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 ...eh... 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.

5 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Rarely cycle up there but spotted it during the summer. Something similar up my direction in Glanmire which forces me out from the footpath on a narrow road. Nice.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Eldigo said...

Also exists at the top of Church hill (between Glanmire village and the top end of Old Youghal Road). Might be the same spreader? It was a real pain when I was less fit because motorists give you little or no room when they're zooming UPHILL!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Eldigo said...

Also exists at the top of Church hill (between Glanmire village and the top end of Old Youghal Road). Might be the same spreader? It was a real pain when I was less fit because motorists give you little or no room when they're zooming UPHILL!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Anthony O'Donovan said...

This problem also arises at Cobh Cross where the Cobh road joins the N25 dual carriageway just after the roundabout. A liberal covering of concrete on the hard shoulder for about 50 metres.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Anthony O'Donovan said...

This problem also arises at Cobh Cross where the Cobh road joins the N25 dual carriageway just after the roundabout. A liberal covering of concrete on the hard shoulder for about 50 metres.

1:17 PM  

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