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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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cfi 11:10 pm 19 Oct 05

I need one of those things to do our driveway, the tree roots keep pushing up the concrete

Valleyboy 7:46 pm 19 Oct 05

The conspicuous zebra crossing visual effect won’t last forever. Eventually, the ground-back parts of the footpath weather and discolour to look much like the adjoining unground concrete.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 7:05 pm 19 Oct 05

Yea, and it didn’t particularly help the pedestrians, just made the ride slightly smoother for those on wheels.

TAD 6:45 pm 19 Oct 05

I remember to previous fix used to be bitumen packed over the edge of the raised slab.

That looked shithouse.

Thumper 3:18 pm 19 Oct 05

I had to abseil down one side of an uneven footpath once….

or was that a cliff?

Spitfire3 3:16 pm 19 Oct 05

Last year, my partner and I pulled over to assist an old lady who was sitting on a footpath in Kaleen at night, bleeding. She had tripped on a part of the footpath that was sticking up a couple of inches. She had cuts on her face from her glasses which had broken in the fall. Somebody called an ambulance, and my partner and I went to her house to let her husband know what had happened. Luckily for her, the ambos were pretty sure that none of the broken glass had ended up in her eyes. Nevertheless, the poor old lady was rather distressed. Uneven footpaths were the main reason for this. Dim streetlighting was also a factor.

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