iRide Bikes wrote:
this is precisely the reason i opt for the MTB when i use the gardiners creek/scotchmans creek for commuting. much more fun to plow through or jump over the detours along the way
If they are unprepared to create a temporary alternative bikepath allignment as they have for the construction site at Glenferrie Rd, then perhaps they could at least fit a short section of singletrack in there, on one side of the creek or the other? I'd much rather deal with a hundred metres or so of mud or gravel than have to add hundreds of metres of on-road travel to my commute, each way for a whole year - and I'm sure I'm not the only one!
Certainly the on-road detour they put in place recently for the replacement path construction a bit further up the creek was roundly rejected by path users - everyone I saw, including road bike riders, were negotiating the gravel, puddles and tree roots on the south side of the creek instead. Speaking of which, why, why, why could they have not built the upgraded track on the south bank? Would barely have cost any more and it would have allowed council to return the use of two of those stupid bridges to the pram and dog walkers they were designed for.
But I guess the likely truth is they couldn't care less and "detour" will mean "bugger off and fend for yourself on the roads." They'll be disrupting a few hundred thousand vehicle movements to do so for a year - if they were cars instead of bicycles there would be hell to pay, but in this instance they will doubtless get away with the theft of close to a year (say 2 minutes x 200,000 bicycle journeys diverted) of other peoples' time.