Have recently started a job working on the city (Hindmarsh Square) and luckily have access to a secure bike park under my building.. I haven't commuted / riden through the CBD before and would probably look at parking somehwere in the south - south western suburbs (have a place that I can park at) and then cycle into the City - I dont fancy riding in from Morphett Vale at present...
Looking at riding tips or best routes for coming in from the South or West...
Park somewhere around St Mary's or Daw Pk, Ride Winston Ave, Cross Rd, Duthy St. Keeps you off the main roads (except Cross Rd which is OK),most of these roads have bike lanes and are fairly wide. It's a route I take to and from the city although not during peak hour commute times.
What Pat says is good, you could also look to connect with the Mike Turter bikepath which runs alongside the Glenelg tram line and will take you to King William Rd Unley. Once you reach Greenhill road you can access a network of off road bikepaths across the parklands. Opinions will vary on best roads to use across the city to Hindmarsh Square, personally I would use Pulteney St but stay alert.
Isnt there a BSA hub in Hindmarsh Sq? well its there will end of March I heard.
The hubs there now but closes end of March. If lots of people use it ACC and State Gov might be encouraged to put a permanent one in somewhere.
Eventually they are going to build a new park and ride interchange at Darlington. I do believe there is a carpark that services the Tonsley Park railway station on Sturt Road at Clovelly Park - Perhaps check that out. Then two basic choices. City bound via Marion Road etc.... OR travel 1 km along South Road to Ayliffs Road which becomes Goodwood, right into Cross Road. After that you have a personal choice of either Unley Road or as Patrick suggested Duthy Road which becomes Hutt Street. Remember, drivers are more distracted and perhaps a little selfish on Unley Road and you have got to take that into consideration and ride to the tempo. Riding from Tonsley Park will measure approximately 14km to your workplace. Stay safe
From that railway station its a lot easier and safer (and no hills) to go via the back streets to Daws Road, along Daws Road to Winston Ave and then into town as described above. There is a bike lane along Daws Road and the traffic on Winston Ave is light compared to Goodwood or Unley Roads
My understanding is that the Hub has been dropped due to budget over runs for the SExy duplication project... Be good if it were not the case..??!!!
Have you thought of the train option. From Morphett Vale, depending where you live, ride to Noarlunga or one of the other stations and catch the train in. Depending how much time you have coming home, ride out along the bike track along side the tram line and get on the train at Goodwood or follow the train line to one of the other stations.
I some time ride from work up to Mitcham and catch the train to Belair and ride home to Sheidow Park via Coromandle Valley and Black Rd. Or from work to Emerson station to Hallett Cove.
Thanks all for the replies thus far...
Was thinking of leaving the car at a premises that I have access to off of Mooringe Avenue, Camden Park. It looks like there is a short journey along Mooringe Avenue before jumping onto some sort of a path that looks like it goes from Marion Rd right through to the parklands...
Have been driving from west to east off of West Tce (CBD) along different roads over the last couple of weeks to see what traffic / parked cars and bike lanes are like. Waymouth looks OK but lots of buses. Gouger St seems OK..
Havent looked at Currie St / Grenfell St as yet...
As for getting the train... hmmm, thought of that, but a couple of people that commute via train tell me that there is no space for bikes in the mornings....???
The bikepark on Hindmarsh square looks alright and would love to see it become a permanent feature...
West Side bike path passes through Camden Park and will take you to the city. It is mostly off road or on quiet residential streets. It does cross quite a few residential streets where you have to slow down and give way, it also crosses main arterials such as Richmond Road and South Road but all those crossings have traffic lights with cycle crossings. it finishes in Mile End where you ride into the city on a bike lane on Sir Donald Bradman Ave. Obviously once you are in the city you need to take extreme care, particularly in peak period traffic.
Note. West Side bike way is definately a commute or leisure route, not suitable for roadies trying make PB's.
I would think the south west bike way that links up with Mooringie Avenue
or the Mike Turtur bike path that Clive mentioned would be good
has links near the bottom to bike path maps
do you need a plan b if the weather is bad?
No plan B for bad weather mate HTFU