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September, 2017

Two small but hopefully copyable innovations this month. 

Similar cheap bike parking has been used in Sydney for years, but the yellow pole attachments are a first for Adelaide.  They can be seen on Rundle Street.  Hopefully you won’t find your bike flat on the ground when you return.

The detour signs put up by the Torrens-to-Torrens Team are an example of simple signage designed to be read by cyclists as they ride by.  Other councils (e.g. Adelaide, Prospect) please take note. The T2T team has also consulted with us on the location of the detour signs. 

In this month’s issue

What we've been up to

  • Fay Patterson appeared on the Channel 9 News and Ian Radbone was interviewed on ABC891 about the lack of any consideration for cycling on North Terrace planning for the tram extension. 
  • Ian also provided input into a Sunday Mail article on access to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a Messenger article on Unley’s transport strategy.
  • Paul May has provided DPTI with advice about improving their cycling infrastructure as part of the changes they are making to the South Road/ Hillier Road intersection.
  • Andrew Waugh has been monitoring the possible removal of bike parking in the city (two now removed, in Rundle Street and Pirie Street) and has asked Council for information about progress of the review.
  • Fay met with shadow transport minister David Pisoni.  Among other things, they discussed the government’s lack of consultation, lower speed limits on inner suburban council streets and better integration of state and local government planning.
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Separated bike routes through the City

By the time you read this, work should have commenced on the Pirie Street to North Terrace stage of the Frome Bikeway.  Signage tells us the leg from Pirie to Rundle Streets will be completed by the end of the year.

The above image, from the Adelaide City Council’s website, indicates what it should look like, although we understand that it would be slightly narrower for one or two short sections. 

We are hopeful that the design will enable passing while at the same time making the street more attractive.   But as we have noted several times, we withhold judgement until cyclists have had a chance to use it.

Also, last month, Council endorsed the staff recommendation that Franklin and Flinders Streets should be the corridor for the east-west route, and authorised staff to go ahead with its planning.  There was some concern about a loss of parking and outdoor dining, with Councillors Antic and Moran opposing the decision.

We wrote to the Council expressing our support for the Franklin/Flinders route.
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O-Bahn extension

The east-west bikeway route presentation to Council was preceded by two presentations from DPTI staff.  One was on the North Terrace tram extension. (Yes, they admitted, there is no consideration for cyclists and if Council wants to do something about it, it is a Council responsibility.  Hmm…) 

The other presentation was on progress with the O-Bahn extension to Grenfell Street.  The good news for pedestrians is that three slip lanes that disappeared during construction will not reappear.  Unfortunately when Councillor Martin asked DPTI if they were taking the opportunity to put in a separated bike lane on Rundle Road through the Park Lands, the answer was no. 

In fact the DPTI representative was so desperate for excuses as to why they are not putting in a separated bike lane that he came up with the possible conflicts between cyclists and people getting out of their parked car to walk to the footpath.  How does that compare with the on-road conflicts with cars!  We think the real reason is a stuff-up caused by a lack of consultation.
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Ride to Work Day

The City of Adelaide will be hosting a Ride to Work Day event on Wednesday 18 October.  Free breakfast will be provided in Hindmarsh Square from 7am to 9am.   BISA will be there, so come along and meet us, and tell us what you think we should be doing (and hopefully, how you can help!).
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Volunteers required to modify bikes for kids with disabilities

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc (TADSA) requires volunteers who are interested in modifying bikes.  TADSA's "Freedom Wheels" modified bike program takes regular bikes and fits them with both   prefabricated and individualised accessories to enable kids with disabilities to ride. Modifications are made according to the specific needs of each child and based on information from allied health professionals and parents/carers.

As TADSA is a charity and does not have its own workshop. bike modifications are undertaken in the volunteers’ own workshops/garages when they have some spare time.  Therefore volunteers must have a sound knowledge of bike construction, a shed (or similar), plus suitable tools.

The ability to attend daytime bike clinics with potential clients, their carers and allied health professionals a few times a year would be an advantage, but not essential.
Volunteers will need to obtain a police clearance, at no cost to them. Any out of pocket expenses (parts, travel etc.) relating to modifying a bike will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in assisting TADSA, contact them on 8261 2922 or email
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On-street bike parking in the City

We are pleased to see Adelaide City Council trying new ideas for to provide more bike parking in high demand locations.  But the new hoops on Rundle Street (see image at the top of this edition) are very close to where Council has removed on-street bike parking.  There’s been no reason given for the removal. 

Now the on-street bike parking on Pirie Street, just east of Gawler Place, has also disappeared.  In this case it went when SA Water had to fix a burst water main.  Who knows when it will be replaced?  How about some temporary bike racks in the meantime?
Pirie Street then...                                            and now.
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Unley Integrated Transport Strategy

Unley City Council has updated their Integrated Transport Strategy.  With its desired outcomes for a healthier and more active community and a reduced carbon footprint, walking and cycling feature prominently.  For the detail of what is proposed, see the Walking and Cycling Plan 2016–2021
It’s good to see the Council getting on with the implementation of the Plan - unlike many other Councils.  We hope to include some photos in the next Pedal Update.
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Here are some of the discussions on the Adelaidecyclists website.  Use it to contribute to the discussion - or to start a discussion of your own.

Update on Frome Bikeway

Changes to rules governing Council set speed limits

Notice of Mawson Interchange Shared Use Path upgrades...

From our Facebook page 

Here are a few of our posts from the last month.  Click on the photos to link to item.
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