After taking the advice of some in my thread about commuting to work from Thornbury, I took the Capital City Trail home tonight from the CBD. Starting at the Collins Street Extension at the Docklands the road was nicely signed to start me off.
However it went down hill, as has been documented here
. However It started in the Docklands, I didn't know where I was going, the direction the trail took was not clear enough to facilitate riding at my pace of 35km/h. Also, the concrete is warped and not smooth.
Then it was on to Footscray Road. So much crosswind it was not funny. Some planting has been started but MUCH more needs to be done in order to improve this situation. And not just young plants that will grow up in 10 - 15 years, it needs it now.
From there I took the lights to cross Footscray Road to start my tour along the river. Almost losing the front wheel due to a sharp drop off from the traffic island into the trail that really needs to be adjusted. In the wet that corner would be REALLY dangerous.
The path along the water up to Flemington Road is excellent. You could fly along there and I did. However the surface does not inspire confidence. There was dirt, mud and gravel from "Authorised Service Vehicles" that had used the path. Not all that happy with that. Also the edge of the path to the grass is WAY too soft. An improvement for this section of path from Footscray Road to Flemington Road would be to use that coating on the path which is coloured green (but I prefer a terracotta colour) that is semi abrasive. This would improve cyclist confidence in the speed that this trail supports.
One last thing, the semi-abrasive would assist in the corner, and in my opinion would help in reducing the effects of mold growth in the under bridge areas.
Okay, as discussed in the previous thread, the path to go over and follow the tram line took me forever to find, I had to ask some other cyclists that were going along Flemington Road. Thats of major annoyance and should be fixed. Again a colour coded path mix would 'show the way'.
The path after the this becomes a 3rd rate sealed road. Far thinner, and poor width. But again - the path seems to easily sustain a road speed of 30 - 40km/h. The path from this point is okay because it seems only one way to go until you get to the Zoo train station. As mentioned in the other thread - needs more signage - again colour coded surface coating would fix this. But nothing compensates for signage.
From here the path going east to Brunswick St needs to be relaid - from scratch, completely. It is broken, rough, not wide enough - however it is well signed.
This path has some massive potential to be a truly excellent commuting experience in any weather or any time of day/night. However it has a fair way to go.
Any comments from other users of this trail in particular?