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Paths for Yamba Drive

By johnboy - 13 August 2013 28

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Shane Rattenbury has announced new paths around the hospital:

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the contract has been awarded to construct a shared path along Yamba Drive between the Canberra Hospital and Yarra Glen intersection to improve access and safety for pedestrians.

“Work will commence in September to build a 2 kilometre shared path that will provide a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of Yamba Drive that link the Canberra Hospital with the sharedpaths along Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Yamba Drive corridor has been identified as an important walking and cycling route for residents in the inner south who access the Hospital, as well as the nearby sporting fields and skate park.

“The path will also link with existing bus infrastructure along Yamba Drive allowing commuters to use the frequent bus services which service this route.

“The project will also see the addition of a pedestrian safety fence along the median of Yamba Drive to support the recently installed pedestrian crossing at the intersection with Bateson Street. This fence will guide people towards the safe crossing point and discourage informal crossings of Yamba Drive.

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Paths for Yamba Drive
Willoring 10:05 pm 14 Aug 13

Oh, c’mon, Postalgeek – anybody can quote a statistic for anything, or rent a talking head economist to prove whatever you want.
Why not just kick the tin like everyone else? We all have bikes and cars (and trailers) and we all pay taxes. Nobody is special – not even us bike riders.

magiccar9 7:50 pm 14 Aug 13

BicycleCanberra said :

1.2m wide footpath next to a four lane arterial road is not wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to share safely. The paths will be widen to 2.5m. Many people would like to cycle to work at the hospital but the infrastructure isn’t there. This will provide an important link to the main trunk route through Woden.
Millions are spent on roads every year in the ACT so it is only fair that a small percentage of that amount is spent on shared paths.

Millions are also spent on the useless and dangerous on-road cycle lanes that don’t even get the same amount of use as non-arterial roads. Yet I suppose you’re happy to keep that spending right?
We’ve shared the 1.2m wide paths happily up until the last 5-7 years. The only thing that has changed in that time is the constant moaning and complaining coming from the cycle lobby groups.

Postalgeek 6:09 pm 14 Aug 13

Willoring said :

And it’s only fair that cyclists pay a small contribution to bike paths. Register all bikes owned by people over 18, say $100 per year. A sticker on the frame. The ACT will benefit financially and the police will have some means to identify and fine that small percentage of cyclists who don’t do the right thing.

A car trailer weighs more than a cyclist and costs less than $100 to register, so it’s going to be less than $100, and given that, according to our Treasurer, cyclists save the economy $21 every time they commute for 20 minutes, they are pretty much paying for themselves as it is.

Not to mention the fact that they contribute already to bike paths, as well as all the infrastructure demanded by cars, through their taxes.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/bike-riders-save-economy-21-on-each-commute-20130730-2qxdg.html

Willoring 5:33 pm 14 Aug 13

And while we are at it, let’s make helmets optional for all cyclists on off-road bike paths or footpaths. That will encourage people to ride!

Willoring 5:30 pm 14 Aug 13

And it’s only fair that cyclists pay a small contribution to bike paths. Register all bikes owned by people over 18, say $100 per year. A sticker on the frame. The ACT will benefit financially and the police will have some means to identify and fine that small percentage of cyclists who don’t do the right thing.

BicycleCanberra 4:16 pm 14 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

I never said it had them running on both sides the entire length of the road. I said “both sides in some form”. Sometimes one side, sometimes the other.
Roads are a completely different issue, they actually get used. These paths rarely have more than a couple of people on it at a time.
We’ve managed this long without people complaining, so what’s changed?
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1.2m wide footpath next to a four lane arterial road is not wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to share safely. The paths will be widen to 2.5m. Many people would like to cycle to work at the hospital but the infrastructure isn’t there. This will provide an important link to the main trunk route through Woden.
Millions are spent on roads every year in the ACT so it is only fair that a small percentage of that amount is spent on shared paths.

magiccar9 3:32 pm 14 Aug 13

fromthecapital said :

Not a path on both sides at any point, just one side or the other.

Using your logic, we could afford to take out a few lanes and make it a one way street…

I never said it had them running on both sides the entire length of the road. I said “both sides in some form”. Sometimes one side, sometimes the other.
Roads are a completely different issue, they actually get used. These paths rarely have more than a couple of people on it at a time.
We’ve managed this long without people complaining, so what’s changed?

*apologies for the awful spelling mistakes in my previous post.

fromthecapital 2:57 pm 14 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

For those who say I’m wrong, check Google Street View fore the stretch of road. There are clearly paths covering the entire length from the Hospital back to the giant roundabout. Sure, a user would have to switch from one side to the other at a set of traffic lights, but the paths exist. Thus rendering any additional paths ad redundant.

Not a path on both sides at any point, just one side or the other.

Using your logic, we could afford to take out a few lanes and make it a one way street…

magiccar9 12:57 pm 14 Aug 13

For those who say I’m wrong, check Google Street View fore the stretch of road. There are clearly paths covering the entire length from the Hospital back to the giant roundabout. Sure, a user would have to switch from one side to the other at a set of traffic lights, but the paths exist. Thus rendering any additional paths ad redundant.

Aeek 11:26 am 14 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

[Correct me if I’m wrong, but Yamba Drive already has paths running along both sides of it in some form. So why do we need to build another two?

On road bike lanes are NOT paths, they are lanes of the road so are one way. Unfortunately, it is common to see riders treating them as paths and riding the wrong way on both sides between Carruthers St bridge and the Melrose roundabout. On Yamba Drive, there is no footpath on the Woden side between Launceston and Melrose. There is no path on either side of Yarra Glen between Carruthers and Melrose, only on the other side of the Creek.

laraeddy 10:43 am 14 Aug 13

Well, if you insist, magiccar9 – yeah, you’re wrong.

No path on the western (Weston) side of Yamba Drive for a fair bit of the length between Kitchener and Launceston Sts, or again between Launceston St and the big magic roundabout.

As for the rest of the rant/post – well, that’s your credibility problem, not mine. But you could improve on that by checking some basic facts before setting out.

fromthecapital 10:05 am 14 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

Another waste of money from Rattenbury!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Yamba Drive already has paths running along both sides of it in some form. So why do we need to build another two?
This section of road is only dangerous because of the ding-bat hospital workers who don’t cross at the provided traffic lights, and dart between traffic 20m either side of the lights because they’re too lazy.
How about, as a general society, we start employing some common sense… Then we’ll be able to tackle the big issues that face us in life.

You are wrong and this is needed. Small change really aswell compared to some other projects.

magiccar9 6:21 am 14 Aug 13

Another waste of money from Rattenbury!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Yamba Drive already has paths running along both sides of it in some form. So why do we need to build another two?
This section of road is only dangerous because of the ding-bat hospital workers who don’t cross at the provided traffic lights, and dart between traffic 20m either side of the lights because they’re too lazy.
How about, as a general society, we start employing some common sense… Then we’ll be able to tackle the big issues that face us in life.

Aeek 11:17 pm 13 Aug 13

Hopefully that stops people riding the wrong way on both sides.

gasman 8:38 pm 13 Aug 13

I have been campaigning for this (in various ways) since 1992!

Canberra Times – September 2012 – Doctor says riding to work a ‘life-threatening event’

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