Cycling in Sydney Australia
I've just arrived in Sydney having both seen and heard that it is rated as the second worst city on the planet to ride in (Washington DC is first).
Is it really? Have Australian drivers become that bad in the several years I've been living out of the country?
What are your thoughts on this?
I could have sworn Sydneys worse than Washington DC.
But its not so bad if you know where your going and what your dealing with and things are improving quickly.
There are some black spots and some idiots. The traffic environment is reasonably hostile here but congestion certainly works in our favour once people actually get on bikes.
Here when people don't live too far away and start riding to work once or twice a week, its normally not long until they realise its the quickest, cheapest and fastest way to get to work.
City of Sydney does free cycling in the city courses if your interested.
I have ridden in lots of cities in Australia and in other countries and I don't find Sydney to be worse or better than other cities. Each city is different and as a cyclist you need to ride with the conditions.
BTW, I am interested who told you that it is second worse city to ride in.
There was a newspaper article some months ago which a US lecturer staying in Sydney said that Sydney was dangerous but that was his personal opinion and not a 'study'. Is that what you read?
If you ever find the link, it would be great if you can post it. I would like to read it.
the newly built cycleways do help. Leaving the city from work on my commute home I get onto the kent st cycleway and ride that all the way to the harbour bridge....in peak hour it's nice having your own little lane......
I loved cloover moore for making it free for motorbikes to park awhile ago, now that i cycle I have to say I love her even more.!