Bike Leichhardt

Bike Leichhardt does rides and advocacy in Leichhardt and Inner West. We also do longer day rides and multi-day tours to suit a range of abilities and ages. New members always welcome.

Location: Leichhardt
Members: 55
Latest Activity: Mar 5, 2019

Bike Leichhardt (formerly LBUG)

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Discussion Forum

New Leichhardt Bike Plan 12 November

Started by Bob Moore. Last reply by Bob Moore Mar 5, 2019. 1 Reply

Bike Leichhardt Rides Calendar

Started by Bob Moore. Last reply by Bob Moore May 14, 2018. 1 Reply

Bike Leichhardt AGM and Picnic Ride 13/12/15

Started by Bob Moore. Last reply by Scientia et Labore Jan 8, 2017. 2 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment by Bob Moore on May 2, 2012 at 7:37pm
Johnston St in Annandale might be one street where a BiDi could work on one side, but have to remove a few trees and maybe some angle parking, and the RMS won't give up any lanes. This will be an interesting street to see what happens in the next version of the Bike Strategy, assuming anything happens. It is such a wide street it seems ridiculous some space can't be found for cyclists. Most of the length there is space but there are a number of narrowings which cruel the whole show. There is a detailed plan, drawn up by STC, and the Council has tried to get parts of that approved in a sort of step by step approach, easy parts first, which could work. But it isnt a major bike route, since there are several other N/S streets nearby. But it does have two schools on it.
Comment by Chris on May 3, 2012 at 9:42am
the clover more lanes do have issues with the light phasing but i live in hope that this can be rectified eventually once the RMS is brought under control.
Comment by Bob Moore on May 3, 2012 at 11:57am
Few lights along Johnston St so can get a good long run if on a separated path. But would be a lot cheaper to find space for a bike lane on either side. The intersection at Booth is a bit hard to deal with, as there are kerb build outs and turning lanes that make bike lanes difficult.
Council is also about to lane mark Darling St through Balmain, and so far the proposal is mainly to put logos down at 3.4 m from the kerb, but centrally at crossings and refuges, to promote taking the lane. RMS is buying into that as well. I am trying for more centrally located logos, particularly through the section where the main shops are near Loyalty Sq.. A few letters in support would be good.
Comment by Jason Brown on May 3, 2012 at 4:39pm

Johnston street is on my current commute. Aside from it being relatively easy to break the 50 km/h limit, it's actually one of the nicest roads I ride of a morning. It links me from the back-roads cycleway near stanmore station to the anzac bridge. A couple of painted bike lanes would be fine. No need for a separated lane. It's wide, lightly trafficked and generally fast. 

I think separated lanes are needed where cars and bikes are put in too-close proximity with nowhere else to go. Johnston Street has loads of space. Though Admittedly, I don't ride it in peak hour.

Comment by Bob Moore on May 4, 2012 at 9:18am
Has squeeze points at Booth St where Kerbs come out. Fine if you are vary confident and can take the lane well before. Also where angle parking juts out into the second lane, as at just south of Booth St, and down near the Witches Houses. These things could be addressed though. For kids riding to the schools a separated path would be good.
Comment by Chris on May 4, 2012 at 1:43pm

It should not be necessary to ride quickly to feel safe. Most roads aren't a problem if they can be ridden quickly but to really get more people riding they need to be able to ride at any speed comfortable.

Also for those that like to ride to the shops without changing then it is often necessary to stop myself riding too fast. This is always much easier to do when I am riding on a footpath or bike path than when riding on the road.

Comment by Jason Brown on May 4, 2012 at 2:01pm

That's a good point, actually. Kids riding to school would definitely benefit from a lane, though 12 year-olds can already use the pavement. As long as I don't get told I *have to* use the lane (as a police officer told me once at Pyrmont), I'd be happy.

Leads me to wonder what uptake of cycling to school is like. Since I don't ride at those times, I have no idea.

Comment by Bob Moore on May 4, 2012 at 10:16pm
Rising to schools is something I hope Council might make a focus for the next 5 year plan. Some base data would be good. See a few riding to Leichhardt Primary and Leichhardt High, and Kegworth via the canal. My kids are long gone from school so dont have much first hand knowledge.
Comment by Bob Moore on May 5, 2012 at 8:20am
Agenda for the May BAC was sent out last night, a bit late, but never mind. Have a read and if interested do come along on Wed night.
Comment by Bob Moore on May 8, 2012 at 9:11pm
Council showed me plans of proposed treatment of Darling St today. Will have centrally placed bike logos all the way from Victoria Rd to Curtis Rd. No shoulder lane, so cyclists aren't encouraged to ride close to parked cars. It is all 40 K.


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