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The cotton wool marches ever onward

By johnboy - 21 November 2011 24

cyclist hazard sign

D-eye has sent in this pic of the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore with the following note:

One for the “WTF?” files. It’s not as though that decking is new, or that it hasn’t held the same risk for the entire time it’s been there. I am curious as to why the signs and barricades have been deemed necessary now.

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The cotton wool marches ever onward
Mysteryman 4:07 pm 21 Nov 11

davo101 said :

I am curious as to why the signs and barricades have been deemed necessary now.

Some idiot rode their bike onto it, fell off, and then complained to the NCA?

That’s what I assume happened. I never cease to be surprised by the growing level of stupidity amongst the general public. It seems to be inversely proportional to the level of responsibility expected of our citizens.

deye 2:38 pm 21 Nov 11

simon81 said :

I was sitting on those very decks about 12 months ago and witnessed a cyclist speeding along, veer onto the deck, only for his wheels to slip between the timber. Poor bugger had his feet clipped into his pedals. A face plant, skidding along the deck, splinters and a few broken teeth. I still wince just thinking about it.

Ouch, bad luck for him, though he should have been watching where he was going or going slow enough he could have made a different evasion path (assuming he was evading something/someone).

Stevian 2:00 pm 21 Nov 11

simon81 said :

I was sitting on those very decks about 12 months ago and witnessed a cyclist speeding along, veer onto the deck, only for his wheels to slip between the timber. Poor bugger had his feet clipped into his pedals. A face plant, skidding along the deck, splinters and a few broken teeth. I still wince just thinking about it.

I’d wince, but I’m too busy laughing

simon81 1:15 pm 21 Nov 11

I was sitting on those very decks about 12 months ago and witnessed a cyclist speeding along, veer onto the deck, only for his wheels to slip between the timber. Poor bugger had his feet clipped into his pedals. A face plant, skidding along the deck, splinters and a few broken teeth. I still wince just thinking about it.

Henry82 1:07 pm 21 Nov 11

Isn’t it a bit high for cyclists to read?

Deref 1:04 pm 21 Nov 11

Chop71 said :

“this is a sign”

“Do not lean against this sign”

Chop71 11:57 am 21 Nov 11

“this is a sign”

trevar 11:50 am 21 Nov 11

Come on people; from the way the sign is pointing, it’s clearly not referring to the decking. The sign is warning cyclists travelling along the concrete bit towards the stainless steel hoop sculpture. And I for one don’t think that surface is very groovy at all. It’s quite passe, really. Unlike the stainless steel hoop sculpture, which is totes groovy, man.

G-Fresh 11:46 am 21 Nov 11

Mooore signage for cyclists??!!?

They should pay rego for all the damage they cause to our paths!

alaninoz 11:27 am 21 Nov 11

Because people refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault. If you ride on the grooved surface and have an accident it must be the fault of whoever put the grooved surface there, rather than yours because you’re too thick to realise that riding on a grooved surface could be hazardous or because you’re too unskilled to be able to cope with the situation.

I’m not picking on cyclists here, just using an example relevant to the sign.

carnardly 11:25 am 21 Nov 11

because it was icy and water from the nearby sprinklers had spread onto the path and it was the middle of winter and someone had a splat?

davo101 11:13 am 21 Nov 11

I am curious as to why the signs and barricades have been deemed necessary now.

Some idiot rode their bike onto it, fell off, and then complained to the NCA?

alloneword 11:10 am 21 Nov 11

Clearly cyclists are a hazard to grooved surfaces and must be kept off them to maintain the integrity of the grooved surface.

poetix 11:10 am 21 Nov 11

And where does it stop? You can imagine someone now being indignant because they were warned about the grooved surface, chose to ignore it, pulled their bike over the barrier and then rode their bike into the lake. Why is there no sign saying “Big Lake starts at edge of this decking. Cycle hazard.” Let’s sue!

breda 10:37 am 21 Nov 11

Perhaps they felt the vista lacked something. Like a pointless sign and ugly barriers.

Think of how much time, money and effort it cost to create that lovely view. Then look at how, for pennies, in a day, it can be despoiled by idiots.

Uglification is very cost effective.

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