Originally Posted by glam
Hi MasterG, I go through the same area as you do - starting in Signature Parke, down through Bow/Sarcee, down through Edworthy and then up West Campus Drive, etc and then over to the research park. Yes, that path is quite convenient (at least on the way down), although I actually prefer to take Shag-16 Ave on the way up to the interchange because it's a more consistent grade and doesn't meander. The shoulder on 16th is quite wide although all the gravel sucks - I'll definitely get back to the path if the roads are bad!
I know what you mean about the odd vehicle that bombs down Edworthy - esp. these days with all the ice coating the curves. Have you ever checked out bikecalgary.org? Great forum with lots of local commuters/racers/whatever sharing up-to-date info on routes, conditions, gear, incidents and lots of bike-infrastructure advocacy activities. I'm not connected with them at all but I've found it an invaluable resource...
I haven't heard about that site, thanks for the reference! that could prove to be what i was looking for.
It's nice to hear that someone else has to put up with that gruelling hill, haha. In up in the coach hill/patterson area, so after edworthy its more uphill for me too. At least we no don't have to put in any time at the gym after that commute!
For me its about 25 mins door - to - door in the morning, usually 35 - 45 on the way back due to the increased hill. Its quite a bit faster than taking the bus, and its competitive with a car (due to a long walk from the lots on campus), minus the 4 dollar parking.
I hope it stays nice for a least a few more weeks, some mornings are getting pretty sketch going downhill. Im frozen by the time i reach the river!