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Great Late Season Rides in Haldimand County

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Pair Haldimand's signed 69km River Route with cooler weather and a clear crisp autumn day with lovely countryside riding along the Grand River, Lake Erie waterfront and the charming small towns of Cayuga and Dunnville. Think great riding, smooth coffee and giant mudcats!  

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Auxonicby

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Accessible but not great
There are some great things about the Byward Market by bike:
- Vibrant pedestrians pace and lots of people
- They have a large central bike rack in the summer and there are post & ring racks throughout the area.
- There's a new contraflow bike lane on Cumberland which allows access from the market to Sandy Hill to the south.
- There's a north-bound bike lane on Sussex north of Rideau St
- Traffic is generally slow once your in the market proper
- Ottawa has a new bike share starting in spring 2015. VeloGo will have a presence in the market and should make the area more accessible to tourists.

There are also some serious issues with cycling into the area, enough that I'd only go if I was confident on the road:
- Traffic on Dalhousie is fast and has some of the highest collision intersections in the city
- The market is choked with car parking and there's no easy way to lock your bike next to the farmer's market in the summer (improving as their bike coral has been getting bigger)
- Access to the north is by large, busy, roads connecting to and from Alexandria bridge with no segregation
- Access from the south is by Rideau/Wellington or along the East side of the canal MUP but the last stretch is along Sussex which is not safe.. walking is recommended since it's treated as a bit of a freeway.
- Rideau/Wellington isn't really friendly with no segregation or signage. This is also a bus route with a HOV lane of questionable utility to people on bikes.
- Bike theft isn't a huge issue in Ottawa but it's worst when near the market

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