Airport Open For Bikes

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 😉

niftydog niftydog 3:48 pm 22 Dec 08

H1NG0 said :

Aren’t those bars of the front for impaling people?

Ah, so that’s what those little numbers are on the front – kill count.

H1NG0 H1NG0 3:44 pm 22 Dec 08

Hang on, Action bus drivers? I thought it was their job to try and take out pedestrians and cyclists. Aren’t those bars of the front for impaling people?

justbands justbands 3:44 pm 22 Dec 08

> Phew, I am relieved justbands! I was having nightmares of you blocking my garage 😉

Hehe…& here I was having nightmares about you swerving to hit me with your mirror!

Seriously though, I drive my car on the roads & I ride my bike on the roads. As a driver, I’ve seldom had any issues with cyclists. The only times they annoy me is when they pick & choose when to follow the road rules or not. As a cyclist, I’ve seldom had any issues with cars…only the odd idiot who decides it’s his (always a he) job to give you a fright by sverving at you & laughing, often with a passenger yelling something stupid out the window (oddly enough they’re usually not so tough when you ride up next to them at the next set of lights). So really, I don’t get what all the fuss is about.

niftydog niftydog 3:40 pm 22 Dec 08

…a perfectly good bike lane path?

There’s the rub – there’s no such thing. Very few if any cycle paths that are of as high quality as the (on-road) cycle lanes. Nor are the cycle paths as direct as the roads.

Put yourself in this situation – you have a choice of two roads to get to work in the morning:
– One is a bumpy, pot-holed, glass-covered, meandering minor road with several intersections, complete with iPod-wearing-idiots and unpredictable dogs wandering aimlessly all over it.
– The other is a smooth, regularly maintained, comparatively clean, direct major road with priority at traffic lights and designated car-only traffic lanes.

Anyone who takes cycle commuting seriously, or takes the time to properly inform themselves of the real issues knows why some cyclists choose the on-road lanes over the bike paths – even if they are adjacent to each other.

That being said, I’m also a driver and I don’t dispute that there are some nut-bag cyclists out there who will happily take on a full Action bus in a bus lane, or dart through an intersection while the lights are changing, and they piss me off as much as any other road user could.

Just don’t tar ALL cyclists with the same brush.

H1NG0 H1NG0 3:38 pm 22 Dec 08

Phew, I am relieved justbands! I was having nightmares of you blocking my garage 😉

justbands justbands 3:34 pm 22 Dec 08

> I used to live in Sydney, and believe me, they don’t have the luxury of bike lanes there.

I know that, the point I was making is that there’s numerous narrow road lanes that make Northbourne Ave (bike lanes & all) look like an autobahn.

& I’m not angry, not even slightly worked up! 🙂

H1NG0 H1NG0 3:32 pm 22 Dec 08

I used to live in Sydney, and believe me, they don’t have the luxury of bike lanes there. You should be thankful, but then again I would be angry too if I was still riding a bike.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:30 pm 22 Dec 08

if you are using the same lane as motorists, there is not a lot of room.

Funny that H1NG0, the majority of drivers manage just fine. there is the about 5-10% who seem to see it as “so dangerous”, and see it necessary to yell out the window, flash lights and honk.

I see it more of an attitude issue – not safety. I think your previous comments have proven that!

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