Paths of Isolation

Continuing Nat’s Track along Skye Road this shared path once again misses that seemingly intangible connectivity so lacking in Melbournes transport infrastructure. Following the boundaries of two consecutive golf courses it provides a welcome relief from the more typical shared path constantly crossed with driveways, but swings to the other extreme by neglecting to provide any way to depart.

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Note the dropped kerb visible in this image to the lower left, requiring a jaunt across the deep and bumpy grass, and hard to anticipate without any other delineation. The path its self travels for a good kilometre between each of the three successive intersections without any other access like this, and both ends of the path terminate suddenly without any continuing routes for cyclists by dropping back to footpaths.

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