Those that use the Linear Park bicycle path west of Hackney Rd, will have noticed the bridge across the river has been blocked this past week for repairs. Just to update you on the status, I spoke to the workmen there today and they said it will be blocked for at least another week.
Oh I HATE that bridge! On my first ride to work I took the corner (at the bottom of the photo) a bit too fast and nearly stacked it into the river! Scared the crap out of me! Since then the bridge makes me nervous and I go sooooo slowly
Working in the CBD I avoid that bridge all together now going the side streets behind the Hackney Hotel & then back on to linear park next to the caravan park.
I always stay south of the river and go up past the campsite and through 'The Avenues' simply to avoid all the wiggles in the riverside tracks through this section. It's reasonably quiet and the roads are wide. The only drama is crossing Stephan Terrace. Fortunately have been blissfully unaware of the bridge troubles.
You do have to be careful on those wooden bridges, my mate fell off, broke his finger and got a very nasty splinter in his derrier which I declined to remove for him, sending him off to the docs instead!
The best way to make wet wood grippy is to stretch galvanised chicken wire fencing mesh over it.
Chicken wire fencing would be OK until it rusted or wore down and bits of wire started to poke into tyres
Have emailed to ACC:
I understand that on the River Torrens Linear Park, a bridge west of Hackney Road is covered with leaves, making it slippery and hazardous for cyclists. Reported on 19-Dec-2011.
Considering the weekend storm, it would be an idea to check the length of the shared path within the City of Adelaide.
Refer to a photo posted 2 hours ago at link
On 21-Dec-2011, ACC emailed report number 1268225. Please let me know when the debris is cleared.
I find it surprising that the bridge was closed off and "repaired" because of a couple of wayward planks but when the bridge is covered with all sorts of debris it's open for use.
I'm sure after past storms they've got the bunting and detour signs out until the debris has been cleaned away.
Saw the new 'safety improvements' today - first time over that bridge since falling off on it in Nov when damp and slippery and damaging knee ligaments and cartilage - not sure the improvements are that great!
Did you notice they now have a gate on the northern side of the bridge, which can be closed in the event of flooding/damage/debris I presume?
Not sure if they're going to follow it up with a gate on the other side.
Yeah, that gate is a bit of a mystery isn't it.
..it's as if they're trying to comply with some sort of public safety responsibility.
I can just imagine some council worker getting a call at 4am in the morning...."the river's coming down in a flood, go down and lock that gate."
Can someone who cycles over this bridge explain how this gate thing works. I can't see the logic in it.
When the gate is closed It wouldn't prevent people from entering the bridge from the southern side if it was dangerous but when you have crossed the bridge the sign says the 'path is closed" (from memory).