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Cyclists taking over the mountain roads on Saturday

By johnboy - 9 August 2012 65

Territory and Municipal Services are warning that the Canberra Cycling Club are racing this weekend:

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of possible traffic disruptions along Uriarra Road and Brindabella Road from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday 11 August 2012 to allow for the Canberra Cycling Club road race.

Warning signs will be erected to alert people of the cycle race.

Reduced speed limits will be in place on the affected road for the duration of the event.

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Cyclists taking over the mountain roads on Saturday
Aeek 9:41 pm 09 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

No crossing unbroken lines? No riding more than two abreast? No deliberate obstruction of the road?

Helps to know the road rules.

Its 2 abreast UNLESS overtaking, something that is known to happen in a race or when a faster grade catches earlier starters. There is also a specific exemption if the sanctioning authority chooses to allow it in their road approval.

Its not obstruction if you are going as fast as you reasonably can.

As for crossing lines, its scary the number of drivers who overtake cyclists on completely the wrong side approaching a blind crest or corner. Less so during a race, but riding to/from they will often wave drivers past when they see the road ahead is clear.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:37 pm 09 Aug 12

God damn. So many wowsers here. Who cares?

Jethro 9:01 pm 09 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

nescius said :

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

The roads aren’t closed for racing, there are just a few places where the speed limit is reduced to ensure the safety of competitors, probably only three or four sections at the turnaround points and some intersections along the course. It’s not really news because the same thing happens pretty much every second weekend.

And will the cyclists and their support vehicles be observing the road rules this weekend?

You mean those arbitrary things that only serve to punish good drivers for non-issues such as driving drunk?

Aeek 7:39 pm 09 Aug 12

dazzab said :

I use that road to cut through to work in Weston Creek and it’s closed several times a year for bike events.

I think most of the road closures are for Triathlons, so not actually Cycling Events.

snoopydoc 7:24 pm 09 Aug 12

dazzab said :

nescius said :

Like the author of post #1 I often times wonder if I could get a road closed for my own entertainment as well. I don’t know who the Pedal Power lobbyists are sleeping with to accomplish this but they must be damn good in bed.

Have you _seen_ the dedicated cycling chicks out in their lycra? 🙂

RadioVK 6:30 pm 09 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

Yes. I’ve seen it done by Brindabella Motor Sport Club and the Light Car Club of Canberra for events like the National Capital Rally. You just have to ask nicely and have all the paperwork and insurances in order.

HenryBG 6:20 pm 09 Aug 12

nescius said :

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

The roads aren’t closed for racing, there are just a few places where the speed limit is reduced to ensure the safety of competitors, probably only three or four sections at the turnaround points and some intersections along the course. It’s not really news because the same thing happens pretty much every second weekend.

And will the cyclists and their support vehicles be observing the road rules this weekend?

No crossing unbroken lines? No riding more than two abreast? No deliberate obstruction of the road?

Deref 5:40 pm 09 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

Only if you drive a V8 with lots of advertising, it seems.

Grrrr 5:10 pm 09 Aug 12

dazzab said :

I often times wonder if I could get a road closed

Of course you can. Just like for other user groups, it’ll cost you. The governmet may also want a reason, and they mightn’t like “because I’m bitter about other people having fun without me.”

m@ 4:59 pm 09 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

Well that would depend; in the pursuit of your chosen recreational activity, are you more likely to:
a) be killed by another road user, or
b) kill another road user?

Kath 4:55 pm 09 Aug 12

dazzab said :

Like the author of post #1 I often times wonder if I could get a road closed for my own entertainment as well. I don’t know who the Pedal Power lobbyists are sleeping with to accomplish this but they must be damn good in bed.

More likely to be Canberra Cycling Club lobbyists – they’re a bike racing club. I think Pedal Power is more about getting regular people riding without being run down by raving loonies.

Bosworth 3:55 pm 09 Aug 12

dazzab said :

There was a time I could ride my motorcycle out there on weekends without worrying about 3 wide groups of bikes in my lane .

Is that the lane that you purchsed from the ACT Government in 1997?

dazzab 3:16 pm 09 Aug 12

nescius said :

The roads aren’t closed for racing, there are just a few places where the speed limit is reduced to ensure the safety of competitors, probably only three or four sections at the turnaround points and some intersections along the course. It’s not really news because the same thing happens pretty much every second weekend.

I use that road to cut through to work in Weston Creek and it’s closed several times a year for bike events. If you think that bikes haven’t taken over that area you are mistaken. There was a time I could ride my motorcycle out there on weekends without worrying about 3 wide groups of bikes in my lane etc. Ever since the facility was built there for bike events the entire Cotter/Uriarra loop is nothing but a hazard to other users of the road IMHO.

Like the author of post #1 I often times wonder if I could get a road closed for my own entertainment as well. I don’t know who the Pedal Power lobbyists are sleeping with to accomplish this but they must be damn good in bed.

nescius 2:53 pm 09 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

The roads aren’t closed for racing, there are just a few places where the speed limit is reduced to ensure the safety of competitors, probably only three or four sections at the turnaround points and some intersections along the course. It’s not really news because the same thing happens pretty much every second weekend.

Solidarity 2:05 pm 09 Aug 12

What!

Can I get roads closed for a motor race?

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