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.
Something needs to be done therefore we must do something - Council logic.
This notorious bridge claimed 2 more victims this morning including me. The bridge itself is no problem but the on the Gilberton side the ashphalt is as slippery as hell, took the clean line between the leaves & twigs but wheels still went out from under me even at very slow speed. Landed on the grass next to the river after rolling down the embankment, bike landed on me! Bloke who came off a few minutes earlier was still there checking his bike over, thank you for coming over to check if I was OK, was probably not as appreciative as I should've been at the time.
I got cracked ribs in August when I crashed on what is now marked with yellow lines, then in September I went over it and another rider was sprawled waiting for an ambulance. After this is it was blocked, and I hoped fixed, but it is obviously unsafe still.
Luckily for me only bruised pride, there were a few moments there though when I thought I was going swimming.
I go very slowly over that bridge...I don't trust myself not to slip and fall into the river.
I only take Linear Park when I don't feel like dealing with peak hour traffic, though. Otherwise I'll play with Hackney Rd, down past the caravan park, and over Stephen Terrace. I get back on Linear Park at the end of 9th Avenue.
Bridge west of Hackney Road. Sounds like either suburb of Gilberton in Walkerville Council, or suburb of Hackney in Norwood, Payneham & St Peters. Please provide exact location details and provide a recent photo of the bridge. I report many hazards and am prepared to report this if enough info.
Many spills, ambulance and broken ribs call out for a remedy. Any suggestions on how to decrease this cycling hazard?
looks like they're working hard to screw this bridge up...
coming home tonight (out of the city) there was a "cyclists dismount" sign at the top of the steep drop and a series of plastic bollards creating a choke point/chicane in the the centre of the bridge.
good luck walking down that incline on a wet day in cycling shoes...
That boardwalk has always been very slippery when wet Carl, I wouldn't ride, let alone walk (in cycling shoes), on it at all if damp - instead, follow Linear Path towards the city & under Hackney bridge where there is an exit up to Bundeys Rd / Hackney Rd lights, cross with the lights as necessary (or vice versa).
The current chicane of obstacles and 'cyclists dismount' sign is in place while they replace rotted / broken planks on the boardwalk which were in definite need of repair, so I'm not bothered by the current annoyances - they will be gone soon enough. However, the attempts that have been made to solve the issue of the broken / slippery / dangerous entry/exit to the bridge (crossing the river) remain a total joke.
It is good that they are replacing the rotten planks before they deteriorate further, but I don't know what was going on with the chicane on the bridge as fro what I saw they had only been working on the boardwalk.
Oh, was there one on the bridge too? My bad, I only saw it on the boardwalk. Odd indeed.
yep.. that's where the dismount sign is.. on the steep downhill entrance to the bridge, right where they put that steel swing gate. then midway on the bridge they have 2 sets of bollards. Saw a couple trying to get around there with a kid in a child carrier and they were struggling.
Sorry.. wasn't aware of other work around the area so my comment probably was a little confusing!
I've never had any issues on those planks in the wet.. but i do tend to take them a bit overly cautiously. ..
when I rode in, in the morning, no bollards, when I went home, wtf are these doing here, no addtional signs or bunting, just bollards!