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?
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.
If you mean the train station by the Unley pool there is an alternative route that avoids this.
I would assume that there is only one rail line, it was at a station but I am not sure where I was. There probably was an alternative but it was not well signposted. That section had a sign saying to go the way I went, found it weird that the Mike Turtur Bikeway has a section that wants you to get off the bike and in other places seems to direct you to use pedestrian crossings.
That said, bike is fixed so going to have another go at it.
I recently learned that there used to be separated, paved dedicated cycle paths along Anzac Highway!
Does anyone have any photos?
Andrew, I understand that it was removed in the 1960s, including a cycle path on Port Road. I did not see either.
Agreed Rob - anyone go down Port Rd regularly?
Mind you, the bike snobs would have had a ball with the MAMIL on a Kuota KOM with Zipp 808s doing maybe 20 on the Western Bikeway last night. Not much aero advantage for the deep-dish carbon wheels, but I don't think he cared. He was getting home, and that was what mattered to him.
Recovery ride. That's what I call 'em when I can't get above 20 ;)