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Warning: Rider Down on The Green Route

July 11, 2011

A Slippery Slope

A young friend of mine recently came-a-cropper on the boardwalk at the bottom of Francis St in Hauraki Cnr (opposite Northboro Reserve). This is where a lot of families start their rides to Devonport following the Green Route so be careful in the wet folks. The boards have grip-tread on every second plank but when wet are extremely slippery, especially with knobbly tyres.

I thought it might have been a case of childhood bravado but I rode down there myself last week and was sliding all over the place on the morning dew.

Any readers have contacts at the Council? Perhaps it needs an application of algae-killer or some physical grip put down?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 12:02 pm

    I was thinking about using the green route on my normal comute to Devonport instead of Lake Road on my trusty road bike. Is it too dangerous or slippy for a roadie??

    • July 18, 2011 12:13 pm

      I don’t have a road bike Phil! There are only a couple of short boardwalks on the route, so take it easy on those. A section of gravel after Northboro Park (if that freaks you out) but it’s pretty fine and well-surfaced so shouldn’t be a problem. A narrow road tyre might drop into the cracks on the long bridge across to the graveyard? I’d be more concerned about that stretch although my 35c touring tyres are fine on it.

      Of course it will take you twice as long, but it’s double the fun.

  2. July 19, 2011 10:06 am

    Well I did the “green” route this morning. :-)
    Twas an adventure!! Got lost once due to lack of signs and ended up going round in a circle in Bayswater road and Roberts Av – maybe that’s just my lack of a sense of direction??
    Wooden bridges were VERY slippy – and why oh why did they make them so narrow – did they run out of wood??
    And that last little 5m climb out of Ngatoringa Park!!
    Missed my 8.30 ferry but what the hell it was a bit of fun on a lovely sunny – but cold – morning :-)

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