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Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:57 pm
by marnold72
Hi Folks,
I have ridden the M5 from River Road (AT) Revesby to the CBD the last 2 days (29/9 & 1/10).
I have ridden all the way along to the bike exit just before the tunnel entrance.
Riding to the city I have found to be fine, there is about 100 meters of baracades on the King Georges Road exit.
I havent found this to be too problematic and given that its in one of the exit lanes the traffic hasn't been too bad in terms of its moving speed.
I have been riding at 8am in the morning, so the traffic has been banked up well before then anyway :-)

On the way home from the CBD its a bit of a different story, at the Bexley Rd on ramp there are signs on the closest telegraph pole to the ramp (yellow signs) stating that the shoulder is closed to cyclists and to use the shared path.
I then have rode the shared path but a fair way along but the path then is also closed as well and there are signs saying to use "local streets"
I think its due to retaining wall work related to the work on the shoulder.
Today on my trip home I rode through Narwee and jumped back on the shared path at Penshurst Road and got back on he M5 proper (AT) Belmore Road.
I'll snap some photos next time I have the phone out.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:02 pm
by wombatK
At least for eastbound, I think there's a small sign on the left-hand side near the start of the Belmore Rd exit at Riverwood (the last you can take before KGR). Exceedingly easy to miss it though. I don't regularly use the Bexley Rd on-ramp, except when cycling, so don't know if there's anything better there.

It's probably difficult to put barricades across the shoulder, because some fool motorist will drive into them and cause a chain-reaction stack that closes
the M5 for half a day. But really, a "cyclists must exit" addition to the Belmore Rd sign and changing of the "cyclists cross here" sign along the ramp to "cyclists must exit"
would be really helpful. Additionally, the bicycles signs painted on the shoulder between Belmore Rd and Bexley Rd should be blacked out until the work is done ... just so
an errant cyclists isn't falsely reassured. IIRC, the "cross here" signs are still there, as are the painted signs on the shoulder

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:26 pm
by NhiTrac
Drove on the M5 just this weekend and i'd avoid it until the work has been done as the shoulders have been closed at the KGR on/exit ramp in both directions. Leaving the only possible place to ride is in the actual left lane itself which will have you mingling with trucks and cars flooring it trying to get up to speed.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:24 pm
by NhiTrac
Emailed them today and it sounds like the work at KGR won't be finished until early 2017 :shock:

Anyone done the alternative route as marked in the PDF below?

Edit: the no access between KGR and Bexley also appears to be "permanent" according to the PDF :evil:

Thank you for your enquiry.

The King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade is the first phase of the NSW Government’s Westconnex project and is managed by contractor Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd. The works are estimated for completion early 2017. The eastbound and westbound shoulders will be closed from Belmore Rd ramps to King Georges Rd Ramps and through to the M5 East during this time. A cyclist detour route has been implemented which is shown in the following link ... pgrade.pdf

More information can be found at the project website ... hange.html

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:07 pm
by SteveTheTiger
Latest update on alternatives to M5 shared paths through Beverley Hills/Kingsgrove

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:19 pm
by Saro28
Update on KG Rd on ramp. There is still some work at the intersection of on ramp approach from Beverly Hills. So small section of barricades remain closing bike/break down lane. After that the bike lane is completed with all barricades removed.
Work should be completed soon

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:54 pm
by Saro28
And a late follow up. East and west bound is limited to King G Rd on/off ramps. Speed zone is 100kph. Ride safe, be careful crossing entry,exit ramps.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:47 pm
by nmelser
I'm planning on riding out to campbelltown stadium next saturday to watch the tigers play. I live in Dulwich Hill. I'll probably get the train back home. But I'm wondering what condition the M5 is in at the moment going westbound? Is construction impacting on the bike space? I've never been on the M5, or any big highway before, is it okay? I'm fine on busy inner west roads, not sure if it is stupid to attempt an M5 trip or not. If it isn't in good riding condition at the moment, is there an alternative to getting out there? Thanks for your time.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:18 am
by wombatK
The shoulder is still closed between Bexley Rd and King George's Rd. Detour is via local streets. The open part is fine for riding but be very careful crossing on and off ramps ... Lookout for idiots making last second turns.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:28 am
by Kev365428
Also you will need to use the footpath on the bridge crossing the Georges River between Moorebank Rd and the Hume Hwy. You'll see why when you get there.

The rest of the ride down to the Stadium is pretty good.

Pity you'll ride all that way to see the Tigers lose. :-)


Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:49 pm
by nmelser
Yeah, I saw the road is closed up until King George's, the back streets seem fine for that section.

Other sections don't have roadworks impacting on the shoulder?

Will be very careful on the exits.

I saw the George's river pedestrian path on google maps, but is it obvious when you're riding? It looks like it could be a sign that could be missed.

Also, would it be stupid to ride home after the game? It would be dark, I have lights. I figure I might need to ride the frustration of another loss off. But won't if it is too risky.

Finally, Is the M5 a ride you guys enjoy? Or is it just the speediest way home? Slightly dubious about the thought of 100km/h trucks racing past. I'm keen to try distance hwy runs, though.

Thanks for your assistance.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:00 am
by wombatK
When the M5 was open between Riverwood and Bexley North, it was a regular weekly ride for me and I found it more comfortable than riding on most roads. You get a lane to yourself mostly (rare to have a breakdown in the shoulder lane). A truck or car passing you at 50 kph on a backstreet is every bit as capable of killing you as one at 100 kph on the motorway. Visibility and clearance on the motorway give everyone a bigger margin for error. If you ride this section towards the city in morning peak hour, you'll be passing traffic for most of the way so the threat is even less. Just have to be wary of traffic accelerating onto the off-ramps.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:39 pm
by Kev365428
The M5 is by far and away the safest section of road you'll ride on. As wombatK has stated, you get a whole breakdown lane to yourself. just watch out for debris. And yes, it's fast. Averages of up to 40km/h are not unusual.

When you cross the Moorebank Rd on ramp heading west, there is a side path on the left that is really easy to see. The breakdown lane ends soon after that and the end of the lane is quite visible so you wont miss it.

As for riding home in the dark, a lot of my rides a year or so ago were at 4:30am along there, so darkness isn't a problem so long as your lighting is up to the job - both front and rear.

Re: M5 Safety Alert Thread

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:56 pm
by NhiTrac
Road from Chatswood to Ingleburn today to see my mum. Haven't rode on the M5 for at least a year.

It's still a very good ride even with the shoulder closures at Bexley. Just means you have to take the shared path from Bexley to Belmore road where you can jump on the M5 shoulder again.

But one thing I don't miss are the debris...