Cycling in Sydney Australia
We have in our family a young man who is almost 16 and in the middle of Year 10. He usually gets the bus to and from school, a distance of just over 3km. It's just too far to walk before school, and the bus goes quite early and winds it's way around the suburb as most school routes tend to do. He hates the bus, but has few alternatives.
He has a perfectly good bike on the back verandah which he can ride well. On holidays we do lengthy family bike rides. Even at a lousy 12 km/h his…Continue
In all of traffic engineering ( and snow skiing I might add ) there is a simple concept that you shouldn't have to give way to anything that is coming from behind you. Changing lanes on the motorway can be harrowing but in a car you do have a mirror; and a quick look over your shoulder to check your blind spot is always a good idea. However as a cyclists on an off-road path there is a situation where you DO have to give way to traffic coming from behind, I call it the 'back…Continue
What were they thinking?
A photo essay on bicycle engineering disasters
Sometimes when I’m riding I come across such engineering messes that I stop and wonder, what were they thinking? Here are some of the best examples in Sydney’s West:
For a few years the M4 path has been growing in length and now covers a respectable distance from Olympic Park to Mays Hill. Construction is about to start on more to link in with an existing route creating shared path up to the Sth Wentworthville shops. This will provide a much needed rest point with a KFC offering food, water and toilets. My question is: where to next?
The easements either side of the M4 run all the way to Penrith, but west of Greystanes the motorway sort…Continue
On Monday I had to go out to Quakers Hill, a suburb in western Sydney just north of Blacktown. It's on the M7 and quite well served by bike paths, though I've never ridden there directly before, so the precise route was newish to me. Only trouble was it was 41 deg and rising, and it was 2pm. My kids were waiting at high school for me to meet them, I had no choice but to go by bike as the missus had the only car. Fortunately I have double water bottle cages for long rides so I filled up and…Continue