Rural Cycling in Waterloo Region

We talk a lot about bikes/automobiles mixing in traffic and ways to optimize or minimize the incidents and animosity. Sometimes we get some helpful tips on increasing the animosity too ;).

I came across this sign on the weekend and if you’re a weekend lycra rider, you will have seen signs like this before. Do we need to open some debate on how to minimize bike/livestock interactions? Has anyone ever raced a horse-drawn carriage? Is it a close contest? Who is better at ascents, horses or bicycles.

I also thought I would mention that the rural riders definitely have it tougher than us city mice. We just have to deal with the ignorant drivers. They have to deal with that too, plus a lot of other horseshit.

Lane share with horse drawn cart and bicycle
Share the lane, with everyone

10 thoughts on “Rural Cycling in Waterloo Region

  1. I’ve passed plenty of horse and buggies in the area. There’s no animosity with the Mennos, in fact as a cyclist there’s a an unspoken bond as we both agree there are better alternative’s to the automobile. Not to mention I’m sure the mennos are eyeing you and your road bike figuring if they can take you on their bike :)

  2. My max heart rate has been hit passing buggies going up hills.

    I’ve noticed that it’s ok technologically for mennonites to have aero bars on their cycles.

  3. I do have a pet peeve with manure spreaders, I’ve been caught once behind a fresh one that seemed to have chunks flying off of it. And a few times I’ve been riding in the rain after they’ve covered the road in shit … basically you gotta keep your mouth closed in both situations.

  4. No animosity, but you need to be extra careful about dodging the horse pies in the shared lane.
    You don’t want that stuff sticking to your tires, then flying off on a fast downhill.

  5. Horse & buggy/bike interactions in rural areas are one of the few times, I can think of, when cyclists are put in the position that car drivers are in when they encounter cyclists. No pun intended, but the shoe is on the other foot (the cyclist, not the horse). To wit: use common sense and exercise patience: don’t pass until it’s safe to do so and give a wide berth. Unless you’re exhausted and pulling a heavy trailer, or the buggy driver is beating the nags senseless, a cyclist is always going to go faster. As to the road apples, it’s usually not a big deal unless you’re out riding during MRRH (Mennonite Religious Rush Hours) Sunday mornings, in which case I’d recommend a bike with fenders, or to take alternative routes.

  6. Did anyone else notice that it’s also an HOV only lane? You must have two or more riders on the bike or carriage to use the lane.

    edit: That’s actually just a lane indicator. I’ve usually only seen them used for HOV lanes, in this case they indicate which lane is the shared lane.

  7. “Lane ” ??? Did anyone notice there are no lines on the road to indicate a separate lane?
    On the other hand, I guess the lane would need to be vaiable in width due to the differences in a horse/buggy, vs. a bike.
    Maybe the current signage could suggest that you can only take this road with a car if you have 2 or more in it… or using the bike or buggy.
    Basically looks like it would be a pain in the a$$ for a cops to police.

    1. In other spots, there were lane markings, but it was tough to find a spot where there was a sign and a lane marking. The lanes probably need a lot more maintenance with wagon wheels rolling them.

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