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2020 has been a challenging year. At times like this it's worth looking on the bright side of life. This month we share positive stories about cycling in SA including projects receiving funding and more kids cycling to school.
Another $200 million in local stimulus for infrastructure
The State Budget has delivered an additional $100 million potential investment in local infrastructure projects to be matched dollar for dollar by local governments to leverage at least $200 million for job creation projects during the next two years, including cycling trails.

No doubt we all have projects in mind as do our local councils and now is the time to push for those active transport projects, in particular projects that are shovel ready awaiting funding.
Amy Gillett Bikeway funded
The Amy Gillett Foundation was delighted by the announcement that Stage Four completion of the popular Amy Gillett Bikeway in the Adelaide Hills will proceed after $2.6M in funding was announced in October. The announcement was made after six years of dedication from Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and South Australian Senator Stirling Griff and will allow the Bikeway to continue from Mount Torrens to Birdwood.
More kids riding to school in Unley
A little bike rack with 10 bikes has grown to this! Now up to 100 of the 400 students at St Thomas Goodwood cycle to school. How did it happen? Unley council has progressively been implementing their cycling strategy, led by their cycling Mayor Michael Hewitson, and supported by a strong local BUG. 40 km/h streets, infrastructure investment and street closures to stop rat running all help as does the Mike Turtur Bikeway.
More spending on bike infrastructure in brief
  • The State Bike Fund has increased from around $250,000 (under Knoll) to $750,000 this year. We are still pushing for significant increases but at least we are back on the way up! Hopefully by the end of the year we can share with you a list of projects funded.
  • Mike Turtur - Unley Council and DIT have agreed to upgrade the bumpy and narrow section of the Mike Turtur Bikeway between King William Road and Goodwood road with a 4m wide path. Unley council has also agreed to take on long term management and has increased the $$$ available for greening on the route.
  • The east-west bikeway is back on the agenda. We will email members about this shortly.
  • The Crafers Bikeway extension to Stirling is funded and in design.
  • A McLaren Vale bike trail has been funded - $1.5 million has been invested by the State Government to construct a Flat to Vale bike path in the McLaren Vale Region.
  • Salisbury is working on the Dry Creek trail with a new path under (yes under) the intersection of Main North Road and Montague Roads. The path has also been upgraded along the creek into Mawson Lakes and the new bitumen surface is possibly the smoothest we have ever ridden!
Cycling planning studies underway
As well as the above spending DIT has funded the following planning studies for future funding:
  • Gawler Greenway between Munno Para/Gawler
  • Grange Greenway completion
  • Inner and Middle Adelaide network improvements.
  • River Torrens Linear Path connectivity and upgrades
Thank you to the DIT cycling and walking staff for engaging with us on these planning studies. Together with BUGs and members we collated our priorities on behalf of riders. We will extend these into an election 2022 campaign if they remain unfunded. Our proposals - . DIT planning studies 102020-BISA identified projects
New Barossa Valley BUG meets their cycling Mayor
Chair Katie had a positive meeting with Mayor Bim Lange from the Barossa Council, a passionate Cycling Mayor, and the enthusiastic coordinator of the newly created Barossa Valley BUG Daniel Searson who cycles with his family. Barossa Council has plans for new cycle trails in the area and linking to the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley. The Mayor listened to the BUGs ideas on how to improve the bike network and expressed his willingness to engage in the future. To read more about the plans visit the Barossa BUG FB page.
What's more positive than going for a ride?
We are out of lock down. Why not try this loop ride in the beautiful Barossa put together by Helen of the Uncool Cycling Group Cycling Barossa Backroads - Bethany, Penrice, Krondorf (uncoolcyclingclub.com)
Photo credit: Helen Dominish

Wherever your adventure takes you may your ride fill you with joy.
Bits and bobs
Thanks to Vice Chair Fay Patterson BISA has submitted a submission regarding the proposed designs for the King William Rd continuation of the Mike turtur Bikeway. We applaud  the City of Unley for their aims to improve this highly popular section of the network.
The Heart Foundation have released their report What Australia Wants. A survey of 2,895 Australians nationwide gathered community sentiment on what makes neighbourhoods desirable, liveable and healthy. This report highlights a need for active transport options and traffic calming.
The Heart Foundation is seeking an SA Walking Strategy Project Manager. In collaboration with Wellbeing SA and key stakeholders the project manager will lead the development of a state-wide walking strategy. Please consider or send to relevant colleagues. Job description

 
Thanks for looking on the bright side with us as we roll on towards Christmas.
 
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