Coming in this morning down Beulah Road / Rundle Street there seemed to be cyclists commuting everywhere. I had to give way to another bike at a roundabout which I've never done before and there were eight of us queued up at the Dequetteville Terrace lights. I could have been in Copenhagen :-)
Great to see.
Cycling has been euphoric for the last month. Love the cool mornings, little or no wind and warm days. Makes me think that Adelaide is the cycling capital of Australia, the reasons being we have the best weather and nicest rides available....hill climbs, beach runs, shared use paths, forrest trails. Perhaps we are so used to it we take it for granted.
you're dead right, from my door in 25km I can be at the top of Mt lofty, or at Glenelg. What a city.
How good was the weather this morning? I didn't want to stop when I got to work.
A lot more people overtaking me as well...
Saw a number of riders on the way to work this morning. I was very envious.
I am proud of my son, but also a bit worried for him at the same time. He is in the great situation now of living on King William Road, less than a kilometre from Greenhill Road, and he works in Victoria square. He loves the city life ( nightclubs and live music ) on the weekend, and so that's where he spends a lot of his time. He plays golf at the North Adelaide golf club.
So why I am proud? Well six months ago he decided he didn't really need a car. So he deregisterd his pride and joy, and just uses his bike or the tram and buses. Loves his cheap old Appolo road bike. Uses it in the triathlons down at West Lakes each month. And rides it to work, and many other places to catch up with friends Port Adelaide, Glenelg, . .
He tells me his bank account is just shooting ahead now. No rego fees, no insurance, no fuel costs, no servicing bills and no repair bills. Also no parking fines, no parking fees.
And why am I worried? Well for the obvious reasons. No seat belts and no side bar intrusion protection. Only two skinny wheels to stay upright, . . . . All I could tell him is - DON'T RACE AROUND THE CITY! The faster you go the more lkely you will hit something, or a car will not see you and hit you, or the more likely you will hit the ground really hard when you skid on that bit of loose gravel or rotting leaves, tram lines, . . . .
He has joined up with some sort of rent a car scheme. Apparently there is a hire company with cars sitting around Adelaide waiting for members to swipe their card and just jump in and 'head off bush' for the day. Fairly cheap daily rent. He says he has only used it twice to go out to the Murray. So still well ahead financially.
He did visit Copenhagen last year and he told me about the huge numbers of bikes in the city. I think he said there were more bikes than cars. Maybe that inspired him.
I didn't know that sort of hire scheme had come to Adelaide. I have friends in Edinburgh who use this kind of thing as their only car.
Here is rush hour in Copenhagen.
Dare I point out no helmets either - LOL.
No lycra either.
Did you notice the motorised Tulip Caravan at the end doing about 10km/h in the bus lane.
Michael, it has been mentioned on AC. A hire business was on South Terrace. Close to Christie Walk development that does not encourage vehicle ownership. Cars are parked on the edge of the development, so community paths rather than internal roads.
I rode to work yesterday and today and didn't see even one cyclist on my 15 km ride. Doesn't anybody else start work at 05.30.
I know at least two that start that early, but maybe they live in different areas and work in different directions to you...