Biking Directions

As much as my land lady is quite kind, she’s unintentionally given me humourously bad biking directions two out of two times now.  As an example, last night, she suggested I take a shorter route to work today.  The route I normally take to work is:

  1. Bike west along Kingsway to Willingdon Avenue
  2. Bike north down the huge hill on Willingdon Avenue to Still Creek Drive

It’s about 6.8km total, and it takes around 30 minutes total (at least in this heat wave).  Her suggested route:

  1. Bike west along Imperial Street to Gilley Avenue
  2. Bike north down Gilley Avenue to Deer Lake Parkway
  3. Bike west along Deer Lake Parkway to Willingdon Avenue
  4. Bike north down Willingdon Avenue to Still Creek Drive

Unfortunately, the valid set of directions closest to that is:

  1. Bike west along Imperial Street to Gilley Avenue
  2. Bike north down Gilley Avenue to Deer Lake
  3. Swim across Deer Lake to Deer Lake Parkway (actually illegal, but that’s another matter)
  4. Bike west along Deer Lake Parkway to Willingdon Avenue
  5. Bike north down Willingdon Avenue to Still Creek Drive

What I actually had to do was:

  1. Bike west along Imperial Street to Gilley Avenue
  2. Bike north down the big hill on Gilley Avenue to Oakland Street, where Gilley Avenue ends.
  3. Bike back up the big hill on Oakland until Royal Oak Avenue
  4. Bike down the huge hill on Royal Oak Avenue to Deer Lake Parkway
  5. Bike west along Deer Lake Parkway to Willingdon Avenue
  6. Bike north down Willingdon Avenue to Still Creek Drive

Even if I cut out going back up the hill by going to Royal Oak first, it’s the same distance as my original route, and contains more uphill parts on Deer Lake Parkway because the hill on Royal Oak is even larger than the hill on Willingdon.  (I wish I could find topographic maps for the area to give an idea of the scale of these hills, but all the programs online I’ve tried failed or didn’t have data in sufficient detail.)  I’ll probably just stick to Kingsway and Willingdon, even though they’re very busy roads.

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~ by Neil Dickson on August 1, 2009.

One Response to “Biking Directions”

  1. Heat wave eh? It has rained at least once a day for the past 30 days back in Ottawa. I WANT MY JULY BACK.

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