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?
There you go Dahondude, you get up in the predawn hours to ride Mt Lofty several times a week, you can ride the French Alps, you can do the Three Peaks but if you ride a bike path you're "uncool".
Or the shame of being overtaken by a kiddie on a kmart bike while riding a dogma?
While some seem to want to read all sorts or things into my motivation for the original post.
Clearly money and effort has gone into making the Mike Turtor bikeway and the western bikeway.
It seems that these bike paths don't meet the needs of some cyclists.
It may be some cyclists are unaware if the details of bike paths.
It may be that people are creatures of habit and they have just always done things a certain way.
I know a person who lives within 2 streets of a bike path and had been cycling for several years and it was only became aware of the bike path after studying the various maps.
Also while there is lots of talk about encouraging cycling and improving infrastructure if the infrastructure provided is unsuitable it seems unlikely to provide good value.
It may be that some cyclists actually prefer to ride on roads because the can do things like draft buses.
If this is the case then whatever separate paths are provided this style of cyclist may not use them to make better infrastructure for these cyclists a different approach may be needed than just build more bike paths.
I am not pretending to know the answer but presently I am not even certain what the question is.
Certainly it is something that people are passionate about.
If anyone is yet find the Westside Bikeway and would like to check it out. Currie Street into Glover Avenue. Before Henley Beach Road, turn left into James Congdon Drive with on-road bicycle lane and cycle path on the right / western side. Cross over South Road (cycle crossing with lights) near Deacon Avenue and enter the Westside Bikeway. For more info, download DPTI maps at http://184.108.40.206/subject/Transport%2C+travel+and+motoring/Cycling/Cycling+maps
Most of the cyclists I see when I cross or occasionally ride along Anzac Hwy are roadies. It's a road, and well-suited for such, including groups in low-traffic times. The Mike Turtur bikeway is a commuter route with recreation use as well, including pedestrians in parts. It is part low motor vehicle traffic, and part no motor vehicle traffic. It is particularly well-suited to riding at under 25 kms/hr. It has some sections (mainly on-road) that have good visibility that safely allow a faster pace for a short while. I've seen road bikes on it moving along at a gentle pace.
I don't like to read of higher speeds being encouraged on the MT Bikeway, as I see it's role as being there for people taking up commuting cycling. As it gains more users, the more orderly we need to be. Dahondude has described it's virtues well. On the South Rd overpass I've checked out the weather over the coast and in the Hills (depending on the day's destination), admired sunsets, watched pelicans gliding in thermals ...
The Westside Path is a slower route again, with road crossings that require looking over your shoulder and in both directions. It's on a Reserve, and goes by playgrounds. It's well-suited to a slow scenic relaxing ride. Another non-main road alternative to the Bay is a mixture of the Westside path, bike lane along Galway Ave, right at the lights on Marion Rd and then immediate left into Watson Ave., and onto over 3 kms of uninterrupted bike path around the eastern and southern sides of the Airport (occasional dog-walker excepted).
Also, for much (but not all) of the Westside Bikeway, one can use the parallel streets for higher speeds. Still low traffic, and one can mix and match shared path and quiet roads as required.
Westside just ain't the same since they closed the bakery.
I'd say Anzac Highway is popular mainly because it is a road that leads straight from the city towards Glenelg. And if you don't want to ride hills, where do you go?
A beach ride.
I used Anzac Hwy in one direction and the westside bikeway in the other direction.
adding to this...If one really wants to do 50 km/h + you gotta motorpace. I commuted to Glenelg daily for 8 years until recently and used to get a good 'un every couple of trips. An express bus or salvage truck usually. Long straight road, ridden DAILY. You get to know the holes , where/when the lights change.
I have been commuting North all this year and picked up maybe 3 or 4 good runs down Churchill. Not as pleasant or as speed friendly for cycling.
I use the Turtur path when taking my 3 y.o. to kinder at glenelg from Unley almost everytrip. It is not designed for speedy cycling.
I have recently ridden down part of the western bikeway, didn't like it at all, lots of crossings and associated curbs. Went down the Mike Turtur cycleway just the other day, at least until I broke a spoke on one of those concrete drains/dips. Was pretty unimpressed with the whole thing, signposting was inadequate for lots of it, great in some areas. Took me to a railway under crossing that wanted me to dismount. Spent a lot of time wondering if I was on the right bit.
Really liked the bridge over ANZC (road) Hwy though. I am not a fast rider, avg about 23kmh so speed wise the path was okay, just hard to find bits of it.