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Cycle/Bike path from Watson to City?

By forgoodnessake - 1 February 2012 26

I am planning to ride to work each day on my brand new bike (new years resolution yet to be activated). As I never ever plan to ride on the road, especially down Northbourne ave I am looking for alternative routes from Watson (near the shops) to the city.

Are there any good bike paths around Watson? Don’t really want to ride along the footpaths through Dickson and then down Northbourne although this seems to be the quickest option. Footpaths are annoying to ride on and I get the odd death wobble when I have to dodge people, animals, parked cars and tree branches.  Damn it I wish I could channel my 12 year old bmx bandit self when riding now…

Anyway. I know, how sad that I am a scaredy cat and can’t ride properly. But practice will get me there and getting practice on bike paths before I take the plunge and actually ride to work is a much more appealing option. Aside from annoying obstacles the footpaths are pretty bumpy and not having padded pants makes it a pretty unpleasant ride!

Anyway. helpful replies will be appreciated!

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borizuka 2:02 pm 02 Feb 12

Here you go guys. Join the virtual comp, and rate your performances on Northbourne!

Southbound: http://app.strava.com/segments/818644
Northbound: http://app.strava.com/segments/924495

I find Northbourne pretty good compared to Limestone Av. Really just keep up your speed, watch for cars and keep eye contact with cars during intersections. The bike lane is pretty wide compared to places with no bike lane.

The more bikes there are on the road, the quicker the acceptance and education process will be for fellow motorists and new cyclists.

Watson 12:25 pm 02 Feb 12

KB1971 said :

Bussie said :

If you’re riding down Northbourne and you’re coming up to a bus stop with a bus behind and the bus drivers slows down to let you get past the stop before they pull in please ride faster if possible.

Just curious, if I were punting towards the city at the busy time at 30-40km/h would I be a PITA (given that my average speed from Lanyon to the City is 30km/h)?

Are these the guys that hold the bus up or is it the riders that dawdle along on crap bikes with half flat tyres & screaming chains?

Not trying to start any crap its just that Northbourne does not flow that fast at the best of times.When I am approaching from the south across Commonwealth Ave I quite often find myself passing cars or doing a similar speed at the busy times. For me the worst time is the transition period between quiet & busy as the people travelling then seem to be in an awful hurry & tend to do stupid things while I am negotiating the green lanes.

I guess one of the reasons I mention this is as I am approaching Vernon Circle I am doing anywhere between 30 & 35km/h & I am tapped out at that point…… 🙂

I slow down if I think I’m not going to make it past the bus stop before the bus reaches me and let him overtake and pull over ahead of me. If I think I can make it, the race is on and usually I am past the stop before the bus starts slowing down to pull over.

So I reckon it all comes down to judging your speed and the bus’ and getting your timing right? If you make a misjudgement – or are one of those cyclists who refuse to slow down for anything, you’d be less of a PITA if you’re fast getting out of the way.

I do think mirrors on push bikes should be made mandatory. I couldn’t ride without mine anymore and it greatly helps me in anticipating and adjusting to traffic.

KB1971 11:58 am 02 Feb 12

Bussie said :

If you’re riding down Northbourne and you’re coming up to a bus stop with a bus behind and the bus drivers slows down to let you get past the stop before they pull in please ride faster if possible.

Just curious, if I were punting towards the city at the busy time at 30-40km/h would I be a PITA (given that my average speed from Lanyon to the City is 30km/h)?

Are these the guys that hold the bus up or is it the riders that dawdle along on crap bikes with half flat tyres & screaming chains?

Not trying to start any crap its just that Northbourne does not flow that fast at the best of times.When I am approaching from the south across Commonwealth Ave I quite often find myself passing cars or doing a similar speed at the busy times. For me the worst time is the transition period between quiet & busy as the people travelling then seem to be in an awful hurry & tend to do stupid things while I am negotiating the green lanes.

I guess one of the reasons I mention this is as I am approaching Vernon Circle I am doing anywhere between 30 & 35km/h & I am tapped out at that point…… 🙂

Watson 11:15 am 02 Feb 12

Bussie said :

If you’re riding down Northbourne and you’re coming up to a bus stop with a bus behind and the bus drivers slows down to let you get past the stop before they pull in please ride faster if possible.

Hehe, I do. Which still isn’t very fast, but I do actually enjoy that sprint and it’s a good feeling when I “win” and don’t hold up the bus.

I once was on the green painted bit of the bike lane approaching the Dickson intersection, going North in peak hour traffic, when I heard a firetruck coming up behind me. I tell you, that made me ride faster than I ever had because you never know which way the truck’s going to go and I really didn’t want to be the one holding it up and the only way I could safely go was forward and onto the traffic island.

jackthemartin 10:48 am 02 Feb 12

A good way off-road way to get from watson shops to the city is to use the ‘ainslie houses trail’, which is the lowest dirt road around the base on mount ainslie.

It is quite flat, relatively direct (compared to the main inner north bike path), smooth enough surface that it can be done with fairly skinny tyres, and doesn’t cross any roads between the top of phillip ave and the top of ainslie ave.

You can get to the start using the behind-the-houses footpath from near the watson shops to the catholic university, then the dirt path along the drain from dickson college to the top of phillip avenue. A side path will take you to the top of Ainslie avenue, which is just a few blocks from the city with a good footpath

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