Hi all, just a word of warning for anyone who rides in Bonython Park, in particular the fairly new section of path which goes past the horses in the olive grove. This morning my bike slid out from under me on one of the bends, I was only going at a moderate speed, it wasn't particularly wet and there wasn't much visible debris on the path but a combination of the wet weather and overhanging olive trees left it very slippery. I've emailed the council about the potential hazard.
Thanks Stuart for sharing, you might save someone else from the same fate!
On a similar note I'd advise anyone riding in the bike lane on the Southern side of Bartels Rd to be careful at the bottom of the "dip" before it climbs back up to Pirie St. Not sure what type of tree (could well be olives) it is but it's hanging over the road & has dropped plenty of fruit on the road. Was going in a straight line at about 35kph this morning & felt the back wheel squirm as I was pedalling, safe to say it was a fairly unpleasant feeling!
Yes I've been watching that area and treating it with respect. Probably safer riding through the car park.
I've noticed in the path design around there and towards the Torrens that the ACC has adopted the philosophy: "Why have a simple straight path, when a few curves will make it more interesting?". Do these people ever seek advice from people who will be riding on these paths?
I'm usually pretty careful, particularly when it's very wet or if there's lots of olives, but this morning it caught me out completely, the path looked mostly free of debris and not too wet.
Hi Stuart, I am the bloke who slowed to ask if you were OK not realising you'd had a fall at the time (you just looked kind of unwell leaning against the tree probably winded I guess). Anyhow glad to know you are alright and also grateful that I slowed down when I did or I might have done the same as you! As it was I pulled a wheelspin getting going again. I think the ripe olives being crushed all over the path plus the rain have made a nice olive oil dressing on the path. The council should revisit their risk assessment for this section. Unecessary tight bends and olive oil dont mix well on bike tracks!
Hi Ian, that doesn't sound like me! I fell, but then got up and kept riding, someone did ask about me but they were in the car park just getting into a car (and he definitely saw me on the ground) so that doesn't sound like you! So it seems I wasn't the only one that had trouble this morning.
Oh, well must have been another poor unfortunate then! He was leant against a tree and seemed to be recovering his breath, my first thought - was he having a cardio? Then he spoke saying 'I'm Ok thanks' . Then as I sped up again and went sideways in the process he shouted 'be careful' ...That was at about 07:55.
The track is well used so I guess a few may have had ' a bit of a moment' hopefully nobody seriously hurt and all wearing their helmets of course...
Definitely not me then. I was probably almost an hour later, but it doesn't surprise me at all, I wasn't going particularly fast so I was pretty sure I wouldn't be the only one caught out. Actually the bloke who spoke to me briefly commented on the slipperiness of the path in a way that made me suspect he'd already seen someone else as well.
an invite to those who cycle in the city to join the ac group adelaide bug. a good place to post hazards for city cyclists or to discuss hazards because acc reads the bug web. you can report hazards by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject of cycling hazard.
Heather, I met a cycling hazard yesterday in Linear Park, and nearly had a head on collision...she was riding a comfort bike in the opposite direction around a blind bend on the wrong side of the track!
I have added under the group Look For Cyclists some links to cycling incidents reported on AC.
An invite to join this group and post incidents and your own experiences.