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Stromlo Bike Park – Is it ever good for kids?

By Emily Morris 6 February 2015 26

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I took my kids along to Stromlo Bike Park over Christmas and it was excellent – the wide road made for a great ‘practice’ space for my daughter to learn to ride without her training wheels and my little ones were free to play.  There were a few other people there – some cycling the track and many like us and enjoying the opportunity for the kids.

I have tried to recreate this since but every time I go there are loads of pretty serious cyclists whizzing around the track training.

I don’t for a minute begrudge the cyclists, but wanted to know if there are any times  that are better for kids (or, a time when cyclists tend not to be training).

Does anyone have any insight?

What’s Your opinion?


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Grrrr 1:51 pm 10 Feb 15

dungfungus said :

This is code for the criterium track at Stromlo is for the exclusive use of “serious” cyclists who couldn’t care less about the fact that is was funded by ALL Canberra ratepayers.

Oh look, your rabid hatred of bikes is once again overriding any logic. Firstly, it’s not “code” for anything. You clearly have zero understand of, or insight into the mentality of cyclists and what they do and don’t care about – so should probably stop claiming you do.

Secondly … How dare the government build a bike facility and let it be used for free by the designed-for users, despite that then making it unsuitable for completely different users (such as kids) at that time? 😛

Now, I was there last Sunday lunchtime. The XC was on, and the crits track was empty when I first looked. A little later there were a couple of kids on it. There’s a million places equally-suitable for a kid just coming off their training wheels, and the kids track right next to it isn’t a bad start. School and office car-parks are good on weekends ..

KB1971 1:32 pm 10 Feb 15

Mysteryman said :

I think the exact same thing when I see the lycra brigade riding two abreast, or even a single cyclist ruiding well into the centre of a car lane. It strikes me as selfish and arrogant, especially considering the difference in speed between cars and cyclists and the inconvenience it causes to the flow of traffic and other road users.

Man, I hate trucks, they take up so much room and stop me from getting to where I want to go. They should pull left when I come up behind them so I can pass.

KB1971 1:25 pm 10 Feb 15

dungfungus said :

Leon said :

The criterium track at Stromlo is specifically designed for bicycle racing.

There are plenty of suitable car parks around Canberra that get little weekend use – for example at Dickson College and alongside Langton Crescent in Parkes.

A local grassy park may be an even better option, because grass is much softer to fall on.

This is code for the criterium track at Stromlo is for the exclusive use of “serious” cyclists who couldn’t care less about the fact that is was funded by ALL Canberra ratepayers.

Dungfungus, before you also get too far on your “all cyclists are arrogant f@#$%s” rant, as a cyclist I disageree with some of what Leon said. Yes it is a dedicated racing track but this track is a public facility which is not locked off when not in use.

It is perfect for teaching kids to ride on because it is big and wide and has no through traffic like a cycle path. They can meander as they please.

Having said that, I would only do it when there are no races on (obviously) and there are hardly any bikes training on it which is pretty well most of the time anyway.

Most serious road racers train on the road (much to Mysterymans disgust, sucked in) as that gives them better fitness than doing 38 laps of a criterion track that has bugger all climbing.

Sorry to others for my rant but peoples dogmatic approach to what other people do with their lives infuriates me. I sometimes think they would be happier living in North Korea where the Kim Jong Un will tell youn how it is or you will get shot!

Oh & on your taxpayer funded crap……….why cant I go and kick a footy on Bruce Stadium on a Sunday arve when its not being used? I pay for it, I should be able to use it…..dont you think??

dungfungus 11:25 am 10 Feb 15

Leon said :

The criterium track at Stromlo is specifically designed for bicycle racing.

There are plenty of suitable car parks around Canberra that get little weekend use – for example at Dickson College and alongside Langton Crescent in Parkes.

A local grassy park may be an even better option, because grass is much softer to fall on.

This is code for the criterium track at Stromlo is for the exclusive use of “serious” cyclists who couldn’t care less about the fact that is was funded by ALL Canberra ratepayers.

Maya123 10:21 am 10 Feb 15

Mysteryman said :

Maya123 said :

But sadly I don’t think some parents can see the danger to their children or others. This was brought home to me some years ago when riding home from work at peak hour. The path was busy with a person cycling past every few seconds. This was of no importance though to the mother sitting watching her toddler playing in the middle of the path with people on bikes having to go around the child. I said as I passed that her child shouldn’t be in the middle of the busy path. Her astonishing reply, “But he’s so little, you can go around him.” No concept of the danger she was putting her child or others in, or the inconvenience she was causing…

I think the exact same thing when I see the lycra brigade riding two abreast, or even a single cyclist ruiding well into the centre of a car lane. It strikes me as selfish and arrogant, especially considering the difference in speed between cars and cyclists and the inconvenience it causes to the flow of traffic and other road users.

But I bet the people cycling are going in a straight line. Much more predicable than a toddler, hardly able to stand up I might add, tottering about the path, NOT in a straight line. And not old enough to be responsible, which was a shame, because his mother certainly wasn’t being so. Plus the road, as was the path, is a transport corridor. The people cycling are using it as such, while the toddler was not. Hardly comparable.

darkmilk 10:20 am 10 Feb 15

14 posts without one of the L-words and 19 posts before both of them, that’s gotta be a RiotACT record!!!

(L-words: Lycra and Lance. Internet rules say they must appear to turn every bike related thread into a rant, apparently even this one about young kids)

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