I still maintain that its the west end of the city (where all the $ is) that gets superior infrastructure but I guess they couldn't ignore us east-enders forever!
Ironically, I was just getting used to the unpaved shoulders (because of the gravel races I do) but I can always find more gravel.
|You can see the single-lane for cars, the really wide shoulder and the |
small gravel portion that are typical of this new stretch on Highway #8.
Another irony is that a cyclist fitting my description was hit by a car on this very spot about two days ago. He was hurt badly and remains in the hospital. I would have guessed that the new surface would somehow have equated to safer overall riding conditions but maybe there is no actual correlation.
Although I don't pretend to know anything about the road conditions or how the cyclist himself was behaving I will say that when I heard it was an 87 year-old person behind the wheel I kind of winced. There has been a small epidemic of seniors-behind-the-wheel involved in accidents lately.
So, thumbs up to the City of Hamilton for attending to the worst road in Hamilton (sans bike lanes, but thats ok) and including a nice wide shoulder. But thumbs down to inattentive driving by either auto drivers or cyclists.