Have to get from South Road, Mile End (think Bunnings or thereabouts), to Semaphore Park next week in peak hour, and can't think of a safe route to take.
South Road in peak hour?
. . . no thanks.
Port Road in peak hour . . . is there a bike lane?
Can anyone shine a light on a path to take. I'll be on the road bike.
From Bunnie's at Mile End, you can get across to Port Rd using James Coglin Drive - you can take the bike path or rely on the bike lane along James Coglin Drive. I have few issues with either though tend to use the bike land and then cross Port Rd using the lights where James Coglin joins Port Rd - last time I looked, the bike path stopped short of Port Rd.
There's a bike path along the parklands side of Port Rd (ie, opposite Coke) and this connects to the Torrens Linear Park. Take the Torrens to where you want to be and suffer what's left. Does this help? I haven't looked at any maps but James Coglin to the Torrens is a regular trip for me so I know it works, or can work if you're willing to use pedestrian crossings at lights.
Thanks Richard . . .
I was with you right up until James Coglin Drive, which I can't locate!
Willing to do anything to stay on my bike :)
Can you give further detail re JCD?
Have a look at Cycle Instead though I have already looked and the route they suggest is'nt real flash. I'd suggest making your way to Grange Rd and follow that down to Military Rd then take that to Semaphore
Great website - thanks . . . and yes, it's quite the scenic route . . .
Thanks for your input . . . may just have to adopt a left, right, left approach until I get where I need to be :)
I will use a more convoluted route. at the lights near Bunnings cross diagonally over near the chimney sculptures.
you can sneak though a gap in the wall where there is a bike path then get onto the bike path on king street and follow your nose to Kooyonga golf course.
then turn right (north) cross strait over Henley Beach Road
you should be able to go directly north until you get to the Torrens River follow the park towards the sea and cross the river as soon as possible and continue north.
continue north along the side streets and you should get to grange road around Kidman Park head approximately NNW and you should find West Lakes Boulevard.
Turn onto Delfin island and follow the road north you will come across the food bridge across the lake cross the bridge and you are at Semaphore Park.
Bike SA have cycling maps and you would want map 2 and 3 they are in Franklin Street in the city.
There are also some maps at the community bike workshop 34 Long Street Plympton they are open 9 to 12 Saturday mornings
Maps are also online, at http://www.sa.gov.au/subject/Transport,+travel+and+motoring/Cycling...
I ride Port Rd myself. There are two stretches where attention is required: the blocks either side of Woodville Rd and the block preceeding Cheltenham Pde (where motorists are looking to merge left to turn to West Lakes rather than looking for bikes).
The result from the Cycle Instead planner when set to "maximise paths" actually looks OK, if a bit tricky to pathfind the first time (so maybe ride it first on a weekend). When set to "fastest" it suggests Port Rd, but the long northward run on the "maximise paths" route might actually be quicker with a typical southerly wind. The wind also means that a long run up Military Rd is better than it might look on paper.
Port Rd even in rush hour is pretty good really. Yes there is a bike lane. Yes there are some places where the road is a bit rough, and yes you do need to watch for car doors. Even so, its way better than South Rd (that's lethal!).
You'll probably have company - there are a few commuters using Port Rd.
Richard was referring to James Congdon Drive. Bunnings lies between Railway Tce and JCD. I'd follow Richard's advice to the Torrens. Follow Linear Park trail to past under Holbrooks Rd, then exit right past the campus. Go right (north) to Hartley Rd, turn left onto it. At Findon Rd, turn left, then immediate right at the lights onto Valetta Rd. Bike lane from memory all the way through to Military or Seaview Rds (Valetta becomes Marlborough St after Tapleys Hill Rd). Alternatively stay on Linear Park until Frogmore Rd in Kidman Pk, taking that to Valetta Rd.
Thanks everyone, you're wonderful . . . It's going to be hard to stop me 'sneaking through a gap in the wall' - that just sounds like fun. Then maybe I'll brave Port Road, whilst watching out for car doors (twitch, twitch, flashback, twitch) and merging traffic . . . or the linear trail which is more peaceful.
I trial roll this weekend may be in order - good idea.
'A' trial roll . . .
I commute from Keswick to Largs. I use Port Rd in the morning and to honest it is fine. However for some reason whenever I use it to go home (ie heading west) I find there are always cars in the bike lane and cars approaching from side streets in a hurry.
So I generally use either Henley Beach Rd, which is OK apart from the section where all the shops are, or lately I have been using Sir Donald Bradman drive (because there was a nasty magpie at the end of HB Rd last spring!!). SDB drive is good, bike lane the whole way and is actually quite wide near the airport, plenty of room, the only sketchy part is where the bike lane stops at Tapleys Hill Rd there are people zooming past to turn left onto tapleys heading south. The western side of Tapleys has no bike lane but you can always scoot over to Linear park for the last bit if that bothers you.
Once I get to Seview Rd its a nice easy ride home to Largs, often with a tail wind in summer.