It used to be such a nice view of the GG’s

Barcham 22 August 2013 23

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Rioter Aeek mourns the loss of a view

From the seat on the hill. These railings are particularly nasty, the gap is only 1.4m.

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23 Responses to It used to be such a nice view of the GG’s
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Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:10 pm 10 Dec 13

Mike Bessenger said :

Instead of wasting money here what they need to do it work out how to keep pedestrians to left and stop the walking 2+ abreast.

Quality troll, that. Well done.

switch switch 12:24 pm 10 Dec 13

It’ll get re-installed over at formerly Red Bridge.

Aeek Aeek 11:18 am 10 Dec 13

It’s GONE, hopefully permanently. I wonder if it was removed tor restore the view, or for creating a completely unnecessary headon.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 6:21 pm 23 Aug 13

davo101 said :

Mike Bessenger said :

I’ve been cycling in Canberra daily for 15 years now and have never seen a car on the shared path.

So they work then?

They’ve only started putting them up over the last sixish years.

damien haas damien haas 4:35 pm 23 Aug 13

I’ve seen motorbikes and cars on bike paths, and called the police on both occasions. Nil response. Would I do it a third time? No.

davo101 davo101 9:20 am 23 Aug 13

Mike Bessenger said :

I’ve been cycling in Canberra daily for 15 years now and have never seen a car on the shared path.

So they work then?

switch switch 9:08 am 23 Aug 13

milkman said :

I can’t but think that a lot of the ‘issues’ that motorists have with cyclists are very similar to the ‘issues’ that cyclists have with pedestrians.

Sorry cyclists, but riding as fast as you whereever you want really isn’t going to work out.

Simple. Separate cyclists from pedestrians/road traffic/everyone else.

scorpio63 scorpio63 8:25 am 23 Aug 13

This is what the Government did in a Southside location which caused (6 years ago) a serious accident involving myself on a mountain bike that clipped the side of the bar and wall (not going fast by the way) with me flying through the air landing on my Head and Chin (teeth were loose but saved), sucked out of a straw for 2 months with a fractured jaw that never got seen to at the hospital (most people watched and kept driving to their destinations on a Saturday morning) despite me walking out into the traffic concussed and blacking out.

I recall a long line of vehicles swerving around me. A few minutes later (after a car missed me, according to a guy on a bike who came along about 5 minutes later whom gave me first aid and called my Family to come and collect me (after I refused an ambo) out of all those vehicles who continued on their merry way to go shopping, a beautiful Nurse did slow down and asked if I required assistance while the guy on the bike was getting me to put my head between my legs.

I now “know” the shocking intense pain that cyclists and motorcylists endure with head injuries (the throbbing of one’s jaw up into their ears is the worst pain ever endured; Childbirth a breeze for 12 hours)!

Facial bruising and face covered with bitumen rash and sores for 2 months nothing in comparison to the jaw pain and blacking out over the next week LOL!

I never did get the guy’s contact details to thank him; anyway if he is reading; thank you most kindly and greatly; you did save my life.

Anyway, the accident reminded me to always assist every person (and I have been the first on to get help for 3 vehicles in Tuggeranong with injured people) I ever come across regardless of what I happen to have on my personal agenda at that time.

milkman milkman 6:59 am 23 Aug 13

I can’t but think that a lot of the ‘issues’ that motorists have with cyclists are very similar to the ‘issues’ that cyclists have with pedestrians.

Sorry cyclists, but riding as fast as you whereever you want really isn’t going to work out.

shauno shauno 2:14 am 23 Aug 13

These things are bloody dangerous because at certain times of the day if the sun is at the right angle you can easily not see them. Its like putting armco along a highway but at certain points curve it in and cut half the road off. Imagine how many car crashes you would have if you did that.

Aeek Aeek 10:58 pm 22 Aug 13

54-11 said :

And work out how to get cyclists to use their bells. And not speed through groups of pedestrians.

And work out how to get pedestrians to not move INTO the way of cyclists (being vehicles), not walk on the right of the path, and dog leads not be stretched across the path. I can dream 🙂

The INTO is critical, the road rules have no problem with being in the way for as long as you need to.

54-11 54-11 9:53 pm 22 Aug 13

Mike Bessenger said :

I’ve been cycling in Canberra daily for 15 years now and have never seen a car on the shared path.
Instead of wasting money here what they need to do it work out how to keep pedestrians to left and stop the walking 2+ abreast.

And work out how to get cyclists to use their bells. And not speed through groups of pedestrians.

magiccar9 magiccar9 7:26 pm 22 Aug 13

Mike Bessenger said :

I’ve been cycling in Canberra daily for 15 years now and have never seen a car on the shared path.
Instead of wasting money here what they need to do it work out how to keep pedestrians to left and stop the walking 2+ abreast.

How about educating cyclists not to ride 2+ abreast on busy arterial roads? Or clogging the entire left-hand lane of a 2 lane road because they need to ride in their ‘pack’ of 10+ on a Saturday morning…. Fair’s fair.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 7:07 pm 22 Aug 13

I’ve been cycling in Canberra daily for 15 years now and have never seen a car on the shared path.
Instead of wasting money here what they need to do it work out how to keep pedestrians to left and stop the walking 2+ abreast.

BicycleCanberra BicycleCanberra 3:59 pm 22 Aug 13

p1 said :

Kinda hard to tell from the photo, but can you just drive around those bars (should you happen to be in a car? If so, kinda pointless, no?

Also, the text suggests the photo is taken from a seat? If yes, then they picked a crap spot to whack them. Generally though, I prefer these bars to the old white ones on suburban footpaths in ‘Berra.

These bars are certainly a rubbish design which are supposed to be vehicle restriction devices so that cars do not use the paths.But in this location?A painted bollard in the middle of the path and at the sides is all that is needed which doesn’t restrict the width of the path. David Hembrow’s Blog does a comparison between Bollards in the Netherlands and ones in England . This ones in England resemble several devices around Canberra. But you certainly don’t see these roll bars any where else in the world.

dpm dpm 3:26 pm 22 Aug 13

There goes any chance of an updated PB on that Strava segment! Haha!

ABC129 ABC129 2:37 pm 22 Aug 13

These types of constriction points are ridiculous and, in my opinion, do more harm than good.

p1 p1 2:26 pm 22 Aug 13

Kinda hard to tell from the photo, but can you just drive around those bars (should you happen to be in a car? If so, kinda pointless, no?

Also, the text suggests the photo is taken from a seat? If yes, then they picked a crap spot to whack them. Generally though, I prefer these bars to the old white ones on suburban footpaths in ‘Berra.

Aeek Aeek 2:05 pm 22 Aug 13

Grrrr said :

What the hell is with these constrictions on the bike paths? What are they supposed to achieve?

They discourage drivers from using the path as a road, and encourage cyclists to have headons.

Has someone been using this path to get to the dirt roads on Yarramundi Reach ?

buzz819 buzz819 2:02 pm 22 Aug 13

Grrrr said :

What the hell is with these constrictions on the bike paths? What are they supposed to acheive?

I always thought that those things were installed to stop cars from entering certain areas??

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