Since the weather was glorious, I decided to take this morning off to explore a bit further afield. Down to the Bow River again!
Yet another gorgeous pedestrian bridge, this one at the west end of St. Patrick’s Island.
I continued to marvel that the majority of the road bridges that I saw had segregated spans for bikes and pedestrians. In this respect, Calgary is even ahead of Vancouver!
I was travelling on the north side of the river, heading east, and past Nose Creek there was definitely a bit of a fall off in how the trail was finished, with some sections in gravel, but it was still perfectly serviceable.
After crossing to the south bank at Blackfoot Trail, I’m back on beautifully finished multi use trail.
At the Ogden Rd SE overpass, I meet Gert and Claudia from Germany who were riding fully loaded Rohloff equipped recumbents. They had flown into Calgary, and were on their way to Mexico, and then Argentina!
Being a wimp, I didn’t join them, but instead took this as a sign that I should turn back. Here is the view of downtown from this spot.
A reminder of what makes this town tick.
Even where there is a lightly travelled road along the river, the city still continues the bike trail.
At another bridge, I saw this gathering. These fine folk were retired educators, and they were going on an informal group ride.
Another bike/ped bridge across the Elbow River, at the east end of the Riverwalk.
This portion of the Riverwalk has segregated bike lanes.
I like how prairie grass is used as a divider here.
Further towards downtown, the Riverwalk is a blended bike/ped trail, with varying degrees of separation between bikes and pedestrians. The vibe was a less crowded version of Queen’s Quay without the wall o’ condos, but from the construction sites that I saw, the condos are coming!
Finally, I couldn’t resist circling back to Bikebike, and this time I had a nice chat with the owner, Sean. It was good to hear that the shop is doing well with its focus on cargobikes and commuters. He said that the city was laid out as a series of neighbourhoods with local shopping centres, making an environment suited to cargobikes. He was also a kickstarter backer for the Haul a Day, and the Less Cars more Go documentary, and he was organizing a forthcoming kids and cargobike event (on August 23), so we were on the same bike wavelength in many respects. Sorry that I didn’t get a shot of him with his eyes open.