Cycling in Sydney Australia
I just spent an all too short couple of days in Sydney for a wedding. We arrived Wednesday night and left Monday morning, I did have a bike with me but ended up too busy / tired to ride much. I did do the Waterfall ride on Sunday, more on that in a moment.
A couple of little points of reflection.
Cycleways and bikes!
Oh my god, whoever thought Sydney would start leading the way ? I don't know if you guys are noticing this because it's happening slowly, but the change over the last two years is nothing short of astounding.
Everywhere I went in the inner city I saw people on bikes. I saw people using the college st cycleway, not the hardened Sydney Cyclists that we all are, but normal people going places :) People that would have been driving / bussing / whatever were out and about on all sorts of bikes. I saw all the new bike based businesses and people riding along Bourke st. I saw lots of kids riding bikes by themselves without supervision (the HORROR!). Very cool.
I really have to put a lot of this down to the work City of Sydney are doing on an advocacy front and an infrastructure front. It's the only thing that really explains it. I was somewhat skeptical 2 years ago, but the effects were very noticeable. Hats off!
Got my first swoop of the season on Sunday morning on Grand Parade while heading down to Waterfall, looks like he's already on the map. I saw another magpie sitting on the Cook's river path, didn't even bother moving as I approached. Tough buggers!
Speaking of waterfall, I did enjoy doing that ride again. Recognised some faces out on the road.
Also of note on Sunday, well done to all the wheelchair escorts in the marathon, I hear it was great fun again.
That's about all I've got for now... still exhausted :)