Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 8, 2012

Secret snipping

No photos with this blog. With all the rain we’ve been having, foliage has become rampant . On our morning rides, we have nearly been garrotted by bramble briars and wild rose foliage. The local council hasn’t been cutting back, so we decided to take it upon ourselves to do something about it.
So, this afternoon ,we had an hour to spare and set off for the riverside armed with a pair of secateurs, a pruning saw and some gardening gloves. We saw council workmen cutting grass but nothing was being done about the over growth of the ‘hedges’. We didn’t ask but made sure we were around the corner and snipped off all the offending briars, piling the off cuts at the hedge bottoms,
We went along near the barrage and have started to cutback here also. The track at this point has been reduced to half it’s width. We’ve had a few near misses as cyclists belt around this blind corner. We didn’t have time to finish but will go back later to do it.
We haven’t contacted any authorities because there would be paperwork , insurance ad infinitum. There were quite a few people who thanked us for doing this. It felt good to be sorting it out. It will make for a better ride in the morning.

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  1. I’ve done the same 🙂 Cycling to work along the Reid Hwy there is a cycle feeder path where shrubbery was slapping me in the face. I scooted up there with my kitchen scissors and now don’t have to suffer the indignity of a wet, foliage slap! Best intentions in the world, councils just don’t see things from a cyclist,s view do they?

  2. Hi BB, you are so right. I don’t think they even have cyclists on committees that plan things either. If they did they wouldn’t do such rediculous things that make journeys twice as long for a cyclist than for a car driver. It happens over here on occassion . Good to hear from you. Enjoy your holiday.


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