When will M2 reopen...

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Boognoss » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:00 am

Theox wrote:The detour claimed its first victim last week. Snapped my frame, only cruising along when it happened and was able to limp home. I blame the big dipper for that, i had a feeling this would happen puts alot of strain on the backend puntching up the hill. Admittedly this it the 5th busted frame in 10 years :mrgreen:
Simon good to see you in the local paper, whats this you can do the speed limit down the dipper ....cracked 89km the other day, thank god the frame didnt snap at the bottom on that attempt.
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I wasn't going to say that you can easily do 30 over the limit to the press. The two times I've ridden the dipper 8 yrs ago on my old flat bar I got my two highest speeds ever. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Theox » Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:05 pm

Sean,
The replacement has arrived, took it for a spin up and down the street yesterday, the moment i rolled out the driveway and down the street I could feel what the fuss about Titanuim is all about. The Orca soaks up the bumps okay but this thing is significantly smoother, feels realy grounded, doesnt seem to loose to much in the get up and go department when I get out of the saddle.I need to get a slightly longer stem, its got a 90mm 85 deg, think I need a 120 or 130mm.
I think it will make an excellent commuter especially when cough, cough I am feeling sick on the way to work, hang a left at browns water hole and ride back home via Brooklyn and wisemans (which I will do one day). The old Merida would rattle your fillings out, seriously would'nt want to do more than 40km in one ride, even on smooth road.

Simon,
Hehe i know but you could have sited the BNA M2 thread and said "even better the cops can't enen book you for it as theres no actual ticket the have at their disposal". Good thing too as last time the M2 was shut, the dipper had a 40km road works speed limit. I was cracking almost 50 km over the limit twice a day for a couple of years. :D

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby silentbutdeadly » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:24 pm

Theox wrote:The replacement has arrived, took it for a spin up and down the street yesterday, the moment i rolled out the driveway and down the street I could feel what the fuss about Titanuim is all about.


Good for you. Tried to build the Niner today but don't have a 140 mm rotor for the rear. Plus too hot. Gave up. Went back to it late in the day and set it up without working shifters and brakes...went for a blast up the driveway. Brilliant! This is great and....wophashyte!!!!...nearly slammed into the gate! Saved by the liberal application of Croc.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby queequeg » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:17 pm

Theox wrote:
Simon,
Hehe i know but you could have sited the BNA M2 thread and said "even better the cops can't enen book you for it as theres no actual ticket the have at their disposal". Good thing too as last time the M2 was shut, the dipper had a 40km road works speed limit. I was cracking almost 50 km over the limit twice a day for a couple of years. :D


Sadly, the ticket loophole has been removed from March 1st, and you can now be given a TIN for speeding on a bicycle...for your safety of course.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby SheikYerbouti » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:32 pm

OK, so looking at the detour when heading westbound, I ride off the M2 up the Pennant Hills Rd exit ramp, turn left, and have to ride along PH Rd in peak hour traffic? Then somehow get across to the right lane, to turn right into Murray Farm Rd - across peak hour traffic - where there's a No Right Turn sign?
Then go down New Nth Rocks Rd, turn right onto Windsor Rd, ride up Windsor Rd in peak hour traffic - which is crazy when in a car - over the madhouse intersection over the top of M2 then left on Northmead Ave and continue?

Have I got it wrong or is that just bloody stupid? I really want to commute out to work... but this detour looks horrendous.

http://www.hillsm2.com.au/files/NCX_bikedetour.pdf

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Boognoss » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:42 pm

SheikYerbouti wrote:OK, so looking at the detour when heading westbound, I ride off the M2 up the Pennant Hills Rd exit ramp, turn left, and have to ride along PH Rd in peak hour traffic? Then somehow get across to the right lane, to turn right into Murray Farm Rd - across peak hour traffic - where there's a No Right Turn sign?
Then go down New Nth Rocks Rd, turn right onto Windsor Rd, ride up Windsor Rd in peak hour traffic - which is crazy when in a car - over the madhouse intersection over the top of M2 then left on Northmead Ave and continue?

Have I got it wrong or is that just bloody stupid? I really want to commute out to work... but this detour looks horrendous.

http://www.hillsm2.com.au/files/NCX_bikedetour.pdf


Don't panic. The eastern footpath has been turned into a shared path (by magic). Ride the path past Murray Farm Rd (it's a Bus Only right turn bay anyway). Cross at the pedestrian/bike lantern lights near the servo to the western path and backtrack a little to get to Murray Farm Rd.

Not ideal by any stretch but better for most cyclists to not ride on P/Hills Rd.

Then all of the other crossing points have been treated as shared paths with bike lanterns, etc on the Windsor Rd crossings. Painful.

Where's your destination? Might be able to suggest a better non-official alternative.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby SheikYerbouti » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:51 pm

Boognoss wrote:Where's your destination? Might be able to suggest a better non-official alternative.


Thanks.
I'm aiming to come up the M2 for the M7 cycleway to get to work, or Castle Hill (Parsonage Rd) to my in-laws.
The commute was great before the lane closure!

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Warin » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:56 pm

You need a cyclist map..
http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=13&la ... ayers=B000

Purple = cycle route..
blue dash line .. cycle route with some infrastructure.

Corrections/additions can be made by YOU through Open Street map.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby vosadrian » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:10 pm

SheikYerbouti wrote:
Boognoss wrote:Where's your destination? Might be able to suggest a better non-official alternative.


Thanks.
I'm aiming to come up the M2 for the M7 cycleway to get to work, or Castle Hill (Parsonage Rd) to my in-laws.
The commute was great before the lane closure!


If going to Parsonage, consider a route a few pages back on this thread that goes through West Pennant Hills/Castle hill through the part at the bottom of highs Rd. Some hills but more direct and safe.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby higdawg » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:14 pm

Hey gang. Doing my first commute tomorrow since moving to wph.
Just a quick question. When I get off the M2 and turn onto phr do you guys recommend footpath or just join in with the traffic?
I only need to get to Aiken Rd.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby rogan » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:15 pm

I recommend footpath up to Copeland. That footpath is terrible, and virtually unrideable but I use it because all the alternatives are even worse. Cross PH Rd when you get to Copeland or at the pedestrian lights at the top of Aiken. Take care crossing Copeland from that eastern footpath, in particular watch for left turners turning off PH Rd onto Copeland. There are a few variations on this, watch and work out which works best for you, but take it easy and learn the light phasing the first couple of times.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby queequeg » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:17 am

+1 to Rogan

The eastern footpath is crap, but it is less crap than getting squashed by a b-double going up the hill to Castle Hill Rd.

When you get to Copeland Rd, you want to switch sides of PHR Back to the western path. You can wait for the pedestrian lights to first cross Copeland, then wait (again) to cross PHR.
However, as suggested, learn the light phasing. I will join the traffic turning right from copeland onto PHR, then go straight up into the path to Aiken and then Oratava. Just not worth getting squashed by a truck for what amounts to maybe 2km of path riding.

I sometimes go down Oratava and then climb up through Cumberland forest to Castle Hill Rd. you could do the same if you want to get some hill climbing before bombing down Coonara :-)
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby vosadrian » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:07 am

I often come from the other direction up the M2 and mostly not on week days. But recently I have been going on the road up PHR until the path opens up on the left and then up the path (which is overgrown and a pain but better than road). It is only a few hundred metres in traffic (1-2 minutes), and normally it is stop start for me and does not seem dangerous. It could of course be very different in peak hour. I normally do this on a Sat/Sun morning.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby higdawg » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:13 pm

thanks for the input guys.

I live just off Aiken Rd so I just have to go that little bit from the M2 to Aiken.
I think after 30km the climb up PHR on the footpath might be just my pace.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Theox » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:59 pm

Just a heads up for those who ride the big dipper heading west.
The road has been diverted onto the wrong side of the road on the over pass over the M2. This is okay, what is no so good is the transition back onto the LHS of the road, there is a split in the road in the original centre line of the road. Its down hill, fast and off camber. If you come unstuck your into on coming traffic .

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby am50em » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:45 pm

In last week I have come across two cars just out of the Norfolk St Tunnel parked in breakdown lane with huge gashes in their tyres.
Road debris??? Maybe they should sweep some more! The annoying thing for me is the car drivers only just move into the breakdown lane. The car today was parked within 30cm of the left hand lane. It could have been moved over to the left more than a metre. I had to slow and cycle to left of car and to the right of driver and M2 maintenance guy who was assisting (he had pulled up behind well to the left in the breakdown lane).

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby higdawg » Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:46 pm

quick thanks for the responses earlier, I made my first trek home up the M2 yesterday.

everything went swimmingly.

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Postby Boognoss » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:02 pm

Good to hear :-)

This was Queequeg towing me from Delhi Rd to Pennant Hills Rd yesterday arvo ;-).

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby thomashouseman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:49 am

Ok, folks, what is and isn't open on the western section of the M2? I need to go from Toongabbie to Macq. Centre. Suggestions?

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Leethal » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:03 pm

thomashouseman wrote:Ok, folks, what is and isn't open on the western section of the M2? I need to go from Toongabbie to Macq. Centre. Suggestions?

M2 is closed to cycling between Windsor and Pennant Hills Roads. You need to use the North Rocks Rd detour: http://www.hillsm2.com.au/files/NCX_bikedetour.pdf

It's quite well signed, but hilly, and two crossing Oakes Rd (heavy north-south traffic and no lights) and Pennant Hills Rd (I've given up waiting for the lights to change many times) are horrid. I use the M2 between Pennant Hills Rd and Macquarrie uni then head north to Hornsby: http://www.strava.com/activities/602420726
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby thomashouseman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:43 pm

Ugh, sounds horrible. Thanks. :P

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Boognoss » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:28 am

Note that it's still currently westbound ONLY that is closed. Eastbound is still open for now but will close at some stage this year.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Leethal » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:24 am

Boognoss wrote:Note that it's still currently westbound ONLY that is closed. Eastbound is still open for now but will close at some stage this year.

Ha I didn't realise, but cycled eastbound stretch (M7 - Macquarrie Uni) yesterday. Much better than North Rocks Rd, thanks Boognoss!
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Boognoss » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:28 am

Leethal wrote:
Boognoss wrote:Note that it's still currently westbound ONLY that is closed. Eastbound is still open for now but will close at some stage this year.

Ha I didn't realise, but cycled west bound stretch (M7 - Macquarrie Uni) yesterday. Much better than North Rocks Rd, thanks Boognoss!

Did Thomas1987 ever end up riding to Paramatta?


You mean eastbound? :) Good lord yes, the M2 is the best option by far while it's available!
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby thomashouseman » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:31 am

Boognoss wrote:Note that it's still currently westbound ONLY that is closed. Eastbound is still open for now but will close at some stage this year.


Is eastbound still open? We've now moved! Caught the bus today but keen to get back on the bike.

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