I use bits of the River Torrens linear track on a regular basis - there's a strange resurfaced section maybe 5m in length between the Thebarton cemetery and the brewery that seems to suck all energy out of a a bikes momentum - it gives me the creeps! - I hope it's not some pet project of a nanny city planner.....
Different area but in the Hills at the moment a lot of corners have a sticky substance, I presume grape juice from vintage.
Yep, I came across this at Meadows the other day. It freaked me out because it was too dark at 5am to acertain what was. I could hear the sticky sound and see shiny bits on the road for a few kilometres. It felt like tar at the time but I think you are right about the grape juice.
Noticed the same thing on the last GW ride near Lyndoch - and saw a car towing a trailer full of grapes yesterday. I reckon you're on the money (though not sure that explains what's on linear park ;) )
Wonder how much rain is required to wash dried grape juice away.
Spongy isn't it ,,no tyre noise either when you ride over it ( freaky ! )
I don't mind patches of it ,, but agree long stretches of it would be no fun for cyclists ..
I think it is to do with tree roots damaging the surface, a rubbery flexible surface doesn't crack.
Some footpaths in Malvern have experimental sections to find out what is the best long-term solution to tree-root uplift. That rubbery stuff is odd to walk on, too. It seems more like the soft-fall stuff in some playgrounds.
It's been like that for a while. It's just after the bidon refill station. My understanding is it's used because of the tree roots that the path runs past. Many failed attempts at using normal pavement failed so Sturt Council has used a rubber compound. And yes, it is a weird feeling... like suddenly going in sloooooow motion.
Thanks Gus, exactly what it feels like - funny but it usually takes a minute or two after going over the patch to feel normal again on your bike - I work in the city and appreciate the green lanes on Morphett street - they have a different feel under wheel but not as dramatic as that patch of track.
yeah I rode over some along the linear park ride too... very freaky but I realised (having young kids) it's very similar to the soft rubber compound they use in playgrounds.. it's quite weird to ride on...thankfully there wasn't much of it
Angus has it in one. Rather than cut the roots of such a beautiful tree and end up killing it, the rubberised path is the best solution for both the tree, and users of the path. It was not placed there to slow cyclists, or as part of any experiment for the whole pathway, but as a win/win solution for all, including the tree!
Slowing cyclists might be appreciated by council. There have been complaints about cyclists going too fast there -- or is it that the pedestrians visiting the cemetery are not expecting bicycles? When I cycle there, I get the feeling that the path with bend is too narrow. The River Torrens Linear Park shared path is too narrow to fit current guidelines. However, a review last year was against widening the shared path.
In Brisbane is the exceptional Bicentennial Bikeway. A pedestrian path next to a two-way cycle path. To view with aerial software, search for Kurilpa Bridge (a cyclist - pedestrian only bridge), or the intersection of North Quay and and Tank Street.