I had the best & safest bike ride that I have ever experienced along Carrington Road in Marrickville South today. Previously using this road felt like I was risking my life, but as a main route, it meant a significant detour when I chose not to travel this way. Trying to cycle along the footpath was not really an option, as it was very difficult due to the many parked cars.
After a long campaign & many Council Meetings, Marrickville Council has created a separated cycleway. It is not yet totally finished, but it is open to cyclists & we are using it. I passed five bike riders in the three minutes I was riding along the route.
I thank Council for this initiative. It has certainly increased safety for cyclists & I think it will prove to be very popular once people learn about it.
As I was cycling along Carrington Road I noticed that Council’s recent work to replant the lovely & distinctive verge garden in front of New Directions looked like it had been vandalized. The verge garden was made up of French lavender & rosemary – totally appropriate for a company specializing in the production of botanicals.
Council recently planted 55 lavender & rosemary plants to recreate the look. However, today, there are 31 holes where plants used to be & only 24 plants remain. If they were stolen, it is really poor form. I wonder how Council can ever get ahead with streetscape improvements when this is the outcome.