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Amen to all that Bill. I have to use Courtland Ave East a lot between Hayward and Bedford (the trail West of Courtland is a soupy mess). The section between Carwood and Bedford is particularly vile and I have to choose between hugging the curb or riding further out into traffic that normal. The complicating factor is the left turn lane onto Mill and there always seems to be a truck going to Schneiders when I pass through there. There are also some nasty potholes right around the interchange with the expressway.


Yes, I can't wait, particularly because last time I tried to use my primary beater bike, zero of the brakes were working. I therefore switched to my secondary beater bike. But I'm looking forward to taking my summer bike out.

John Routh

I find the sweet spot of the lane is about 1m from the curb. It's far enough from the curb that you avoid sewer grates and small potholes. It's not so far out that car drivers think you're taking the whole lane. But if they do decide to pass then they need to use the outside lane to pass because there is not quite enough space to squeeze by in your lane.

Chris Beynon

I always try and ride about a meter away from the curb as well...If a pothole or other road hazard is in my path, it gives me the option to go around it either to the left or to the right....If I'm hugging the curb, my only option is to go around the left side of the obstruction...Also, when I'm further out into the road, it (hopefully) makes motorists aware of my presence...
I always ride a car door's length away from parked cars as well, which reduces my chance of being hit by a car door to zero...
I am okay if this angers some motorists because, if they're mad at me, at least that means they know I'm there...
Speaking of potholes, who do we contact if we encounter a one that needs to be repaired...


I ride up the middle of the lane this time of year, (and on the narrow lanes of Westmount year-round), to send drivers the clear signal that this lane is not to be shared. Some don't co-operate, and get a toot or two from my compressed air horn.


I wish that I could ride only a metre out from the curb. A blowout on the rear tire of my beater bike meant switching to the summer bike with skinny tires this morning. The road surface on some sections of Weber is so bad that I was all the way out to the lane markers before I could find pavement smooth enough to not risk pinching a tube and bending a rim.

As for who to contact about potholes, a recent story in the Record lists some phone numbers to call:


Cambridge 519-740-4671
Kitchener 519-741-2345
Waterloo 519-886-2310


Dodging Potholes?, Driving on a Highway to Hell, map them all using the Pothole Plotter 2012
We encourage the public to visit the application to see how they can use GIS to let the right people know where the potholes are located on their street.

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