Be seen

Riding to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve yesterday and along Viger, I noticed that the city has painted what looks to be the start of a bike path. Could this be ? It starts from at least Papineau and goes straight until McGill. I ride that route almost daily on the way to another workout.

A bike path there would be fantastic.

Two things I wanted to mention to cyclists now that Autumn is upon us. The first is wet leaves. Many of the bike paths are now covered in leaves. When they are dry, they don’t pose much of a problem. However, when they are wet, they are slippy as all get out. So be careful on rainy days.

The next is purchasing LED lights. All my bikes have lights on them for when I ride after sunset (which now is getting depressingly sooner and sooner). The idea behind these LED lights isn’t so much to see better. Because if you really want something that will illuminate your way, you are going to have to spend lots of money. The idea behind LED lights is to beseen. I’m not just referring to cars but also fellow cyclists and pedestrians. I picked up two yesterday at ABC for 12 bucks a pop.

2 Comments so far

  1. mare (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Hear, hear. When I drive a car I often notice that cyclists are nearly invisible. You don’t notice that when you ride your bike because you don’t have to deal with all the glare of windows, mirrors and headlights.

    At Mountain Equipment Coop (Marché Centrale) they have really nice (and tiny) ones for only $3.50. You can put them on your handlebar/saddle/helmet/backpack with the attached elastic loop. Very fast and very easy to take them with you when you leave your bike parked somewhere. I have bought dozens of these to give a way to friends that don’t have bike lights. I hope they use them.

  2. zura (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    Oh I should really get a couple, myself, actually. Thanks.

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