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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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Airport Open For Bikes
justbands 12:39 pm 22 Dec 08

> did the government have an oversupply of green paint?

I think we’re getting confused here…isn’t this post about a purpose built cycleway?? All the whinging & whining about cycle lanes is blurring the story.

barking toad 12:30 pm 22 Dec 08

Flying pigs would be good too. But I probably wouldn’t use them.

I use bike paths and sometimes bike lanes. The cost of the lanes just can’t be justified because they’re nice to have though.

I’m surprised the mayor hasn’t got one running to his new motel so he can ponce about his human rights wank and get us to supply bikes for the visitors to ride there to supply syringes.That’s if it ever opens.

Thumper 12:28 pm 22 Dec 08

did the government have an oversupply of green paint?

it appears that bizarre cycle lanes are popping up everywhere. Surely it would be better to spend some money and build purpose built cycleways rather than ruining perfectly good raods.

tylersmayhem 12:17 pm 22 Dec 08

It’s just that I see the one climbing up Hindmarsh that suddenly stops and the one that starts part way along Newcastle street and all of a sudden stops in the middle of nowhere as if a cyclist could call in a helicopter to drop off then collect.

Okay, 3 post NB here again 🙂 – yes exactly the reason why most of us cycle on the road rather than ride on bike paths that take you god knows where. Sadly the better option is to tackle bike lanes which are largely unfinished.

More facilities for ALL Canberran’s. Instead of bitch, just appreciate it hey?! I probably won’t ever be riding on it, but I appreciate options for all of us, and certainly don’t feel hard done by that my taxes are going towards the path, even though I won’t be using it.

Now for some decent other options out to the airport other than taxi. Monopoly obviously means no Action buses!

tylersmayhem 12:11 pm 22 Dec 08

I thought cyclists wanted to ride on the roads…

Roads…out at the airport – HAHAHAHAHA, that’s hilarious Peter! OI suppose they could be called that.

tylersmayhem 12:09 pm 22 Dec 08

And these pristine cycle lanes will last forever, largely uncontaminated by cyclists.

What – because YOU will refuse to use it?

justbands 11:55 am 22 Dec 08

> Pardon me for being a tad cynical about these cycle lanes.

So you’d be happy then that they’ve created a cycle path to the airport, instead of putting cycle lanes on the road? Or is this also a waste of money, ’cause you know, cyclists would rather ride on the roads (apparently)? Should they have put cycle lanes in instead? I’m confused.

barking toad 11:48 am 22 Dec 08

Pardon me for being a tad cynical about these cycle lanes.

It’s just that I see the one climbing up Hindmarsh that suddenly stops and the one that starts part way along Newcastle street and all of a sudden stops in the middle of nowhere as if a cyclist could call in a helicopter to drop off then collect.

And it would be rude of me to mention the lane that runs on Hindmarsh from Weston to Woden parallel to a perfectly good bike path, said lane being, again, largely uncontaminated by cyclists.

Do we really need to spend on these extravagances while letting the city infrastructure decay? Maybe it would better to maintain the existing paths.

But the mayor is more about style than substance. Hence the money spent on his memorials disguised as art.

justbands 11:11 am 22 Dec 08

> I thought cyclists wanted to ride on the roads…

If the cycle path goes where you want to go & is well maintained, I’m sure MOST cyclists would prefer to use it instead of the road. My commute to work is about 16kms, at least 12 of those are on a cycle path.

peterh 11:07 am 22 Dec 08

justbands said :

> And these pristine cycle lanes will last forever, largely uncontaminated by cyclists.

There’s plenty of office workers stuck out there, I’m sure these paths will get some use.

for walking?

I thought cyclists wanted to ride on the roads…

justbands 10:59 am 22 Dec 08

> And these pristine cycle lanes will last forever, largely uncontaminated by cyclists.

There’s plenty of office workers stuck out there, I’m sure these paths will get some use.

barking toad 10:57 am 22 Dec 08

This is fantastic. This is terrific.

And these pristine cycle lanes will last forever, largely uncontaminated by cyclists.

But I’m sure the mayor will get some carbon credits to sell under the ETS.

harvyk1 10:51 am 22 Dec 08

If Terry Snow thinks he’ll make a quick buck from it, I bet he would allow the rebels to set up camp there.

fnaah 10:41 am 22 Dec 08

For a moment there I thought the headline said “Airport Open for Bikies”.

That would have been a more entertaining story. Nothing against pedal power, of course. I just wanted to read about how Terry Snow was supplementing his massive income by allowing the rebels to set up camp in some of the unused space at BBP.

harvyk1 10:38 am 22 Dec 08

Good on the Pedal Power Mafia, this is exactly what they should be doing to help the cyclists of Canberra.

Now lets see how many cyclists actually use the paths.

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