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|Bicycling is a fun and exciting experience, and a
great way to exercise. There is also an element of danger when the bicycle tries to
compete for space with its bigger and faster compatriot... the C-A-R. Unfortunately
in a competition between car and bicycle... the car wins every time. The best
of bicycle paths are those through natural settings where there are no cars. The
better paths are those that provide a separation or barrier between the bicycle and car,
and the "much better than nothing" paths provide a painted line at the side of
the road to form a bicycle lane, some of which are marked as bicycle lanes, others are
assumed to be safety lanes, and all provide a degree of comfort to the bicycle rider.
None of the noted Melbourne bicycle paths fall into the "best" category, but most are wide concrete paths like side walks with wide separation from the road way. A few are painted lanes along the side of the road. Overall, the city has done an excellent job in providing easy bicycle access to anywhere in the area.
4'07 Mr. J. Wells
emailed us with this statement: "I can tell
you from personal experience that as of this morning there are
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