Guy has sent in this interesting observation:
The multi squillion dollar elevated bike tracks (or are they parking lanes?) on Rudd St in Civic are now nearly operational. They’ve only taken the best part of a year to complete.
here’s a couple of early adopters…
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In our story yesterday on this issue bd84 expounded at length in a manner that bears repeating:
11:15 pm, 25 Feb 13
It has to be one of the worst projects that this joke of a government has signed off on.
Here we have Rudd St. A streets with 10 metre wide footpaths, at least 4 building driveways, a road to more building driveways, a small amount of on street parking, a few more spots for government vehicles and a nice set down areas for the many who dropped a loved one off at work (you know that car pooling thing they were promoting).
Now it still has 10 metre wide footpaths, and an extra 2 metres of “bike paths” on each side, but sans parking and drop off.
Each bike path is wide enough to have 2 way traffic, but why build one when you could build 2! Especially as it was far too difficult to build said paths into the existing footpaths (or they needed to look like they’re doing something).
How many bicycles use Rudd St I hear you ask? Well not many, mostly people going into the buildings and a few students. Far less than the number using Moore St (sans bike path) or Marcus Clarke (with off street bike path).
But they couldn’t stop wasting our money there, they kept going towards northbourne and bunda st. 6 months later and they’re still building! Although maybe if they didnt dig up the same bits of road and path about 4-5 times, they might be done. But we have to get over northbourne, which no doubt their new path will be dug up yet again within a couple of years for the next public transport project, either bus or light rail.
But hey, at least we will have a 12 metre wide footpath/bike path to make it all good!
On a side note, the path isn’t actually finished and operational and the idiots haven’t taken the parking signs, so the cars in the pic aren’t breaking the law..