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Airport Open For Bikes

By che 22 December 2008 52

In another coup for the Pedal Power Mafia of Canberra they’ve achieved one for thier goals for the year in getting the cycle paths to the Canberra Airport open. According to the Chief Minister it comes 4 months early (how he gets 4 months early when it was due to finish in February?) but it still provides good cycle access to all the government offices that have been moved out to the cheap rent of Brindabella Business Park and Fairbairn.

With all the road congestion around the airport and few/no buses a bike is sounding like a good way to get to work.

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la mente torbida 12:57 pm 23 Dec 08

Felix, we’re on the same wavelength, however, even two abreast causes me to move over to the opposite side of the road.

One of my dogs is a recalcitrant wheel attacker….i appreciate the call of ‘bike’ when coming from behind so I can get her off the path before she takes out the cyclist

justbands 12:56 pm 23 Dec 08

I know this is off topic…but willows can actually increase rates of erosion by diverting the water away from the main watercourse. Also, short term erosion is quite common & expected when you remove willows before the area returns to more normal/natural conditions.

Thumper 12:47 pm 23 Dec 08

Real ecologists know: first you establish desirable trees THEN you kill the weed species

And you leave the roots of existing exotics in the ground to help bind the soil together, ie, decrease the rate of erosion.

Felix the Cat 12:43 pm 23 Dec 08

la mente torbida said :

Felix, interesting post. As a commuter along Alexandrina Dr each morning, I am used to sharing the narrow, winding road with cyclists (even those that insist on riding three abreast).

I also use bike paths to walk my dogs and happily share these paths with cyclists…matbe you should learn to share as well, these facilities are for the community.

I don’t mind sharing the bike paths, but as I said, it can be quite dangerous for all parties concerned if a cyclist travelling at 40km/h+ runs into pedestrians (and/or dogs) that are walking 3 or 4 or more abreast. No doubt these are the same people (the pedestrians) that behave exactly the same in the shopping malls (see thread about Canberra shopping hours). Calling out or ringing a bell gets little or no reaction most times and sometimes can even compound the problem as the few people that don’t have iPod earpieces glued in their ears turn around to see what the noise/shouting is about and step in front of you.

I never travel 3 abreast while riding my bike with others, only 2 which I believe is legal.

la mente torbida 8:54 am 23 Dec 08

Felix, interesting post. As a commuter along Alexandrina Dr each morning, I am used to sharing the narrow, winding road with cyclists (even those that insist on riding three abreast).

I also use bike paths to walk my dogs and happily share these paths with cyclists…matbe you should learn to share as well, these facilities are for the community.

tylersmayhem 8:52 am 23 Dec 08

Canberra must be one of the few cities in the world where the bus drivers are more dangerous than the cabbies.

Haha, true. But if I were to take your comment literally, I could start a lengthy list of cities for you 😉

ant 10:54 pm 22 Dec 08

justbands said :

> I noticed a new bike path going along that spot where they’ve wrecked all the river-side trees.

You mean “removed all the weed/pest trees”? Nothing gone but poplars & willows…which are rightfully being eradicated.

And now the naked banks are being eroded by the wash from the speed boats, and the platypus find it harder to dig a friendly burrow.

Real ecologists know: first you establish desirable trees THEN you kill the weed species.

Felix the Cat 8:08 pm 22 Dec 08

The problem with so called ‘bike paths’ is that they need to be [i]shared[/i] with pedestrians, joggers, dogs and cyclists of varying (sometimes questionable) abilities doing a variety of speeds and often occupying the complete path or going against the traffic.

The on-road cycle lanes are generally only occupied by cyclists that are going with the flow of traffic and are on the left. Granted the cyclists generally travel slower than the cars but that shouldn’t be of any concern to drivers because the cyclists are in their own dedicated lane and their should be plenty of room for the motorists to pass without slowing down (though it would be a nice gesture if the motorist – in particular buses – slowed slightly when passing as the wind gust from a vehicle passing can be unsettling for the cyclist (knock them off their bike in some cases).

On a bike path it is not uncommon for cyclists/joggers/pedestrians/other to be coming towards you in your lane or taking up both lanes of the path. Then there is the speed difference between Mum, Dad and little Johnny/Jenny quietly walking along the path at say 3 or 4km/h and a cyclist whizzing along at anything up to 60km/h. If there is a coming together it can be nasty for all parties involved. That is why it is more practical to ride on the road in some instances.

shiny flu 7:33 pm 22 Dec 08

The roads out to the airport really weren’t/aren’t suited to ‘sharing the road’.

Here, it makes quite a bit of sense considering the new developments.

Lenient 6:49 pm 22 Dec 08

I wouldn’t purposely hit a car driver with my semi, but if it happened because a motorist wasn’t using a perfectly bus good service, then I can’t say I’d feel too sorry for them.

H1NG0 3:59 pm 22 Dec 08

justbands said :

I have some relatives that are bus drivers…they’d be really offended by those comments! As if they need bike racks to swipe pedestrians and cyclists! 😉

Ahh but the point is are they an ACTION bus driver? If not, then that is ok. Canberra must be one of the few cities in the world where the bus drivers are more dangerous than the cabbies.

justbands 3:50 pm 22 Dec 08

I have some relatives that are bus drivers…they’d be really offended by those comments! As if they need bike racks to swipe pedestrians and cyclists! 😉

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