Coming late to this thread, I'm apalled and disgusted by what was done to Greg. The rest of you were very fortunate indeed - it could have been very much worse.
I'm similarly disgusted by the attempted bike-jacking that the other poster was subjected to. These things definitely need to go in a COPS report.
This incident (and the bike-jacking attempt) is definitely worth a word to the local press, focusing on the personal impact to you.
What the problem is with these kids is that they don't connect actions and consequences, and they don't see you as real people, just objects. However, seeing in the paper what's happened to you will help humanise what they've done, that people can get hurt, paralysed or killed and life isn't like some cartoon or Matrix movie where people just get up and dust themselves off afterwards.
Look, I'm just an outsider and it's not my body at risk, but I reckon you've got a lot mroe to gain than lose by getting the press involved.
I'd get BNSW involved as well. They're responsible for a lot of the lobbying for paths such as these, and I think they need to be aware of what the real results are.
"People have a right to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight." -- James W Loewen
This is an update from Bicycling NSW newsletter:
Cycling NSW was recently made aware of hoodlum behaviour on the Westlink M7 Cycleway such as rock throwing, debris, and wire being strung across the cycleway. In an attempt to rectify this situation, Cycling NSW wrote an email to the RTA noting its frustration and concern for the safety of riders. We would like to thank the RTA and M7 for their prompt reply, and the steps they have put in place to resolve these issue.
Good Morning Kevin
Your email was passed on to Westlink by the RTA.
Westlink shares your concern and frustration.
Westlink has investigated the incident and notes that the wire used was cut from the shared path fencing balustrade. We also note that incidents of anti social behaviour seem to be concentrated in the area between Woodstock Ave Glendenning and Sunnyholt Rd Kings Langley.
In an effort to improve safety, Westlink will remove all the wire from the shared path balustrade between these two locations. This work will be completed in the coming days. If we find that other areas on the shared path are targeted, we will remove the wire from these sites as well.
In addition to this action, Westlink will increase its security along the shared path by the Police and our incident response team. We hope these actions will discourage further events. However, as you can appreciate; this type of anti social behaviour is difficult to control, and ultimately, is a Police matter.
Thank you for your interest and concern. Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any other information or feedback.
All cyclists please remember to be cautious and safe at all times on the road.
Cycling NSW has been made aware of the recent incidents on the M7 cycleway.
See the hot off the press info you get now that you're a racer
Soon to be a racer
FPR Jubilado Bludger
The Spoke N Word...that means Spiza has a licence already!!!!
Thanks for the update guys - wow Spiz a brand new licence. Don't wear it out now
I *HOPE* to get back on the pushy soon. Havent' ridden since last Fri......Gonna hurt when I do!
Have a good weekend all, hopefully the weather will be clear for next Tues.
Good luck on the weekend to those FPRs racing.
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Don't be mate. It's probably not the first time it has happened. I'm happy our emails and calls have reached the right people and action is being taken. Love your sig BTW
Yes guys... almost a racer. Got a licence and club membership, just haven't taken the plunge. Soon though
Don't be mate. It's probably not the first time it has happened. I'm happy our emails and calls have reached the right people and action is being taken. Love your sig BTW /quote]
+1. There's got to be some good come out of this, and seeing prompt action from BNSW, Cycling NSW and Westlink is heartening.
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
Just bumping this post up. Noticed the last post was back in May.
How's everyone experiences so far with the M7 cycleway? Has the safety measures really been put in place, anyone knows? Is the place safer now than before?
Something I have started to notice is the amount of rubbish we cyclists are dumping. It's pretty messy at the top of the Elizabeth Dr hill with energy bar wrappers and empty gel sacks littered around. Lots of discarded "powergator stuff" bottles as well. Why can't people take their rubbish home with them? Littering really pisses me off if you have not guessed
FPR Jubilado Bludger
+1 - it really p's me off. Can't understand why people are too bloody inconsiderate and lazy to take their rubbish home. Obviously the road has the same problem - 5 minutes past KFC or Macas you find the empty wrappers. I hate riding through all this crap! People take your rubbish with you!
End of rant
Saw a huge red belly black snake on the cycleway today at the Prestons end near the last bridge adjacent to the fields. This thing was well over a metre long and heading in the same direction as I was (towards Maccas). It was on the grassy part between the fence and the path.
I saw it late, I was a couple of metres from it when I noticed it, and $h@t myself instant jelly legs (who needs Darren and Zozz ). Didn't really know what to do to be honest so I rang the M7/Westlink office to report it when I got home
Never seen a snake that wasn't behind glass before today
A mate of Zozza's then
Hope you're OK now and didn't get too dazzled Chucky
I'm more "dazzled" by all these new smilies you're coming up with than I was by the snake. Who do you think you are, Spiza ??
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