14 December 2012

Glenora Drive gets on-road cycle paths

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Shane Rattenbury has announced that airport employees can now cycle to work more easily. Assuming they like the long distances from the nearest housing.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury today joined Stephen Byron, Managing Director of Canberra Airport, to officially open the new on-road cycle lanes on Glenora Drive in Majura.

“The $1.1 million upgrade, jointly funded between the ACT Government and the Canberra Airport, will provide access to Canberra’s cycling network for the 500 workers within the Fairbairn precinct,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Workers can now commute from across Canberra, along the recently upgraded Molonglo River off-road and the Pialligo Avenue on-road cycling infrastructure, to Glenora Drive and Fairbairn.

“The completed works have upgraded the road to include a 1.5 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the two kilometre stretch.”

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Given the $1.1m price tag I’m disappointed that they didn’t turn hard right about 1km down Glenora Drive and repave the dragway.

OpenYourMind6:09 pm 14 Dec 12

Fantastic news. Glenora Drive was a dangerous stretch of road for cyclists and the new cycling lanes make a huge difference. Cyclists had to contend with a narrow road subject to high winds, fog, extra wide emergency vehicles and car drivers distracted by planes landing. Ironically, the greatest danger was the possibility of cars going wide on the blind corners and running into other cars.

Postalgeek said :

What about on-airstrip cycle paths for the die-hards?

Something like this? http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11031993/Runway35.jpg

That was back in July 2006 when the runway was open to bikes, skateboards and pedestrians.

I never did reach V1

About time!

But having ridden along there, it should be pointed out that these new bike lanes are actually not really for the benefit of bikes… they’re so that ESA employees can save two seconds, or really just a mitigation against head-on collisions between cars/trucks/buses.

(those offices are kind of ‘land locked’ by the airport and firing range, so physicall the only way to access them by *any* means of transport at all, driving, walking, riding, horse and even aeroplane or helicopter because you have to go round the runway, is the single strip of bitumen called Glenora Drive. That in itself is worrying and stupid to put so many offices there, but the Snowtown disaster has been done to death already. The fast tracking of these lanes is due to the antics of drivers trying to avoid bikes along there and had to be seen to be believed, especially on the double-lined corners. The ESA, Emergency Services Authority, vehicles both marked and private were by far the worst offenders, even beyond taxis, action buses and tradesmen and that’s saying a lot. When confronted about their actions the agency was dismissive and the individual drivers rude, arrogant and aggressive.)

What about on-airstrip cycle paths for the die-hards?

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