fastlayne's picture

Douglas Glen to d/t

In the winter months I use this route most of the time,

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4215764

I leave at 5AM so traffic is never an issue. The pathway along Riverbend/Quarry Park and the Southland dog park are clear. Same for the path north of the dog park connecting to the 11th Street bike route. The bike route (11th) itself has some gravel but its in better shape then December.

I will add a report on the ride home tomorrow.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4215785

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Oggie's picture

Thanks

Thanks for the update and route suggestions. I'll have to try the 11 Street SE route come springtime.

Today was my first commute of 2011. Like Fastlayne mentioned, other than the section along Sanctuary Road SE, the path between Ogden Road SE and 9 Avenue SE is in good shape. Another plus is that 8 Avenue SE through Inglewood is now clear enough to ride - at least until the weekend.

Oggie's picture

Thanks!

A big thanks to fastlayne, Marcus, Matt, and Alderman Gian-Carlo for giving up their Sunday morning to help clear the pathway south of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Despite the cold and windchill we were able to clear the path in a couple of hours, in many sections down to the asphalt.

Matt brought his snow blower, which was put to good use clearing 3+ foot drifts that had formed along the retaining wall. Without the snow blower we wouldn't have otherwise been able to clear these drifts by hand; they were so big I half-expected to find an abandoned bicycle and/or cyclist in one of them.

Some photos from yesterday.

Alderman Carra shovelling.

Matt and fastlayne clearing some of the monster drifts.

DarrenB's picture

Awesome!

That's awesome guys! Your dedication is inspiring. Did any media take notice so that others can appreciate your effort as well?

gyrospanner's picture

WOW! That's "frontier!"

I've ridden that section of pathway in the summer, but like I said, that's "frontier!" I never thought of how it could drift in like that - pretty nasty. I guess I'm spoiled, as I am one of the lucky ones who lives in the NW and we seem to get the royal treatment when it comes to path clearing.

Good job on taking the initiative.

Oggie's picture

Volunteerism

Alderman Carra made an interesting observation about us clearing the path that really struck a chord with me. Our time and energy would be better spent clearing an older neighbours sidewalk or helping the homeless instead of shovelling a path because the City is too cheap. Whenever the City does finally start clearing the path I know I'll re-focus my volunteerism on a more worthy cause.

theorangejacket's picture

Sorry

I know I said I'd show up but I was at home with sick kid. Sorry, many hands make light work and all so I wished I could have been there.

Oggie's picture

If you plow it

They will ride. On the commute in this morning I counted at least six bike tracks in the fresh snow on the path south of the bird sanctuary, and that was at 6:30. There were zero on Sunday.

Oggie's picture

Surreal Ride

Riding south from the bird sanctuary yesterday, it felt like I was in a parallel universe; everything looked the same but something was different. Like fastlayne, I did a double-take when I saw that Parks had already plowed the path, thinking that it would not be until the next snowfall that is would be cleared. It is going to take a few days for me to adjust from riding single-track to riding on bare asphalt, not that I'm complaining.

Oggie's picture

Beaverdam Flats

Path through the park is now almost totally void of snow, with only one or two patches remaining. I was able to make it up the hill to Lynnwood with no problem. Not sure if the Parks department had again plowed the path or if the Chinook took care of the snow. Too bad it is back to square one for tomorrow.