Winter loop 2018/19

12/03/2018

Last week we put up temporary signage for the winter loop!
 
The winter loop is designed to channel users so that they quickly pack down a route after a snow-storm instead of scattering their efforts randomly over the trail network. It also assists the navigation of people who only ride our forest during the winter. This year’s loop is a bit longer and optionally connects to The Den so experienced riders can increase the technical challenge and enjoy that super fun trail.
 
Be aware that hazards exist on this trail and you ride it at your own risk. We make NO guarantees about safety of conditions or completion of signage! Currently the loop traverses an active logging area, signs might go missing and there is going to be ice.
 
To see the loop in full please visit:
 
 
Thanks and happy trails,
Your HAFTA execs

Softwood/Conifer harvesting

11/12/2018

Friends of the AF, equipment is currently arriving to begin the softwood/conifer harvest. The harvesting operation will either begin by the end of this week (week of Nov 12th) or during the following (week of Nov 19th). Once the harvest is started near I Will Allow It it should last approximately two weeks and finish near The Pines.

The single-track trails we maintain have or are being flagged for the machine operators to keep clear of major debris. Please don’t alter that flagging. We also don’t want to suggest that because they’re flagged you will be safe to use those trails as “normal” during the harvest – Only that consideration is being given by Halton Region (and their contractor) to minimize impacts.

Please remain clear of the operations.

Thanks,
Your HAFTA Execs

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.

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