Cycling Ridgeway - a favourite ride along the roads and the trail at Waverly Park.
Last Saturday, April 16, we started out in Ridgeway for our road ride. It was a beautiful sunny day here in Niagara, and finally warm enough to leave the booties behind. Even the wind was gentle this morning which is not always the case along the lake. This is one of my favourite rides because the traffic is not bad if you get out early, the roads and trails are in good condition, and it is very scenic. Because there isn’t a lot of hills, this can easily be considered a beginner/intermediate ride. Take your time, and enjoy!
Elevation: Flat with a combination of paved trail + roads. The only hilly section is on Ridge Rd. just south of Bowen Rd.
Traffic: Early in the day traffic is light.
Average Speed: 25-30 km. We took a few breaks to say hi to friends and enjoy the view, but other than that we went at a relaxed by steady pace.
Parking: There is free parking at the trail right off the main street in Ridgeway (Ridge Rd.) Look for the pavilion in the middle of town; parking is right across the road.
Lunch: We went to the Flying Squirrel which is just south of the trail on Ridge Rd. Amazing food! There is bike parking, healthy homemade food, reasonable prices, and amazing desserts!
Things to remember: When you get to the trail at Waverly Park, make sure to go slow and watch out for sand on the trail. The trail is well-used, so be careful, and always be courteous to other users. When riding on Ridge Rd. south of Bowen, the road is hilly, windy and narrow shoulders so watch out for traffic.
Passionate about cycling, wellness, and community, Laura was involved in the cycling industry for over 20 year; bike shop owner, sales rep for Shimano, mountain bike racing, and organizing community cycling events. Now living in Niagara with her family, Laura works as a marketing & communications consultant, and whenever possible, she is out exploring the beautiful roads and trails of Niagara on her road and mountain bike, and volunteers to support a couple local charity rides. She lends a helping hand whenever she can to help build a greener, healthier community here in Niagara.
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