I rode over to Robyn’s place in Ryde for lunch this morning, and then rode back in the late afternoon after the day had cooled down. In the process I discovered some new paths in areas I don’t normally ride.
Yesterday I rode to see the dentist in Cremorne and found that the length of Kent Street in the City has been transformed to include a bike-way on the eastern side. It goes all the way from Darling Harbour to the Harbour Bridge and is quite decent except for the section near the Blood Bank, which the staff were parking over, and I suspect that it’s a point of contention for the drivers there (if not elsewhere along the street as well). I don’t know how long this bike lane has been there, but I say well done to the RTA and City Council. It takes away the ugliness of getting to the bridge that used to be there.
Today, I basically let the GPS tell me where to go. I’d ridden as far as the north end of the Gladesville Bridge previously but had decided that I didn’t have the time and patience (or need) to explore further as it all looked a bit confusing. The GPS made it easier by guiding me from that point through an underpass and around to the east and onto the Hunters Hill bike path. That lead to Ryde Road in Hunters Hill and it was all straightforward and not too heavily trafficked (although a weekday would probably be worse).
On the way back, I again let the GPS be the boss of me, and it led me to a really nice park and bike path along Tarban Creek to the north side of Huntleys Point and then back to the Gladesville Bridge. Continuing to be led by the nose, I found that the old adage of not riding on the footpath has been roundly ignored by the RTA as the official route from the Iron Cove bridge to the bottom of Rozelle is along the eastern footpath, which must be a pain for cycle commuters and pedestrians during the week.
It was just over an hour in each direction (probably just under when the occasional confusion in interpreting directions is removed), and just goes to show that there are some quite decent bike paths on the north side of the river. I guess the next step is to work out what paths exist in the space between the river and Victoria Road and make a loop out to Meadowbank and back.