I was reading the post from the rider who was having issues about getting safely into his driveway. I started to think about how we can manage our daily ride to minimize the risks we take do to the ride's route.
I would like this to be ab educational thread and other riders tell us what they do to try and eliminate the "easy" dangers from their route.
What is an easy danger. Where I live between Pt. Grey Road and 4th Ave I am boxed in by two seriously busy streets with dicey egress.
If I try to go downtown on Point Grey I am faced with poor sight lights for a right turn and pulling out onto a busy road where cars can't seem me due to trees and parked vans. Alternatively if I go ;eft on 4th there is no ligh and lots of high speed traffic.
If I ride east a few block and can join MacDonald and get set up for heading south or a left on fourth at a traffic light to head towards the city. If I run across 2nd a few block I can enter onto Point Grey Road with great sight lines, am unobstructed by vegetation and have time to make a smooth entry onto 4th Ave
Riding in from Hoe I now go south at Fort Langley to 0 (Zero) Ave and cross back into Vancouver via the 99 which has HOV lanes and is less busy on a Weekend night than the Port Mann Bridge. Zero Ave is also a nicer ride than the number One.
What I am suggesting is that if a rider thinks about their daily ride they can likely quickly pick put the places where they feel most vulnerable on theirMC and find a safer way out to ride that section.
I have learned to think of these not as Short Cuts but rather Safe Cuts.
Anyone have more route planning ideas to remove some inherent road risk from our daily travels.