Cycling in Sydney Australia
Anyone notice that on the shared path they've installed obstacles to slow down cyclists? I would approve however the gap between the barriers is quite narrow leaving little room for error to pass through.
It doesnt help either when you are riding uphill and need to stop/slow to allow a pedestrian to pass by. Looks quite hazardous to me... thoughts?
The interface on Veloplano has changed, but you can see this point if you click here.
That will be helpful. I don't go there very often, but have noticed that a lot of riders (heading south) must be just veering right at the first barrier and then zooming down the grass area because there is a nice single-track worn there. Council must have placed a large rock there to stop this but it is still possible.
I did see a bad incident a few months after they were installed, I was riding with a friend approaching the rails. A vision impaired man was negotiating the obstacle with a cane. He was unable to navigate through it as they were placed so close together, he was becoming very frustrated so my friend got off his bike to try and assist. He was very annoyed that the council had added the rails without installing tactiles on the approach. I guess as cyclists these type of obstacles may be an annoyance, but for vision impaired they can add minutes to a trip or even injury. I am unsure whether tactiles were ever added at the location as I try and avoid the shared path.
The original design of the barriers was overly punitive and non-compliant, it made passage difficult or impossible for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, other mobility aids, prams, cargo bikes, child trailers etc. And less agile riders had trouble maintaining their balance when negotiating them.
The redesign still has the desired effect of slowing bike riders coming down the slope and diverting them away from the entrance of the aged care home.
The alternative route via Pacific Hwy is not suitable for people not comfortable sharing the road with cars, trucks and buses doing 60km/h.