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The whys of bike path signs

By johnboy 2 September 2010 24

[First filed: Sep 1, 2010 @ 9:27]

Bike path sign

Aronde sent this one in with a note:

Hi. I have seen a lot of bike signage appearing which is great but I am just wondering how many people standing on Emu Bank looking over Lake Ginninderra would want to know how far it is to the Charnwood Shops? Especially when numerous other suburban shops are closer and Westfield is right behind you!

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Jethro 9:08 pm 02 Sep 10

Good to see that we are all a tolerant bunch on here who don’t judge people or suburbs of a lower socio-economic class to us.

In defense of the Charnie shops, they have a decent and cheap Chinese takeaway (IMHO at least as good as most of the Chinese in Kingston at half the price), some of the only half-way decent fish and chips in Canberra (still not great for someone who moved here from the coast, but it will do) and a video shop with a surprising amount of variety.

And let’s face it, Charnie is no Lakemba, Woodridge or Footscray.

On a side note, the only time I have ever experienced any aggro in Canberra was on a night out in Kingston and it came from a guy in a very expensive looking suit.

troll-sniffer 10:42 am 02 Sep 10

Methinks that the signs are designed for newcomers and the otherwise less knowledgeable riders who are referring to one of the cycleways maps and seeking to establish their location.

Looked at from this rather sensible and staid viewpoint, the wherefores, if tnot the whys, become instantly apparent.

fermion 9:22 am 02 Sep 10

Don’t go that way, NEVER go that way!

Trev 6:32 am 02 Sep 10

A lot of the new shared paths run alongside roads, such as the one that runs up William Slim Drive. On the other hand, the older paths often don’t do that, and that puts a measure of guesswork into navigating them.
Before the new signage was put up, it was possible to arrive at an intersection on the older shared paths in particular (think near Lake Ginninderra or in Kaleen for instance) and have no way of knowing other than trial and error as to where you were gonna wind up.
The new signs solve much of that problem, and as some of the respondents rightly point out, they also serve as a warning: who’d want to cycle or walk all the way to the Carniewood shops?

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