tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:/posts Perth Bike Paths 2017-02-07T05:12:08Z tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123723 2011-11-27T02:30:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Fremantle Tweed Run 2011

Hard to believe the first ever Tweed Run was just two years ago in London. The event has grown at a phenomenal rate with over 50 Tweed Runs scheduled worldwide for 2011.

Sartorial splendour ranging from the colonial to the contemporary were the order of the day for WA's second Tweed Run, held yesterday in Fremantle. Judging by the calico back numbers issued by the organisers Dismantle there were close to 400 riders participating in the ride from Leighton Beach to downtown Freo.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123724 2011-11-01T12:47:00Z 2017-02-07T05:12:08Z Shortest bike path in Perth? The envelope please...

There has been some serious head scratching in the western suburbs recently after a rogue bicycle path floated to the surface in downtown Cottesloe.

Social commentators and psychopaths have been struggling with the sudden and unprovoked appearance while scientists from as far away as Success have been working nights devising a method fo measuring the vanishingly small bike path. Best estimates to date are in the vicinity of 120 metres.

Sited some distance to the east of popular and busy Curtin Avenue the path has no apparent connection to real needs, not to mention roads or other paths, and has been dubbed by locals "the road to nowhere".

Old timers interviewed by your correspondent vowed to steer clear of the path early and late in the day and in cloudy conditions. However many remain unconcerned by the path citing the low chance of a cyclist actually finding it as it's best safety feature.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123725 2011-07-03T20:30:00Z 2015-11-01T15:57:32Z Yellagonga Regional Park - Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo

Yellagonga Regional Park is a ribbon of mostly bush around Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal in the northern suburbs.

It's a great option for family rides. Pretty flat with plenty of playgrounds, picnic spots and a mix of bush and open paddocky areas. At the northern end of Lake Joondalup you'll find Botanic Mini Golf. The course is well maintained and spread over a couple of hectares so expect to spend a couple of hours if you're playing. Leapfrogs, a busy restaurant flogging everything from devonshire teas to woodfired pizza, is a part of the complex. Sadly the bike hire that was a part of the complex was closed recently.

Ride round the lakes and you'll be alternately plunged into pockets of tuart forest, pedalling past suburbia. Keep an eye peeled as you cross Hocking Road for the Galaxy Drive-In, now the only operating drive-in in the Perth metro area.

Friends of Yellagonga's website reports that 122 bird species frequent the lakes and swamps.

The park is super easy access by car and train, and yes, by bike.

There are big carparks associated with Neil Hawkins Park on the west side of the lake, Opportunity Playground on the east side. Head up freeway north and exit east on Ocean Reef Road or Burns Beach Road.Pretty much the same story if your want to ride there; the freeway path is pretty good once you're north of Cedric St. This is a big lake surrounded for the most part by suburbia. There are endless car parking opportunities pretty much the whole way round.

No fewer than three train stations service the park which means you can ride one side of the lake and go home via a different sation.

The easiest, quietest and safest route to the park from the train is from Greenwood Station. Leaving the station ride north on the Principal Shared Path. About 500 metres north of the station there is a clearly signposted turn to the east. This path will take you direct to Lake Goollelal. Road crossings on this path are all by bridge or subway save for the very last one. There aren't even any driveways to cross - urban design at it's best! 

Not such a great story if you're getting off at or returning from Edgewater or Currambine stations.

From Edgewater I suggest heading north-east out of the station through the carpark, crossing Joondalup Drive and travelling east to the lake on Wedgewood Drive which runs on the south side of the park you can see from the station. You could take the bike path south a couple of hundred metres and travel on the path adjacent to Ocean Reef Road but the 80km/h traffic tearing past is distinctly unrelaxing. Same story if you're hopping on or off at Currambine. Although Burns Beach Road is not quite as busy as Ocean Reef you will have to contend with crossing the roundabout at the junction of Burns Beach Road and Joondalup Drive - urban design at it's most pedestrian and cycle unfriendly.

If you're riding to the park from points south you'll want to follow the freeway PSP and peel off just north of Greenwood Station as described above. From other points you can approach through suburban streets or alongside any of the local arterials, as long as you're north of Hepburn Avenue and south of Burns Beach Road you can't miss the park.

Thanks to rolandp on the BNA Forum for suggesting this ride

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123727 2011-06-06T08:30:00Z 2016-09-20T00:54:56Z Midland to Mundaring Railway Reserve Loop - Shire of Mundaring

This is an awesome ride that can be done as a 40km loop. There are plenty of options for shorter out and back sections of the track too. It's a great introduction to riding offroad. The gravel surfaces for the most part are very good, the trail is wide and, owing to its heritage as a railway line, the grades are very easy going.

Just about everything you need to know is in the jolly good brochure and map from the Railway Reserves website. Read on for the missing info.

The northern section has a monopoly on the big vistas, including speccy city views. It also has the falls, a much higher density of eateries and, of course, the pretty and dramatic ride through the 340m long Swan View Tunnel - don't forget your lights! No, really, do not forget them, it is very dark in there.

The southern part of the loop has none of this but it does boast more consistently even surfaces and is generally less heavily trafficked. Try starting at the Hudman Road Quarry and taking the trail east. This will get you clear of suburbia and you can also have the pleasure of a short side trip to inspect the abandoned quarry which is a few hundred metres north of the carpark.

The eastern end from Mundaring round to Parkerville is relatively flat and sports the best access to creature comforts like lunch. It also sports the Mundaring Sculpture Park, Mt Helena Aquatic Centre and the most roads to cross.

Directions around the trail are mostly very good however...

1. If you're heading east in the vicinity of Hudman Road Quarry stick to the best used looking sections of path. You have to exit through the carpark entrance; from there you'll see the trail continue across the road. 

2. A 1km section of trail running north east from Purton Place is actually a mixture of road (or footpath) and cycle path.

3. If you're continuing on out to Chidlow and beyond you'll need to get onto the Kep Track which is on the southern side of the pipeline at Mt Helena.

4. At Swan View there are two car parks, one either side of Morrison Road. if you're passing through you need to ride out of one, cross Morrison and ride into the other. The trail entrances are adjacent to the covered signboard maps.

Trail conditions are mostly excellent. Large sections of the gravel are as smooth as bitumen. The roughest part is paradoxically the most popular, the area between Parkerville and Swan View. The tunnel is particularly rough and potentially dangerous without lights. Watering points around the loop are close to non-existent so make sure you have enough water on board. There are no places to fill up on the southern loop. 

There are lots of restaurants and cafés around the eastern part of the loop, there are two in particular that are super convenient to the trail; you'll see foodie haunt The Brook Garden as you cross Seaborne St, Parkerville. Mount Helena Tavern just west of Sawyers Road, is a cosy friendly local pub sort of spot with cosy friendly pub meals and pub quality coffee. Both joints will flog you brekky or lunch on the weekend.

It sort of seems appropriate to catch the train to ride the rail trail. Midland Station is as close as you'll get. Head east from the station and take your first right on Helena St, then left on Yelverton, which turns into Centennial. Take a left on Clayton and follow that for almost 2km. Once under the Roe Hwy underpass turn left on Rason. Rason turns into Purton and about 0.7 km from the underpass you should find yourself at the trail head near the Bellevue RSL building. You can't miss it, trust me.

If you're arriving by car you're spoilt for choice, there are a number of reasonable sized carparks around the trail. If you're doing the whole loop it makes sense to start at the bottom of the hill, parking at either Purton Place next to the Bellevue RSL or at Swan View at the junction of Swan View Road and Morrison Road.

If you're doing the highlights start either at the carpark in Glen Forest National Park or at the Swan View carpark. Head uphill from Swan View or downhill from the national park. 

Thanks to rolandp on the BNA Forum for suggesting this ride

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123728 2011-04-16T13:36:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Cycling Tour comes to Perth

I went for a wander alongside the course from where riders entered Kings Park to where they turned onto Mounts Bay Road. Here's the course - 14 km x 8 laps for about 110km total. Except if you're an old bugger - 6 laps for 50 and over, 5 laps for 60 plus

Bikely link

MapMyRide link

Here's how it looked at the west end of the park. Malcolm St is a hill I normally make a point of only riding down. Watching riders struggle up it eight times would have been worthwhile. As would the finishes. Still there's always next year. And the year after.

Traffic management left a bit to be desired. Residents' cars were being let out onto Kings Park Drive to exit onto Mounts Bay Road heading west when breaks in the competition allowed. At the base of Kings Park Drive where the riders had a steep downhill followed by a sharp left onto Mounts Bay Road there was space for only two vehicles to wait to enter Mounts Bay. The traffic heading west along Mounts Bay Road from the city wasn't being calmed at all, this with the arrangement of the safety barriers made it difficult for drivers to leave an already hazardous corner for the competitors. There was real potential for several cars to back up in to the course here. It should have been alleviated by having a lollipop person stop westbound traffic on Mounts Bay. I witnessed one minor traffic accident involving a car that had left the course. Also saw a couple who were trying to visit a dying relative in the Mount Hospital. They'd come to the roadblock from the west having tried several other roads, all to no avail. They were moved on by traffic management personnel who were keen to free a buildup of cars behind them. The traffic management people were unable to advise them on an appropriate route to the hospital. Bad for the people. Bad for cycling. The organisers really need to get their heads around this for 2012

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123729 2010-06-22T22:32:00Z 2016-07-04T06:57:56Z Narrows Bridge to Mosman Bay - Cities of Perth, Subiaco, Nedlands etc.

Cities of Perth, Subiaco and Nedlands, Town of Claremont, Shire of Peppermint Grove, Department of Environment and Conservation

The stretch of river from the Perth CBD to UWA is a tremendously popular commuter and recreation route.

Matilda Bay, with its lawns, trees, gazebos and views to the city over Royal Perth Yacht Club is a beautiful spot to while away a few hours in or out of the sun. The journey down to Tawarri Reception Centre through sporting fields and into suburban Nedlands and Dalkeith is interesting enough.

What lets this ride down is lousy paths through what are so often gushingly described as "Perth's premier suburbs". The Premier may live one of them but he evidently doesn't ride a bike. If you're planning to take your kids for a ride you can forget the northern Riverside Drive section, it simply comes too close for comfort to four lanes of fast moving traffic. Once you enter the City of Subiaco, DEC managed Matilda Bay Reserve the path standard takes a bit of a dive. The rest of the facilities are fantastic though; along with the usual free barbecues, there are the Matilda Bay Tearooms for casual meals, coffees and ice-creams as well as the high end Matilda Bay Restaurant. The once infamous Crawley toilets are now supplemented by a second set of toilets housed in a building that parades it's architectural street cred in an obvious position - you'll be forgiven for imagining that you're looking at the tearooms as you approach!

Once across Australia II Drive the paths head south, literally and metaphorically. They're awkwardly narrow and meandering and determinedly free of any directional signage. If you're prepared to ride on the road you can avoid this whole catastrophe by using the on-road lane that follows busy Hackett Drive from Mounts Bay Road round to The Avenue. Things will be faster smoother and less confusing, but also further from the river.

Either way, unless you're on a training mission you'll want to aim for The Esplanade which means taking your first left once you're on The Avenue. Turn right onto The Esplanade or gothrough the carpark and turn right on the narrow riverside path. Follow The Esplanade to one of two paths that lead up to Birdwood Parade. The first is just at the north corner of Flying Squadron Yacht Club, the second is off the Tawarri car park. These two can be ridden up, the first is less steep than the second. You can stick to the river for another very pleasant kilometer but you'll have to lug your bike up about 30 steps to Iris Avenue which takes you onto Jutland Parade.

Birdwood Parade is quiet and wide. Elevated views across Melville Water to the south are paired with views of exclusive real estate to the north. The point at which Birdwood turns into Jutland Pde is marked by Sunset Hospital heritage site which, aside from its recent use as the set for the filming of the Tim Winton's story Cloudstreet, has stood empty since 1995.

At the western end of Jutland Pde is Point Resolution Reserve, a fine a place as any to watch an afternoon yacht race. Facilities are limited here. As in there's a car park. And some steps to the river.

This section of Perth's main round the river ride is marked by an almost total absence of cycling infrastructure. It's all fine if you're an experienced rider used to mixing it with traffic, the following advice is for casual recreation riders.

The on-road painted cycle lane that follows Victoria Ave as it winds it's way around the north side of Freshwater Bay is as good as it gets. And even that ain't real good; it only operates as a cycle lane for a couple of hours a day on weekdays. The rest of the time it's primary purpose is car park. The signage governing this Clayton's bike path is thin on the ground and inconsistent between Claremont and Dalkeith. Enforcement seems limited to the narrow stretch west of Bayview Terrace.

Footpaths through this area are narrow and can be bumpy and gappy.

The on-road bike lane conks out just where you need it; the road becomes busier as you approach Stirling Highway on Queenslea Drive. An option here is to cross just after the Claremont Yacht Club driveway and get to the highway on the very quiet Freshwater Parade.

Having said that, weekend traffic on this section is generally pretty light. Of course it's a different story once you hit Stirling Highway. There's a good section of footpath up past Christ Church Grammar and Methodist Ladies College. Then you'll be negotiating the pavers again, only for a couple of blocks though; you should take a left up Richardson Avenue. Following Richardson will take you round "Devils Elbow" and on to The Esplanade. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is at the bottom of the hill. The nice people at the bar there will sell you a beer, which when consumed overlooking the bay from the RFBYC hilltop will conspire to give you a feeling of wellbeing. If you don't fancy imbibing the nice people at the nearby Kiosk will sell you an ice-cream or any manner of basic café fare. There are also free barbecues, a playground and public toilets here.   

Getting there by bike is easy and there are plenty of options; from points north the cycle path that runs through the city adjacent to Parliament House drops you at the Narrows. From points east you'll want to get yourself onto the Riverside Drive path west of Barrack St Jetty. If you're starting at Mosman Bay the best access is via the riverside roads and paths from North Freo. The alternative is to come in from the coast or Curtin Avenue, just aim for Mosman Park Station and follow the directions below.

By car from the northern end is a bit trickier. Parking at Barrack St Jetty is hard to jag and time limited. Access from The Old Swan Brewery carpark across Mounts Bay Road involves using two lifts. Matilda Bay parking is again time limited and its popularity and proximity to the University of WA mean it's often very busy. You may fare better starting this ride from street parking in Claremont, one of the river reserves between there and Resolution, or if you're contemplating a cycle path only ride, park at Tawarri and head back toward the city. 

Train access from the Perth end is good, just organise yourself to get off at Esplanade Station, the river is a hop skip and a jump away to the south. At the western end, Claremont Station is the closest to the river; Bayview Terrace is is on the south side of the station and runs straight down to the River and Victoria Avenue. Mosman Park Station is the closest to this ride's end at Keanes Point. Cross Stirling Highway at the Glyde St lights and head one block head north up the footpath to Stuart St, turn right onto Stuart, 1st left on Monument, 1st right on Willis, left on Harvey, right on Swan, go to the end of Swan and then left on Palmerston and right on Johnstone St. It's the flattest, quietest route to or from the end point.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123730 2010-06-20T13:43:00Z 2016-12-04T00:41:32Z Get it together - Three Bridges Loop ~ 43 km

Hey, welcome to Perth... sometime within living memory we copped a tag - Dullsville. For aged crones like me this seemed a boon for the boomtown, it held the promise of a few more years living in blissful obscurity (I've been thinking of moving to Lake Grace if things get much busier). Even a hardened poetry reading addict like me will confess that if you measure our indoor culture; the visual and performing arts, food and nightlife, using the same criteria as larger less isolated urban centres like say, New York, Sydney or Timbuktu, Perth can look a little light on. 

This misses Perth's point though, to wit, get out of doors. Beaches are regarded by many as our strong suite, but that idea falls to pieces sometime between 10AM and 2PM when the "Doctor" comes tearing in. The Fremantle Doctor is Perth's Mistral. Except less delicate; exfoliation doesn't begin to describe the blast you'll get.

Riverside is where you'll want to be. It's a wide river, but it isn't deep; you can wander about in much of the Swan without getting your elbows wet. Who cares though? You're probably not thinking of swimming in it and the sailors look just as good bobbing round in the deeper bits as they do when they've run aground. One of Perth's flasher boating locales is Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and that is where this ride begins. Taking a leaf from DPI's safety first book these round the bridges rides all go clockwise to minimise risky right turns, feel free to ride upstream from the club rather than down.

If you live within coo-ee of the river downstream from Perth this ride is a must. It takes in some of Perth's best river views, a ton of parks (everything from swathes of sun drenched lawn to winding bush paths), great playgrounds, a swag of pubs, coffee shops, kiosks and restaurants.

For the south of the river sections you can choose between mostly very good bike path or quiet on-road riding all the way from Fremantle Traffic Bridge to Canning Bridge. From Canning Bridge to the city it's bike path only. The bike path is good, if busy. 

North of the river from the city back to Freo is spotty. Sticking to the paths can get you in a bit of a muddle especially as you ride through the City of Nedlands. Sticking to the roads can put you close to some fast moving traffic, particularly from the Narrows Bridge to UWA.

Most of the ride is follow your nose stuff, but there are a few options in the Fremantle to Point Walter and the Narrows to Mosman Bay sections. The other sections are detailed here; Mosman to Freo, Pt Walter to Canning Br and Canning Br to Narrows.

By bike, just ride in from home. If you don't live close enough you can find carparks with easy parking at or near Tawarri Reception Centre in Nedlands, Point Resolution Reserve, Dalkeith, McCabe St Mosman Park (by the tennis courts), East St Jetty and Point Walter. You can also park at these though they can get pretty busy in warmer weather; Matilda Bay, Keanes Point, Bay View Terrace, Minim Cove, East Fremantle by Zephyr Café, Barrack St Jetty and the Old Swan Brewery. The easiest train access is Claremont, Mosman Park, Victoria St, North Fremantle and Fremantle on the Fremantle Line. Take the Mandurah Line for Esplanade and Canning Bridge Stations.

Two Bikely maps here;

The first is an on-road training circuit. It has a couple of short stretches that expose the cyclist to heavy traffic on Stirling and Canning Highways. And it's on shared paths between Canning Bridge and UWA, because it's illegal to cycle on the freeway and unless it's quiet it's crazy to ride on the de facto freeway that is Mounts Bay Road. 

The second takes the path option wherever it is available. Sadly the The Shire of Nedlands and the Towns of Claremont and Peppermint Grove planners have not seen fit to provide separated paths through much of their patch. You'll be obliged to ride on the road or footpath for several kilometres between the eastern end of Jutland Pde and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Where there is a choice between two paths, this route takes you on the one closer to the river. Where there isn't a path this route follows the road in preference to the footpath.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123731 2010-06-12T13:33:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Canning Bridge to Narrows Bridge - City of South Perth

The watchword with this ride is weather. When the wind whistles in from the west the exposure of this path to the river is radical. Dear rider, on a quiet day, meteorologically speaking, your ears will be assaulted by the traffic from the freeway and, as you approach the ski zone near the Narrows, motorised pleasure craft on the Swan.

Other than that it's not a bad ride. It's flat as a tack and with the wind at their back any commuter with a computer could easily see their personal best speed along this straight well surfaced stretch.

If you're planning the biggest and best round the river ride that Perth has to offer, this path will form a part of it. If you're commuting direct to the CBD from south of the city, you will ride this rail.

Access by bike from Narrows Bridge or Canning Bridge PSPs as well as from five pedestrian overpasses at Hardy St, Comer St, Preston St, Thelma St and Cale St.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123732 2010-06-12T13:32:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Point Walter to Canning Bridge - City of Melville

What's not to love about 11 km of almost unbroken shared path running between a 1 km sandbar in the Swan River and Perth's most imaginative riverside playground?

This path is flat, except for a little climb to Heathcote. It's continuous except for a handful of road crossings, all of which are associated with riverside carparks. These factors make it brilliant stretch of path for young riders.

Quiet roads with views as good as those on the paths mean that faster cyclists tend not to ride the paths. Massive swathes of lawn and limited beach access, particularly round Alfred Cove mean that dog walkers aren't a big issue, also most of them seem to respect the "dogs on leads" signs. Unlike areas like South Perth, the population density is low so there are significantly fewer pedestrians to contend with. Life in general seems to move at a rural pace round here.

On top of this, while most of the path is an older fashioned concrete one, you know, a little narrower than it probably should be and a little bumpier too, it is on the whole in very good condition. It's easy to follow and has a fun boardwalky bit round Point Dundas.

In my experience a half competent 4 or 5 year old can make it out and back in few hours as long as the day isn't too hot, they have plenty of air in their tyres, and they have a recharging icecream and play with their mates at the world's best playground at Heathcote. 

Access

By Bike; there's a good path from Fremantle (see here). There's a good path adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway (see here), and a good path on the west side of the Canning River, these last connect to the bike paths on both sides of Canning Bridge.

By Car; parking gets busy at Point Walter and at Heathcote on sunny weekends. Suburban streets in the vicinity of the start and finish points of this ride are pretty empty though and the streets reasonably quiet - not a great solution if you have littlies in tow. There is more parking where Alfred Cove is at its closest to Canning Hwy, and then again to the north of this point in Applecross on the foreshore.

By Train; Canning Bridge Station is the closest. If you're feeling energetic you could hop off at Bullcreek Station, exit to the west side and follow the path north from there to Canning Bridge - either cross the Canning River at Mt Henry Bridge and re-cross at Canning Bridge or head up the west side of the Canning River past Deep Water Point.

Bikely Map

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123733 2010-06-12T13:31:00Z 2015-12-09T07:43:07Z Fremantle to Point Walter - Cities of Fremantle, East Fremantle and Melville

Taking a leisurely spin round Blackwall Reach is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face, salt air to the lungs and a picture of Rat and Mole boating on the river to the mind. There are no willows, the bush will suffice, no wild wood, though I suppose the tips of the CBD towers looming over Dalkeith to the north could represent a distant home for weasels. Two things are certain, you will see plenty of boats of all kinds and there is great access to river views and river adventures.

Take a picnic and hunker down in the beachside shade at the southern end of the Point Walter Reserve. Take a handline and try your luck off the jetty at Point Walter. Or go the big adventure; lock up the bikes at lowish tides and walk the 1 km out to the end of the sandbar that is Point Walter Spit, you'll mix it with swans and pelicans fishing in the shallows and by the time you've reached the end you'll find yourself more than halfway across the river.

The ride around to the reserve is peppered with great views, playgrounds, a classic riverside burger joint (The Kiosk), a great pub (The Left Bank), a good restaurant (The Red Herring), a busy family friendly café (Zephyr), jetties, river beaches and a cool pool. Best news is you can ride all but a very short, very quiet section completely on shared paths.

Aside from two short steep hills this ride is pretty flat. You can begin the ride on the north side of Fremantle Train Station, either catch the train or park your car by the E Shed. You'll have to cross the road at the rail underpass at the north eastern end of the wharf and ride through the carpark at East St Jetty between the Fremantle Traffic Bridge and Stirling Bridge. From there a choice of on-road dedicated cycle lane or off-road shared path will take you past the aforementioned Left Bank, Red Herring, Zephyr Café and Swan Yacht Club. The path gets a little difficult to follow as it wends its way across the club's slipway and along the restaurant verandah! 

A sharp uphill section sees a few souls dismount and walk their steeds 150m. This is followed by the only on road section of the ride. It runs across the north boundary of a park and tennis courts and is rarely used by cars. In any case, while narrow, it is flat and straight; motorists who do find themselves here are travelling slowly and have good visibility.

At the "T" take a right and 20 metres on a left into the dead end of Angove Lane, a cul de sac. Cross another quiet street into a park and follow your nose back to the river down Phipps St. This is the charmingly named Bicton Quarantine Park. It offers shade, elevated views across Blackwall Reach, free barbeques, lots of lawn and toilets. At its base is what remains of the old Bicton Baths, the sort of place that people's grandparents learnt to swim and throw jellyfish at one another. Perth's coolest pool is here too. A purpose built water polo pool it is an even 2m deep all over. It sports some of the best public pool views in WA.

Onward. A meandery path follows very close to river's edge for about a kilometre round Blackwall Reach Road to the western end of Point Walter Reserve. Once in the reserve choose either the winding concrete path or get a few minutes of dirt riding on a couple of short trails heading up to Point Walter. Starting from Freo Station the ride distance is 8.2km. Knock a couple of k's off if you're starting in the vicinity of the East St Jetty.

Getting there by train is easy - Fremantle Station, the terminus on the Fremantle line is the best option. The path passes the station on the other side of the tracks, turn right as you exit the station to get to the crossing.

Car parking is available at E Shed (near the station), East St, John Tonkin Park, Bicton Quarantine Park, and at both ends of the path through Point Walter Reserve. E Shed, John Tonkin and the north end of Point Walter Reserve can get very busy on weekends though.

Ride in from points south on the shared path from South Beach and beyond. From the west there are shared paths on the downstream side of both bridges. Heading east the path is continuous all the way to the very good PSP that runs alongside the Kwinana Freeway. Access from Bicton, Attadale and East Freo is mostly via on-road cycle lanes. See the DPI map of the area for detail.

Bikely Map

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123734 2010-06-12T12:12:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Mosman Bay to Fremantle Bridge - Town of Mosman Park and City of Fremantle

Start point is Manners Hill Park / Keanes Point / anywhere in the vicinity of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Head south and stick to river. After politely meandering along Johnson Pde south of RFBYC for about half a k, you face a short awe inspiring hill. Most riders are advised to dismount and walk their steeds up it. Alternatively retrace your steps and turn west on Johnston St, then 1st left on Bay View Tce, for an easier climb. Either way once you reach the Mosman Park Bowling Club at the top of the hill the worst this ride has to throw at you is over!

The path east through Bay View Park offers one of the best elevated river views in Perth. If you fancy a biscuit break park yourself under one of the big sugar gums right down at the SE end of the park and take in the goings-on at Point Walter Spit.

From here around to Blackwall Reach you're mostly on the road or the footpath. Follow Owston St south and then Wellington St east. Near the bottom of Wellington on your right there is a narrow paved trail through some bush restoration. A detour down Caporn St and Chidley Way takes you to Chidley Point where you can watch stink boat wash erode a pretty little beach.

Follow Marshall Road south around Blackwall Reach, as it rises away from the river keep an eye out for a path to your left. This path takes you across a cliff front on a boardwalk and then drops you dramatically down into Minim Cove Park. From here you're on paths for a couple of kilometers around Rocky Bay. Follow the path as far as you can, it finishes at the end of Rule St in North Fremantle. Take the second left off Rule St and then right onto Corkhill. Another dramatic drop puts you back down at River Level near Pier 21. Heading west along John St takes you past Gilbert Fraser Reserve where you can often stop to take in a spot of local football or cricket. If you prefer to stay off the road you can get around the front of Pier 21 by turning left onto John St instead of right. There is public access along the foreshore but no path, so expect to walk your bike some of the way.

Almost there! a couple of little timber bridges take you through a tidal wetlands on the upstream side of the Stirling Bridge (AKA "New Bridge"), then you're under the bridge and heading across the fronts of the Northport apartments.

If you're going to carry on round the river you can chuck a right as soon as you're under the new bridge. A hundred metres up the path is a hard right turn that puts you on the bridge path. I strongly recommend ignoring that for the moment and completing the journey to the old bridge. For one you can see the stumps of Stick Bridge, the bridge that predates either of the extant bridges. For the other, the narrow plank walkway under the old bridge takes you halfway out into the river. If you're lucky enough to be here when the tide is running it is a wonderful reminder of power of water. You can also watch boats negotiate the narrow under-bridge passage at close proximity and get a reasonable view of goings on in the inner harbour.

Getting there. Crikey! you're spoilt for choice... By car. There is a reasonable amount of parking available around Manners Hill Park and RFBYC, it does get busy when the weather is warmer. Street parking and the carpark opposite Jabe Dodd Park are alternatives. Parking in Northport between the bridges is limited also. There is some parking available near Gilbert Fraser Reserve. If you don't mind starting a little further afield there is parking at Port Beach (just follow Tydeman Rd to the bridges) or across the river at East St Jetty.

By train. From the north end of the ride hop off at Mosman Park Station. Cross Stirling Highway at Glyde St and head north up the footpath to Stuart St. Head east on Stuart, 1st left on Monument, 1st right on Willis, left on Harvey, right on Swan, go to the end of Swan and then left on Palmerston and right on Johnstone St. It's the flattest, quietest route to the start point. At the other end, North Fremantle Station is the closest, but it has the disadvantage of being a kilometre up Stirling Highway. Better to cross the highway at Tydeman Road, head across the old bridge and head for Fremantle Station. Once over the bridge turn toward Freo and cross  at the first set of traffic lights and then turn right. 150 metres to the south west is the railway underpass, once on the other side you get cycle path almost to the doorstep of Fremantle Station. Alternatively cross on the new bridge, head for the river and follow the riverside or on-road path round to the rail underpass.

In addition to the arriving by train directions, if you're arriving by bike, you can come in from the The Esplanade on the north side.

For those that fancy a nibble before, during or after the ride you have so got it made. For icecreams, chips and other classic caff fare you can't go past the kiosk on Freshwater Bay. Post race chips and beer up at the yacht club bar are pretty good too. You'll have to dig considerably deeper (and maybe make a reservation) for lunch or dinner at Mosmans on Johnson Pde or Harvest on Harvest S N Freo. In North Freo you can also enjoy a gourmet burger at Flipside, (quality takes time so don't be in a hurry) or pub fare at the Swan Hotel. You'll be tripping over free barbecues thanks to generosity of the Town of Mosman Park; find them at Keanes Point Reserve, Jabe Dodd Park, Bay View Park (tucked away south of the carpark), Chidley Reserve and Minim Cove Park. Facilities like these and Mosman Park's clean toilets are notably absent once you cross the border into North Freo. Gilbert Fraser Reserve has toilets and a playground.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123735 2010-06-09T11:29:00Z 2014-01-01T14:18:06Z Sunset Coast - Port Beach to North Mole - City of Fremantle

Brave.

It's what you need to be to cross Port Beach Road and head south to the lighthouse at North Mole. The cycle path south of the Tyrdeman Road intersection has recently been extended by about a kilometre but it still ends well shy of the harbour heads and its primary function is not to allow safe passage of cyclists and pedestrians but as overflow parking for surfers, fisherfolk and live export shiploaders keen to wash themselves of guilt. 

Ride here and you will find yourself in the domain of the double B. It's all about inbound containers and outbound sheep down here. Diesel smoke, Coke bottles, cyclone fences, dust and urgency inhabit the spaces left between the bright stacks of containers.

The lighthouse at North Mole is the logical end to a ride down the the so called Sunset Coast. Getting there under pedal power is no mean feat though. Fremantle Port Authority have done their utmost to claim the last couple of the last couple of k's as private property. Get through that and you face a few hundred metres of single lane road to carry all the motorised sightseers out to the lighthouse. And back. The delicate patina of rubber coloured circles in the hardstand east of the lighthouse welcome the traveller to North Mole. All that remains to do is check out the lighthouse and passing marine traffic, and maybe throw a line in. 

For the brave and determined;

The closest train station is North Fremantle. Hop off and head to the sea (you can't miss it), turn left.

By bike either come down Tydeman Road or Curtin Avenue, both through North Fremantle, both have bike paths adjacent to them.

There's a car park associated with Salt on the Beach Restaurant, as well as beach amenities like showers and toilets. There's no need to go hungry in this neck of the woods; aside from Salt on the Beach who operate a classic beach kiosk as well as the restaurant and bar, you can mix it with the truckies down at the Rous Head Café or chow down on more deep fried fare at Northport Ferry Terminal.

Rous Head is home to one of the ferry terminals servicing the biking paradise that is Rottnest Island. If you're planning on riding to the ferry you'd be better advised to depart from C Shed on the south side of the harbour.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123736 2010-05-27T13:04:00Z 2014-01-01T14:23:51Z Herdsman Lake - City of Stirling, Department of Environment and Conservation

Though some of the paths around Herdsman Lake are paved you'll see the best of it on the dirt. On the north east side there are a few very pretty stretches of path through paperbark and eucalypt groves. The entire circuit is flat making it a cruisey ride for novices and children. Distractions are plentiful for those that like to stop to catch their breath and enjoy the scenery. Expect to cover about 8 km if you explore all the little side trails on the circuit.

Birdlife on the lake system is abundant and there are several hides around the north and east of the lake as well as a pedestrian only boardwalk associated with the Herdsman Wildlife Centre. The Gould League run bird walks from the centre on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 8am

The West side of the lake is dominated by large grassed areas. This side, once home to market gardens and stables, was controversially "reclaimed" for residential real estate in the 1980s. The contrast between the east and west sides of the lake is pronounced to say the least. Trees seem to have been outlawed in Floreat Waters!

Settlers Cottage was rescued and relocated when Pearson St was widened in 1991. It is operated by the National Trust but is currently closed.

Access by bike and car couldn't be easier.

By bike; there are so many entry points to the path that it doesn't make sense to list them, just enter from whatever direction you're coming in from. The sealed cycle path adjacent to Jon Sanders Drive is part of the Perth Bicycle Network Continuous Signed Route NW9.

If you fancy getting there by train, Glendalough station is very close. Head west over the pedestrian bridge at the southern end of the station, then south on the bike path to Powis St. Powis St west takes you straight to the section of the NW9 route mentioned above.

By car - the main roads around the edge of the lake are Herdsman Parade, Jon Sanders Drive and Pearson Street. From freeway south take the Powis Street exit to Jon Sanders Drive. From freeway north exit at Cedric Street and take Ellen Stirling Boulevard, Scarborough Beach Road and Stephenson Avenue to Jon Sanders Drive. Other main roads into the area are Hale Road from the west and Selby Street from the south.

There are car parks and playgrounds around the perimeter. No free barbecues though and, despite assertion to the contrary on the City of Stirling website, there are no public toilets. Doubtless the Herdsman Wildlife Centre has toilets, however they will only be accessible during their weekday opening hours

http://www.wagouldleague.com.au/about.htm

http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/active-transport/at_CYC_map_Stirling_Swan.pdf

Thanks to Thoglette on the BNA Forum for suggesting this ride

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123738 2010-05-12T05:09:00Z 2013-10-08T15:47:27Z Karrakatta PSP - High Art or High Desert? - City of Nedlands

High art

Public art is a contentious issue for local government authorities at the best of times. The City of Nedlands has has managed the design and commissioning of its most recent installation very carefully and the result is a powerful piece laced with meaning. It is at once massive and expensive and yet it recedes in the urban landscape revealing itself to only the most rigorous scrutiny.

 

The work is the largest and most expensive public artwork in Western Australia brought to fruition in some years. That it was not without it problems should not be overlooked, however the City of Nedlands are to be congratulated for their singleminded pursuit of what is surely destined to become a cultural icon.

 

The piece itself masquerades as infrastructure, 360 metres of shared pedestrian and cycle path, flanked by, and floating above, the a pair of unusually curvaceous roundabouts. From the air they could be hips or breasts, the railway line forming a backbone. The path viewed from this Godly angle can only represent a severe inflammation of the spineless. And that is not where the Godliness of this magnificent piece ends. Its proximity to the dead centre of Perth, its altar-like aspect aloof from traffic, its inaccessibility underline a deeper message. 

At street level it is surprisingly understated. It is rare that its pristine tarmac is sullied by the foot or cycle traffic that it pretends to serve. The secret is not in securing the work by ordinary means such as fences but simply by making the course too short and isolated for it to be of any use or interest to the public.

 

The depth of the artwork is stunning. The artists have stopped at nothing to ensure that its incorporation into the day to day life of the city is complete. It is a rare public art installation that is not neatly encapsulated within its own tidy world, be it a public lawn, the centre of a roundabout, the pea gravel forecourt of the council offices. Karrakatta PSP unashamedly explodes these polite social mores. Work is seemingly never complete around the piece; the on-road cycle lane is removed one month, cycle lane ends signs are posted another. Curious diversions are set up round the Irwin Barracks entrance. Most intriguing is a pile of mullock and rubble left by a storm drain for months on end. While other works have ceased for the interim this pile of crud creates a ghostly air of expectancy and serves to remind the viewer nothing is ever complete.

 

The illusion extends from the infrastructure, if you will, to verbal and written exchanges with the council. Any enquiry made to the Artists at the City of Nedlands is met with Kafka-esque responses in writing on the City’s letterhead. Denial of simple measurable facts and mysterious “replies” to what appear to be unrelated correspondence rapidly create a maddenly delicious and elaborate tangle of bureaucratic irony. There is poetry in witnessing a master of their craft at work. To involve and engage and, even frustrate, the interested viewer in the (ongoing) creation of a significant work is nothing short of genius.

High desert

 

The high desert is an environment of extremes: it is the driest and hottest place on earth. Strong winds of incompetence drive all but the bravest of souls back. On the rare occasions that they subside the careful listener may hear the periodic sigh characteristic of an expiring political career.

Few animal species are found in Nedland’s high desert environment. While the Karrakatta PSP Notional Park has a good profile of extinct individuals, evidence of life up here is confined to snakes in the grass. Occasionally lost council workers or cyclists are found in wandering some parts of the high desert. No sightings of whitus collari staffenati or councilloramus have ever been made in the area.

This area, once a safe corridor for the cyclist is now dominated by urgent motor traffic.

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tag:perthbikepaths.com.au,2013:Post/123739 2010-04-30T10:04:00Z 2015-04-03T05:37:32Z Goodwood Parade to Garvey Park - City of Belmont

“City of Opportunity”(!) a couple of constructivist silhouettes optimistically proclaim at points around Belmont and its subsidiary suburbs. This mostly flat 8k ride is actually a pretty good advertisement for the best that Belmont has to offer while neatly managing to avoid the worst. 

 

The best of it should be obvious from even a disdainfully fleeting glance at the map; it follows the mid reaches of the Swan River as it wanders aimlessly across the flat of the coastal plain. The path ducks in close to the river now, then briefly climbs up and back for a cinematic panorama. 

 

Marvel at the way invasive bamboo has taken a chokehold here. Be enchanted by habitat restoration underway there. A patch of remnant native bush opens to reveal pretty jetty that is a wedding photographer’s dream.

 

This part of the river is close and sheltered making it a favourite haunt of rowing teams in training. I deduce from the presence of fisherfolk in dinghies and on shore there must be the odd fish of size still left poking about. At the upstream end round where Redcliffe Bridge crosses you may spot some rather larger critters bobbing about in the drink; Belmont is home to Ascot Racecourse. A good two thirds of this ride is in Ascot, the suburb, and Ascot, the suburb, has a higher population density of the genus equus than is usual in the Perth metro area. 


The path is dotted with interesting oddments of local history. The most dramatic are the old brick kilns and their associated chimneys south of the racecourse. In a brickie sort of vein there’s also Bristile Park which once was home to display panels of roof tiles. A cute gnome size brick house remains. Unoccupied it seems. 


The path for the length of the ride is mostly concrete or tarmac in good condition. A stretch of narrow boardwalk at the south end of Garvey Park provides comic relief. The few hundred metres of street riding to the east of Ascot Racecourse is well enough sorted with a good on road painted lane. Motor traffic here is light and accustomed to frequent horses and riders so it’s about as safe as street riding gets.

 

The only real drama is crossing Grandstand Road between Ascot Waters and the racecourse. Cyclists are let down badly by signage here. For those on a meandery sort of a day, blunder your way through Ascot Waters admiring the ghostly Stepford perfection of it all and cross to the north of the junction of Waterway Cr and Grandstand.

 

Once on the northeast side head northwest on the footpath toward Garrett Road Bridge. The cycle path heads east around the north side of the racecourse just south of the bridge. Travelers coming from Garvey Park should cross Grandstand as soon as possible and either go through Ascot Waters or down the footpath on Grandstand.


If you’re looking for a shorter ride simply turn back when you reach Grandstand Road from either direction; you’ve come about half way along anyway.

 

Weekday mornings and evenings, the southern half of it particularly, (from Ascot Racecourse to Goodwood Pde) is a commuter run. There are some sharpish and blindish corners so it pays to be somewhat less than witless on this stretch at these times. It’s a great out and back ride manageable by just about anybody owing to its mostly flat nature. There are a couple of short steep parts half way between Hardey Park and Cracknell Park.


If cycling picnics are your bag you're in for a treat! There are free barbecue facilities at Adachi Park, Gould Reserve (at the end of Epsom Ave) and Garvey Park. Garvey Park is huge and shady (lots of dog walkers though). It’s the home of the Ascot Kayak Club and also a jolly good kiosk which is open 5 days from 8 am. There are toilets at the boat-ramp, Adachi Park, The Esplanade and Garvey Park, though the day I rode the only one that had any loo paper was at Garvey Park - you have been warned!

Start Points are easy peasy

Western end


By bike (yes!), you can come at the downstream end from the city via Windan Bridge (Graham Farmer Freeway) or from points south o’ river from Burswood or through Lathlain (cross the freeway at Riversdale Rd)


Closest train stations are Belmont Park (not all trains stop there though), Claisebrook on the  city side or Burswood.


By car, take the Victoria Park Drive exit from either direction on the Graham Farmer Freeway, stay on or head to the east side of the freeway and park at the Goodwood Pde boat-ramp. Which, by quirk of history and urban renewal, is actually on Balbuk Way not Goodwood Pde.


Eastern end

There’s a bike path from Guildford that comes down Fauntleroy Ave.


Car access is Fautleroy Ave with plenty of parking at Garvey Park.


Trains run rather inconveniently on the other side of the river.

 

Bikely Map Link 


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