Coz the Transport WA design for pedestrian and shared pathways states poles should be setback by .8m-1m or .5m as an absolute minimum for cycle paths. I think it is time to contact the minister and make loud noises.
And frustrates me to see them clearly outline that the pole is basically located there because it was cheap. It is a simple equation of putting the safety of path users into jeopardy because it was cheaper to do that, rather than the right thing.
Well they said it's been there since 1988. I doubt the turnoff into the retirement village has been there that long so the path realignment probably happened well after the pole was put there and the path built around it, all so that motorists didn't have to wait a few seconds for people turning into the village.
Remember that Motorists Come First, which is why the government can spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build those huge bypasses on the Roe/Tonkin interchange and yet somehow there are still two sets of traffic lights southbound on Roe. I thought the whole purpose was to get rid of those. Spending a few hundred dollars to move an obstruction on a path would be a waste of taxpayer money. Remember the lessons from Utopia - cost saving where it barely makes a difference; big spending where it can be seen. Very similar to my former workplace where staff had to make all the sacrifices but the bosses got to keep their big salaries, until it was far too late to make a difference anyway.
When Arcadia Waters was built in 2005 that is when the path suddenly jumped to the current location (slip road and all). Instead of moving the pole (too expensive) they just left it where it was.
Council: we have to have a footpath there, so we built one. Power pole not our problem.
Western Power: Nothing wrong with the pole, not our problem.
Main Roads: hahaha what are pedestrians?
There was the early 1990s incident where Arsenal footballer Tony Adams crashed his (presumably very expensive) car into a power pole, and then told the attending police when they turned up that the crash wasn't his fault because the power pole was offside.
This incident resulted in his being sidelined from his sporting career for a similar length of time to that resulting from your altercation with a power pole, but for a very different reason - he spent the next couple of months at the pleasure of Her Majesty for high-range drink-driving.