Our route winner for the Fall Ride was Bike Calgary member Ricardo Cosentino, who rides from Mayland Heights to downtown for work as well as doing the ride as a family with their toddler Gustavo (adorable but ferocious with a dinosaur!).
Our group for the ride consisted of Camilo Restrepo and Kimberley Nelson of Bike Calgary, Kim Fisher and Jason Bell from the City of Calgary and Ricardo. We met at Eau Claire and discussed the route briefly before heading out on a warm sunny day.
Ricardo bases most of his ride along the existing infrastructure, and utilizes the City of Calgary Pathways system as much as possible, even though it takes him longer.
After leaving downtown on the Skipping Stone Bridge, Ricardo heads east on the pathway along the Zoo. This is a quiet ride that works well in every season. especially in winter when the roads would be quite slick.
We did have a quick stop to discuss concerns about the crossing at St. George's Gate / Memorial Drive access, as the visibility is poor and the speed differential is quite high. See more about this location here and follow up information later on in this story.
The pathway along the Deerfoot is eerily quiet even at rush hour. We continued along until we reached our next tricky obstacle, the 8th Ave NE Bridge. This area has been revised a few times with cycling infrastructure, but is still noted frequently for being uncomfortable for all but the fearless riders. There are bike lanes on one side, and sharrows on the other with a narrow sidewalk separated by concrete barriers, which makes the entire feel of the area seem tighter than it actually is.
We made it across just fine, and turned into Mayland Heights to see where Ricardo hangs his bike for the evening.
After checking out his amazing yard and bee hives, meeting the family and talking about the challenges that are faced when they have their son Gustavo in the Chariot, we headed on our way.
Stay tuned for an update on the fixes that are planned as a result of this ride.
If you would like to showcase your ride, apply here for the Winter Ride, happening Monday, December 21st.