[CAMWEST-discuss] Initial thoughts on M7 shared path

Robert Catford droftac at ozemail.com.au
Thu Jan 12 11:08:58 UTC 2006

Yes I went on it with some road bike friends on Sunday and they were 
pleasantly surprised at the quality and thought alot of road cyclists would 
consider using it for training. The extended hill from Richmond Rd up to Old 
Windsor Rd is certainly a good workout at speed. There are a few tight 
corners where a bit of debris seems to gather esp around underpasses but 
probably a good thing to slow people down. We got a bit of a surprise 
without forewarning that the path just stops when it reaches Old Windsor Rd. 
We scaled the fence to get up onto the M7 to continue east.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rob Kemp" <robkemp at tpg.com.au>
To: "camwest-discuss" <camwest-discuss at nicku.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 10:07 PM
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] Initial thoughts on M7 shared path

> My inital impressions of the M7 shared path is that it's fantastic !!
> Okay, I might be slightly biased in that I live so close and can be on
> it wthin 2 or 3 minutes of jumping on the bike.
> I've been out riding 3 of the last 4 evenings, and have been pleasantly
> surprised at how many people have been using the path.  The section
> between Woodstock Ave and Richmond Rd seems to be particularly well used
> (This is probably understandable as it has a higher population density
> surrounding it than other sections).
> I've seen family groups out riding, parents with toddlers on the back,
> young kids with trainer wheels on their bike, scooters, skateboarders -
> even a tandem this evening.  The list goes on: Dog walkers, joggers,
> people just out walking etc.  The only disadvantage is that you
> sometimes have to slow down to dodge everyone (I can live with that one
> though!)
> A couple of potential problems or things to watch out for though:
> - There are some reasonably tight corners/intersections on downhill (eg
> Around Quakers Rd) and flat stretches.  I don't feel safe at taking some
> of them much faster than 20 kmph.
> - The barriers at the southern end of the Woodstock Ave overpass form a
> squeeze point.  This is at the bottom of a downhill for both directions
> - A potential conflict situation if cyclists from each direction are
> travelling at speed.  There are probably a few other similar squeeze 
> points.
> - There are also a few pit lids that are slightly raised and still some
> construction debris and barriers in places.
> - Poor signage at some intersections (I'll try and do a bit of an audit
> sometime over the next few weeks).
> - Some cycleway connections to local roads still to be completed eg
> Connection to Rickard Rd (No. 51 on Westlink M7 cycleway map) not
> sealed.  It's a bit rough at the moment.
> Although the speed limit on the shared path is meant to be well under
> 100 kmph, there are several places where the M7 speed limit sign (of 100
> kmph) is placed more or less over the shared path.  The photo below
> shows one instance of this, just south of Elizabeth Drive.  This happens
> to be on a good downhill stretch (when heading south).  I  wonder if
> some riders (particularly tandem riders) might see this as a bit of a
> challenge :)
> -- 
> cheers,
> Rob
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