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HELMET A LIFESAVER
Roaming roo knocks out keen cyclist
Cyclist Darren Jones was knocked off his bike by a kangaroo while riding on the bike path which runs
parallel to Bindubi Street, Aranda.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Cycling in the bush capital might
sound like a serene way to
commute but Darren Jones is one of
a string of riders to have narrowly
survived collisions with kangaroos
The 45-year-old father was flung
off his bike when a kangaroo
jumped out and hit his front wheel
at 5.30am, before sunrise, on
"I remember hitting my head and
then it went black," he said.
"I must have skidded about six
I woke up on my back and
looking up at the sky I wondered
how long I'd been out."
The confident cyclist was
travelling close to 40km/h down the
steep section of road in Aranda.
It's part of his usual commute
four days a week from home in
Macquarie to work at the
Department of Defence in Russell.
Mr Jones said he had seen roos in
the area before, and knew there
were fence holes along the track,
but thought with extra lights on his
helmet and bicycle he would be
able to spot any wildlife.
"It was bad luck," he said. "I
always thought I would have time
to dodge, but the roo came out so
quickly there wasn't much I could
Blood weeping from his severe
grazes, Mr Jones scrambled off the
bike path and stood at the side of
Bindubi Street trying to flag down
a car to help. "A few people slowed
down but nobody stopped," he said.
Cranky and sore, he rolled slowly
downhill to Russell and spent the
day under medical observation. "I
just wanted bandages, but when I
went to medical they did some
scans and X-rays of my pelvis as
well as concussion tests." The
ordeal only kept Mr Jones off his
bike for a few days. But he said it
had made him realise how riders in
the region needed to take
precautions and be on higher alert.
"From now on I'll be riding in light
hours," he said.
"I see guys come past without
helmets, but if you get hit you can
do a lifetime of damage.
Hitting my head I would have
been cactus without the helmet."
CAPITAL METRO CORRIDOR
Dickson car park set to become bus interchange
Land acquisition along the Capital
Metro corridor is under way as a car
park in Dickson set to be
compulsorily acquired for a future
The ACT government has
indicated the land appeared to be
suitable as the Dickson bus
interchange was integral to the
Capital Metro project.
An ACT government
spokeswoman said an extension of
Cape Street to Northbourne Avenue
had been identified as a
requirement to allow buses to
circulate at the interchange.
"The interchange will also
consider integration with the future
light rail stops on Northbourne
Avenue and development sites
adjacent to the interchange,'' she
The interchange is a Territory
and Municipal Services capital
works project. The 3088-square-
metre parcel of land at the
intersection of Challis and Cape
streets in Dickson runs through to
"While the interchange will
integrate with the light rail network,
it is not part of the Capital Metro
scope and not considered a land
acquisition for light rail,'' an ACT
government spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said Capital
Metro Agency had not spent any
money on land acquisition in the
The next steps in the
development of the Dickson bus
interchange are for the land to be
formally acquired and for a design
plan to be developed, with an
opportunity for the community to
provide feedback,'' she said.
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