A big thanks to the geniuses that organise the Australian International horse event. Some goose has put sand across multiple sections of the track that goes along East Tce. Obviously this is in preparation for the event which starts on Friday. At the very least, they could warn cyclsits that the path is blocked and they should use an alternative route.
Definitely agree about warning signs. One may not be expecting sand or fast moving horses on a pedestrian / bicycle path.
I have emailed the ACC person responsible for Adelaide cycling facilities east of King William Street, rather than the general email address.
About a year ago I was complaining about the length of time Rymill Park was closed for that cheese thing. The person I got onto then was
Event Co-Ordinator Events
Marketing & Events
Not sure if he is still in the job.
I don't understand with the horses why they can't at least run a shovel in the direction of the path through the sand to leave say a 20 cm wide bare patch that can be ridden, or walked on. That would be easy for them to cover up the day before the event.
I don't think there is a risk of meeting a horse it will be all blocked off by then. But the sand is definitely a surprise. I tried tackling it at full speed once (1.25 " tires). But I came to a rapid stop. Excellent arrestor beds.
I thought the same things dangerous , no warning, good for cross. However I did see warning signs on the middle sand pit on the E-W path if you survive the first one, although on the opposite side of the path than direction of travel and at night worthless as it's @ the immediate start of the pit.
Warning signs should have been placed, no doubt. By complaining to the ACC are we cyclist going to be seen as advocating for their rights or as a bunch of whingers who can't find an alternative route for a few days whilst Adelaide hosts a world class event.
Just my 2c.
Maybe all the motorists who were inconvenienced on Sunday for Amy's Ride should be complaining too.
Adelaide surely leads the country when it comes to complaining whilst other citizens around the country just embrace what is on offer.
My email to ACC was passed on, but the person has a different story.
On Wed 10/11/10 9:06 AM , J.Bellwood @ adelaidecitycouncil.com sent:
The 3DE are putting sand over the pathways in preparation for the cross country. I am advised that they have and will be putting pre-warning signage out to advise cyclists of the hazard. Access will be closed from Friday morning. They do this every year and are always required to put up signage.
Road Events and Filming Co-Ordinator, Transportation, 8203 7303
On Wed 10/11/10 2:37 PM received this reply from J.Bellwood
I've received further information that signs warning of the sand across the track were place around Rymill Park entrances and Park 15 last Wednesday 3 November prior to the sand being placed. Our events team has also received advice from the Park Lands Ranger that the signage was in place and still is as previously mentioned.
I will leave it to the affected cyclists to contact ACC.
Thanks for chasing that up Heather. ACC could well be right, I wouldn't know. The path I was referring to is the Victoria Park section between South Tce and Wakefiled St, not Rymil Park or Park 15.
I can categorically state that there were definitely no signs there on Tuesday morning when heading North from Park 17 (South Tce trail). I'll let them know out of courtesy as it seems they have forgotten signs at this section of effected trail.
To Not an electronic mouse. Read Aaron's reply. He says one sign is facing the wrong direction, and perhaps another sign is missing. That a sign could not be seen in the dark. Has someone not considered that some cycle through the parklands at night, regular bicycle lights may not show up signage, so signs may need flashing lights?