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Published October 14th 2012
Plympton's Linear Park
The Westside bikeway reserve slices through the western suburbs from Deacon ave Mile End south running almost parallel to Anzac highway until it reaches Morphett road at Novar Gardens. The bikeway follows the route of the old Holdfast Bay railway built in 1880, and there are still some remnants of the Plympton Station platform near Marion road.
The bikeway is well-maintained, sealed, flat and snakes its way past reserves and ovals through the suburbs of Marleston, Kurralta Park, Plympton and Camden Park before ending at Morphett road. Council has installed Park infrastructure including lighting, bins, park furniture, signage and playgrounds along the route. Richmond and Marion roads are the only main roads to cross, both of which have lights and pedestrian crossing signals.
The beauty of it is that once at the end, you can ride past Camden Oval, cross over Anzac Highway and continue along Dunbar terrace parallel to the tram line into the heart of Glenelg. From there you can link up with the coast pathway either north to Semaphore or south to Noarlunga if you are really keen. Westside bikeway is a quiet, relaxing ride through pleasant neighbourhoods ideal for leisure riders as it's only 9km one way. Commuters will love it too, as it's a short ride from the start of the bikeway to James Congdon drive, Sir Donald Bradman drive, and then Grote st into the CBD. It's possible to get from the CBD to Glenelg in approx. 40 minutes by bike, and the pathway is wide enough for cyclists and walkers to easily pass.