It is very nice to see the OTrain multi-user pathway being plowed this winter. The part that is paved, from Young to the Ottawa River, warms up nicely in the full south sun which yields a nice walking and cycling surface. Odds bits of grit and dog poo provide traction.
On the south side of Gladstone there is a large steel billboard. The platform used by the paperhangers extends out over the pathway. While intimidating, it seems to be above everyone’s head even when cycling. There used to be a bit of reflective material on the protruding end, but this is now gone.
However, plows must be significantly higher than cyclists, and they could hit the platform, so a temporary barricade has been put up to ensure our snowplow drivers aren’t decapitated. Could Jimmy Pattison be the new ISIS?
It puzzles me that this billboard can’t be relocated or the platform folded up to make a more permanent solution, but they city collects rent from Pattison for it so maybe it values the money (how much, curiou$ people might ask…) more than cyclists’ heads.
A bit further south, the snowplowing ends. At Young Street. Along with the pavement.
This is rather ironic, because until this winter it was only the point from Beech south to Carling that was plowed in the winter. Here’s a shot from a previous winter:
However, that section is exactly the one that isn’t plowed this winter. It used to be plowed by the city as it provided walk in access to the Carling OTrain Station.
next: Hickory Street