Cycling in Sydney Australia
I live in Erskineville and work in Circular Quay and rode into work for the first time today along Mitchell st, then zig zagging through to Crown St, then Oxford St, Hyde Park and then macquarie st. The ride took me about 25minutes - I'll probably take 5 minutes off as learn the route a little better.
Although it was a decent enough ride, is there a more direct route that I should be taking?
Check out this.
It gives you some of the more cyclist friendly roads to use. There will almost always be a compromise to be made between directness and cycle-friendliness, but an option for a route that is a little more direct while remainign reasonably safe would be to use Belmont - Buckland - George - Prince Alfred Park to get you from Sydney Park to Central. From there we are waiting on some infrastructure that would connect you up to Crown St cycleway - you can go down Elizabeth without too much difficulty - in peak the traffic does not move fast and it is down hill until you get to Hay St. You can then either go up Wentworth and on to Crown St from there, or up Elizabeth and turn into Liverpool. Elizabeth St does have a bus lane that you are allowed to ride in... the only issue is that at peak there are a lot of buses pulling in and out of it so it can get a bit hairy.
Well, Google Maps do bike routes now, but their suggested route is somewhat convoluted.
Personally, I'd probably not be going the Crown Street way. I'd probably shortcut through or next to the tech park to reach Redfern Station, then cut left and down onto Abercrombie, then down from there into Pyrmont, across Pyrmont Bridge and then down the Kent Street bikelane until cutting across to Circular Quay - or Hickson Road Around Barangaroo, which is faster moving and more scenic.
Well, actually, I'd start out with that route, but I'd probably end up doing giant loops out past the airport to add extra kms. I only commute directly when it's raining, windy, or I'm in a rush to get home for something
I might even avoid the bottom half of Wattle street by going behind the UTS tower to get to Harris, and onto Ultimo Road, then left down Darling Drive behind the Exhibition Centre as far as Pyrmont Bridge, toddle across and do the Barangaroo thing around the point to finish. Not much traffic on Darling Drive, and IIRC there's a bike lane.
But I'd still end up doing extra kms. It's too much fun in good weather. Did 25km this morning instead of the 11km direct... lovely day to ride.
Possibly not a route for the faint hearted, but the one I take from Erko to Town Hall. I do see other bikes on this route all the time.
Get onto Wilson Street. Turn left onto Regent Street at Redfern Station and stay in the middle lane. Ride fast and keep up with the traffic. It turns into Lee Street in the bit thru the bus station.
At the junction with George Street, bear right and head up Pitt Street. It's fairly quiet from here. However, you have to work out how to get past Pitt St Mall and down to Circular Quay.
Coming home I just ride up George Street, mostly in the bus lane and at the same speed as the traffic. Head up Lee Street, into Regent and then up to the twin towers. You can go up onto the left hand footpath and cross at the ped /bike crossing and then across and into Wilson St via the little laneway.
10 mins max.
You rock :-D
I fear it's going to take me a bit to get back in the groove with Sydney traffic and roads again, I've had it pretty good here as far as the commute goes.
Going home is much faster than going to work. One day I'm going to mix it with the traffic in Regent St and stay in the RHS lane, avoiding the ped crossing bit.
What is this supertuesday bob?
That's what site I used this morning.