How do you find riding in Unley?

by MeganS , about 6 years ago
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Share your thoughts about riding in Unley with other residents. Do you enjoy riding? Why/Why not?

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  • pebab about 7 years ago
    I find riding the unley roads, particularly stressful. I would suggest that council members spend at least one hour a day riding around the city of unley designated bike lanes. Only then would they appreciate all the shortcomings of these lanes,i.e. junk, glass and rubbish in the lanes uneven rough surfaces cars parked in them at unauthorised times lanes petering out no lanes at all and signs on stobie poles not easy to decipher( which way to go )etc. varying widths of all lanes,why can't they be at a standard size for all the only dedicated decent bike lanes are those on Cross road from Duthey st to South rd in both directions.
  • Anne about 7 years ago
    I think Megan is doing some good work in promoting cyling, but there are several points I'd like to make (as both motorist and cyclist). I think Pebab's observations are common to all areas, not just Unley - at least Unley has some bikeways, 40k zones and a network of closed streets, which at least makes cycling (and cycle awareness for motorists) more comfortable off the main roads. Riding a bike on trafficked roads, under current circumstances, is just plain dangerous. Attempts to institute bike lanes while still prioritising motor traffic at the speeds currently demanded on main roads only works to the detriment of cyclists, and places both cyclists and motorists at a marked disadvantage, promoting antagonism. Encouraging people to become environmentally responsible, fit and healthy by cycling places them in a position of self-responsibility that is not currently accompanied by the necessary infrastructure to keep them safe. To expect riders (particularly those who are not young, fit, athletic, alert, competent, skilled and practised) to deal with traffic, on motorists' terms, is irresponsible on the part of policy-makers. If we sincerely want a range of citizens of different ages and abilities to ride bikes for the sake of the environment and their health, policies need to give thought to priorities. Interest and participation in cycling is increasing, but infrastructure is still prioritising the motorist.
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    • Ian Radbone about 7 years ago
      Unfortunately new riders are more at risk than those who are experienced. A common reason is that new riders will ride close to the edge of the road, where they are unlikely to be seen by motorists entering from a side road. Or they ride close to parked cars, where they are more likely to hit a car door opening. When riding on quiet local streets, occupying the middle of the lane where possible, moving over to let cars pass. Riding is pretty safe when you are (1) seen and (2) behaving predictably.
  • Tried it about 7 years ago
    I cycled for 3 weeks when the train service stopped. Checked my route, took a bike route, kept off main roads, took some of the 40k quiet roads, wore a florescent vest and cycled cautiously. Still managed to get knocked off my bike by a car that pulled out of a side street and ended up in hospital. I am getting so angry with council etc saying jump on your bike and cycle to work. It really isnt safe. What more could I have done? I wasnt just unlucky - since my accident numerous friends have told me about people that have had accidents through no fault of their own. I loved cycling - the exercise, cheaper, better for the environment, certainly quicker. But I am now on the bus and will continue to be - or will add another car to the already clogged roads as the buses are worse than unreliable! There is no way I will ever cylce into the city again and actively try to talk friends out of it. Putting a little blue triangle up saying bike route does not make it safe - more needs to be done.
  • tomt about 7 years ago
    Refer discussion here on Adelaide Cyclists website which shoudl be a good resource: +++ I commute on Unley Road daily and recently emailed DPTI(cc'd Unley Council) re the state of the bike lane The reply (from DPTI) was basically - They inspected Unley Rd between Cross and Greenhill) and concluded that the road pavement is 'in an acceptable condition with some surface defects' - Several uneven service castings were identified in the bike lane and these are assoc with water supply therefore they have forwarded my email onto SA Water for their action and response! - Unley Rd is not in current FY resurfacing plan but is in the multi year program - blah, blah, blah Unley Rd is the most direct and quickest rout into the City and in the mornings it is a pretty safe route IMHO ... apart from the appalling surface of the bike lane esp between the Metro shopping centre and Greenhill Road. It is a serious relief to cross over Greenhill Rd from which point the surface is fantastic. Cheers
  • El_alex about 7 years ago
    I love my daily pre-7:30 am commute down Duthy St (bike lanes are well marked, very little debris because they are well out into the road, and give lots of space for both cars and cyclists), around the bend to George St then into Porter St - a bit narrow and cars do not always expect bikes ,but usually fine (I always listen out, no Ipod for me on the bike - too dangerous). Then over Greenhill Rd, across the parklands (my favourite bit) and then it's sprints down Pulteney St to work - love the adrenaline rush. An early start makes it even nicer and at the moment you get to see the sun rise, bonus but don''t forget your lights (someone end daylight saving now please!). I also ride to EFM gym on Duthy then Frederick St and that's another great ride - nice wide road and lovely trees. I get back home along the back streets if I don;t want to get caught at the lights on Duthy. I avoid and hate Unley Rd though -like the other contributors to this forum. The bike lane is simply too rough (maybe the Transport engineers should actually get on a road bike and give it a go full throttle!) an absolute shocker, with lumps, bumps and cracks, gravel, glass and rubbish. It is also one of those bike lanes which comes and goes dangerously at traffic lights - cyclists have to be assertive and take their space on the road at Wattle St intersection or at Greenhill Rd else it's into the gutter. I'd say it is worth riding an extra km to get onto Duthy St, or backstreets where there are signed cycle routes and avoid it totally.
  • joinupbiketracks about 7 years ago
    As a riding group of friends who ride weekly, we do our best to be seen by using our front and back lights flashing during day and wear ridiculous looking flouorescent yellow tops, but we have all agreed not to ride on Unley, King William,Goodwood, Cross or Greenhill roads because they are totally unsafe; traffic is too fast, bike lanes are too narrow and cars from side streets often creep into bike lanes to see oncoming traffic and doors open from parked cars, cars and buses pass too close to bike lanes. The bike track along the Glenelg tram track is very bumpy due to tree roots and maintenance not regular with lanes often overgrown with side bushes and leaves hanging from above at riders' eye level. This track needs to continue as a defined bike/walking track at the top end of King William road in line with the bike lane that continues on the west side through the parklands. Also currently when riding north towards the city riders have to divert onto King William road for a small section which makes no sense (many riders into and from the city ride along the footpath through this section anyway so better to make it legal to do so); likewise south bound riders have to make a dangerous turn on the bend of King William road onto the beginning of the bike track and I have seen many near accidents from people cutting across oncoming traffic on this bend; it is unsafe and not wide enough to wait on your bike in the middle of the road. The Mike Turtur track is improving which is great but there are lots of detours that lead riders stranded and signage could be much better indicating distance and timelines from section to section (as other councils have done eg near Brighton road as part of the Marino Rocks Greenway). We enjoy the bike lanes through the parklands and Linear Park but more bike friendly paths that join up would be great to have in Unley, linked with tracks in other Council areas so riding could be continous across Councils.
  • NickyP about 7 years ago
    Unley cycling facilities, especailly from Goodwood to city, are steadily improving, which means they are getting more use. That is so good. What we need now is - Add a pedestrian lane, separated by a low fence, alongside the Mike T bike path beside the tram line ( don't cut down too may trees in the process.) At present there are too many cyclists and pedestrians to share teh route safely, and we want to double the numbers of both along this route - refresh the surface of bike track - capitalize on the current works around Goodwood station to ensure that the track there gets better access across train line - same for the Greenways track along the Noarlunga line ( don't feed any more bikes into Forestville Reserve without serious improvement for cycling and walking) - ie get some crossings on train line that bikes and walkers can use. Do it while the whole place is being gutted anyway. Cheers :-)
  • perry about 7 years ago
    I commute between Unley and the city on a daily basis. The routes I usually take are either: - Unley Road > Pulteney St - Rugby St > Porter St > Parklands > Pulteney St Unley Road is definitely the quickest route, however the road of the bike lane is extremely uneven and generally filled with debris - all typical problems of "gutter-cum-bike lane" layout. Additionally, the 'disappearing bike lanes' around intersections can be particularly dangerous even for experienced riders and require the cyclist to assert their space on the road (something that most motorists don't understand and often comes off as antagonistic). Porter St has become quite the commuter route around peak times and is generally a great way for beginner cyclists to get into the city. The only real danger spot is crossing Greenhill Road - generally ok during the day but congestion around peak times can be a problem. Just ensure all 3 lanes are clear of traffic before crossing and make use of the centre refuge - I have seen way too many near misses when cyclists try to cross when traffic is banked up at a standstill, only to not see that one car flying through an empty lane. Whilst I am supportive of more off road/back street cycling routes, creating shared pedestrian-cycling lanes is just plain dangerous. I'm thinking mostly of the route along the tramline to Glenelg. If these tracks are to become highly used commuter routes into the city, then the council needs to expect that cyclists will be riding at speed - adding pedestrians and dog walkers to this mix is not a good idea. This is not the argument of pedestrians vs cyclsists, just that both activities deserve safe and dignified environments. My proposal would be to have dedicated cycling commuter tracks, with better footpaths for pedestrians. Try riding along the shared path beside the tramline on Peacock Road - high foot traffic + cyclists is like playing frogger for both parties. All in all, I love riding in Unley, we are very fortunate for the grid layout of backstreets, which provides many alternatives to riding on main roads. With a bit of development in the right direction, i think cycling can prove to be a very viable alternative to driving for a lot of residents.
  • Jasonunley about 7 years ago
    I find riding in Unley mostly terrifying, especially Unley Rd. While I appreciate the bike path along Porter st it really stands alone as the only safe and comfortable place to ride into town. I will repeat what most others have said and say that Unley Rd is absolutely terrifying and I will avoid it at all costs, which I shouldn't have to do. In fact I'm going to go on a rant about Unley Rd in general. This road is a major outlet from the CBD yet it is only two lanes wide and one of those lanes is usually full of parked cars (which are in the bike lane), effectively making Unley Rd a one lane road for most of the day. The new crossing for the path along Culvert st is nice but the concrete blocks in the middle of the road are insanity, far too small to offer pedestrian or cyclist refuge, which isn't necessary anyway due to the fact it's a lit crossing, but large enough for a car to hit them when they have to move to the centre to avoid the car on the left crashing into them as it swerves around a parked car. Two weeks old and already covered in scuff marks from peoples tyres. Unley Rd needs to be 3 lanes wide with dedicated right turn pull offs so the traffic doesn't crawl to a stop or swerve into the cyclist riding in the left lane because there's a car parked in the cycling lane. It's an absolute debacle at the moment and it stresses me to travel on it in any way whatsoever.
  • Cath about 7 years ago
    A plea to bike riders from two elderly walkers. While its really great to see everyone out and being active, my partner and I are often taken by surprise when a bike zooms up behind us, especially on the shared pedestrian bike tracks. Our plea is that you use warning devices when approaching pedestrians. I can see a serious accident eventuating.
  • Cindy3 almost 7 years ago
    I ride down the Unley Bike Path everyday to get to work (which is in the city).and I find it to be very easy to ride. The bike path has minimal car traffic and is set up well for bikes. It could use better lighting in some parts but I have never felt unsafe riding along the path. I also find its well connected to bike paths once I get into the city.
  • MIkej over 6 years ago
    Im always hunting for a better way to get from Mitcham into the city. These are my observations. Unley road is a death trap if there are parked cars in the bike lane, and very difficult where the bike lane disappears. Its a fast paced road, and not for the faint hearted. However it is the quickest route. King William road is bumpy and requires you to ride on the white line between parked and moving cars. Tricky in wet weather, but at least the drivers are somewhat attentive, and the traffic is fairly slow. Weller Street and Wood is the slowest way, and should theoretically be the safest, however it has choke points along the street which are safe enough, until peak hour, when the drivers are very happy to run you off the road or play chicken. If there there was a bike lane cut into the choke junctions then I would take this road, but its obvious that the local drivers hate cyclists during peak hour, and you will spend a lot of time stopping to give way, because you are squishy. Duthy St is easily the best way, but dont take George st. Turn left onto the cycle route. Good bike path, and decent back streets, with an almost safe crossing at Greenhill road. Thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback.
  • hjane over 6 years ago
    I used to often ride around Unley- I both live and work in the area. I find it extremely unsafe. Unley road is unsafe for bike riders due to the narrow road and parked cars. The neighbourhood roads are also dangerous due to speeding cars- I feel sorry for the older kids who I'd pass everyday trying to ride their bikes to school. It's very stressful!!! Now I drive to work, which is nowhere near as enjoyable, but I feel 100% safer. Not sure what a solution would be though- specific bike/ walking paths like the one between Unley & King William Roads (near Hughes st)??
  • Jacky over 6 years ago
    My kids and I ride regularly to work/school. I do it mainly because it's good exercise as I get older and sets a good example to my kids. (also good for the environment and saves money). However I agree with Pebab that the state of the Unley Road bike path (our usual route) is woeful: rough surface, many holes, bumps and gaps, not clearly marked, litter including glass fragments in the lane, parked or speeding cars, 'disappears' at key intersections, etc. I've reported issues to the Unley Council, who put me on to the SA Government, but although I've often been promised a response, none has ever been received and certainly conditions continue to deteriorate. I'm a very careful rider but still safety is a concern. I've seen other cyclists hit along Unley Road and had a couple of near misses myself (when drivers make a turn without checking). Suggestions: - improve the surface of the bike lane - paint the lane in a bright colour - use signage so it's clear it is a lane - improve the design so the bike lane doesn't just 'disappear'! - no parking along Unley Road PS Duthy Street - great by comparison, just that it isn't on the route to school