I've just got back from 2 weeks away. Saw some great things, and was impressed with the facilities around. Here is a shot from a main street (I think). Can you guess the town?

Car parking is at 45 degrees. You wouldn't have to worry about riding in the door zone with this type of lane, but when a car is ready to leave a parking spot, look out! When leaving a 45 degree parking spot in a car, often you can't see up the street. You pull out slowly, but that might be a bit scary for a cylist who's close. Anyone got any experience with these lanes?

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Comment by Colin on October 18, 2010 at 4:48pm
Yeah, I'm not keen on bike-lanes alongside 45 deg or 90 deg parking. As you say, drivers nose their cars out, forcing you into the main traffic lane without warning. Parts of Wilson St, Newtown have this issue.
Comment by Dabba on October 18, 2010 at 8:01pm
Wellington, heading east with the photo.
Comment by back street baron on October 18, 2010 at 8:04pm
taget country, must be somewhere rural ;)
Comment by Edward Re on October 18, 2010 at 8:26pm
Spot on Dabba. The prize is in the post. 2nd prize goes to Back St Boy, who was also correct I suppose :)

I was surprised and happy to see bike lanes in several of the towns we went through. Especially Dubbo which has an excellent off road path from town out to the zoo and along the river. We returned along it about 5pm, and there were heaps of people out in the sunshine enjoying it. It'd be nice if we had some way of recognising towns that have done well with this kind of thing.
Comment by baa baa on October 18, 2010 at 8:52pm
Hmmm, how come I missed this quick quiz?
That fence and street lighting is a dead giveaway.

Without sounding too much like a vagrant, if you lob into town late the rotunda in that park is a fine place to camp in/under after a hard days ride. The poo-lice may move you on but only in the morning.
Comment by Dabba on October 19, 2010 at 1:15pm
Edward, when we were in Dubbo a couple of years ago, nearly everyone was substantially overweight. Was the "fat-bus" it town when you went through too?
Comment by Edward Re on October 19, 2010 at 3:58pm
Hi Dabba, maybe I spent too much time staring at the beautiful old buildings, but I didn't notice many overweight people.

A fair few people at the zoo seemed to be out of shape, and out of breath, while riding the bikes. One couple weren't giving their kids a good start. They had a 200g bag of chips for lunch, and were telling their kids to eat up. Some car drivers didn't bother walking, just jumping out for a photo, without turning their engine off. Most people rode though, which goes to show that for short trips, if you provide a really pleasant path, most people would ditch their car.

On the riverside path, everyone looked pretty fit. I assume they're regular users, and it was great to see.

Some of the teenagers are getting off to a bad start in life with regards weight. A lot of the places, including Dubbo, now have skate parks, and those cube based jungle gym things for the young ones. So others are getting plenty of activity. I think a lot of councils are switched on.


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