Hi Melbourne Cyclist members all, I am an aussie born UK cyclist coming to live & work in the city. What's it like commuting and road training in the Melbourne area? I visited about 10yrs ago and…Continue
"I live in Vermont, and commute regularly by bicycle, and have not experienced many problems. On multi lane roads, I normally ride in the left hand wheel track in the left lane, and drivers will simply change lanes to get past, usually without making…"
"Thanks again for your comments folks that is very helpful. Cycling awareness certainly varies from region to region here in the UK also. Looking forward to making it over to Melbourne hopefully in 2010!
"You might also like to have a look at www.bikely.com - it has lots of rider's own route map suggestions on a Google Maps platform, with en route details and remarks. I'm pretty sure Bikely started in Australia (although I think a UK site…"
"I reckon psychopathy gives them an excuse, incompetence in a professional isn't as easily forgiven ;-)
Seriously though, it makes sense. As a one-time owner of a long wheelbase van many years ago it was hard to judge using the mirror alone…"
"Recently asked a full time bus driver of a zillion years experience in Sydney & here why it is that buses a more regularly the vehicles to cause grief to cyclists. He immeadiately replied which made me think that he had previously been asked or…"
"You can get the train out there, yes. They like people to take their bikes on at the back of the train. The facilities to rack your bike up on the train are non-existent, so I tend to stand with my bike so that I can move it out of people's way…"
"Hi All, Thanks very much for your replies. Certainly a lot of what you all say reflects the UK experience, which also varies according to area and awareness. I have found that bus driver behaviour seems to have improved (in my experience) in recent…"
"From riding in both, albeit only touring in the UK not commuting, I'd say they are both very similar. Bike routes, on and off road are similar to the ones in the UK, they range from the stupidly appallingly useless to the sometimes useful to…"
"Bogan rate.. love it.
That's silimar to my shopping trolley index.. My theory is that the more shopping trolleys left around the streets is an accurate measure of the bogan rate.
Oh, and I should say that in my experience is that busses are…"
"This might seem strange to natural born Melbournites, but compared to Hobart (and Launceston before), where I come from, Melbourne is cycling heaven. Even on Nepean and Princes Hwys the traffic, at 80km/h, is less full on than Main Rd in…"
"Hey Sam, it really depends on where you are and where you want to go. Also if you're will to go out of your way to avoid the more dangerous roads. I go about 13km out of my way to ride to work along a bike path making the trip 43km instead of…"
"If you read the press, (esp. Herald Sun, but occasionally The Age), you'd believe it's open warfare - drivers v cyclists.
However, the reality is it's all pretty good. There's always the moron element (whether in four wheels, or…"
Hi Melbourne Cyclist members all, I am an aussie born UK cyclist coming to live & work in the city. What's it like commuting and road training in the Melbourne area? I visited about 10yrs ago and road up to the Dandenongs, loved that but am wondering what the deal is for the rest of the city and the commuting experience you all have. Are there designated quiet cycle routes or lanes? What's the driver attitude like? Any feedback much appreciated, but let's face it if I come over I'll be…See More