Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Bike season ended today... For me at least!!
First real snow of the season...
I am not a practitioner of winter biking. Given my skill level, equipment level and experience of winter urban traffic, I find it highly irresponsible to cycle in Montreal's conditions. People simple do not see you and expect you even less. And the amount of clothing and gear (regular winter gear, NOT cycling gear) makes it too unpleasant, hauling it around, for me.
Mind you, the *real* official closure of bike season was earlier this month (on the 1st or 15th?) and cars have already moved into bike lanes for parking. And the city does NOT clean out the lanes that matter, i.e. the protected ones. Ah yeah, we have a so called "white network" which is essentially bullshit: they kind of clean the main downtown path on de Maisonneuve Blvd. That's it.
All the on road "lanes" will host major snow banks in no time and if anyone needs a mud bath, you're very welcome to hang in the slushy side of the road where the snowplows accumulate all the shit.
Not for me. But, it reminds me that I need to get those skate blades sharpened and those skis farted... The Old Montreal rink opens on December 3rd!