I started out mostly on bike paths, but they are so slow and inconvenient that I switched to back streets and minor arterials within a few months. The area that I ride through is a lowish medium density inner urban area, including the suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Brunswick, North Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood. This is an area with lots of 1-2brm low rise flats and some new medium density but no real high rise. The actual population density here is about the same as 1/6ac detatched suburbia as a result of fairly low residential occupancies.
22yo, 6'5", 140kg, riding mostly to cut costs and get back in shape..