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Bicycle Path Danger

By messner - 29 June 2009 41

Just a quick reminder to be careful on the cycle paths around Canberra. I was cycling home last Friday 26/06/2009 through Mawson.

l was going under Athlon drive between Marist Brothers and Melrose High schools. I had one hand off the handle bar taking a drink out of my bidon, when I noticed an object shining and blending into the background.

I was probably doing 35kph. The object was a metal pole sandwiched between the handrails of the cycle bridge and spanning  the bridge at waist height. Lucky I was not on the drops, I would have collected the pole at head height.

Because of the speed I was travelling at and had one hand off the bar I sat up to take the impact of the steel pole. Result one trip in an ambulance,  ribs are broken and one bent bike.

After sitting in hospital for the night and mulling over whether I could have pulled the bike up in time to avoid the pole. I have come to the conclusion that it was not avoidable, due to the light and inability to see the bar until I was virtually on it. On investigation there have been a number of acts across Canberra which have been deliberately carried out to endanger cyclists. My advice when on the paths please take it easy.

Mind you I would love to catch those that did this as I have been red carded by my doctor for 4 – 6 weeks, not to mention the pain when all you ribs are fractured. This was a deliberate act to hurt a cyclist!

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Mike Bessenger 7:35 pm 02 Jul 09

Brandi said :

Canberrans, please be on the lookout and report these hazards to the police immediately.

The police won’t do much about it. Best thing would be to clear the hazzard so the next cyclist/walker/jogger/whatever has no risk of being injured.

Over the last week some northside under passes have has there stone work ripped out and lay across the cycle paths. Every morning I stop to clear the mess. Yesterday on one of the underpasses the council had put cones around the debris and this morning the cones were pulled apart and lay across the path.

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