I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby ovie68 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:22 am

:x After a 20km ride it's a killer....
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby eldavo » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:35 am

I agree but for different reasons.
It's downhill for me after 20km :) Or uphill after 500m on way home ;)

What I find a killer is the frequent hazards of people who don't keep left, overtake uphill into head on traffic coming downhill at speed, groups riding 2 side by side uphill taking over the downhill lane.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby northboy » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:04 am

I did not like it much when I was fat and unfit - now not so much..
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby Pravda » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:52 am

As far as hills go it's pretty tame. Try Mount St if you want something really tough.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby Phil » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:53 am

Yep - for the same reasons as Eldavo.

Worst offenders are people getting on halfway down who just dont look before getting onto the path.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:06 pm

It's going to be fun for me today. Heading up there with a semi loaded trike :roll: I think granny gear will be used :lol:
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby Shifter » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:43 pm

eldavo wrote:overtake uphill into head on traffic coming downhill at speed

I know it's an overtake, but out on the trails uphill is given precedence due to the fact that it's much easier to get going downhill. Perhaps downhill riders should be aware of the hazards and take caution, rather than cranking it down at 50k's plus.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby citywomble » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:26 pm

Its a Shared Path.

That means reasonably slow and pedestrians are the priority and always have right of way.

In WA there is no wrong side for peds, they can walk any side they like and cyclists must GIVE WAY.

I know this path and hill from cycling with young kids and the fast idiots were a danger to all users and actually abused young children for daring to overtake up hill - WT?.

On a shared path a cyclist must give way to any pedestrian on OR CROSSING the path (which also means entering) - Go figure how you do that at speed.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby dino1969 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:41 pm

Pravda wrote:As far as hills go it's pretty tame. Try Mount St if you want something really tough.

+ 1
steep and with no chance of building momentum and rythym into it... :wink:
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:23 am

Pravda wrote:As far as hills go it's pretty tame. Try Mount St if you want something really tough.

Even I can make it and the only reason it is overly difficult for me is because, like so many concrete tracks, it's slope varies over short distances (a killer for me). Kings Park road about as steep.

Perhaps one day I will try Mount Street. I suspect I would not make it.

Relatively speaking, Perth has it really easy. We don't even have a winter. (Kudos to all those who are still riding thru August, and there are plenty who do.)
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby SnoopDoug » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:51 pm

Phil wrote:
Worst offenders are people getting on halfway down who just dont look before getting onto the path.



Worst offenders are those coming down so fast that by the time you've entered the track at the halfway point you've got some joker right up your ass
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby trailgumby » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Shifter wrote:I know it's an overtake, but out on the trails uphill is given precedence due to the fact that it's much easier to get going downhill.

Actually, not always. "It depends". Conventions change according to locality and trail type.

DH and AM trails it's often the descending rider that has ROW.
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Re: I hate the Parliament Hill bike path

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:54 pm

I reminded myself today why I dont' mind uphill grinds as much as I could.

I detoured off to South Perth from the Freeway PSP via the footbridge just past the golf course. Going up is fine, but my aging knees REALLY do feel it on the way down.

(BTW, wasn't Perth a great place to ride today?)
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