Challenge to see all the streets with a radius of 5km

Ben used to ride his bike primarily, but he changed the situation by running and walking part of the route.

“I thought,’I’ll cover all the streets of the Five Ks,’ but I didn’t know how bloody it was,” he said.

“I thought it wasn’t that much, but then you sum up all the streets – it quickly became clear how long it would take.”

Since the beginning of August, the state government has ordered the Melbanians to stay within 5 kilometers of their homes at all times.

This rule allowed people to discover parts of their suburbs that they did not know about. It also forced the fitness crowd to be creative about their exercise.

Cyclists in particular felt restricted and could no longer climb the hills to King Lake or ride large rides along the bay down Beach Road.

“Barving” -riding all roads, streets and alleys in a particular suburb-is one of the well-established activities.

In August, Era We talked to Liam Vaughan, a librarian about 400 kilometers away, who joined the trend on every street of the reservoir.

A time-lapse in which Ben runs on all roads with a radius of

Ben decided to go one step further with an online map (like this one) with a radius of 5 km allowed.

“I did everything that was named, it was great for motivation-it forced me to get out and leave my desk,” he said.

“Some people said I was crazy.”

Initially, the hardest part was that it only took an hour each day. There was also an early confusion about driving to a place for exercise, which meant covering the same ground many times.

“I rode every day for the first 41 days without a break,” said a 45-year-old woman. “After my back killed me, I gave up about three-quarters along the way.”

He said it was made easier by allowing two hours of exercise a day in September.

Tracking his journey with the fitness app Strava, Ben ran 1371 km in 74 hours (68-60 active days possible). The total altitude was 12,533 meters. Along the way he completed 14 “barbs”.

Like the painter in the line, he started in the center and finished the edges.


The peculiarity of staying within the 5 km boundary meant crossing several streets along the way before turning.

“It was a good spiritual challenge. It was fun to be able to go out and see something different and see the changes in different suburbs,” he said.

“Many cyclists complain about 5km, saying it’s not enough to ride. When you think about it, it’s garbage.”

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