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.
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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!