Tuesday, 1 February 2011

six feet from the edge

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 with 1 comment

The people want a bridge at Bowen Place

We have been waiting for decades for a safe road crossing at Bowen Place. And it's political - Bowen Place is part of the Parliamentary Triangle so some think it shouldn't be fixed but left as is, a death trap. Here's the latest update on moves to do something about it, where "Heritage obligations" is code for "we never imagined people would want to cross the road there":
"We are just over half way through the 10 week consultation process. Already, we have received around 250 comments on our online discussion boards.
“There has been overwhelming support online for the footbridge option. Of the 218 people that have voted in the online poll, 97.2 percent favour a footbridge as the preferred option.
“We will need to wait until all the submissions have been received, but early indications suggest the footbridge is likely to be selected for further evaluation.
“Bowen Place falls within the Parliament House Vista, which is on the Commonwealth Heritage List. This means the NCA has a legal obligation to consider the impact on heritage values.
“Based on community views to date, we’ll be looking for a clever design that not only improves safety at the crossing, but also meets heritage obligations,” said Mr Rake.

Training last night: 37.5 degrees didn't stop us running a shaded 3 x 950m with a 400m jog in between and plenty of water. I ran 8k early then a couple more with Ruth before the main group arrived, consisting of Andy, Colin, Craig, Ewen, Kym, Neil & Susan. Joel too, who ran 9 x 200m also in the shade. The main group opted for some "aerobic endurance" training, while Joel did the track runners' "speed endurance" session, albeit not too hard in the heat. I shall continue to cater for "middle distance runners" by preparing training for them, even if most of them continue to bypass my training group for other options. Middle distance running (i.e. 400m/800m/1500m on the track) is my specialty. But long distance running is easier to cater for, so it suits me to have mostly distance runners in the group. And what a terrific group of happy runners we have.

Song of the week: "One Last Breath", by Creed. An oldie but a goodie. Seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SJpWSAWI9E. Typical of a Creed song, it moves from despair to hope.
Sad eyes follow me
But I still believe there's something left for me
So please come stay with me
'Cause I still believe there's something left for you and me
For you and me
For you and me

Ah February at last. Only four more short weeks of summer to survive.

Kat with a great win at Campbell Park on Sunday. She came out to train with us yesterday but work called her back. How unfair was that?

1 comment:

  1. Kat's excused then. I was even happier when I made it home to the icy cold coke in the fridge.