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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: 80's peugeot. Somewhat knackered. Lovely new Salsa Casseroll singlespeed.
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OK, so I found the route, for any Sydneysiders who are interested. The entrance to the cycleway by the Lane Cove tunnel is promisingly signposted 'Macquarie Park', so I followed it down a spiral ramp (with some very sharp bends - not very good, really) only to find it didn't go west - only the eastern section is open.
So I took Epping Road instead; there's no shoulder and in fact mostly concrete barriers on the LH side, so you have to take a whole lane. That section is mainly downhill though, so you can spin along with the traffic at a good pace.
The reason for the barriers is that they are clearly building the bike lane - it's just not finished yet. I had since found out it's scheduled to open in Feb 08.
When you reach Mowbray Rd, the bike lane is there, so I took it. It's OK - wide enough, clearly marked for 2-way cycles and separately for pedestrians. There was no-one on it, so I was able to keep up a good speed.
Then, shortly before the route 3 junction, the bike lane basically stops. It's still signed as a bike lane to start with (there is a bike phase on the lights), but actually it's just a pavement, not very good condition, only about 1m wide. Hmmmm. Not ideal.
On the way back I hesitated to go back up Epping Road, as being on a fast 3 lane road with no shoulder through some uphill sections didn't feel like it as going to be a load of fun. So I took Mowbray Rd instead, and just followed it back to the Pacific Hwy. Not so direct, but not a bad road for riding.
Anyway, hope that info helps someone!
Last edited by trombone; 12-03-07 at 01:26 AM.