wizdofaus wrote:Except trying to ride along Albert St into and through the city still leaves bicycles mixing it with traffic in the worst possible way. But if Melbourne is serious about a push to become recognised as a bike-friendly city then in densely built-up regions there's no excuse for *any* road being bicycle unfriendly, granted that some will always be better than others. It should be just as easy and safe to get around by bike as it is on foot.
Further it's basically to impossible avoid at least some stretch of Victoria Pde if travelling north-south (e.g. if you come down Brunswick St...where are you supposed to go?).
Noted and agreed that all streets should be bike friendly.
As for Brunswick Street to Victoria- possibly the left and then right into Macarthur (or whatever it is called at that point)? Like the trams do.
I concede that Albert Street becomes hairy after Macarthur (I turn prior to there and go to Collins Street). It is also hairy for that two block part between Hoddle and [whatever that street is] before the bicycle lane starts.
I also note that Collins Street is not great either - the lane isn't big enough for a car door and half the 'bike' lane in some areas is gutter with a noticeable lip that can catch a tyre.
FWIW I did Victoria Street from King Street to Russell/Lygon in peak hour once. I'm not particularly fast up hills and it wasn't a fun experience and by that time I was a confident rider. I won't repeat that experience now that I've tried it (even though no-one honked me and everyone was courteous). I'd do it on the downhill because I'd be at a similar speed to the cars, but not uphill.