I'm going to post some Strava times to compare Anzac Hwy vs the Mike Turtur Bikeway. On paper the MTB should be quicker from Brighton Rd to the corner of Greenhill/King William since you only have to go through 4 sets of lights (Morphett, Cross, Marion, Goodwood) versus 8 on the Anzac Hwy/Goodwood Rd route (Morphett, Cross, Marion, Beckman, South, Leader, Greenhill, Goodwood). The MTB crossings seem to be synchronised some of the time now so you can cross the entire road on one set of light changes (rather than having to wait in the central reservation) - it doesnt always happen this way and I am still trying to work out of its just some random pattern or related to time of day/day of week.
FWIW, I rode Brighton to Greenhill on the Mike Turtur Bikeway in about 19 minutes on Monday: Strava
Earlier tonight I rode Anzac Hwy from Brighton to Greenhill Rd. and it took just under 13 minutes: Strava
Anzac Hwy - Brighton to Greenhill, usually takes me around 15-ish minutes averaging 26-27, have done it in 12min avg a shade under 35kph although I don't think that represents a "normal" commute.
But, I do think the bike path may be a quieter and more relaxing trundle
actually, if you look at Strava times only, looks like the bikeway commute is 9km long and drops you off further up Greenhill Rd where the road segment is to the beginning of Greenhill and only around 7km long so not quite comparing apples with apples route wise
No need to get too technical guys. My bet is that there is way too much road furniture on the bikeway to compare it to the Anzac Highway route. Might be wrong though. The same road furniture makes the bikeway somewhat more interesting and no car exhaust or noise.
Riding time of the Westside Bikeway increases with number of pedestrians and dogs, but particularly waiting for any vehicles to cut across. Had a good run last Saturday.
Perhaps the real issue is how do you feel about sharing your space with cars trucks buses & motor bikes?
At busy time I think Anzac highway would be a good road to avoid.
What you tolerance level for other traffic, noise and fumes is would be a personal thing.
We're talking a quarter hour, twenty minutes. Do you really believe that's critical? Sheesh. Ride which ever one you prefer. I you like riding straight and fast and are comfortable with dodging traffic, use Anzac Hwy. If you prefer quiet surroundings at the expense of a bit more mucking about, go the bike way. It's not as though there are Cat 6 points on offer ... are there?
still too much blood in my alcohol stream
There's always Strava.
There's always Strava.
Pfft. I ride a bike with no gears, no freewheel, frame made of steel and saddle made of leather. You expect me to be impressed by GPS?
Besides which, I can only afford my ancient Polar bike computer and so am unashamably jealous of satelite technology
Sounds like my bike! Admittedly I don't tend to go for strava gold on the fixed gear, although I do find that it's better for punching up short steep hills. My pb on this one was on the fixie. http://app.strava.com/segments/819820
Hmm, the old King Willy Rd eh? Can't claim to have attempted that though it's sharp enough to make you wonder why you tried. My pb is continually failing to get up Expressway Hill. I'll do it one day, even if I have to be drunk and/or delusional to do so. I have ridden the steep bit in the middle in the days when the Europa was still fixed, but must confess to having a good gasp at the transmission box at the bottom of the steep bit first. The Hillbrick is well used to walking the steep bit ... though I think that's because getting off became a habit (how's that for an excuse). My best, fixed gear, is walking a mere 100m of that hill, with no pause for a rest. I guess it's time I started working on eliminating that element of shame ... though with the condition I'm in at the moment, I'd have trouble just getting to the foot of Expressway Hill, let alone trying to ride up the sodding thing (on the fixed gear, it's a doddle on the Europa now that she has gears).