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Cycle Path Closure Near Duntroon

By KB1971 - 30 August 2011 4

I just came back from my lunchtime lap of LBG where I ran every red light, rode across pedestrian crossings, rode 15 abreast on single lane roads & wished I had my 4WD with its bull bar to run over small children……………

Anyway, as I approached the broken bit alingside the river near Duntroon I was stopped by one of the workers & he asked me to get off & ride past where they were drilling for samples. No problems there as I was on my road bike anyway & they don’t mountain bike very well………

He also told me that someone had had a whinge about them working there (buggered If I know why as they are fixing it) & that the path would probably be closed tomorrow (31/08/2011) as they would be starting there works on building a bridge there.

So, please let the guys do their work (it will benifit you later), dont get the shits & maybe avoid the area for the next little while because if they are going to build a bridge I would suspect that it may take some months to do. I cannot find a link to any works notifications, nothing came immediately to hand on Google.

What’s Your opinion?


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Cycle Path Closure Near Duntroon
KB1971 10:18 am 31 Aug 11

OpenYourMind said :

KB1971, I kind of agree and I certainly don’t think anyone should give the guys doing the work a hard time, however the management of this repair has been less than satisfactory. This section of cycleway is heavily used by cycling commuters. Last time they closed off this section, they expected people to detour to the road above; a road which is very bicycle unfriendly. I think it was only after extreme pressure that more effort went into making a temporary path than in attempting to block all the people that were bypassing the baricade. There is an alternative route us southsiders could take although it involves riding out through Kingston and then through the wetlands.

Still, hopefully the repair is finished quickly and we are lucky to have so many wonderful cycling facilities in Canberra.

Yeah, I agree that it has take far too long to fix & it has not been the safest of temporary fixes. It is a tricky one for the workers, the cycle traffic should be diverted way before they get there but I suspect that the management of this goes way above the guys on the ground.

They were pretty defensive at first but calmed down a bit when I had a chat to them.

Anyway it will be a small inconvenience for a good outcome. I might try the Duntroon route on my next lap but that may be a while as I am going on leave for a month, my rides will consist with jaunts out into Tidbinbilla and back…..

kambahkrawler 9:57 am 31 Aug 11

Watch the GDE take a back seat as the 3 workmen building that get moved to this job.

Wish they’d used the mob that cut down Deekes Forest and are putting the infrastructure in there. Talk about productive. I’ve never seen so much wasteland created in such a short time. That 30 metre section of bike path has been spanked for months.

brento 9:42 am 31 Aug 11

You’d be suicidal to ride on the road above that path – a much safer alternative is to ride up around the edge of Russell and then along Kelliher Drive past ASIO/ONA and the childcare centre and then onto the old Diary Road that takes you into Duntroon past the sports centre. You can then take a number of routes through Duntroon.

You can see the old road above Morshead Drive here:
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=-35.301038,149.159789

OpenYourMind 7:59 pm 30 Aug 11

KB1971, I kind of agree and I certainly don’t think anyone should give the guys doing the work a hard time, however the management of this repair has been less than satisfactory. This section of cycleway is heavily used by cycling commuters. Last time they closed off this section, they expected people to detour to the road above; a road which is very bicycle unfriendly. I think it was only after extreme pressure that more effort went into making a temporary path than in attempting to block all the people that were bypassing the baricade. There is an alternative route us southsiders could take although it involves riding out through Kingston and then through the wetlands.

Still, hopefully the repair is finished quickly and we are lucky to have so many wonderful cycling facilities in Canberra.

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