When cycling in Fredericton, there is an obvious obstacle- hills. Downtown, Devon and Barker’s Point all have a major advantage of being flat. Whereas, if you want to go uptown to the Regent Mall for example, you would have to face a thirty degree incline going up Regent, York or Smythe Street. The same goes in Nashwaaksis from Main Street to Brookside Mall or Killarney Lake. I provided a map, which is an easier way to get to Brookside Mall from Main Street. Solid Green is the suggested route and the dashed green is optional. Whatever floats your boat!
There are some people that try to cycle up York Street’s bicycle lane, but not many succeed and just walk their bike up the hill. On the way back down the hill, it is not that hard to hit 40 or even 50km/h. Of course, there is always the option to take the bus which has a bicycle rack on the front to uptown. The bus drivers are always very patient and very considerate with or without a bicycle, plus they’re always willing to help if you’ve never used the rack before.
For any of you living in the city, you already know of the Princess Margaret Bridge closure. The city is urging to people to use alternative modes of transportation. My favourite being the bicycle. The walking bridge has seen a dramatic increase of pedestrians and cyclists since the closure. It may add a few minutes to your commute, but at least you do not need to worry about parking downtown and you get a little exercise first thing in the morning! Might I add, it’s only a 2km walk from Carleton Park to Kings Place or an eight minute bike ride. Anyone living near the Brookside Mall also has the option of a FREE park and ride from Zellers to the Officer’s Barracks on Queen Street. Operating every half hour from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm. Why pass up a free ride, for gas you don't have to pay for?!
Sorry if today's blog is a little choppy. I did not have much time to edit or add too many pictures.