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Canberra’s cycle path repair shame

By johnboy 30 March 2011 25

bike path repair

Last week we marvelled at heroic road repairs in Japan.

Over the weekend I was reminded that Canberra too had a case of roads unzipping last December during the floods.

cycle path damage

Sadly three months later our repair effort, as seen above, have lacked Japanese efficiency or urgency.

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dvaey 2:20 am 02 Apr 11

thy_dungeonman said :

if you told everyone that they had to drive 4WD because some parts of the road were dirt I’m sure they would complain about the roads.

You obviously havent driven much outside the cities or major highways have you? Dirt roads are the norm in rural areas.

thy_dungeonman said :

I prefer to call this argument Cyclist VS ACT government and it will continue until they improve cycling infrastructure to satisfactory degree. Despite what everyone thinks they don’t listen to cyclists or pedal power nearly enough.

The thing is, motorists have how many lobbyist groups? Compare that to the number that cyclists have? Are you suggesting that maybe the government should have a cycleways department the same as the roads department? Where should the funding for this infrastructure come from? What about to ‘be fair’ some traffic measuring devices are setup on parkes way and on the bike bath below to see how the money should be split? Cycle paths are public areas, roadways are (except for bicycles) limited to vehicles where the driver is suitably trained, licenced and the vehicle theyre in/on is registered. Anyone can use a cycle path, only those who meet the legal requirements and who have paid the required fees can use a roadway.

Aeek 11:22 pm 01 Apr 11

Eyl said :

zig said :

Probably haven’t had any focus on them due to the amount of roadworks happening everywhere in the ACT.

But meh what does it matter as cyclists use the roads that run alongside the cycle paths anyhow. May as well rip them up.

Couldnt have put it better….

Rip up the roads?

Some cyclists are scared of the roads. Others ride too fast to safely share the paths.

Eyl 4:55 pm 01 Apr 11

zig said :

Probably haven’t had any focus on them due to the amount of roadworks happening everywhere in the ACT.

But meh what does it matter as cyclists use the roads that run alongside the cycle paths anyhow. May as well rip them up.

Couldnt have put it better….

triffid 2:36 pm 31 Mar 11

thy_dungeonman said :

. . . if you told everyone that they had to drive 4WD because some parts of the road were dirt I’m sure they would complain about the roads.

Not me. Just give me an excuse to get the (historic) rally car back on the road. It’s also part of my plan to reduce, over time, the incidence of road fatalities.

Step 1: dig up every inch of tarmac, leaving gravel roads everywhere
Step 2: undertake to stay off the road for about a fortnight (in unity with anyone else holding a CAMS licence)
Step 3: watch massive increase in the effects of Darwin’s theories demonstrated on the roads during this time
Step 4: after the passage of a further two weeks, return to use of road (see reference to historic rally car, above)
Step 5: commence simultaneous resurfacing of roads and adoption of much more rigourous driver training and testing regime.

(Yes, I’m joking. But, as in any joke, therin is contained kernals of truth and hope).

thy_dungeonman 10:21 am 31 Mar 11

farnarkler said :

Buy yourself a decent mountain bike with front and back suspension and lap it up.

I refer my road bike since it is much lighter and faster and require less exertion, if you told everyone that they had to drive 4WD because some parts of the road were dirt I’m sure they would complain about the roads.

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