Ryde - North, West or East
"North Ryde - a colourful mix of lifestyles"
Ryde is one big municipal suburb which is split into Ryde, North Ryde, West Ryde and East Ryde... I have not really heard of a South Ryde as yet.
I personally live and work in North Ryde, which is a great place to be. It's close to the city (15-20 mins drive, or 30 mins by bus). The bus sevices are efficient. The main roads running through the area are Lane Cove Road and Victoria Rd. Ryde is close to the highways (Epping Highway, Pacific Highway) and Lane Cove Tunnel.
North Ryde has a balance of work and play.
Working in North Ryde
It is close to the Macquarie business park which has attracted lots of multinationals, technology, software, pharmaceutical and research companies into the area.
There's lots of greenery around, so the area still maintains a nice green belt for those lunctime walks. And the Macquarie Shopping Centre, Talavera Rd or Cox's Rd Village is close enough for a lunchtime catch up with friends, browse through the shops or a quick manicure.
There are at least 3 gyms that I know of within a 3km radius - Stamford Hotel at the corner of Herring & Epping Rd, Active near Mariott Courtyard on Talavera Rd, and Fitness First at the North Ryde RSL near Pittwater Rd. Peak Physique holds Saturday morning Fitness in the Park sessions - you can book this via the Macquarie Community College website or sign up with Peak Physique directly.
Traffic in North Ryde
Yes, the Lane Cove Road and Victoria Roads are still notorious for the traffic jams, especially if there are road works or an accident. If you are in the Lane Cove Road area, the whole place works almost like a grid, so often, you can avoid the jams by using some of the parallel roads in the area. Try using smaller roads like Wicks, Cox, Herring, Bridge, Quarry Roads to get away from the main road.