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Bicycle friendly city

Ottawa, Canada is one of the most bicycle friendly cities I know of. According to a study by the British firm Market Opinion Research International, Ottawa has more bicycle commuters than any other city in North America and is planning to double the number of bike paths! Ottawa has bike paths all over the place, for example along the Rideau canal. My all time favorite bike path is the South side of the Rideau River from the Hog's Back Falls to the Rideau Falls.


My goal this Spring is to make it up the Gatineau Hills parkway without stopping, so far I can bike 30 km at 25km/hr without getting tired, but long steep hills are another matter! The bicycle on the right is my new Norco Malahat hybrid high efficiency touring bike composed entirely of aluminum and made in Canada.



June 8, 2007 stamina = 50 km @ 20 km/h in one day.

July 14, 2007 finally made it up the Gatineau Hills to Pink Lake (first time!)

April 27, 2008 Odometer exceeds 2000 kilometers since bike purchase!

May 18, 2008 City of Ottawa plans to double the number of bike paths

June 13, 2008 Went up the Gatineau Hills again but this time I went up the trail instead of the road, its a lot more interesting and you get to see more cliffs, maximum speed attained when coasting back down on the road was 50 km/hr. Total trip distance was 50 km starting from my home (or 25 km one-way).

May 1, 2009: injured my knees from too much uphill biking and excessive gardening on my knees, will have to wait until spring 2010 before attempting the Gatineau hills again.

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Taken on May 7, 2007