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21 Comments on Comments

admin said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Thanks Ron!

Ron L said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Thank you DRCC for all your volunteer advocacy work to help make Durham Region a safer more inviting place for cycling. I have now signed up as a new DRCC Associate Member and hope my $10 contribution help DRCC continue to advocate for safe cycling as you speak with local municipal staff and elected officials. Keep up the great work and thanks again for all you are doing to make cycling safe and enjoyable across Durham Region

admin said : administrator Report 3 years ago

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admin said : administrator Report 3 years ago

Thanks Linda - refer to the emails we have sent you. The basic issue is what most people on bikes think of as a "bike lane" all across Durham Region are actually the weakest cycling infrastructure called Urban Shoulders, which are the weakest (useless) cycling infrastructure available to local municipality designers. Basically Urban shoulders are a line down the side of a road, but parking is allowed. A true "bike lane" has restricted parking, but Durham Region has VERY few of these (sad). The examples you noted are all Urban Shoulders. See OTM Book 18 on the bottom DRCC Home Page for more on Bike Lanes vs Urban Shoulders. This is common question we get at DRCC.

Linda said : Guest Report 3 years ago

Regarding bicycle lanes - many have cars parked in them. The 2 that come to mind consistently are the ones on Fallingbrook and on Whitby Shores Greenway where the new construction is located, behind the plaza. The latter is quite dangerous at times because of the number of cars. What's the use of having bike lanes when they are not enforced? Also no effort has been made between Ajax and Whitby during the widening of Victoria, other than using Halls Road to get around this part. It is dangerous.

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Doug, The DRCC FaceBook page is now up and running. It is still in early stages, comments are welcome.

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

John, Sorry for our delay in responding. Question - are you an existing Durham Region Cycling Club Member? You do not have to be one, it is just a question. Send us an e-mail at DRCC

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Rob, it was great meeting you. Stay in touch. DRCC

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Great idea Doug! We plan to start to use FB in 2017.

John Klingenberg said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Are you looking for help with advocacy? How can I get involved?

Rob Ferguson said : Guest Report 4 years ago

I would like to help with this initiative, particularly Durham North in the area of Port Perry. I am on the executive of the Kawartha Cycling club, (road cycling). Several of our members including myself are certified to teach the Can-Bike courses. I live just north of Port Perry. Please provide me with more details.

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Great idea! It has been discussed within DRCC. Many of us have cycled those trails long side major highways in Europe and understand what you are suggesting.

admin said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Thanks Doug for your comment, we are considering a FaceBook Group.

Doug Wedel said : Guest Report 4 years ago

These 400 series highways can become your greatest asset. A number of regions around the world are building bike paths on the edge of the green space beside their freeways. Perth, Australia, is an example. It takes a big push from many cycling groups across Ontario but we can do it here too.

Doug Wedel said : Guest Report 4 years ago

I would like to see you start a Facebook group.

admin said : administrator Report 5 years ago

Thanks Phil, we appropriate your support!

Phil said : Guest Report 5 years ago

You guys are doing a great job for us avid cyclist. Durham needs a lot of improving, I ride with a group of over 100 friend's that are major contributors to the community. You have our full support in achieving bike trails like our capital in Ottawa or further more in Europe!!!

admin said : administrator Report 5 years ago

Great work Gord! As local cyclists we all have the obligation to keep our local officials informed about what is working for us cyclists, but also improvements that are needed.

admin said : administrator Report 5 years ago

Yes Jim B, it helps direct traffic on Multi-Purpose trials (sometimes called Active Transportation or AT trails). According to the Ministry of Transportation's Book 18 on Cycling Infrastructure (dated 2013) it says "‘Sharrow’ or ‘Shared Use Lane Marking’ placed on the pavement surface at regular intervals along signed bicycle routes". Also the supporting MTO Bikeway Design Manual (dated 2014), says "“Sharrow” is the term used for shared roadway lane markings or shared lane arrows. A sharrow consists of two white chevron markings and a bicycle stencil. Sharrows are intended to guide cyclists where they should ride within a travel lane shared by both motorists and cyclists" The double arrows (without the bike symbol) on the most easterly section of the Nash extension from Green to DR57 that you noted, do not appear to be meeting the standard of full Sharrows on Book 18? (although we could be incorrect and we would like someone in Clarington or Durham Region explain the reasoning?). They appear to be more of directional arrow only? We believe Ajax's Arrows in the photo were added several years, before the Book 18 was issued. We like the intent of Ajax's Arrows and center line, as it gives trail users the hint to stay to the right and so that other trail users can pass (ie cyclists over taking pedestrians)

Gord said : Guest Report 5 years ago

As a local non-club cyclist in Oshawa, I sent this email to my city councillor " I am an avid cyclist and make use of the many trails and marked roadways throughout the city of Oshawa. It is heartening to see additional roadways being marked for use by cyclists, however it is also important to maintain existing trails so they can be enjoyed to the fullest extent. A recent ride on the Harmony Creek trail ,specifically from Adelaide to Bond revealed a need for pavement upgrades. It has been like this for some time. This trail which I believe is one of the oldest in the city is a great benefit to the citizens of the city and keeping it up to appropriate standards can only enhance the pleasure of users. Any help in addressing this situation would be much appreciated."

Jim Boate said : Guest Report 5 years ago

Picture # 14 under "Best Practises" has a description as - Trail directional arrows and center line, Ajax Water Front Trail - I am wondering if the double chevron is also intended to be a "Sharrow" getting the message that everyone shares the trail, similar to what we see on the shared bike rout roads like the Nash extension from Green to DR57 ?

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