That was the comment my business partner made to me today, he lives in the hills and whilst not affected by the closure couldn't see the point of it. I'm inclined to agree with him. We strive week in and week out to co-exist on the roads with motorists, but when we (or Bike SA) want a special bike ride, they close off the road, Highway 1 no less, to the vast majority of the travelling public. How to win friends and influence people. How many motorists were inconvenienced yesterday, and what will their ongoing opinion of cyclists be, as a result?
I discussed the Amy's Gran Fondo ride with my g/f over the weekend as I might do that this year (call me a hypocrite) and her reaction was "What if you are an overseas tourist and that day you planned to drive the GOR and can't because it's closed for a bunch of wannabe Cadel's" (subtlety is not her strong suit).
If we want to be taken seriously as legitimate road users, maybe we just need to "suck it up" and ride with the cars.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been closed for supporters of Active Transport, i.e. cyclists and pedestrians. Would have put motorists out more because no easy alternative to this bridge. At least the old highway duplicates the freeway for drivers who cannot wait.
Frank ATB gets close to 20000 riders and the only road closure is the Westgate Bridge early in the am and early in the pm in the opposite direction (not quite sure how that works as I always cross it in the am). Extra ferries are laid on but the public still get equal treatment otherwise all roads are open and while it is accepted there are still problems and complaints. Brilliant day on a bike tho.
I'm with Pat and others I'm not sure closing the Freeway is a good idea as it is the number one route out of Adelaide and while locals may have been caught by the publicity interstate transport movements may not have been. There is an alternative for the cyclists and it worked okay for RLC which had similar if slightly less numbers. Not sure what the value was in closing the other roads I'm sure someone can tell me.
I did not ride in protest - Bring back the C2C a truly magnificent ride and the closest thing we had to a tradition like the ATB.
The majority of us are motorists clayton.
Its not Cyclist v Motorist, Its motorists v incompetent motorists.
Every time we enter a debate about cycling make people aware of the fact that we are motorists. Don't feed into their bs.
'don't poke the bear', not sure what metaphor that is all about, but my motto is 'don't spank the monkey'.
Riding on roads without motor vehicles is a great feeling - making suitable arrangements on suitable roads for a once yearly event is fine. Closing a major highway even for a short period of time would have taken up quite some resources by all parties concerned - right down to notification of trucking networks and interstate bus services (assuming this was done). What a waste when there was a simple and better alternative right next to it. That portion of Sunday's event was merely a publicity stunt.
OK so under the justification of 'Bike events' we can close both the Southern express way and the South Eastern Freeway.
Folks, this is just the beginnning! We're onto something here.
How about the Airport? nice big flat area and nice paving, nothing to crash in to - great for beginners and the kiddies. Inside the Terminal, that is. How about close the railway line and MTB event though the Belair tunnels? or close Rundle Mall and North terrace for Lunch-time street cyclocross. I wanna cycle on the Adelaide oval, I wanna cycle on the floor of the Senate in Parliament house, I wanna ride my bike in the Hilton toilets. I wanna cycle in the most awkward parts of Adelaide I can possibly think of!
Next thing they will be closing Anzac Hwy for a fun run, where will it stop ?
I do think that they may have been able to keep one lane open on the uptrack though with limited speed as someone else suggested.
Pete, they got rid of the cycling track at Adelaide Oval 100 years ago, so that's just crazy talk!
I'm behind you for the rest of the locations (but there again, I usually am).
OK, I'll start working on the most obscure Strava section I can think of. Hilton toilets for sure (subtle reference to the grand prix in the Hilton car park); Port Adelaide mangroves, Port Germain Jetty...
How about you do the Noarlunga and Aldinga reef sections??!!
Aldinga Reef sections - ummmm let me work on that one