Cycling in Sydney Australia
When it comes to commuting by bike - the more the merrier I say - by Ride to Work day highlighted some of the deficiencies we have in Sydney if commuter numbers grow too large, e.g.:
- riding single file in the dedicated bike lanes in the city is VERY IRRITATING !!!
- the bike storage in my building was filled to capacity today (which isn't saying a lot)
Not sure how we'd cope with even larger numbers on the road ...
Otherwise it was good top see so many bikes out there today ...
Well the lights on Kent St. only given enough time for 5 out of 20 queued up cyclists to cross (legally). On the other hand I enjoyed the safety in numbers going up the Pacific Highway to Miller St.
And you know what? These first time cyclists are friendly. I had more people node, say HI, smile and generally brighten my day that ever before!
Big thanks to all the volunteers providing breakfast and coffee.
I didn't notice any extra cyclists at our building in Nth Sydney. Bike racks had about 140 empty spots, and there was only me and one other guy using the shower this morning.
I haven't ridden from Milsons Pt to Nth Sydney since we moved last year. The Pacific Hwy up from Alred St is all smooth hotmix. I think I was cruising up the hill at 30km/h. That was the highlight of the morning ride :-)
Yeah, my normal commute starts at the corner of Pacific Hwy & Mount St, just behind the Post Office. The smooth hotmix runs up as far as McLaren St, then stops. I wish it went further along because there is a shocking road surface after that, including one large slab of asphalt that is missing, so you go down one side onto bare concrete, then up the other side. I also wish they would fix the massive bulge in the middle lane at Pac Hwy/Falcon St, and the bone jarring rough sections at Gore Hill (in both directions).
I'll be on my new bike from next week, so hopefully that will give me a less bone jarring ride than my road bike. I actually broke a bottle cage going over some of the rough stuff a few weeks ago.