved roads we can take where we will not be inundated with traffic and she can build some confidence?
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Is there a local bike club you can check out? They have probably checked out the routes to find the ones that work. Or look on RideWithGPS.
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Check out the strava heat map to see where the popular roads for riding are, chances are some of them are nice. I would look for paved concession roads that aren't main highways. Google streetview can help you figure out if they are paved or not but some gravel roads are pretty smooth if they haven't received fresh gravel this spring.
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Originally Posted by clasher
Check out the strava heat map to see where the popular roads for riding are, chances are some of them are nice. I would look for paved concession roads that aren't main highways. Google streetview can help you figure out if they are paved or not but some gravel roads are pretty smooth if they haven't received fresh gravel this spring.
Thanks. I'm new to strava so still trying to figure out how it all works
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There is a long bike/running path that runs along the Thames River in the south and runs north almost to the University. I'm not sure where it comes out in the north as I would get in the path at Wonderland and Spring Bank Park Dr. and just follow it North. Probably not helpful in the winter unless there is no snow.
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London Ontario bike routes

Hi, Go to London Centennial Wheelers website and search for routes. All kinds of ideas there.
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Poplar Hill road between Ilderton Rd and Petty is quiet and they just finished re paving a good section of it. Coldstream north of Vanneck up to Ilderton is good also.
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On google maps, select Bicycling on the left side menu. Bike trails show in dark green, unpaved trails in brown. Light green is a bicycle-only lane on a street. Zoom way in on a trail, and the trail name repeats down the line, so you can google the name for more details.

Strava Heat Map

Here's the link to the London area, with the most popular roads in red. Click the "Toggle Labels" button on the left to show road and town names. You can zoom and pan, and the URL changes, so you can bookmark that view.
London area Heat Map link.
As mentioned in a previous post, the Heat Map show popular biking roads. They mapped a year's worth of GPS recorded rides that were uploaded to Strava. So this tends to be roads ridden by fairly serious cyclists. They do often know the best roads for riding.

Towns and cities have more activity than areas with little population, so they appear more popular.

I use it to find good roads, and also to avoid bad roads. I'll try to stay off roads that are very light blue, but are near dark blue or red roads. That means that cyclists are avoiding that road.

Country roads
I see that many of the country roads are in a grid pattern. That's good for cyclists, since it doesn't concentrate all the traffic on main roads.

Spot checking, it appears that many of the light blue roads are gravel, so they are less traveled. (And this probably concentrates the car traffic on the paved roads). But google Street View shows a good gravel surface, and the road is flat and straight. Your road bikes are probably not the best for riding very far on gravel, though.

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It helps if the roads are straight, since cars can easily pass cyclists safely. It less intimidating to ride with another rider, too. I'd give it a try, doing a fairly short loop to a destination town, and riding in the morning after the commuter traffic has cleared.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
Country roads
I see that many of the country roads are in a grid pattern. That's good for cyclists, since it doesn't concentrate all the traffic on main roads.

Spot checking, it appears that many of the light blue roads are gravel, so they are less traveled. (And this probably concentrates the car traffic on the paved roads). But google Street View shows a good gravel surface, and the road is flat and straight. Your road bikes are probably not the best for riding very far on gravel, though.
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One Issue I've had on those roads is that some of them are crushed gravel roads and its not always easy to tell from google maps unless you use street view. I wish there was an easy to use map that indicated which roads are paved.
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