Cycling in Melbourne Australia
I will be coming to Melbourne for a short stay soon. Is the route described on Bikely http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Melbourne-Airport-to-Docklands... suitable to ride from and to Melbourne airport? I have looked at this route using Google Earth and their seems to be a gate or fence at the airport end. Any advise would be appreciated.
I'm also keen to hear about people's opinions on routes between Melbourne Airport and the city. I've just moved to Melbourne and my bike is still up in Sydney. Planning on picking it up over a weekend (excuse to see the folks again) and ride it back once landed. Any tips?
Why not ride it back from Sydney?!
The airport is changing a lot! It's been a few months since I last experienced it for myself, so I can't say what it is like now to ride through.
Generally speaking though, Melrose Drive (to Airport West Westfield Shopping Town) is/was alright for people comfortable riding on-road.Mathews Avenue can be hair raising, or, umm, even skin grazing or worse. :( (I did actually ride that very recently and was being wary of vehicles due to stories of happenings along there.) Keilor Road was ok, bit busy around Mathews Avenue intersection, what, with the shops there. Mt Alexander Rd is ok (what the heck was happening there today with all the police outside the nursery??).
Another route more favoured for recreational riding would be via Woodlands Historic Park, which has a sandy or gravel path through it, and onto Moonee Ponds Creek Trail which does have a few bad sections but is generally ok. I am not aware if the gate from Marker Rd (airport) to Woodlands Historic Park has been made more accessible, however.
A third route would be Keilor Park Drive (goes past Brimbank Park) and onto the Steele Creek Path and/or Maribyrnong River Trail.
You've made me realise I need to do a few recon rides in the area! :)
I work at the airport and commute there everyday for work.
I usually ride from the airport via the back road around near the maintenance hangars, but from the terminal you end up on Melrose Drive, just follow that to Airport West, Matthews Avenue and then you are on Keilor Road, follow that all the way to Mt Alexander road and into the city.
Its pretty much downhill all the way from the airport to the city and its a good ride. I am usually riding it at around 6am (night shift worker) so if its going to be dark get some decent lights as the airport itself is pretty dark on the roads leading to Melrose Drive.
There are heaps of different ways to get back into the CBD but straight down Mt Alexander road via Keilor Road is the most direct :)
That is the basic route we had friends from the states ride to our house on when they came to visit us in 2008.
I was just up that way a month or 2 ago, there is a detour involving a good climb to cross over the western ring road.
Construction on the road has closed the path under the hiway.