Imagine my surprise, when I recently revisited some of my favourite trails only to find them wondrously covered in smooth black pavement. The photo below is a snapshot of this improvement taken from Queen Street showing the trail entering into Lakeside Park.
In fact, not only is this trail paved, but also the path between Queen Street and Highland Road. My anticipation was further rewarded when I crossed the parking lot at the No Frills store and discovered that the trail along the drainage ditch was paved too — all the way to the Iron Horse Trail!
Although it’s a little less direct than the usual street routes, I can’t fully describe the pleasure of having my own personal bike highway, uncluttered with fumes and motorcars. As a commuter, I now have an efficient, safe and fun way of getting all the way from my home in the Forest Heights neighbourhood to downtown Kitchener or uptown Waterloo. I’m looking forward to going to the market on Saturday more than ever!
It’s an encouraging trend to see this contribution in support of biking as a way of life in our city. Hope to see similar things happen to the Concordia Park and Meinzinger Park trails soon.