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June 2018

William Street, Norwood
Last year, the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters (NPSP) scrubbed the shared bike/parking lanes on a number of BikeDirect routes in Norwood.  They’ve recently replaced the scrubbed lanes with sharrows, meaning that motorists should expect to share the traffic lane with cyclists.  The photo above shows both the sharrows and the scrubbed lane marking.

Shared bike/ parking lanes are never good cyclist infrastructure.  They encourage (not require; you are not forced to use them) cyclists to ride in the door zone.  The sharrows will hopefully encourage cyclists to ride away from the parked cars, and encourage motorists to accept this, crossing the striped centre line to overtake if necessary.

However, we have some concerns.  The shared bike/parking lane at least narrowed the traffic lane, encouraging motorists to drive more slowly, which is better for everyone in what are residential streets.  Also, NPSP has not used thermo-plastic line-marking and in the past it has let the bike logos disappear.  Will we in the future have wide, fast traffic lanes and no cyclist markings on Norwood’s BikeDirect routes?

In this month's issue

What we’ve been up to
World Bike Day
Send us a happy photo of brilliant cycle infrastructure!
Tonsley Greenway
Exciting developments in the northwest!
Bicycle User Groups
Help us develop new greenways

Finally, there are links to some recent discussions on the Adelaidecyclists forum and our Facebook page.

What we've been up to

  • The State Government is updating its Public Health Plan.  It has put out a “framework” document for comment before issuing a draft of the new Public Health Plan.  We have suggested what should be covered by the new Plan.  Thanks to BISA members Jim Lally and Sam Powrie for putting our submission together.
  • With the idea of trams up The Parade scrapped for the foreseeable future, the NPSP Council has issued a draft Masterplan for this important main street. The Masterplan has a number of welcome features, including slower traffic speeds and safer crossings.  However, it doesn’t include bike lanes in the busiest section of the street.  We think the road reserve is wide enough for bike lanes.  See our comments.
  • The new Committee held a planning day to help shape our future activities.  As usual, lots of good ideas were generated.  Now we are sorting through the ideas to see what we can do with our volunteer resources, and how best to do it.
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World Bike Day

Over 300 riders come together on World Bike Day to celebrate cycling and call for greater investment in cycling infrastructure. It was a wonderful community event including many children who had the chance to ride along Wakefield and King Williams Streets with no traffic and rolling green lights. It was a real buzz!

Thank you to the Adelaide cycling community for coming and sharing the day. We liked the feeling so much we plan to have a community ride every 3 months to can keep in touch with local riders. More to come.
Cyclists setting off from Victoria Park on World Bike Day
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Send us a happy photo of brilliant cycle infrastructure!

BISA used the World Bike Day event to BISA to gain a lot of signatures for a petition that we are sending to parliament, calling for a significant increase in cycling expenditure.

To humanise and jazz up the petition, BISA is also putting together a portfolio of pictures for the Minister showing brilliant bicycle infrastructure: infrastructure that makes us want to ride more!
Can you help? Take a photo and email it to Whether it be you giving a big thumbs up to  infrastructure such as the Mike Turtur bridge over South Road, or cheering because of something smaller like a bike cut through, signage, or parking; whatever for you creates a great ride. If you can get in the picture looking happy and exited that would be great.

The picture shows happy riders using the new Park Terrace underpass (Outer Harbor Greenway).

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Chair Katie Gilfillan has met with the management of bikeshare company OFO.  While competitor OBike is apparently vacating the field, OFO is expanding to cover all of the councils that surround the City of Adelaide.  The future goal is to cover the entire metro area.

They have also talked with DPTI, as well as the new minister, and were asked if they needed anything - they replied more bike lanes! They don't want or expect any other Government support.

We think that OFO will make a good commercial partner in both planning and advocating for an improved bike network.  Also, the information from hires –at this stage, popular pick and drop-off points – should aid councils in locating bike racks.
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Tonsley Greenway

In January, the Marion Council was presented with a proposal to support the construction of a greenway using the railway reserve from Ascot Park to Tonsley. This would connect the Marino Rocks Greenway with the Tonsley Innovation District, Flinders University and the Flinders Medical Centre, along with a number of schools and colleges. 

While a greenway alongside the railway line would clearly be a great outcome for cyclists, “site constraints” now make this a very expensive undertaking. Council have advised that “construction works can only be conducted within a full track shutdown and de-energised environment”.  (Discussion about the report in Council revealed frustration that the electrification of the railway ignored the future use of the reserve for a Greenway, and in fact put more impediments in place.)
Council has now provided in-principle support for a route that is a mixture of suburban streets and shared paths within the rail corridor. The section between Daws Road and Celtic Avenue is less direct than if it ran alongside the railway line.  But the concept does have an overpass of Sturt Road, shared with the railway.  Click on the image to the right to be taken to larger maps.  BISA will continue to liaise with council to discuss the best options for this Greenway.
You can find the council agenda, which includes a report on Walking and Cycling Guidelines and the Tonsley Greenway, on the Council website (21 MB).

We hope in the future council can overcome “site constraints”.  In the meantime, Council endorsement is a good step forward in the improvement of cycling facilities in the southern suburbs. 
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Exciting developments in the northwest!

If you signed up to receive our website posts you would have heard good news about developments in the north-western suburbs.  Developments include:
  • A fully separated bikeway alongside the Port Adelaide Expressway, linking Port Adelaide with the planned Northern Connector Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway.
  • The firming of a route for the Gawler Greenway between Regency Road and Mawson Lakes.  This section is difficult because the railway corridor is both very narrow as it passes industrial and retail land uses (Islington), and at times occupied by multiple railway tracks (Dry Creek rail yards). 
  • Hart Street, a major corridor linking Port Adelaide with Semaphore, is to be reduced from four lanes to two, with a bike lane separated from traffic by parked cars on one side.
The plan for Hart Street
See this post for more details, including maps. 
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Bicycle User Groups

There is little doubt that the Outer Harbor Greenway and other developments in the northwest are being built because of pressure from the Port Adelaide Bicycle User Group.  The PortBUG is a good illustration of what can be done by a locally-focussed interest group dedicated to improving conditions both for cyclists and the community as a whole.

At the planning day mentioned above, the BISA committee resolved to encourage the establishment of more such groups.  Councillors and Council staff seem to be much more impressed by concerns and suggestions put forward by local residents than they are by state-based interest groups. 

Currently, there are the following BUGs that are based on specific areas:
  • Adelaide BUG
  • Prospect BUG
  • PortBUG
  • Unley BUG
  • Westside BUG
Hopefully, there will soon be BUGS for the Marion, Campbelltown and Norwood, Payneham and St Peters council areas.  And judging by the discussion regarding Winston Avenue on Adelaidecyclists (see below), we should have one for Mitcham Council too.

BUGs can range from a simple email list/ Facebook Group to a formal organisation holding regular meetings.  The important thing is that there are individuals who can put pressure on Council and to whom Council members and staff can turn when seeking advice and feedback.

If you would like to be involved in the establishment or support of a BUG in your area, please email us.  We can provide you with advice and information to get you started.
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Help us develop new greenways

BISA is proud of the initiative we took in pushing State governments to undertake important bike infrastructure.  We were behind the first bikeway (Westside Bikeway), the BikeDirect network and more recently Greenways.
We think that much more needs to be done to create an “8-80” cycling network in the metro area, as well as other South Australian urban areas.  We are looking for help in this.  You know your local area better than we do, and probably know of links that are needed, as well as land that could be used to provide a stress-free bike route.  These new routes do not have to be long – they could include links and pathways:
  • using unused drainage or plantation reserves
  • along unused sections of railway reserve
  • alongside major and hazardous arterial roads (including improvement of under-utilised footpaths!)
  • use of pipeline reserves or local parks linking local networks and by-passing intersections.
If you are interested in helping, check out this post on our website.
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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.

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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