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"Looks like the end of my post got chopped off. Here it is: http://gatewayupgradenorth.com.au/ It will be good to have a proper commuter cycleway which it is complete – the path through the wetlands is fun and scenic rather than a proper…"
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"Commuting from Redcliffe to the Valley is a great idea! I commuted all year round from Sandgate to George Street in the CBD – which covers the majority of your distance. My commute was 30 km one way. I loved it but for my abilities it was…"
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JamesD commented on Angel Maher's blog post Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley
"I commuted Redcliffe to Pinkenba for a few years, no troubles with the Boondall Wetlands or Jim Soorely bikeway - I was going through there pre-dawn in winter.  Not a lot of cycle traffic through there on weekdays...  Far more pleasant…"
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Geoff Tewierik commented on Angel Maher's blog post Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley
"Try this, best I can do without specific streets to start and end with. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19205897 From Toombul to Bowen Hills is part of my normal route, and there's no massive issues, just jump the footpaths from Bowen Hills into…"
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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting
Where in Brisbane do you live ?
Redcliffe
Tell us about your bikes
I have a merida cyclocross i ride to work.
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I commute to work

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Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 4:57pm 2 Comments

Hi All!!


I'm moving to Redcliffe soon and would like to explore the notion of riding to the Valley from Redcliffe 

I commute only to work - not a road rider on weekend etc

Is anyone able to advise how long it might take and if it's safe to ride along the wetlands etc early in the mornings or when it gets dark in the winter...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

 

Hi All!!


I'm moving to Redcliffe soon and would like to explore the notion of riding to the Valley from Redcliffe 

I commute only to work - not a road rider on weekend etc

Is anyone able to advise how long it might take and if it's safe to ride along the wetlands etc early in the mornings or when it gets dark in the winter...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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At 9:56am on February 27, 2017, Dirk said…

Looks like the end of my post got chopped off. Here it is:

http://gatewayupgradenorth.com.au/

It will be good to have a proper commuter cycleway which it is complete – the path through the wetlands is fun and scenic rather than a proper commuting cycleway. And sometimes it can have shallow water over it which slows one down!

It is a great way to start and finish the day though - riding along the coast, bushland and paddocks. It’s a long time every day to be on the bike (up to four hours!), but I enjoyed seeing the bush every day and watching it change with the seasons.

All the best with your commuting adventures and let me know if you have any questions!

At 9:55am on February 27, 2017, Dirk said…

Commuting from Redcliffe to the Valley is a great idea! I commuted all year round from Sandgate to George Street in the CBD – which covers the majority of your distance. My commute was 30 km one way. I loved it but for my abilities it was quite a serious distance to do twice a day. I found I could only manage it about three days a week on average – that’s still 180 km a week which I found to be enough!

So here are my thoughts regarding the Sandgate to CBD section. Redcliffe to Sandgate will be easy enough. I don’t know about riding in the Valley but I’m sure you can find a way which is suitable for you.

In terms of how long it might take, it’s going to be around 40 km for you from Redcliffe. Time will depend on what sort of speed you tend to average. I found when I was riding twice a day on successive days, I needed pace myself to avoid burning out. I averaged between 20 and 25 km/h generally depending on my fatigue levels and headwinds. There is almost always a headwind both ways which will reduce your average speed but at least it keeps you cool.

Yes during winter you might find yourself riding home through the wetlands in the dark due to shorter day length. I assessed the risk for myself and I have always felt comfortable. I have ridden through there many hundreds of times in the dark - sometimes very late at night after a long day at work. Apart from the occasional cyclist, I only encountered another person in there once - a guy hanging around on a bridge. I think he was just fishing but I didn’t slow down enough to know for sure. I occasionally see snakes or bandicoots, possums or bats but they have never bothered me.

I do carry a spare light with me in the form of a head torch, and also a small bottle of insect repellent in case I get a flat tyre in there and have to sit amongst the mosquitoes and repair it. I haven’t had mechanical problems in there yet though touch wood! I’d recommend riding carefully and being able to do basic repairs like fix a flat tyre – it’s a long, mosquito-ridden walk out if you have a problem in the middle of the wetlands and need to get a taxi home!

From Toombul to Windsor there is currently no bikeway and you have to ride on roads which are fairly busy and feature a lot of parked cars.

I tried a few variations to the route but going through Boondall Wetlands and then Jim Soorley Bikeway is by far the safest and most enjoyable, even though it's not the most direct route.

There are more direct routes using Sandgate Road or Muller and Bilsen Roads - roughly 7 km shorter I think. But these feature fast traffic and hills - and the extra effort and risk of dealing with these negates any distance advantage.

I discuss routes more in depth in an old post here http://www.brisbanecyclist.com/group/commuters/forum/topics/redcliffe-to-brisbane-cbd?commentId=4154450%3AComment%3A165700&groupId=4154450%3AGroup%3A289

The route I took is very close to what Geoff suggested. Note that due to the works on the Gateway Motorway, there is currently a detour between Cabbage Tree Creek and the environmental centre in Boondall Wetlands. The detour path is well signed and great to ride on – it actually saves time over the old route.

On that note, the upgrades to the Gateway motorway in this area will include a high quality bikeway along the motorway corridor from Deagon Deviation and connect to Jim Soorley bikeway at Nudgee. It’s a long way off yet – due to be completed in late 2018, but this will make for a quicker and easier trip from Redcliffe.

http://govianetwork.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web-map_with-logos_updated.pdf

 
 
 

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