It seems Anzac highway is popular with cyclists.
What is the appeal?
with the Mike Turtor bikeway or the western bikeway as alternatives why would people ride one of the largest roads in Adelaide?
Or are these bike paths so poorly designed that people would sooner ride on a three lane highway?
On the weekends when traffic is realatively light it's far quicker and always safer for those who want to ride fast particularly in groups. The bikeway is great if you prefer low traffic at a reasonable speed but there are too many junctions and relatively narrow paths in places. Having said that I note that nobody has challenged DahonDude on his suggestion that it's faster up the pathway in peak traffic.
I've never ridden either of the two paths you mention Don. Truth be told I could find Anzac Hwy with my eyes closed but wouldn't know where to get on either path, maybe poor signage is an issue. Having said that I only use Anzac on weekends and find it quick , convenient and safe and would probablystill use it if I knew where the paths started.
Bike Paths are fantastic but in suburbs on a weekend they are covered with walkers and dogs. We road some of the coast to vines today and the outer suburban part was easy and quiet but the further you came in the more they are being used, nice for a pootle but not a group at a pace. But it does show you these paths are good thing as they are getting used by all.
Are you serious? You're really asking why one would want to ride on a wide road rather than a narrow one when belting along at 50 km/h?!?
With the limitations of written communication I'm not sure if there is a sense of irony there, but none the less, playing a straight bat.....
1. Pleasant Avenue, Glenyle Terrace and especially Norman Terrace are the the prettiest routes in Adelaide to cycle along
2. Turtur Bridge (over South road) is a brilliant way of getting over South road and is also visually awesome both in the day time and night time. Night time is especially worthwhile, I strongly recommend it!
3. Many stretches of the Turtur path can be cycled at a good pace (32km/k plus) and as far as 'training' goes, the opportunities for bursts of accelleration is better than on a long straight stretches of Anzac hwy.
4. Being off the road it is significantly safer for a daily commute. Because I'm regularly exposuring myself to a traffic accident risk, my chances of being involved in an incident is very high, so I try to manage this by minimising the intensity of the hazard.
5. There are better places to belt along at 50 kph than crummy old Anzac Highway.
I think you may have missed the point - what you did there was to outline the reasons why you'd rather ride on a bike path - which doesn't exactly highlight the appeal of riding Anzac Hwy which was the original question. Since explanations of why cyclists would choose to ride on a road rather than a bike path seem to be a bit thin on the ground, I'll elaborate;
- It's a direct route to get to where I'm going.
- You can draft buses.
- You can bomb down it in a 50 km/h paceline.
- Traffic doesn't really bother me.
- You don't need a gajillion lumens to ride down it at night without hitting anyone.
+1 - not that I ever ride Anzac Hwy but for all those same reasons I like arterial roads..
Same reason that I ride Bass Highway in Tas.
@ Peter H..."exposuring" is that even a word?
belting along at 50 km/h
I wish ;-)
The bike paths are cool for people who don't crave speed and those who hate riding with traffic, like me. The west side path is winding, with lots of crossings and kerb ramps, dogs, Ipod enabled walkers etc. The Zac Hwy is favoured by those with a NEED FOR SPEED!