ride's picture

Crow Bomb in video

Calgary's not cool enough to have a Zoo Bomb like Portland, Oregon does. But we've got a big hill, and a high-speed bridge over a river, so that's all the raw materials we need to make our own ride: the Crow Bomb over the Bow River on Crowchild Trail. At rush hour this roadway is virtually a parking lot, and rather benign to ride. But at mid-day, as in the video below, the traffic is moving at 60, 70 km/h or more, and it's a little more... engaging to ride it then. Check it out for yourself some time - just make sure you're on your game.
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Scott's picture

Was gonna ask...

You using the looxcie? But then at the end I see Sean pull the GoPro off the noggin. I hate that head band... mine never really stays all that well.

Gotta love all that gravel there mucking things up for bikes and windshields. I wonder if the city has a handshake deal with the insurance companies to make more money from replacing windows. Grrrrr...

critninja's picture

In (i hope)!

If i can make it i will. I think it would be awesome to have a big pile of riders zipping past all the stuck traffic!

Maybe I'll wear a sign on my back saying "if you were riding your bike you'd be having fun with us!"


critninja's picture

cars are stopped, mostly

First, cycling is allowed on the Crowchild.

Second, during rush hour, traffic moves very slowly, not unlike 17 ave, or any street downtown.

How exactly would we be acting irresponsibly when we are legally allowed to be there and safety isn't a real issue?

philosohpie's picture

Thanks for the video!

It's encouraging - I sometimes work out of the old Children's Hospital, now the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. Living just down Crowchild near the Foothills hospital, I often wonder how things would go. I've got bright lights, and I can go pretty fast - not 70km/h, mind you - but at 0700 when I get off shift, it just seems too risky. It really tightens up on the bridge, and the exit to westbound Memorial/Parkdale. Participating in the solstice/cyclepalooza Crow-bomb sure sounds good, though!

Tyrone's picture

Awesome video

That was a great video guys, watched it three times already. Just out of curiosity, how much space is there when the cars are in their standard "parked" rush hour mode? And was that still gravel on the road, or was it just wet?

Would seriously like to try this one day soon.

critninja's picture

its good

The narrowest section is over the bridge, however, the right-most lane is quite wide with 2-4 feet of room depending on vehicle lane position.