Last night was the first night I have had to ride home in the dark since beginning my commuting by bike and I took my usual route down King William Rd and turned right onto the bike path, not realising that there is NO lighting down that path. It was like riding into a tunnel with fuzzy edges and only the light of my small bike light to see by. It certainly slowed me down!
We need to talk to Unley Council and to the State Govt about getting some money put into this bike path to keep it up to date.
There are loose pavers and overgrown trees/bushes all the way along. It really is in a poor state of repair.
Comments? Suggestions? Other routes to take between the city and Mitchell Park at night?
According to the signs work will commence on April 26th, there is a little more detail, e.g. between That Street and Someother Street but as I don't ride in thre regularly I didn't take too much notice
Wombat, can I suggest that you get yourself a good front light? Not just a flashing light so that you can be seen by others, but good lights so that you can see.
I recently started using these lights: http://www.ayup-lights.com/systems/lighting-systems/v4-adventure/. I have a pair of lights (narrow beamed spot lights) on my helmet and another pair (wider angled beams) on the front of my bike (I ride a recumbent). I can ride at normal speed on the darkest of nights. The lights are expensive, but they reduce the risks of night time riding enormously, and I want to be able to ride in any conditions, so they are well worth it to me.
I have a flashing one watt light on the bike so people will notice the bike.
My best light is a helmet light by Light & Motion, 5 phases with 180 lumens on high, run time of 4 hours on high, and the single small light weighs 180 gm. Very bright. On a residential street casts a pool of light simultaneously on both lanes and both footpaths. Marked price was $459 but definitely worth the sale price of $349. www.bikelights.com
Niteflux has some good lights. A bit larger & heavier but cheaper.
Good luck with all of that. I'm an Unley ratepayer and live in a street which is blanketed in darkness with a light every 100m or so. My car has been broken into ir stolen 6 times in 15 yrs due to the poor lighting in the street. I've compained to the Unley Council who have sent out people with light meters and they have claimed that the light levels are fine by some SA standard. Not sure where the standard comes from but one thing for sure, if if I pay 3,000 a year in rates and Unley won't help me, why would they do anything to help cyclists.