SOP Safety Alert Thread

Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:09 am

Sydguy wrote:It looked to be unintentionally open... there is a ton of gear lying around, excavators and the like.

There are also signs up on the gate to report to site office. Not sure people were meant to be wandering around in there.


Yup, closed off again when I investigated yesterday. Wish they'd hurry up!
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:26 pm

thomashouseman wrote:
Yup, closed off again when I investigated yesterday. Wish they'd hurry up!

Approximately open today. Approaching from the Southern End, the path closest to the shore was still fenced off,
but the next path about 10 m east of that was open. A tradesman was working on the finishing touches to
some fencing along the path.

But really, the path is finished and perfectly safe for all intents and purposes, and far safer than riding
the alternative route down Walker St. More than a few pedestrians/runners were using it around lunch-time today.

There are no barriers to entry along the side roads like Meredith Ave and Darling Ave. There is a small area of broken paving on the edge of the path near the Meredith Ave entrance, but that could very easily be fenced off. Its easily
seen and avoided. There's a concrete barrier on the north-eastern entrance to the path (under the railway bridge),
but it's very easily bypassed.

Would be nice to see if officially open, but anyone who treats it as practically open is going to be safer than riding
the alternate paths.

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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:17 pm

Tried this out today. I like it! Way better than riding past the station!
Very accessible. Looks officially opened at the southern end and almost open (they just need a forklift to remove the single barrier in place there).

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Edit: Felt sorry for the stripped Beamer under the bridge at the end.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:16 pm

thomashouseman wrote:Edit: Felt sorry for the stripped Beamer under the bridge at the end.

I didn't. I can be pretty hard hearted when it comes to Beemers. Probably an insurance job :lol:
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby AndrewBurns » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:05 pm

Rode it this afternoon and didn't like it, the path along the water was nice but there were peds and dogs wandering all over the place so I had to essentially stop several times. At one point there was even somebody dragging an inflatable raft up onto the path.

I'll try it again tomorrow on the way into work to see if it's better in the morning but so far I'd rather ride on the road with the cars.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:16 pm

AndrewBurns wrote:Rode it this afternoon and didn't like it, the path along the water was nice but there were peds and dogs wandering all over the place so I had to essentially stop several times. At one point there was even somebody dragging an inflatable raft up onto the path.

I'll try it again tomorrow on the way into work to see if it's better in the morning but so far I'd rather ride on the road with the cars.


I found the path a tad to the side of it better rather than the actual waterside bit full of peds.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:46 pm

AndrewBurns wrote:Rode it this afternoon and didn't like it, the path along the water was nice but there were peds and dogs wandering all over the place so I had to essentially stop several times. At one point there was even somebody dragging an inflatable raft up onto the path.

I'll try it again tomorrow on the way into work to see if it's better in the morning but so far I'd rather ride on the road with the cars.

There was an odd wandering dog when I last rode it (Friday afternoon peak hour), but they were much less trouble than
the risk of door-openers and traffic leaving parking spots along the road route. The pathway is really quite wide through
the new section, and its only the old section where I've had issues.

So far, there's no signs indicating it is a shared path and not an off-leash area. That is a significant contributor
to the errant (ignorant) behavior of a few wanderers, and ought to improve if Council addresses the issues. Signage
might need to be in multiple languages, as the worst offenders are walk-on-right people who act as if their old
country rules are ok here.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby AndrewBurns » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:44 am

Rode it the other direction this morning, path was better when it was mostly empty but still got told to slow down by some guy with his dog off the leash as I rode by, weird thing is that he was looking straight at me for 50m so he was going to say that no matter how fast I was going, I guess I do look fast but that's not my fault 8)

The end with the barrier under the bridge was crap though, on my CX bike it would have been ok but I was on my road bike with thin race-stye tyres so I had to be very very cautious over all the gravel, broken concrete and glass, kinda suprised I didn't get a puncture actually. Think I'll be sticking to the road on the way home and turning off the path early on the way in to avoid that section.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby tubby74 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:09 am

was on that path earlier this week. i can see what they aimed to do by having the shared path set back from the waterside path, but wonder if that wll mean more people wandering across, and cyclists preferring to use the waterside section anyway. still better than going past the construction sites along the railway
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:50 pm

The area of broken path near the Meredith Ave entrance has gotten larger - so look out for it.

There were a handful of cyclists using it around 5:30 pm today, and no pedestrains. Except
for one lame-brain who was trying to launch a kite along the waterside shared path. So he had about
15 metres of strings laid out along the path, with the kite on the ground, and a fairly stiff
side wind threatening to pick it all up and tangle it in any passing cyclists wheels. There was
quite a reasonable area of grass far more suited to the purpose just up from the path.

The kite-pilot was not a kid - but obviously missed his childhood and not been around
when the brains were handed out.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby tubby74 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:41 pm

Went through there on Wednesday and was another kid flying a kit with his mum, one of them on the waterside path with the string and one on the cycle path with the kite.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:55 am

....and it's that time of year again:

Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar Motor Race Overview
Detailed Build Notices for week 1 & 2.


Road changes and closures for the event build and deconstruction:
Event Build
Beginning on 8 Oct and will go through until 30 Nov.
Closure of Australia Ave on 15 Oct until 20 Oct and 19 Nov until 8 Dec.
Contra traffic flow on Australia Av (Eastern carriageway) on 21 Oct until 19 Nov and 8 Dec until 23 Dec.
Change to bus service routes on 5 Nov until 8 Dec.
Closure of Olympic Boulevard on 19 Nov until 8 Dec.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby bradman » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:31 pm

I rode along the foreshore north-bound on Wednesday at lunchtime and there were two kite-flyers standing in the middle of the path that day too. Didn't seem to mind that they were blocking my way as I approached either.
I got almost to the railway bridge and went up the pathway ramp to the car underpass and then about 100 metres up Blaxland road to the entry point of the railway overbridge. That took me over to Meadowbank Park and allowed me to go along the northern shoreline. Not a bad little route...
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby tubby74 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:58 pm

there's an awful lot of tree debris in the cycle lanes today. Race prep squeezes things in places. Some of the concrete barriers are on top of the kerb, but the run off sections the barrier sits on the road surface so the cycle lane is probably too small to use.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:54 pm

Did some loops around SOP after 5 pm today, and didn't find any trouble. Maybe if you were there earlier in the day, you'd have to contend with the course construction crews and their work, but in the late afternoon it was OK.

Australia Ave is now closed for the race preps, and that makes it a little quieter around the northern side of the Showground/Acer. The only real squeeze on the cycle lane is at the corner of the Ibis Budget hotel (formerly the Formula 1), but its not too uncomfortable. Still much better than most other places around town.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby Hergest » Sat May 11, 2013 9:15 am

If you approach the SOP from the cycleway at the back of Bunnings Lidcombe that goes under the M4 and has those really sharp double U-bends cutting around the gas pipes that joins on to Louis Sauvage Pathway, be aware that the council has been spreading mulch and there's a fair bit of it on the path as you come around one of the bends. It's always best to be careful there anyway but worth taking it even more carefully for a day or two. The path was a bit dodgy this morning at 6.30.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby ab012 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:41 pm

Unfortunately V8 construction time once again.. best to keep checking this if you are heading towards and around SOP:

http://www.sopa.nsw.gov.au/for_business ... d_closures

(also note Rebel run on sunday 27th of Oct)
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:06 pm

Interesting developments at the Blaxland Rd/Leeds St Rhodes intersection : traffic light
installation has commenced.

Not clear yet what turn signals or restrictions might be implemented, but it could make it much
safer for cyclists crossing from the just opened waterfront route to the boat ramp
parking area and Blaxland Rd.

There's also a stairway being installed from the shared pathway (bridge) down to the
boat ramp car park. Pedestrians entering the shared pathway from the stairs might
present hazards just like those at the Iron Cove Bridge that arose in the Maria
Guliano v's Leichardt Council case. So not so sure I'm delighted with them.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby tubby74 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:00 pm

new surface being laid along benelong parkway. currently there's a 2 inch drop from the cycle lane to the road lane, and an lot of gravel and debris in the cycle lane. Not a major concern but made for a bumpier ride than usual, and the odd bit of stuff being flicked up from passing trucks

will have to ask council when they plan to put in the extra bike bridge on the bay side just past the archery centre. The traffic manager there was part of the recent retrenchments so projects like that may well be on hold
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:22 pm

Sorry, I did mean to pass that info on:

From an email from SOPA:


Sydney Olympic Park Authority has been advised by Auburn City Council of road resurfacing works to be carried out on Bennelong Parkway between 8pm - 5am over the next week, weather permitting.

State Asphalt Services will be carrying this work out on behalf of Auburn City Council and has issued a community notice.

Read the community notice to familarise yourself with the activities and how they may impact on you.

All enquiries regarding these works should be directed to Auburn City Council.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby Anthony1234 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:08 pm

Pretty sure that I picked up a flat tyre courtesy of this resurfacing work :(
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby thomashouseman » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:58 pm

Email just received:

Sydney Olympic Park Authority would like to advise visitors to Bicentennial Park of unusually high tides predicted to inundate the Badu Mangroves pathways over the next two mornings.

As a precaution our Park Rangers will be closing off pathways for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists between the following times:

8.30am – 10.30am Friday 31 January
9am – 11am Saturday 1 February

Timing and depth of inundation is difficult to accurately predict as it varies with air pressure, rainfall and other factors, however pathways are predicted to be inundated for about an hour within these windows.

Access to the mangrove boardwalk will be possible by foot, however, cyclists will be required to divert along Bennelong Road.
Map: http://www.sopa.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/832067/PathClosureMap1.pdf

For more information on what causes King Tides read our blog post by our Wetlands Manager

http://blog.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/2014/01/22/sydney-olympic-park-welcomes-in-2014-with-king-tides/

Sydney Olympic Park Authority thanks you for your cooperation as we experience this natural phenomena.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby Anthony1234 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:14 pm

And there goes my mangrove detour that I use to avoid the roadwork that gave me the puncture!
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby tez001 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:57 am

When I rode on Bennelong rd earlier on in the week, the sides have been also resurfaced and there was minimal debris.
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Re: SOP Safety Alert Thread

Postby wombatK » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:08 am

There's another crossing over Powell's Creek to the south which you can use as to bypass the closed section of path.
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