Having done The Tan and The City Circle at 30min each, I decided to take on a bigger challenge, something that would stretch me. Many pundits are saying that the biggest competitor to BikeSharing is Public Transport, why ride when tram or bus could do. Well, I showed that BikeShare is twice as fast as the Melbourne City Circle Tram, so I thought I would take on the Melbourne Shuttle Bus. For those who don’t know it, here is the route, which the website says take and hour and a half to complete the circuit.
While the Shuttle bus has 7 drop-off/pick-up point, there are 20 BikeShare stations along the route, that almost three times as many stops points. Combined with the potential for absolute freedom, Bikeshare is very attractive. If I am able to do the route under an hour, it will be 33% quicker than the Shuttle Bus.
Well, unfortunately my first attempt of this route my GPS failed me, stopping 2/3rd of the way through. But it was still in 40 minutes, so it looks like I could complete the course in the time. Here’s is the results. http://runkeeper.com/user/ChristophHewett/activity/13652500
Based on what I experienced, it is a beautiful ride, giving the rider four different views of the city (MCG, Parkville, Docklands & St.Kilda Rd) and many points to stop for photos. But this is a challenging ride and not recommended for inexperienced riders or tourists. The routs uses a combination of road, on and off-road bike paths and foot-paths, has roughly equal number of left and right hand turns (including spill-lanes and hook turns). The rider must know Melbourne roads well, including CBD, St.Kilda & Footscray Rds and the treacherous Elizabeth St roundabout.
One of the perks this trip was to be able to stop and observe a double rainbow over Docklands and make this short video. http://christophhewett.tumblr.com/post/876931343/awesome-double-rainbow-in-melbourne which is a parody of the short lived internet meme, “Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI)
Round two will happen soon, and I’ll keep you informed.