I biked to a meeting on Clemow Avenue in the Glebe this morning. Afterwards I decided to check out the bike-ability of the O-Train path. I sensed it was still snowed in, but ya never know….
From Clemow I chose to pedal along Percy over to Fifth Avenue because there’s a light at Fifth and Bronson. Bronson’s a nasty street to cross sans traffic lights. On the other side of Bronson you’re on Madawaska Drive.
I was hoping the path through Commissioners Park from the end of Madawask would be clear. No such luck, but bike-able if you don’t mind the ice and slush.
Crossed Queen Elizabeth Drive to the Canal Western Pathway, which has been cleared all winter, over to the start of the O-Train Path off Prince Of Wales Drive. This part is still iced in. They’ve recently cut down a whole line of trees along this stretch, I’m guessing victims of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The path on the north side of Carling is mostly clear of snow but very muddy & mucky.
From Young things improve with the paved path, but there are still some slushy patches. Conditions were much better, very bike-able, between Gladstone and the incline up to Somerset.
The underpass is not so good. Someone put down wooden pallets to get across the ice and puddles.
I got off the path just on the other side of the underpass.
So, with todays rain and highs of 13 degrees from Thursday on, I’m guessing things will be much better by the weekend. Hope so. Want to organize a group bike outing along the O-train path to the Experimental Farm on Saturday.
2 thoughts on “30 Days of Biking – day 8: Checking out the O-Train path”
How do you cross Carling at the O-train MUP?
It’s a much nicer ride compared to Preston, at least if I slip on the snow I know that I’m not going to die!
There’s a traffic light one block west at Champagne Ave, as plotted on the map on this post: https://ottawavelooutaouais.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/o-train-closed-bike-instead-heres-how/ Lots of folks wait for a break in traffic and go right across Carling over the meridian, as suggested by the ‘intention line’ path in the second photo on the same post.