Cycling in Sydney Australia
I'm soon to start work in Pyrmont and want to cycle from Central Station to the office. I therefore want to be able to leave a bike locked up in a secure place overnight. Can anyone give me some sensible suggestions. Is there any space left at the City Council's car park on Goulburn St? I'd plan to leave a cheap bike there rather than taking any excessive risks with keeping a decent bike locked up. Anything around the Uni? I'd be riding down Harris.
PS my back up plan is to take the folder.
I did think that. I don't fancy taking the bike on the train during rush hour though. If I have to take it on the train I'll take my folder. Sadly I don't know anyone at ABC or UTS. As you say, the car parks aren't that convenient for the station. If I was back in Brisbane I'd have a very simple solution - yellow city bike. Sadly that's too difficult for Sydney. They've only just introduced the Opal card for use on the trains. That was brave of them!
Sounds like the Brompton is going to start to get used daily.
There are (or were) a number of bike racks inside the grounds of UTS / TAFE on Harris St. Your bike would be safer there than in public. There's still some risk of theft,of course. UTS did have a secure storage compound too, but probably restricted to students / staff. Have a look around.
Nat there is this -
and see also here -
I was going to suggest that you buy a Brompton, but you already own one. Sounds like ideal duties for this capable folder, so I am wondering what reservations you hold about using it for this task.
now if you took the photo in the middle of peak hours, say going home from Town Hall at 1730, other passengers might feel somewhat differently and the ease of walking around the bike might be challenged! Nether the less it doesn't stop people from taking non-folding bikes on the trains during peak hours. At least a folder can sit at your feet. At a push I could have it on my lap but that isn't preferred.
Yes sorry, I wasn't suggesting this is a good idea in the rush hour!
Just pointing out something I discovered by accident. I formed the view having used it that it is better than any other bike rack I have ever used or seen! There are very few dedicated bike racks that tick all three of: 1. Holds bike upright and stable 2. Fits all sizes of bike+tyre and 3. Permits easy locking of frame to rack.
wasn't meaning to be passive aggressive there! I agree it's a good place to slide the bike in when appropriate!