Cycling in Sydney Australia
Been meaning to to post this for a while. I'm very pleased with the new cycleways in the city and ride the Bourke street one almost daily. Every time I ride it I'm reminded at what a sloppy job the contractors did. Now don't get me wrong this isn't a whinge just an observation. Have any of you managed to clip along at say 25KPH +? (yes probs too fast for this commuter system)
If you do you will notice the very uneven surface. I don't think they bothered with the 'big roller machine' or they only placed 1cm of tarmac which is now rippled and wavy. It always brings a smile to my face when I ride southbound and freewheel - You can't really sit on your seat and have to sort of take the weight on your legs as the wavey ride is enough to cause the bike to rock front to back and make your head bob. I think it's worse south of Cleveland street.
Anyway just wondering if any other riders have noticed it. It's no Autobahn thats for sure although I hear it cost autobahn money! :):)
Yes I am also quite aware of the dangers on this cycleway - almost every trip i have to dodge skateboarders, runners, pedestrians. Funny how almost all these 'illegal cycleway users' assume they have the right to be on there. I've now slowed waay down on this strip after too many close calls. Only a matter of time before a fast roadie takes out a pedestrian or maybe that's already happened?
love the cycleways - just observations I've had from using them daily. It's fun when you know the 'tricks.'
whoa. Bit of an axe to grind there @Ferdinand. No need to get personal mate. just pointing out, as have others, that from a layman's perspective the path doesn't really seem very........ flat. Not sure I agree about the machines either. I live on Bourke and watched, with eager anticipation, the building of the paths and I remember 'rolling machines' being used. Now I'm no expert on road/path building machinery but something that has an internal combustion engine and a whopping big roller would, in my mind, be classified as a machine. Pushed by hand or not.
Not sure comparing the cycleway to something worse - Enmore Rd - really gets your point across either. " well if you think that's bad try....." hmmmm
As I said in my post - I love the cycleways (positive sentiment) and use them DAILY. Before them I was mixing it with the traffic on Bourke. I still see riders flying down Bourke (never up it surprisingly - Everyone's Cadel Evans going downhill ;-) ) instead of using the cycleways but as an advocate of the cycleways I'd prefer it if they would use them! I've seen enough workers doing usage studies near Bourke Street Bakery so the more cyclists the better.
Honestly I really didn't think it was rocket science building paths. Sure there's political, social, NIMBY (what is nimby btw - yikes I'm annoyed I don't know that acronym) issues but laying some tarmac.... really?
They certainly rolled it, and hammered it, and rolled it, and hammered it, and roller hammered it, again, and again, and then again. At least they did outside my house on Bourke Street. Making the 5 metres on my frontage vibrated me and the house for about 4 hours a day for several days.
@PeteFine - LOL - yes mate I remember the rolling and hammering too. Especially near the cleveland pub.
@Kylie - I almost did mech eng' myself before....... being persuaded to do something else. I watched a doco on the German Autobahn that you may find interesting. The engineering that went into that!! main thing I remember is the depth. Can't remember the specifics but normal roads run at 4cm and the autobahn runs 10cm thick! I made the numbers up but you get the idea. Must have cost a $$$$$$
"wheeled recreational devices" i.e. skateboards are allowed on the paths...
If the surface is potentially going to cause safety concerns - i.e. reduce stopping distances, allow pooling of water & other hazardous substances, if you raise this with CoS i'm sure it'll be resolved.
Haven't found the original surface of the Bourke Street cycleway that much of an issue really, and some points I get up to 30 km/h, although only in the few sections I have had no issues. The naked intersection aprons and most other spots are 20km/h and covering the brakes. I bet I notice it now on the way home tonight though :(
Seems that in many casees now I know exactly where peds will step out without looking, but overal ped crossing compliance is markedly improved from the first few months when the joined cycleway opened.
The bigger issue I have on my ride is the chopped up surface along the Bourke Road cycleway after all the trench works, but that is a whole other cycleway with its seperate issues (although again I much prefer its existence that it not ebing there).