djw47 wrote:650 riders on the Ascent
Sorry to heavily edit your post. Is there only 650 riders?
I live in the area too and I think they've gone way overboard on the road closures for 650 riders. The notice that appeared in my letter box was as vague as you could get. A map and date (no times for individual road closures on mine) was about it.
Signs warning of a cycling event would be enough to keep people happy and the cyclists safe.
On the flip side of the coin, the local council has been very poor at managing The Dandenongs allowing a large number of residents and business's in the area. Do these protesters go out every weekend and threaten all the motorists up there who bring Olinda and Sassafras to a standstill and damage the roads? The weekly local traffic jam also affects locals going about their business. But motorists causing congestion is okay? Good luck getting emergency vehicles through there at certain times. Do they protest against the business's who bring all these people into The Dandenongs? Do they protest against themselves? Try riding between Olinda and Kalorama on the 'tourist road'. Hell, the road is now so poor that I hate driving along there these days. Lucky I don't need to very often. Seriously, the entire place needs a clean out. Leave just the iconic B&B's, restaurants and long term residents who have been there for years. And even then, don't let them sell or hand down property when they die. Should be returned to its natural state when they leave and the national park gradually expanded. Imagine if this kind of crap was allowed on Mt Donna Buang for example. Let's get rid of all the parks at Mt Macedon and make it open for development everywhere. It'll be a complete farce. These morons keep at their little game and I'll start pushing for them to be relocated and the entire Dandenong Ranges to be made national park. Maybe I can get the Greens on board (those who don't live there at least). Sure, I probably won't be taken seriously but it'll piss a few of them off to know there are those who think that The Dandenongs should be restored to its natural state and that they are the ones who should go.