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Route for Olympic Torch Relay released

By Holden Caulfield - 21 April 2008 55

I heard on the radio this morning that the route for the controversial Beijing Olympic Torch Relay had been released. After a bit of googling this is what I found (you should be able to click the image for a larger version, or follow the link below to download your own)…

Events ACT: Beijing Olympic Torch Relay

Events ACT: Official Canberra program (2mb PDF) (6:10am-2:15pm)

ACT Gov: Download your own route map (2.2mb PDF)

ABC News: Canberra torch relay route released (juicy comments section being added to in rapid fire!)

…seeing as this kerfuffle will interrupt my daily commute to work, maybe I will join in the inevitable protests as well! I’m sure taking the torch so close to the Chinese Embassy will be a decision remembered fondly, despite Ted Quinlan saying on radio that it was just a coincidence. For those that haven’t caught on yet, the relay is the reason for the perimeter fencing that has been placed around the village recently.

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Route for Olympic Torch Relay released
Growling Ferret 3:10 pm 21 Apr 08

Is the map above the longer or shorter version.

The Age this morning had a different map where the lake crossing was not actually happening.

My understanding is that the Parl Triangle is almost a no go zone that morning with the Balloon Fiesta and fireworks at 6, then the Torch relay from 7:30.

Both Comm and Kings Ave bridges are out of action – could be a good day to try to work a half day only…

Dante 3:07 pm 21 Apr 08

I know that some agencies are going to be operating on skeleton staff that day, as it’s going to be a huge hassle getting into the city…

Go on, hassle your employer for a free day off 😉

tap 3:05 pm 21 Apr 08

neanderthalsis, i dont know man, i think im just going to walk backwards the entire time im there, they wont surprise me then!

Holden Caulfield 3:03 pm 21 Apr 08

Vanilla Bean said :

Well the happy little procession will go right past my building (John Gorton) wheeeeee, if we make it into work at all we can all stand at the windows and holler at them about how we had to get into work at 6.30am. So to clarify – the roads are closing from 6am? I think I’ll bring a sleeping bag in on Wednesday…

VB, I’m uncertain as to the road closure times. If anyone can find documentation to confirm, please post it up.

neanderthalsis 2:59 pm 21 Apr 08

Rather interesting that the days festivities include the singing of the Chinese national anthem. Will we see a mass turning of backs or some other from of protest during this?

Vanilla Bean 2:50 pm 21 Apr 08

Well the happy little procession will go right past my building (John Gorton) wheeeeee, if we make it into work at all we can all stand at the windows and holler at them about how we had to get into work at 6.30am. So to clarify – the roads are closing from 6am? I think I’ll bring a sleeping bag in on Wednesday…

Holden Caulfield 2:38 pm 21 Apr 08

I need to get from Inner North to Fyshwick for work. If the road closures are all done before 8:15am then it’s going to be one long arse about drive to work that morning. Haha!

Thumper 2:37 pm 21 Apr 08

Ginninderra Drive looks positively communist at present.

Beautiful red flags with chinese script lining a wide boulevard.

maybe this is why Stanhope is so adament to have the relay 😉

ant 2:31 pm 21 Apr 08

Bloody hell. How are we meant to get to work?

astrojax 2:30 pm 21 Apr 08

don’t be so cosy, lisagrace – starts at 6.10am, roads may close at any time from there on irrespective of when the flame might actually light up the sky in a vicinity anywhere near you!

and that map is entirely confusing – it loops round c’wealth/kings/parkes, but without starting or finishing anywhere obvious – does this means it does a huge loop d’ loop of the triangle?

where can you get china flags to wave – anyone?

ant 2:26 pm 21 Apr 08

What the hell? This rubbish is on a weekday? What were they thinking? I’m going to go and throw eggs! There’s fencing around the worst intersection in central Canberra: Russell/Kings Ave roundabout! argh!

lisagrace 2:10 pm 21 Apr 08

Lots of discussion about this at work, as I’m at work by 8.15am most mornings the road closures don’t bother me.

Some colleagues are having trouble working out how they can get to work, and one is not happy at all as they are suppossed to be moving house on Thursday morning, and now can’t get across Northbourne.

Re the starting point – apparantly it is being rowed across the lake to anzac parade, then following the arrows from there.

Thumper 2:05 pm 21 Apr 08

I beleive the start is outside OPH?

tap 2:02 pm 21 Apr 08

Why is the start not actually on the route? lol. Well, where are people planning on meeting etc?

stray 1:52 pm 21 Apr 08

there you go tap! maybe we “wont” see you on the news ..hahaha

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