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Pedestrian access in Civic West hits a new pathetic low

By johnboy 29 August 2012 60

worst footpath in the world?

For months the footpaths on the western side of Civic have been nothing short of a disgrace. Paths abruptly ending dumping pedestrians across major roads, paths dug up and left caged off for weeks without sign of activity, weird dog legged diversions for walkers dancing in traffic.

But this morning on Alinga Street outside the post office things reached an new noteworthy low (pictured).

One would hope a smallish city state would be capable of better coordination.

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debk41 7:54 pm 30 Aug 12

My Partner works at the sight on Marcus Clarke street and Barry Drive, this is being done for the centenary of Canberra next year, they have signs where pedestrians are meant to walk but they don’t they walk through the gates and right through the middle of the job site , when he and his work mates were pouring cement a few weeks back they had signs up but had several people not looking where they were going and ending up knee deep in it, so once these people got out they had to go re fix it, these guys are there from 6:30 – 7 am in the morning til 5 pm and sometimes working on saturdays , i was told today that there was 1 gate open for bobcats etc to get through but people insist on going through that way. they have their heads down, texting or other things not taking notice of where they are walking when there is heavy machinery about

FioBla 9:34 am 30 Aug 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

I think more of these safety fences should be erected

ERECTION NOW

Jono 8:19 am 30 Aug 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

I think more of these safety fences should be erected – to protect us from disgruntled gasbags with nothing else going on in their lives except daily trips to the complaints office.

Do you mean the type of disgruntled gasbags who put up whining complaints like this one? – http://the-riotact.com/lady-denman-lycra/31298

Jim Jones said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

bundah said :

Why do i get the feeling that JJ and CSR are actually the same person?

Nah, he is much cooler than me.

You got that right toots.

toots? I withdraw my previous comment

wildturkeycanoe 6:00 am 30 Aug 12

Boo hoo people!! What about the roadworks everywhere in Canberra. How dare they cordon off sections or entire lanes to repair potholes, install traffic lights, map out new cycle paths?? What about the poor 4×4 drivers who have to navigate between the tiny sections of road marked with witches hats and guard rails?? Think of the larger heavy vehicles and their plight, having to make detours because of weight restrictions.
Seriously though, these fences are erected not to inconvenience the public, but because of occupational health and safety rules, deigned to protect both the workers and yourself. If the disabled bodies you are trying to stand up for in this particular scenario were to get cement dust all over their wheelchair, in their eyes and nose or a piece of scaffold landed on a child in the “safety” of its pram, would you then argue why the barriers were not in place? Try working on a construction site for a day and then tell me about how hard it is walk from point A to point B.
I think more of these safety fences should be erected – to protect us from disgruntled gasbags with nothing else going on in their lives except daily trips to the complaints office.

Jethro 9:23 pm 29 Aug 12

bundah said :

c_c said :

Calm down JB, your flaming your own website. They’ve been repaving that whole side of Civic, and it’s made a real improvement. Yes, a short term annoyance but how else are they to do it, you can build under people’s feet?

These changes have nothing to do with the others, it’s Australia Post blowing cash on a reno. Inconvenient, hell yes. But you can easily cross to the other side of the road.

Well you may be content with mediocrity but some of us strive for and often achieve excellence unlike the excessively lengthy time that it takes to complete roadworks and repairs to pedestrian access areas. Mind you this has been the norm in Canberra for decades much to my chagrin.No hurry boys steady as she goes!

Indeed. They repaired some of the shared paths out my way a while back. The process took over a month.

Step 1: Rope off hundreds of metres of track over a distance of kilometres. Ensure that when you rope of the track you place the ropes in such a way that you block the most sensible detour routes as well, forcing cyclists to do things like lift their bikes over people’s hedge fences and trudge through their front yard. Also ensure that the sections of path you have designated for replacement are in no worse condition (and very often are actually in better condition) than other sections of the same path.

Step 2: Leave sections roped off for 2 weeks but do not actual work

Step 3: Dig up roped off track

Step 4: Leave for 2 weeks

Step 5: Re-lay path, but do not clean up. Instead, leave giant mounds of dirt over path. Ensure that the quality of the new path is no different to the quality of the path it replaced.

Your job is now complete.

NickD 8:16 pm 29 Aug 12

Just to pile on (and hopefully move on from the sniping above), the Moore St-Rudd St corner is really dangerous. The contractors’ container blocks the lines of sight, and they’re taking an unbelievable amount of time to do the job – it’s been dragging on for at least two months now.

Thumper 6:59 pm 29 Aug 12

Got to admit, the place is a dog’s breakfast.

Pork Hunt 6:21 pm 29 Aug 12

Jim Jones said :

johnboy said :

Yes, I was referring to starting and finishing disruptions to footpaths.

This is something you’ve taken a particular interest in during your global travels?

I’d imagine it would make a fascinating book.

I’m thinking about writing a book about s*** houses I have visited outside of Canberra. Will you buy that also?

Antagonist 5:35 pm 29 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Start work, finish work, remove barriers, move on.

No one’s complaining about works. But they can be staged, staggered, and completed better.

And I say that as someone who’s been to a lot of cities all over the world and every single one of them is better than this.

Therein is much of the problem. I catch a bus from Belco through Civic a couple of afternoons each week. It seems there is one loooooong construction zone that starts on Barry Drive next to the CSIRO … all the way past the ANU, then continues along Marcus Clarke St, then continues up Alinga Street through the City Bus Interchange. It then stops for a short time on London Cct past the Legislative Assembly before we get a final burst of construction at the London Cct ramp up to Commonwealth Avenue. It is (literally) a 3km+ construction zone.

Poorly planned is the understatement of the year.

c_c 4:47 pm 29 Aug 12

schmeah said :

c_c said :

schmeah said :

The worst bit is probably the 4 way intersection at Moore St and Rudd St, where a shipping container has blocked the view for crossing pedestrians for some time.

There’s no shipping container at that intersection. Never has been. There’s a couple up the road, but none that obstruct the view at the actual pedestrian crossings.

This comment actually proves you have no fn idea what you are talking about.

There has been a brown shipping container on this corner for some time now. If you are a pedestrian walking towards the Jolimont Centre from the direction of Marcus Clarke on the Sugar-Cube side of the street you will see a shipping container that, for pedestrians looking to cross the intersection, substantially blocks your traffic view until you walk out into the line of traffic.

Wasn’t an issue yesterday, but then I didn’t have my cheek right up against the container to block the view.

Jim Jones said :

johnboy said :

Yes, I was referring to starting and finishing disruptions to footpaths.

This is something you’ve taken a particular interest in during your global travels?

I’d imagine it would make a fascinating book.

lulz

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