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Wonderful day to be a cyclist Daniel, truly a wonderful day.
To be perfectly honest, i wouldn't want to be a cyclist on some of the main arterial roads. Where i work we get so many complaints regarding the quality of cycle lanes. There's just not enough infrastructure in place. There is a decent cycle route planner website though which be help (hope i'm ok posting the link) called Cycle Instead. http://maps.sa.gov.au/cycleinstead/ If the link doesn't work, just punch in 'Cycle Instead' into Google. It will come up with routes based on your start/finish points based on which is quickest, which one maximises paths and which has least traffic.
Many tourist or information centres have free cycle maps which we have found really useful.
More and more companies nowadays are providing facilities for cyclists who want to cycle into work. Maybe check with yours to see what they've got (showers/lockup facilities).
If my memory serves my right, in Broadview you're not too far from the Torrens Linear Park? That's great to cycle along, and the bacon and egg rolls that you get from the Elder Park cafe make the ride all the more worthwhile!! :-)
Colin - I ride loads but wouldn't dream of riding around Adelaide unless almost all my journey was on remote cycle paths (ie not just a painted line on the main road). SA driving standards are not good. For roads that are almost devoid of traffic (despite what the locals say about the 'horrendous' traffic jams) drivers have no problem in killing themselves and others at an alarming rate. Views like Scooterdan's prevail unfortunately. Being wiped out by a car door also seems common place. And then theres the trucks.
If you can find a route through parks or tracks the biking would be a great way to commute. As mentioned you have to wear a helmet. You can get cycling info from the Bike SA website
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They should spend more money on cycle lanes so safety is guaranteed. They could fund this by forcing any bike used on them to be registered for a small fee annually. Would be a great idea and get more people on bikes (as long as motorbikes didn't use the paths).
Bike registration has always been a contentious issue for cyclists. I think it would be a good thing as it would make bikes trackable both for theft and traffic violations but above all it would stop views like "well cyclists don't even pay for the roads". I can't think of many things worse than eating a MacDonald's burger but I have to pay taxes to get the council to pick up the wrappers and hospitals to treat all the fatties having heart attacks.
At the weekend I was walking along a shared footpath, cyclists doing a hell of a speed, no bell warnings especially when coming from behind, where ever we go, how ever we do it, there will always be some form of conflict and disagreements, such is life!
As an aside, Scooterdan is a good wind-up merchant and some people cannot work that out, but he is not abusive, abrupt maybe, and for other posters to be abusive because they do not like his opinions is totally uncalled for, I do note that those abusive postings have now been removed, thankyou moderators (so you do come in useful sometimes)
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