Some of the Most Bike Friendly Cities in Australia

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The cost of fuel combined with environmental concerns influences many to ride a bike as a viable means of transportation to school, work or for touring. In recent years, Australian municipal governments implemented programs that encouraged cycling around their city.



Cyclists regularly travel the city streets for commuting, recreation or sport. Melbourne’s mild climate combined with level topography make the location the perfect cycling environment. Bikes share the road with cars along specially designated lanes provided on many streets. Other avenues have a complex network of attractive off-road paths frequented by cyclists and pedestrians. The extensive roads available to cyclists span from the city centre to approximately 10 kilometres away. The railway network additionally allows cyclists to take bikes aboard the train.


The variety of terrain found in the city of Adelaide presents a cycling challenge, but also offers some scenic rides. The city estimates that approximately 8,000 residents commute to work by bike daily. Adelaide additionally offers free bike hire services as a means of encouraging health and fitness. Five paths meander in and around the metro area via tranquil back streets, along disused rail lines and mirroring expressways. The picturesque River Torrens Linear Park path takes cyclists out of the hills, through the city and to West Beach. The outlying areas of Adelaide also provides various paths that venture into wine country, through woodlands and up to Mt. Torrens.


The eastern coastal metropolis covers over 300 square kilometres. The city features more than 1,200 kilometres of bikeways and paths snaking throughout the area. A particularly interesting pathway traverses along the Brisbane River called the Riverwalk. Portions of the cycling/pedestrian friendly region include the Story Bridge, which extends onto the river and briefly follows the shoreline before returning to dry land. The city offers bike maps illustrating the various bike lanes, paths, bike hires and shelters situated in the various city districts, which makes Brisbane an extremely cycling friendly community.


The western Australia metropolis remains one of the most cycling friendly cities in the country. Perth created the Bike to Work Challenge in attempts at boosting bikes for transportation. Main roads offer exclusive bike lanes and the inner city roadways and train lines feature parallel cycling paths. The complex network of lanes, paths and trails rivals vehicle or train access and allows commuters to venture anywhere in Perth while riding a bike. The heat of the day during summer may pose a problem for cycling commuters making it necessary to carry water and wear sunscreen.


The Sydney City Council developed the Cycle Strategy and Action Plan that proposed a convenient, safe and sustainable cycling network spanning 200 kilometres. Approximately 55 kilometres represent separated pathways. The majority of this project saw completion and construction continues. The cycling interests of community residents helped spawn the idea and 84 percent of the Sydney population surveyed deems a decent cycling network important to the city. While the many kilometres of road and off-road lanes make the city more easily bike navigable, the hilly terrain continues offering a challenge.

Among these Australian cities, Brisbane is possibly the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Brisbane also offers lots of other tourist-friendly services such as cheap backpacker accommodation, bike hire and foreign exchange in Brisbane CBD and the suburbs.

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