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?
I think you might be right about the perception that Anzac Hwy might satisfy the 'need for speed'. However I would suggest that those looking for a speed thrill along that road are not getting much satisfaction in peak hour traffic.
And driving past cyclists in non-peak hour, there are a lot not going very fast at all.
I'm not trying to deride the kind of cyclist who DOES choose to ride on a bike path. I'd rather people were out cycling slowly on the paths than driving their cars to work any day.
The best kind of bike is the one you ride.
@Don - is this another one of your increasingly frequent attempts to elicit discussion and create cyclist class wars?
Each to their own ..................
there is no right or wrong when it comes to cycling preferences, do what floats your boat!
I usually cycle alone. Anzac Highway can be busy with traffic and drivers who do not seen a lone cyclist. Last I knew the bicycle lane nearing the city was too narrow to be considered acceptable if installed today. If daytime I cycle the Westside Bikeway. Not as bad as River Torrrens Linear Park when it come to pedestrians who do not know how to share the path, but the winding trail and crossing streets irritate. If nighttime I cycle Anzac Highway. So during the day I try to avoid vehicles and at night any muggers. AS AVO writes, there are different types of cyclists. Even cyclists who differ their route choices.
Faster. From my place to town it's 1km shorter. I've ridden Anzac Highway since I was 11, it doesn't bother me at all.
The bikeway is good, but you still have to deal with peds, dogs, intersections and tram crossings - Anzac Highway is a lot faster.
It's Turtur by the way - can we please spell our cycling gods' names correctly! ;)
I have to add, it's making me smile a lot to see that many people aren't smitten by bike lanes. I think they're vastly overrated and bring new problems for cyclists (ranging from sharing with walkers to legal issues if involved in a crash and a bike lane was available). I like A.V.O.'s comment re "some ride slow, some ride quick"
Now if only we could also say "some choose to wear helmets, some choose not to"