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Riding the newly opened Civic Cycle Loop. Parts 1 and 2

By johnboy - 25 March 2013 53

I was summonsed this noon to the opening of stages 1 and 2 of the Civic Cycle Loop.

So with all the good will in the world I left the official ceremony to try out the new paths.

The above video I think speaks for itself. I solemnly swear I did not stage any of the difficulties encountered.

Most troublesome is the one way nature of paths on the side of the road. For most cyclists it’s going to be quicker and easier to stay bouncing between the footpaths and the road. Especially as turning right from these paths across both roads and the opposed cycle path takes a very long time.

I’ll leave it for keen eyed viewers to note what’s involved.

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Riding the newly opened Civic Cycle Loop. Parts 1 and 2
Gungahlin Al 4:33 pm 25 Mar 13

That about sums it up. Up down up down, Drivers confusing it for footpath because of the raised surface. Or parking spaces.

The hand-laid tarmac looks fine and smooth, but it is rough as when taken at cycling speeds – a crook resonance is set up that makes me pity people with those crotch-killing seats…

Why it couldn’t just be nail-in kerbing and using the existing road surface I’m stuffed if I know. Would have cost a fraction of what it did and been done ages ago too.

And yawning gaps like the brand new bus pickup on Marcus Clarke, where it seems the bus stop design people totally forgot to talk with the bikepath design people, and just plain left that bit out. Try picking your way through there at knock off time! I have…

As for turning right: you either decide a way back you’re a vehicle and skip over to the right lane, or take it safe and decide you’re a pedestrian. Turning right from the left lane is for crazy Melburnians…

mossrocket 4:26 pm 25 Mar 13

I see you saved a little time at 6:15 running the red light…

johnboy 4:23 pm 25 Mar 13

It wasn’t the whole ride both ways, I went up Rudd St towards bunda to check it out.

gooterz 4:23 pm 25 Mar 13

7.30 the road from the right is a shocker. You can’t see anyone from the direction of the bike because you have parked cars to your left and your stuck well back because the put the bike lane in. Its an accident waiting to happen.

Canberracanuck 4:19 pm 25 Mar 13

To be fair, your 13 minutes was to do the ride both ways. I don’t think you could do it in half that time unless you were proceding at an arguably dangerous speed on the footpath, even without the waiting for the lights at various corners. It’s not a bad start…but it’s not going to get junior or grannie cycling in the ‘burbs, which is what we need to get a culture of active transport

p1 4:17 pm 25 Mar 13

johnboy said :

gooterz said :

How much are bicycle licences going to cost?

Free Free Free to get you off your large unpleasant bottom and into something healthier.

My large bottom is only unpleasant today because of all the time it spent on a mountain bike on the weekend.

johnboy 4:15 pm 25 Mar 13

it’s the most terrifying space I’ve ever ridden on.

All the constraints and lack of maneuver as for a car with the vulnerability and effort of a bicycle.

bundah 4:09 pm 25 Mar 13

johnboy said :

well that ride on the paths took over 13 minute.

Without the paths it would have taken me half that because I’d have ridden on the footpath on the side I was planning to turn onto.

So all in all how would you rate the new cycle loop? looks a bit loopy to me!

johnboy 4:08 pm 25 Mar 13

gooterz said :

How much are bicycle licences going to cost?

Free Free Free to get you off your large unpleasant bottom and into something healthier.

gooterz 4:00 pm 25 Mar 13

How much are bicycle licences going to cost?

johnboy 3:58 pm 25 Mar 13

well that ride on the paths took over 13 minute.

Without the paths it would have taken me half that because I’d have ridden on the footpath on the side I was planning to turn onto.

KT67 3:55 pm 25 Mar 13

They so should have had better jumps at the end of each section to make it at least fun. Still it should be good to get the kids down to the lake from Turner on the weekends.

Pitchka 3:53 pm 25 Mar 13

“Especially as turning right from these paths across both roads and the opposed cycle path takes a very long time”

HOW LONG? An extra 5 or so seconds?

HOLD THE FARKEN PHONE!!!!!

p1 3:32 pm 25 Mar 13

Is that Kenny Koala passing at 1m22s?

ABC129 3:29 pm 25 Mar 13

Still have no idea what is with all the up and down raised path business and not just a simple concrete divider, but it’s better than nothing. I would have avoided those streets like the plague before and now I can ride on them in relative safety. The drivers and pedestrians will get used to it in time (I hope).

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