I commute from the north of the city to the south every day, Lutwyche to Woolloongabba between 10 and 14 Kms depending on the route. 1/3rd of the trip is on bike paths, 2/3rds on roads or footpaths.

I can do almost all of the trip on the roads but its very risky at peak times. The trip takes around 40-45 minutes normally, around the same as a bus journey. If I risk life and limb it take around 30 minutes, same as the car in peak times.

In summary, the bike paths are great, I use them when I can even if they take a long way round,, footpaths safe but slow and roads fast but deadly.

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Comment by RobertL on July 28, 2015 at 8:34am
Thanks Raymond. I have had a look at that route. It's about the same distance according to google maps but a bit flatter.

I might start using it to change things up but I want to keep using my current route at least some of the time. It has a variety of hills that I can use to judge my progress as a cyclist.
Comment by Raymond on July 27, 2015 at 9:40pm

At the moment with the "AWDC", the worst bits if I'm tired I find are McDonald Rd (rough, full of parked cars and sometimes urgent drivers), and the incline from Mawarra St to Bridge St.

Fortunately, both of these have path options if you want to take it easy. Dirk's "u-turn" to get to Hudson Rd works well given the intersection change.

The corner of Hudson Rd and Fraser St is also a bit unnerving but I guess you'll probably cut east before getting that far.

It's still possible to footpath most of this entire route at any point you're feeling in over your head or simply wish to take a break to analyse the traffic pattern.

Comment by Raymond on July 27, 2015 at 9:33pm

With reference to outbound, I reckon you'd go alright with Dirk's preferred outbound route: http://www.brisbanecyclist.com/forum/topics/city-to-kedron-brook-bi...

Details are toward the end of his route review, but his entire post is top notch analysis.

Access via:

1. Roma St Parklands via Albert St, Parkland Cres, or Parkland Blvd.

2. Continue along the inner northern path past Victoria Park through to Gilchrist Ave.

3. Go under the new underpass through to Bowen Park, then cut through Bowen Park (watch out for the stairs vs ramps).

4. The rest should be fairly obvious (after 3 or more goes..) but let us know of any quirks that need ironing out.

I don't know which way is quicker, shorter, or easier, but it's not too bad a change of scenery. Nice to occasionally mix things up so that you don't see the same route twice!

Comment by Raymond on July 27, 2015 at 9:24pm

Ah yep I'm reasonably familiar with Bonney Ave and also the area around AB Field. Whytecliffe St at peak hour can be a little "exciting" but there's usually a gap to take hold of for a while. With the last section towards Brekky Creek, I like to also take Wallace, Nariel, Park and Higgs St or in my mind, "Wal-Nut Park Higgs (boson)" - walnut Parkes telescope Higgs boson. Just keep an eye out for vague drivers leaving the pub or raceway.

Comment by RobertL on July 27, 2015 at 2:10pm

OK - I just joined Brisbane Cyclist, so I thought this might be the best place to get started.

I used to live in Wooloowin, right in the middle of the AWDC.  I work in the city. I always said that "one day" I would start commuting by bike, but that it was too dangerous from there.

Anyway, we moved to Clayfield, so I had no more excuses. 

My route is along Bonney Ave to Sandgate Road.  I turn right onto Sandgate, and then left as soon as I can down Whytecliff, through some back streets near Allan Border Field, back onto Sandgate Rd along Breakfast Creek to the Breakfast Creek Hotel.

Then I take the bike path over Breakfast Creek.  I usually take Newstead Ave rather than the river bike path along there as it's very quiet.  Then the bike path at Waterfront park to Skyring Tce, Arthur or Kent St across New Farm, onto the River Walk path until the end at the Botanic Garden.  Then up Alice, right into George and right into Elizabeth - and that's where I work.

I've only been doing it a few weeks, and I started out following the river paths all the way around, but I've taken to using the streets to make it all a bit shorter.

I go the same way home, but I cannot ride up Whytecliffe.  It's too steep for me and I will have to look for alternatives.

Interestingly (to me) I used to live in Rigby St Wooloowin.  That's where the next stage of the NBB will end.  So if I still lived there, then I would have had a bike path all the way from the city to within a couple of hundred metres to my house.  Even though I've moved, I may investigate going that way as a better alternative.

Comment by Raymond on June 13, 2015 at 3:35pm

I don't mind adding in extra distance if it means more time to relax and unwind but compared to what motorists get, it's still unfair. It certainly doesn't help others get into the activity.

What's your current preferred route?

Comment by Big Steve on June 10, 2015 at 12:24pm

Hi!  Yes, that's the northside for you.  Bikeways that are nice to ride but don't actually go anywhere you need to go.

I head from Stafford each day.  The slow bikeway way is about 30 minutes.  Going up Kelvin Grove Road can get the same trip done with about 3.5k less distance and in about 16 minutes but the chances of being flattened are significant.  

I just go the safe way 99.9% of the time.

Comment by Dunsobarky on June 2, 2015 at 9:37pm

Thanks Dirk, will do.

Comment by Dirk on May 31, 2015 at 11:46pm
Comment by Dirk on May 31, 2015 at 11:45pm

That's a pretty accurate description of trying to get round by bike on the northside! I feel your pain.

Hey, if you don't already know about it, the new North Brisbane Bikeway is in planning stages and appears to have funding. They are currently accepting submissions (till 10 June). Make sure you have your say and let them know how important it is!

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