The Canberra Times has a terrifying story about the National Capital Authority discovering they’ve installed an inadequate safety barrier on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.
A terrifying near-miss in which a cyclist fell over a railing and on to the road of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge has highlighted the need for extra safety on the bridge.
National Capital Authority chief executive Gary Rake has confirmed the railing on the western footpath of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge needs to be raised at a cost of $3 million but the money won’t be available within its rolling capital work budget until 2015-16.
If the situation is judged to be too dangerous in the meantime, the western footpath of the bridge could be changed to a demount zone – only to be used by pedestrians and people walking their bikes. The eastern footpath of the bridge has a higher railing.
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Even with a low railing it should still be safer than an on-road cycle path.
And are police seriously going to enforce the demount signage appearing out of nowhere?
UPDATE 21/09/12 10:05: The NCA’s pathetic statement in all its misery is online:
The NCA will now assess the safety of the western footpath of the bridge, and if it’s not appropriate for cyclists to continue riding across it, we will make it a dismount zone until the railing can be upgraded.
In the meantime, cyclists are encouraged to walk their bikes if they are using the western footpath, or alternatively use the eastern footpath of the bridge where the guardrail has already been upgraded.