Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cementing Relationships

I've recently become aware of a different type of impediment to cyclists namely cement deposits. Actually concrete that has spilled onto the side of a road probably from a cement lorry and nobody bothers to clean it up and it goes hard (like concrete!) and cyclists have to almost stop or move out into traffic to avoid it.

The first example is near the top of Silversprings hill on Cork's northside (Northern Ring Road) at the junction with Colmcille Avenue. I guess it's been there for about 3 or 4 years. Granted it's quite a hill climb for cyclists so not that many would use it from day to day but i see other cyclists coming up here regularly. And after a hard climb the last thing you need is a 'rocky' obstacle that would challenge any mountain biker!

And a close up of the obstacle field.

The second example is up around the corner on the Middle Glanmire Road on the way to Montenotte. If you look carefully the Lorry Driver was kind enough to leave a tiny space between the concrete deposit and the wall for cyclists to get through on the smooth tarmac! Otherwise you can go outside into the stream of traffic or brave it over the obstacle - which you really don't want to do.

Fourth image is close up of Glanmire Road.