dunno wrote: barefoot wrote:
There's a bike path all the way along the Deer Park Bypass.
That puts you on to the Federation Trail just near the Geelong Fwy interchange, then Docklands Hwy (Francis St - Whitehall St) to the Footscray Rd bikepath.
Something a little bit like this: http://goo.gl/maps/UMGmD
Thanks mate, that was close to the plan I had in mind. Im glad to hear the track is sealed-when you look opn google maps it still looks like dirt.
Disclaimer: I've never actually ridden this route.
I've eyeballed the bikepath beside the Western Fwy (Deer Park bypass) wherever it's visible from the road; it appears sealed the whole way. I lose the path at the crossings (eg Derrimut Rd and the Ring Road interchange), and haven't seen it where it goes around behind the Mobil servo, but it looks to all be intact on Google Maps.
Its just the part from the end of the trail near the princess freeway that will be tricky. I have driven down the princess freeway and there are sections (particularily over the bridge) where there is zero room for cyclists.
I'd be very reluctant to ride on the freeway itself - if there wasn't a bike path, I'd be riding back streets.
The route selcested by google maps seems like it might be worth a try..you turn left into Millers road, right into docklands fwy(francis street), left into Richards street, right onto kidman street and then down somerville road?
The route on the map I linked was just a default choice by Google bike route mapping - I just checked that it followed the freeway bike paths then somehow hooked up with Footscray Road (which has plenty of flaws, but it gets you there) - I didn't check its routes through Yarraville. I've ridden through there a few times, but don't think I ever went that way, and I can't remember road names. I seem to recall people talking about just riding straight along Francis St then up Whitehall.
There are bike route signs, anyway... and if you're riding through that part of the world at commute o'clock, you'll have a parade of experienced commuters to follow.