Take it easy out there

10/02/2018

This summer, HAFTA was busy coordinating with our contacts in the local community and we are proud to show you the image above! The Region of Halton (G. Carr) in co-operation with Town of Milton (C. Lunau) saw through this speed limit change. We’d like to thank our friends at Mohawk Inn/KOA, Woodbine Mohawk and HAFTA exec Paulo for putting their support behind this change.

The speed limit drop is going to improve safety and make it easier to access Guelph Line, but it’s not fool proof!

With the new speed limit we might never have to ride past the memory of an accident, but only if we discipline ourselves:

  • Riders should be making their left on Guelph line from the stop sign at Woodbine Mohawk, then travelling north on the roadway’s shoulder. Mohawk Woodbine’s intersection is a great spot to access from; there is lots of light and good sight-lines.
  • Accessing Guelph Line post-ride is trickier. Please don’t travel on Guelph Line against traffic when returning from a ride and then j-bike. Stop at the exit of Halton Region’s parking lot, wait for a comfortable break in traffic, make your left onto Guelph line and then travel south on its shoulder. Watch out for distracted drivers exiting and entering the Mohawk Woodbine lot.
  • Watch your spacing from other riders when turning onto the road.

Advice based on a few near misses i’ve seen:

  • Please don’t cross mid-block like a rafter of turkeys, timing is always good for the first turkey off the mark, but it might be thanksgiving for the last one if they follow. Try and wait for a healthy gap in which there is no doubt your group can make the turn.
  • Speaking of motorists avoid entering Guelph Line if a kind or spooked driver stops in their lane when they see a bunch of cyclists with 1000 lumen night lights waiting. Don’t step out, wave the motorist ahead onwards. Inevitably somebody overtakes them on the left just when you’re riding out or doesn’t notice traffic has stopped.

I know we’re all adults, but sometimes the excitement of a ride or post-ride beer makes one feel like a care-free kid.

The Den

07/01/2018

Get out there!


HAFTA is proud to present The Den!

L->R: Ron (Region), Rob, Jen, Pete, JJ (HAFTA Board), Holly (HAFTA supporter)

Deriving its name from a massive porcupine den in the forest it runs through, construction of The Den has involved over 400 volunteer hours; at least half of those undertaken in buggy spring conditions. In addition to those build-hours, many hours were spent over the last year and a half in behind the scenes co-ordination. All of that is to say we’re very proud of having reached this milestone.

What to expect when you enter The Den:

  • 25 minutes of uninterrupted intermediate “Agreement Forest” level riding with intermediate challenge sections.
  • 1 hour of hiking
  • A full map is now available through Trailforks!
  • Trail is bi-directional; which way do you prefer to ride?

NOTE: Risks may be present on this trail; please use caution and ride in control. Caution is particularly important when the trail is new & unfamiliar to you.

Over the coming months we’ll be very slowly tweaking The Den and your feedback is important. However, please do us the courtesy of getting in touch if you want to change something on the trail: info@hafta.ca

Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, corporate members and partners at Halton Region. Without everybody working together a project like this would be not possible.

Lastly, I hope we’ll see you out enjoying The Den!

Tag us on your social media #HAFTA #AgreementForest #TheDen #RockyAF

Stay tuned as we prepare for the next event

Help HAFTA keep the trails awesome

This isn’t half of the stuff that’s out there and it’s not all rocky terrain either – Go check it out for yourself!

A few more articles following the construction are here:

http://hafta.ca/the-end-is-near/

http://hafta.ca/she-be-coming-round-the-corner/

http://hafta.ca/another-day-another-50-meters/

http://hafta.ca/not-so-spicy/

http://hafta.ca/grubbin-is-easy/

Help HAFTA keep the trails awesome

We really hope everybody in our community enjoys all the hard work that has gone into constructing this trail and we hope to see you at our next event!
http://hafta.ca/schedule/

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The end is near!

06/08/2018

We’re almost through the second-pass of the loop. Lots of fine-tuning left todo, but almost all the ragged bits have been polished.

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