I took these photos the other morning and I have not had a chance to put them up until now. It was an especially cold start to the day, and there was a thin layer of frost over everything. This left the bike paths quite slippery in parts, although the roads were completely fine given the higher volume of traffic that constantly passes over them.
At about the half way mark, there is an old steel frame bridge that crosses the Lachine Canal. The structure is 100% metal, including the surface. For cars, it’s a grid that’s been polished to a high gloss where the tyres of hundreds of thousands of cars has polished it over the years. You can still see in the centre that the original colour of the surface was Army grey. For pedestrians and bikes, the platform is solid steel plate, the kind with an opposing cross-hatch of little raised nubbins across it. The raised parts again polished to a high gloss, while the base steel below still has the grey paint attached to it.
This bridge on a morning such as this is lethal. You do not ride on it. You dismount and walk your bike across, because you are almost guaranteed to go down, and even at low speed, you’re gonna hurt yourself. So walk it I did, and snapped a couple of photos while I was at it. I hope you like them.