Cleaning paths along western free way

Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby poohkies » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:10 am

Morning,

Just wanting to find out some info, some know i've moved from Darwin, the cycle paths where swept every week day every morning between 5 and 7, after commuting for the last few months along the western free way it seems that this is not the norm for Brisbane, the amount of glass sticks rubbish etc, does anyone know who to contact regarding this? and the lack of any grass cut back etc? towards figtree pocket is rediculous?

if anyone can point me in the right direction for what to do / who to contact / who is responsible for the cleaning of the paths that would be great.

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by BNA » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:50 pm

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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:50 pm

Bikepath maintenance is becoming a pain. BCC aren't too bad but the werstern freeway bikepath is maintained by TMR, not BCC. Reporting anything through TMR is almost impossible.
I reported the overgrown grass to TMR on 16 January. You can imagine at my height (in a velomobile) I am currently struggling to see around the corners at some points, particularly at the bottom of the dip near the Fig Tree Pocket Rd onramp.
TMR used to do proactve maintenance quite regularly but this has really dropped away. I wonder if this is part of the Govt cost cutting?
Anyway, contact TMR and hassle them to get the path cleaned up. I noticed today that there is a lot of grass now growing up in the cracks of the path etc around the Jerrang St overpass. It really is overdue.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby RobM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:54 pm

Welcome to Brisbane.

BCC are pretty good about these things.

Make a friendly maintenace request via their website:

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council/contact/index.htm?utm_source=corphome&utm_medium=icon&utm_term=none&utm_content=image&utm_campaign=ICON_report

Under Report a maintenance issue > Bikeways...


Try to be as descriptive as possible (for both the problem and the location).

They should give you a call or email back within a day or two.

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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:00 pm

I agree generally re BCC response. In this case however it is not BCC jurisdiction, its TMR, so BCC cant help.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby RobM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:24 pm

Oops. Sorry about that.

For TMR - try:

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Contact-us.aspx

or

Cycling Programs
Department of Transport and Main Roads
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Level 4, Terrica Place
140 Creek Street
Brisbane QLD 4001

Post:
Department of Transport and Main Roads
GPO Box 1412
Brisbane QLD 4001

Phone: (07) 3066 3690
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby RobM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:27 pm

Another alternative is a BUG (bicycle user group) in the area. They may be able to help out with the maintenance (or getting some action from TMR).
http://www.bq.org.au/act/bugs/
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby poohkies » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:37 pm

okies i'll get onto that then, buckled my wheel on the way home hitting a rock or stick, no idea what it was looked down and wheel was scraping on the brake :(
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby richbee » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:09 pm

I put a complaint in on the TMR website this morning. They got back to me and said they'd sort out the glass straight away, and that it was in their maintenance plan to cut the verges in the next two weeks.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby poohkies » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:06 pm

That's fantastic, will see how we go this week then
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:07 am

Finally today, 2.5 weeks after I reported it, I saw the tractors out starting to mow the grass along the western freeway (Centenary) bikepath.

Hopefully they will keep on top of it now and not let it get this long again. Perhaps some proactive reporting will assist this.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby jasonc » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:36 pm

i've called TMR about glass along the western fwy bikeway before. it's always been cleaned up before I go passed on the way home.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:38 am

Rhubarb wrote:Finally today, 2.5 weeks after I reported it, I saw the tractors out starting to mow the grass along the western freeway (Centenary) bikepath.

Hopefully they will keep on top of it now and not let it get this long again. Perhaps some proactive reporting will assist this.


Hmmm. I worked from home yesterday so this morning I was looking forward to seeing what they had achieved with 2 days of mowing. Sadly nothing. The tractor mowers I saw Monday morning must have been BCC ones doing just Anzac Park, not TMR doing the whole bikepath.

Grrrrr - the wait continues.....
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:41 am

jasonc wrote:i've called TMR about glass along the western fwy bikeway before. it's always been cleaned up before I go passed on the way home.


Yeah I've had good experiences in the past too. With things like grass mowing, I have never previously had to even report it because they have always been on top of it.

I wonder if their maintenance budget is another Qld govt funding casualty.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby marinmomma » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:46 pm

Have noticed that the bike path on the Go Between Bridge is starting to become a bit of a jungle on the Milton side, the growth is creeping over the path forcing you to go a bit wide to avoid getting tangled in it.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:54 pm

marinmomma wrote:Have noticed that the bike path on the Go Between Bridge is starting to become a bit of a jungle on the Milton side, the growth is creeping over the path forcing you to go a bit wide to avoid getting tangled in it.


I've noticed that too. Maybe the 1 mower guy is elsewhere.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:11 pm

jasonc wrote:Maybe the 1 mower guy is elsewhere.


Long service leave perhaps ...
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby marinmomma » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:02 am

marinmomma wrote:Have noticed that the bike path on the Go Between Bridge is starting to become a bit of a jungle on the Milton side, the growth is creeping over the path forcing you to go a bit wide to avoid getting tangled in it.



This got cleaned up last week :D
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby jasonc » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:53 am

well the western fwy is still a very messy
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Dragster1 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:09 am

At Moggill rd construction works, Look out for the large expansion joint on the side of the path with butyl mastic sealer in it. Nearly had a clip stack when my front tyre sunk into it while I went to go around a pedo
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby poohkies » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:12 pm

Dragster1 wrote:At Moggill rd construction works, Look out for the large expansion joint on the side of the path with butyl mastic sealer in it. Nearly had a clip stack when my front tyre sunk into it while I went to go around a pedo


hi that with my 29'r and i nearly had a off i didn't want, front tyre wouldn't get over it and i looked back to try and work out what happened! also they have started clearing the area, it was a pleasure to go between Moggil road down to the ss's all cleared :)
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:46 pm

Finally
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Dragster1 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:08 pm

I think they are just trying to keep themselves in a job its taken 1 year just for that and keep on going back for touch ups
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby jasonc » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:19 am

lawn still unmowed between waverley rd overpass and the concrete wall inbound
outside mount ommaney shops yesterday some genius had mowed but not swept or used a blower. grass EVERYWHERE
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby sumgy » Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:47 am

I hope you guys get better luck at getting your paths cleaned than Northsiders do actually getting a bike route that needs cleaning.

Sorry, I find it hard to feel sorry that you have to dodge some sticks and grass clippings when we don't have a single piece of usable off-road infrastructure coming from the Northern Suburbs to the CBD.
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Re: Cleaning paths along western free way

Postby Rhubarb » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:02 pm

sumgy wrote:I hope you guys get better luck at getting your paths cleaned than Northsiders do actually getting a bike route that needs cleaning.

Sorry, I find it hard to feel sorry that you have to dodge some sticks and grass clippings when we don't have a single piece of usable off-road infrastructure coming from the Northern Suburbs to the CBD.


Gees. Give you guys a toxic path and you're still not happy. Whats the problem, do you expect to actually have paths that go where you want to go?
Too many people would use them then.
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