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Cycle Paths

By zenpuck - 3 March 2008 50

So cycling is good for tourism, health and the environment but the state of the capital’s bikepaths is less than a smooth ride. A ride from Dickson through Lyneham , the City and around the lake to Deakin involves dodging cracks that you can lose skinny tires in and bumps that ensure that the local dentists will be in business for some time yet. This is a common occurance throughout the Territory. The City of Sydney ( like London and Paris is introducing dedicated lanes for cyclists seperated by bollards to keep both bike and drivers safe. Car drivers wouldn’t put up with the roads being in such a state. Please let your local politicians know that improvement is needed by resurfacing existing tracks and creating dedicated safe seperated lanes on main arterial roads. The more improvements like this, the more people will cycle and the more benefits for all.

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Cycle Paths
EtFb 10:39 am 04 Mar 08

@Thumper: I memorised a bit from Spike Milligan’s Q8 once that seems appropriate here:

And now the news. Uganda: President Idi Amin announced today that, as from tomorrow, all vehicles will, like England, drive on the left side of the road. To quote him, he said, “We am goin’ to do it gradually, startin’ wid buses and lorries…”

Thumper 9:58 am 04 Mar 08

And I can get to places much quicker if I simply take a bike path or footpath whenever it is convenient!

Meconium 9:51 am 04 Mar 08

Agreed Thumper! If motorbikes travelled at an acceptable speed on bike paths, e.g. no more than 60km/h, there likely wouldn’t be any more injuries to cyclists and pedestrians than there already are.

Thumper 9:47 am 04 Mar 08

In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation and good will between cyclists and motorists, bike paths should be opened up to motor scooters and motorbikes.

astrojax 9:41 am 04 Mar 08

the quality of bike paths is pretty shoddy for the most – and the secondary aspect is the paucity of gardening to maintain access… round by the western side of c’wealth bridge the path has been repaved a while back but you still get whipped by willows and then have to navigate a hedge bursting across a third of the path. and the path down from the north end of kings ave bridge has that bloody shrub taking up almost half of the path on the most critical part of the route – would it really be so hard to have the gardeners get their clippers out and maintain a bit of access to the path?

and i agree with malvern starr: jas wrote For the record, my car is a smallish 4 cyclinder which uses between 6-8 litres per 100km so is very good for our enviroment.

i wish people would give up this fallacy – your car is bad for the environment, it is simply less bad than the majority of other vehicles on the road. deal with it, folks.

postmanpat 9:34 am 04 Mar 08

I recently started riding – mostly for a bit of exercise, and what has really surprised me is the amount of glass on the side of the road heading south from the city – mainly around parliament house tunnel – I have got a flat there and seen another person get a flat there. With such fantastic bike paths already laid out (compare to say Sydney), would it really hurt to run a street sweeper down there every once in a while. A small gesture like that might actually increase number of people riding reducing congestion for all including the anti-bike brigade.

Holden Caulfield 10:10 pm 03 Mar 08

@EtFb, yeah, call me what you like. I just wanted to be the first to start the ball rolling.

I applaud the Jas’ attitude, although I’m not sure how he can come to the conclusion that any car, regardless of fuel consumption, is “very good for our enviroment”, or environment, even … but given I haven’t ridden a bike for more years than I care to admit I should probably quit while I’m behind!

bd84 10:02 pm 03 Mar 08

All the complaining.. the bike paths are just as bad as the roads, you’re just as likely to find an obsticle riding on the road as you are on the path. Then you’re the extra obsticle riding on the road, I’d dare say some cracked pavement would hurt less than the vehicles, so try slowing down? Then ring the nice people at TAMS and complain when you get home.

Danman 9:54 pm 03 Mar 08

I can ride my bike from Ngunnawal to Duffy and stay off the vehicles road at all times.
In saying so, teh stretch of road between Lyneha and Acton needs major repairs. There is roots bulging under the bikepath so much that by the time I get to the lake I have essentially turned my bike into the Chafemaster 2000

RuffnReady 9:53 pm 03 Mar 08

I use the bike paths every day and have noticed that bike traffic has increased noticeably in the last 3 years. The bike is a method of transport preferred by a growing sector of the community (more new bikes than new cars were purchased last year), and it provides a number of benefits – zero greenhouse gas emissions (except the negligible embodied energy in the bikes and paths), better personal and public health, improved mental outlook. It is also an activity that can bring people together and forge stronger communities.

I totally agree that many paths in the inner north are in dire need of maintenance, and the small cost of a bit of maintenance is far outweighed by the benefits outlined above and that of keeping cyclists off roads.

Riding bikes should be encouraged in cities, as opposed to the ridiculous situation we currently have on the roads where 90%+ of drivers commute with one person in the car (what a waste of oil, a NON-RENEWABLE resource!). More and better paths encourage bike use.

The Jas 9:33 pm 03 Mar 08

John Tuttle, bike registration is zero if you forgot and should remain that way. I for one already pay for my car rego on the car I drive 25,000 km per year (work related). Bicycles provide almost 0% of the wear and tear on roads compared to trucks, cars and buses and the majority of riders like me own cars already. As I have stated in the past, I’d be happy to pay for rego for my bike, as long as it went to maintaining bike lanes/paths and providing infrastructure to make our lives easier. Only problem is it wouldn’t. So remind me why we should pay rego on a 7kg bike, compared to a 1000-2000kg car?

For the record, my car is a smallish 4 cyclinder which uses between 6-8 litres per 100km so is very good for our enviroment.

The Jas 9:25 pm 03 Mar 08

I am finding that I am using the paths more and more. I’ve done my fair share of riding in the past (around 12-15,000km per year) in the Canberra region and have had enough close calls to realise that eventually I will probably get hit by a car so to minimise that use the paths more and more. I’m not racing this year due to work so a Saturday ride involves a trip from my place in Florey to Civic, a few coffees and toast and home again, mostly on bike paths. I do agree that they are a shocking state, but compared to being mowed down by average canberra joe bogan or having an empty beer bottle thrown at me, I can dodge the divots and be home all the happier.

John Tuttle 9:20 pm 03 Mar 08

You’re right about car drivers not being happy with poor road surfaces, especially when they pay registration…can you remind me how much bike rego is? 😉

EtFb 8:48 pm 03 Mar 08

@Holden (can I call you Malvern Star for the duration of this thread?) Yes, we do, occasionally, although only when they’re a better bet than the roads. When I were a young’un, they were a lot better. Nowadays, like any other legitimate vehicle owner, I generally prefer to use the roads. Since only retards object to sharing the road with cyclists, it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Holden Caulfield 7:58 pm 03 Mar 08

Oh, so cyclists actually use those paths do they. 😛

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