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Images of Canberra – An exercise in futility on Kings Avenue Bridge

By johnboy 20 September 2005 12

On the gallery side of Kings Avenue Bridge is one of those paths that get worn by people rather than plans. Officialdom seems not to approve, but despite two fences and a sign the public would appear to be undeterred.

An exercise in futility on Kings Avenue

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Maelinar 3:27 pm 22 Sep 05

Ahh the memories of lunchtime runs.

By the time I got there I was absolutely rooted, so a quick dash up the hill will always be the option. I like the earlier comment about the set of stairs going straight up to the Avenue…

Any beaurecrats wishing to maintain their stance might want to try running around the lake at lunchtime from Russell Offices, via commonwealth avenue bridge.

bonfire 5:47 pm 21 Sep 05

its not the eyesore element, its the fact that people wont walk where the paths are located, because the paths are located in a stupid place.

But you are right, its probably one of those NCA/local gummint issues.

Mr Evil 1:37 pm 21 Sep 05

It wouldn’t surprise me if the reason this eyesore isn’t fixed is because of something stupid like the bridge belongs to NCA but the ‘garden’ beside it belongs to the ACT Govt, and they’re fighting about who should foot the bill to repair it or install steps.

Thumper 1:21 pm 21 Sep 05

hamsters with big saddles….

Indi 12:35 pm 21 Sep 05

an escalator would be the most fitting option – now that would provide a sensible enough excuse to write to the local Member…

bonfire 10:31 am 21 Sep 05

When i lived on that side of town i used to walk around teh lake, and use that illegal path to get to Kings Avenue. It saves a 250 metre diversion along a lovely curving path.

There are two major problems with the design of that area for pedestrians: 1 – the road is dangerous to cross and there is no pedestrian crossing. 2 – people need to access the kings avenue bridge and they cant, except by crossing the road.

both these problems coudl be resolved by building a set of stairs under the bridge where the bike path by the lake currently runs. there is plenty of room.

Spitfire3 9:54 am 21 Sep 05

The government should really make a decision. Install something there, either land mines or stairs.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 9:30 am 21 Sep 05

If I wanted to stop people walking down there I would put Jon Stanhope’s office there.

Jazz 8:49 am 21 Sep 05

if the government really wanted t ostop people from walking down there they’d plant something prickly, like blackberries.

Smackbang 8:44 am 21 Sep 05

Some clever dick had written a message on the sign at the top of this saying “some stairs please!”. The graffiti was removed. We can thank the NCA for this stupidity.

Thumper 7:54 am 21 Sep 05

Which leads one to a conclusion that this is where there should be a path.

Typical planning isn’t it? The powers that be put in a path, everyone else walks elsewhere as shown by the dead grass or a track, and yet a path is never made where the people actually walk.

This seems to be a common failing of all councils, governments etc.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:08 am 21 Sep 05

Looks much steeper from the other end

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