I rode my bike from Pioneer Park to Black Pines and back.
I used the following route: Overlanders Bridge, Schubert Drive, Westsyde Road, Bank Road, then back onto Westsyde Road for the remainder of the ride to Black Pines.
The Schubert Drive bike/walking path is a disgrace, particularly toward the north end, approaching the Halston Connector.
Tree roots growing under the asphalt are causing large cracks and frost heave-like conditions, which is very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
As for the bike/walking path on the east side of Westsyde Road, there are cracks right across the surface of the path about every six metres — closer together in some places — making for a most uncomfortable ride on a road bike that lacks any suspension and has high-pressure tires.
I’m convinced the pro riders competing over the cobblestone sections of the Paris-Roubaix bike race in France have a smoother ride.
We hear a lot about getting folks out of their cars and onto bikes for commuting and recreational exercise, while doing their bit toward improving the air we breathe.
However, with second-rate paths on which to ride, it’s little wonder it’s a hard sell.