On 25 July 2015 I met 5 other Busanites to join forces and cycle together from Haeundae to Jinha Beach. To be honest I'm not a big fan of Facebook, but it has it's practical uses, one of which made 5 strangers meet up at 08:00am in front of Starbucks to cycle together.
The purpose of the cycle was social and not performance based, and so we ended up being a very diverse and interesting group. And yet everyone's open mindedness and support for each other is what made the ride great!
Here's a slide show created by one of the participants:
Some observations from the ride:
Finish: Gijang and back to Haeundae
Elevation: mostly flat with a steep hill on Dalmaji road
Road surface: mostly car road, a small section of cycling track.
Transportation: Take the subway to Jungdong station on the green line, Exit 7
Transportation back: There is an option of a train between 15:00 and 16:00 from Gijang or any other East coast station back to Haeundae or Dongnae station. It has 5 bicycle seats.
After a bit of a lull in my cycling I'm back and I've been out and about lately revisiting some favourite routes. A lot of construction has been going on near Songjeong beach and Gijang, due to the development of the East Coast Tourism Complex. A huge Lotte mall has been built and they are still busy building a theme park, water park, hotels, retirement villages and golf courses. Some of this construction is resulting in new roads, tunnels and routes that did not exist before.
I've also been noticing the signs going up for the new East coast cycle route, starting at the top of the East coast of Korea. It seems down here near Busan, they are simply adding signs for the route and not really creating any new cycling roads. Also some of the route seems to follow the busy road 14, while there are other lovely coastal alternatives available. I was really hoping the old train track would be converted into a cycling track going round Dalmaji, but it will be left as an old train track for tourists to walk on, while Dalmaji hill has become part of the East coast cycling route. I guess for the long distance cyclists it will become that last climb before descending into Busan and Haeundae.
Another change is that Dalmaji road has been re-paved, almost 100%. This is great news! It's been part of my commute in the past and now many of those nasty potholes and uneven bits are history! There's also some markers installed near drain covers that stand out, which is a nice touch.
Above is the route I would recommend for the first 30 km up the coast. There are subtle changes.
A lovely 50km flat ride along the river and you can take a train from Miryang back to Busan at 18:20 with a bicycle rack.
I've cycled up the Nakdong river many times, but this time I decided to veer off the dedicated cycled route and try to make my own way to the town of Miryang. However to my great surprise I found a dedicated cycling path all the way to Miryang. What was even more surprising is that this path is not even indicated on Naver maps, it's completely empty of other people and all between the farmlands. This was literally the perfect 50km if you just want to cruise along with the wind in your hair or try to reach top speeds. ( I chose to cruise.)
Of course you can cycle to Miryang and back for a perfect 100 km.
Elevation: very flat
Surface: cycling road all the way
Transport to Yangsan: Take the subway to Yangsan station or take a bus to Yangsan
Transport from Miryang: Take a train to Busan station (18:20 only train with cycle racks) or take a bus to Sasang.
One of my favourite rides in Busan, is from Haeundae up the East coast in the direction of Ulsan. Scroll down for some pictures and a detailed google map of the route.
DISTANCE: 85 - 95km
Reasons why this is a great ride:
At the same time also be aware of the following:
Sights to see:
The MBC bike festival over Gwangan Bridge has been rescheduled for 25th of May 2014.
For our 3rd Busan Bike Party we will take part as a group in the MBC Bike festival, it is a family bike ride over Gwangan Bridge in Busan. The top part of the bridge will be closed for cars and cyclists will get a chance to cycle over it. (usually no bikes allowed).
Date: Sunday 25 May 2014
Place: Daecheon Elementary school, near Kyungsung University station. Busan
Race Start time: 9:00 am
Group meeting time: 8:00 (see map below)
Completion time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Application fee: 5000 won
Helmets: Required, participants will be disqualified without them.
Course map: http://busanmbcbike.com/course/course01.php
Please read the Rules and regulations (translated from Korean) carefully before participating.
For detailed directions on where and when to meet please click the picture below:
1. Kyungsung University station
2. Daecheong Elementary School
3. Parking available
This event has also been postponed until June 21st 2014 due to the unfortunate ferry accident.
I've always wanted to participate in this event, it happens every year. So I just entered myself! It's all in Korean, but ask a Korean friend to help and it's quick and easy. I've heard so many good stories about this event!
Many cyclists arrive in Busan after completing their epic Seoul to Busan bike tour. One of the biggest questions after giving your bum a rest and celebrating your achievement is how to get back to Seoul. There are 4 bus terminals in Busan, knowing which one to use can be very helpful.
Busan Central Bus Terminal (Nopo st.)
Seobu (West) Bus Terminal
Any information about cycling in South Korea.