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East-West Bikeway - An Epic ACC Fail
The team at Bike Adelaide suffered a significant blow to our morale as Adelaide the city "Designed for Life" showed its true colours as the "City designed for CARS".  The need to retain a relatively small number of underutilised car parks and the challenges of providing safe drop off zones around a couple of schools and a bingo hall proved all too much for the Council. Since this underwhelming decision the topic of greenhouse gas reduction has gained huge momentum globally with Australia being shown to be dragging its heels on the global scene and the ACC decision can only cause some reflection on this failure. Committee member Richard Bentley, in an article published in The Advertiser on the day of the decision, queries the opposition from St Marys' College given the environmental stand taking by their students. While climate action is currently focused on power generation there is no doubt that the spotlight will fall on transport emissions soon enough as evident with France banning short-haul flights.

 
Active Transport in the Adelaide CBD
Where to now?
After recovering from the East-West Bikeway failure, we are following up on a couple of projects.

Firstly trying to find out what became of the Adelaide City access strategy, we held great hope for this project which now seems to have stalled. Hopefully, an FOI request will get to the bottom of this!

The second project involves building a bridge to connect the New RAH to the Torrens Linear Path over the railway lines (yellow line). This project will benefit many cyclists not just those accessing the RAH and was touted during the RAH build. The blue area shows where a proposed stadium may be built.
Current Bike Adelaide Projects
We recently wrote to the Hon. Corey Wingard regarding the building of the already costed and funded bridge over the Goodwood railway line as part of the Mike Turtur Bikepath and increases required to the State Bicycle Fund. Read our letter.

With the State election drawing closer Bike Adelaide will be contacting all candidates to remind them of the importance of active transport.  We encourage all members to get out and about and raise cycling issues with your candidates - now is the time to speak up. The recent tension over climate change provides further arguments for encouraging active transport.
National Road Strategy Submission
A recent call for submissions into this strategy resulted in a carefully crafted submission by Vice President Fay Paterson. Fay challenges the traditional approaches to road safety through its use of terminology, its obvious bias to vehicular transport and how an inappropriate approach to road planning impacts on the health of the community by discouraging active transport.
Great work Fay!
Ebike Conversion by Angus Kingston
After 2020, the year of slowing down, I found my cycling had too and the idea of electric bikes was appealing to get me moving again. However, I don't like any of the e-bikes on offer. Road bike models I wanted are in a prohibitive price bracket of above $7000 — so I converted what I had.

In 2010 I acquired a 40-year-old Sierra touring bike custom built in Adelaide for the well know and long-time cycling advocate Margaret Day. It was made at Sam Pearson's Pultney Street Cycles possibly by master frame builder Peter Rohde at his Precision Cycles outlet in Magill

The great team at Electric Bikes Superstore on Magill Rd added a 250-watt Bafang mid-drive motor and 36v battery. Not the usual style of bike the kits are designed for it was a tricky job replacing the bottom bracket and cranks, securing the battery to the downtube and fitting a control screen to touring bars. 

The motor powers five stages of assistance with 80nm of torque - that's enough to get you up steep climbs and battery life to support a 100km+ ride through the hills. An optional finger throttle is used sparingly to power up to speed or propel you through traffic pinch points when you need it.

I love it. Not only am I riding a classic Adelaide piece of history and giving it another life, I'm outside, enjoying cycling again and getting the health benefits said to be 75 per cent of regular riding. 

I've heard it said that riding an e-bike is cheating. My opinion is, not if you intended to go out for an e-bike ride.
Barossa BUG family ride
The Barossa Valley BUG held its first ever "in person" meet up with a casual bike ride from Tanunda to Nuriootpa along the Barossa Bikeway. The youngest rider was four years old and completed the 12 km return journey with ease! Our Facebook group now has over 100 members and more events are planned, including a kids riding day in a local park. We will continue to communicate with the local councils about improved facilities for cyclists, including cycling friendly routes to Seppeltsfield and Greenock, and development of the Tanunda main street.

To join the Barossa BUG visit
https://www.facebook.com/groups/barossa.bug
Or email barossa.bug@gmail.com 
Bits and Bobs
  • It is disturbing to hear in the DIT MTB upgrade project, contractors removed additional significant trees despite careful planning to preserve them. This is an unfortunate outcome of this much-anticipated upgrade.
  • Member Nicki wrote to the Minister about bike parking at the Adelaide railway station as bikes are now being removed after 24 hours (an issue for those storing bikes for city trips). Nicki calls on them to provide more parking to support train/bike travel.
  • In positive news, after a significant campaign, mountain bike riders are back on the Belair train line, using the rear carriage. A great resolution. Congratulations to all involved.
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