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Velodrome closed

By johnboy 26 April 2013 33

The Economic Development Directorate has announced they’ve shut down the Narrabundah Velodrome:

The Territory has received engineering advice that the Narrabundah Velodrome is ‘unsafe for both competition and training purposes,’ this assessment included consultation advice from user groups.

Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) has a duty of care to all cycling stakeholders that currently use the facility to ensure in hiring the facility it is safe and fit for purpose.

To safeguard users, a decision has been made to immediately close the Narrabundah Velodrome for cycling activities.

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thatsnotme 7:41 pm 30 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

johnboy said :

It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

Are you hinting that in 12-18 months there will be housing on that site?

It looks like a pretty crappy place for housing to me. A quick look on Google maps shows there’s a BMX track right next door, what looks like a private property on the other side, and it’s not that far away from Jerrabomberra Creek – which isn’t likely to flood to that extent, but it seems like any place within a km of water is viewed as a risk when it comes to insurance companies these days… Surely there’d have to be some lower hanging fruit if the Government wanted to take some developer cash.

Thumper 6:36 pm 30 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

johnboy said :

It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

Are you hinting that in 12-18 months there will be housing on that site?

Nah, come on. This government?

bundah 6:35 pm 30 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

johnboy said :

It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

Are you hinting that in 12-18 months there will be housing on that site?

Can’t see it happening as it’s pretty close to Jerrabomberra Creek.Actually it only occurred to me today that i did ride my pushie on the velodrome back in 1972 shortly after it was built and i remember the banking was bloody steep and a bit slippery. But you’re right JB four decades before they decide it’s far too unsafe wtf?

dungfungus 6:07 pm 30 Apr 13

johnboy said :

It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

The area where this facility is appears low and is probably subject to flooding from the now willow-less Jerrabomberra Creek so it probably isn’t suitable for residential re-development.
Don’t be surprised if a new, bigger, better, world class velodrome is to be built at the bike park out Stromlo way, to be funded by the government or one of their franchises (Actew, U of C, etc.).

Pork Hunt 5:43 pm 30 Apr 13

johnboy said :

It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

Are you hinting that in 12-18 months there will be housing on that site?

    johnboy 5:48 pm 30 Apr 13

    I know nothing.

    I do know it’s amazing how fast “safety” can become an issue when it suits this government. And how long they can ignore issues when it suits them.

Aeek 5:17 pm 30 Apr 13

Rollersk8r said :

Leon said :

Queanbeyan.

Clearly you haven’t seen it – Queanbeyan is not a velodrome.

Additionally, it is a public oval. To use it safely requires booking and noone else can be on the oval.
2 hours one evening a week over Summer creates enough aggro as it is.

Grrrr 5:02 pm 30 Apr 13

Engineering advice? As in, it’s about to break up and / or collapse? Seems unlikely. Looks about the same as it did a decade ago.

I’m sure there’s a bunch of riders well-peeved about being told they can’t ride that crap lump of concrete. Desperate track riders, maybe ..

Felix the Cat 4:48 pm 30 Apr 13

Maybe the Govt can throw down a quick layer of chipseal, that’ll make it safe again, right?

DrKoresh 4:07 pm 30 Apr 13

“Cyclists are furious” about the closure of the velodrome according to ABCnews website. They always seem to be characterised as a vocal and angry minority in the media, but I don’t know whether that’s a fault of the cycling community or the media.

Rollersk8r 3:50 pm 30 Apr 13

Leon said :

Canberran’s who want to ride around a velodrome now have to travel an extra six kilometres to Queanbeyan.

At his world one hour record speed of 56 km/h, Chris Boardman could travel the six kilometres in a little over six minutes, riding a bicycle with a 19th century design (as required under UCI rules). On a modern bike, he could do it in four minutes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hour_record

Clearly you haven’t seen it – Queanbeyan is not a velodrome.

dpm 3:28 pm 30 Apr 13

Benaresq said :

The cat did it said :

It was built in early-mid 1970s, IIRC by an engineering firm that didn’t know much about velodromes, for a client that didn’t know much about velodromes either.

Which begs the question – Why close it now? If it’s been around for around 40 years without causing the end of the world, what’s changed?

According to this..
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/narrabundah-velodrome-hits-the-skids-20130427-2im5c.html

..the Canberra Cycling Club must have been hinting/asking for a grant to fix the Velodrome, which kind of backfired on them when the Govt saw the report and decided it needed to be closed due to immediate safety concerns! Classic bureaucracy.

    johnboy 3:31 pm 30 Apr 13

    It’s amazing how fast this government can find safety concerns when the developer dollars light up their eyes.

    Safety concerns blissfully ignored for decades before possibilities became apparent.

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