Cycling in Melbourne Australia
From BV In The Loop Member news 10 March 2011:
10 March 2011. The year-long closure of the Main Yarra Trail at Burnley is to get worse with the diversion now extended until at least July, causing massive disruption to the thousands of riders on the route each day.
Riders are at the end of their tether as the reopening of the trail is now a year later than originally promised.
Various re-opening dates have been announced, only to be abandoned, leaving riders to continue negotiating the circuitous and poorly executed detour around the Monash Freeway strengthening works.
The latest delay is due to asbestos being found buried under the freeway.
There can be few other minor public works projects that have gone so far beyond schedule than this project.
Bike riders have been treated with contemptuous disregard.
No doubt embarrassed by the debacle, the M1 Alliance which is responsible for the project, is considering a list of possible improvements to the trail submitted by Bicycle Victoria.
We have asked that they offset the inconvenience caused by investing in improvements to the trail.
Please write to M1 Alliance and politely request that they repay the goodwill shown to them by the bike riding community as we have suffered from their mismanagement."
And CItyLink website says:
CityLink apologises for the inconvenience, but to ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and our construction workers the prolonged closure is necessary.
CityLink is working hard to complete the strengthening works in the shortest possible timeframe and will reopen the trail prior to July if possible.
We thank you for your patience.
I still vote that the photographed poster is an April fool's prank...... ;P
Yep, definite pisstake, good job too. If only they would use their talents for good instead of evil ie:
rewrite it to read that the M1 will be closed for two years for the up grade of the bicycle path!
Apologies for going OT, but don't understand this bit
Riders are at the end of their tether
I'm not a freaking horse.
I was waiting for the photo of the sign. That looks about as realistic as a Greens media release saying if they were in government they would have trams running everywhere.
You could buy some traffic cones from Bunnings (I believe I have seen them there), cordon off the left lane of the Monash and put up some bike lane signs (which you can order online). Something along the lines of the 2 left lanes of the Westgate being cordoned off for bikes for Around The Bay In A Day.
Here is the other sides' perspective, for "fairness" :-D
Some cyclists are shaving up to a second off their journey by riding on the wrong side of the road to avoid the roundabout at Coppin and Barkly Streets corner, on the M1 diversion.
Obviously this is only partly-dangerous for the rider and any perceptions, by other road users or park users, about the legitimacy of cycling is fleeting.
I'll hunt through my helmet-cam video footage if you like, can show you dozens of motorists around Clayton and Oakleigh who either drive straight over the top of roundabouts or turn right by going anti-clockwise around them. Pretty damn terrifying when they do it head-on at you. Some people do it on bikes too.
Some people are idiots, some on foot, some in cars, some on bikes. They'll keep on doing it while the chances of being penalised are minimal.
CityLink advises that there are no additional works being done and we are committed to completing the works which impact the Yarra trail by July 2011. Changes to these signs were not made by CityLink and have now been removed.