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Grinding down the footpaths to make a better world

By johnboy - 18 October 2005 26

The state of Canberra’s footpath’s is something that mightily concerns those Canberrans with too much time on their hands. Liberal Leadership aspirant Richard Mulcahy has made much of it in the past. So I was curious when I noticed peculiar white patches showing up on the paths of the Inner North.

Pavement stripes in the Inner North

It looks almost like grinding… And then it dawned on me.

More Pavement Stripes

It IS grinding. They aren’t repairing the footpaths by laying down new ones, they’re grinding them down to make the edges match.

Future archeologists will wonder at these markings. Does anyone think they would dare to dream that in 2005 people were so feeble as to not be able to watch where they put their feet, and yet so powerfull as to provoke this effort?

On the bright side the rollerbladers and skateboarders will love it.

Does anyone think the incidence of falls causing injury will actually drop as a result of this effort?

What’s Your opinion?

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26 Responses to
Grinding down the footpaths to make a better world
terubo 8:56 am 19 Oct 05

Try telling that to the average concreter – my uncle Sherm’s going bust because of this.

Thumper 8:36 am 19 Oct 05

All in all, a very good idea and much cheaper than relaying the concrete.

che 8:34 am 19 Oct 05

not just vision impaired people will benefit, older people with bi-focals can see what the path looks like at distance (top half of specs) but it is dificult for them to actually see where they are putting their feet (bottom half of specs), which can lead to falls and broken hips and worse

Mr Evil 8:22 am 19 Oct 05

Ever since one dude (who was rather overweight!) fell over on a footpath in Cook and sued the ACT Govt, they’ve been going crazy grinding concrete all over Canberra. At the moment they are virtually re-concreting every path in Downer – complete overkill!

RandomGit 8:17 am 19 Oct 05

They did it all up and down constitution avenue near the CIT and Scabs Alley months ago.

Maelinar 8:11 am 19 Oct 05

As a side bonus it’ll assist vision impaired people with where to put their feet (in a kind of look out for the white bit kind of way)

Sounds like a smart solution to a common enough problem, about time we saw some thinking outside the square. The proviso being that if the pavement was past it’s serviceable shelf life that it would naturally be replaced of course.

Thumper 7:38 am 19 Oct 05

Definitely grinding marks. Its a great big sanding disk that sits over the concrete and tears into it.

Charnwood paths now look like zebra crossings although i’m not complaining as I run at night and there’s often little light.

b2 11:06 pm 18 Oct 05

they sure are grinding marks, I saw them hard at it many a early morning on the way to school. They had a old white van which said something like ‘Heart Essentials’ on the side in peeling letters. There were two of them and this grinding machine which made a hell of alot of noise.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 9:15 pm 18 Oct 05

Seems like a reasonable move, and it makes more sense than the ramp approach that has taken place in some parts of Canberra where they build a mini-concrete ramp from the lower paver to the higher paver in an effort to smooth them out.

Valleyboy 9:12 pm 18 Oct 05

Spectra, my parents live in Melbourne (Mitcham), and footpaths around their neighbourhood were similarly ground years ago.

terubo 8:52 pm 18 Oct 05

OK, I surrender. I’ll tell Ernie Trudge to stop bullshitting me over my quiet afternoon beer. Or to pay more attention to what his co-workers are actually doing.

Spectra 8:21 pm 18 Oct 05

It is indeed grinding in order to remove those nasty edges which can trip you up. They’ve been doing the same thing in Melbourne where I used to live for years.
Is it worth it? Well, given the generous compensation payouts these days, saving one person from tripping may well end up being worth it 🙂

Vic Bitterman 8:13 pm 18 Oct 05

Definately grinding, some areas of Tuggeraning are getting it too. if it’s cheaper than ripping it up and relaying, and achieves the same result – ingenious!! Whodathunkit??!!!!

johnboy 7:00 pm 18 Oct 05

looks like the surface has been ground back to me.

terubo 6:52 pm 18 Oct 05

Council worker I met down the pub shortly after knocking-off time (3.23 on Tuesdays) tells me they are in fact the marks made after spraying with noxious weedkiller. The weeds grow through the gap between pavers.
Could be, however, that an overzealous (or environmentally conscious) worker took to the weeds with an angle grinder.

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