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December, 2017

The BISA committee invited a few friends to join us on a Handlebar tour of the city in place of our usual meeting in the lead up to Christmas. 

We hope you have a peaceful, healthy and happy Christmas.

In this month’s issue

Discussion about the new arrangements for cyclists at the Rundle Road/ East Terrace intersection.
There are major changes planned for the representation of cycling and walking at the national level.
There's movement for a Bicycle User Group for Mitcham and Blackwood.
The Victor Harbor Council is planning road crossing improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.
Finally, there are links to some recent discussions on the Adelaidecyclists forum and our Facebook page.

Rundle Road/ East Terrace

We’ve been disappointed that the State government hasn’t built a separated path on Rundle Road through the Park Lands.  This was a feature of the concept plans that it presented for the Obahn extension. 

There are on-road bike lanes for most of Rundle Road but a difficulty has arisen at the intersection with East Terrace.  The old slip lane has been removed, which benefits pedestrians.  But with such a strong left turn movement, the powers-that-be didn’t want to have the bike lane extending up to the intersection, putting cyclists in conflict with the left turners.  

The option of a bike box + bike lane to the right of the left turn lane was rejected in favour directing cyclists onto the big kerb protuberance that has replaced the slip lane.  There is a special kerb ramp for cyclists turning left up East Terrace to Grenfell Street, which is great.  But now cyclists have to mix it with the many pedestrians at peak time.  Cyclists heading into Rundle Street have to share a standard kerb ramp with pedestrians and there’s no way for cyclists to get to the head of the queue to make use of it.
The DPTI twitter post from which the image above was taken tell us that light phasing will separate pedestrians and cyclists, but at the time this is being written it has yet to be implemented.
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Major changes at the national level

The peak government body at the national level has been the Australian Bicycle Council, a body consisting of public servants responsible for cycling from each state and territory.   It also had representatives from the federal government, the NZ government as well as the bicycle retailers.  It was the ABC that commissioned the biennial national cycling surveys and the bicycle implementation reports, which show how little the South Australian government spends on cycling.

The Australian Bicycle Council is to be dissolved and replaced by a much broader body with the provisional title Cycling and Walking Australia/New Zealand (CWANZ).  As well as including walking, it appears that the new body will take on more of an advocacy role, building the “business case” for cycling expenditure.

An interesting feature of the new body will be its expansion to cover local government and advocacy groups.  While the state and federal representatives will be nominated by their respective organisations as usual, advocates and local government representatives “will be selected via an Expression of Interest process that is open and transparent”.

Hopefully these moves will result in more powerful cycling advocacy at the national level.
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Mitcham Bicycle User Group

Do you cycle in the Mitcham/Blackwood area?  If so, you might be willing to support local cycling facilities by joining a bicycle user group (BUG) that a local Councillor is keen to get started.  A BUG with the ear of the council is a very valuable resource as is demonstrated in Unley and Port Adelaide. 

There are many issues facing cyclists on both the plains and the hills, not least of which is a good quality path between the two – one with a reasonable gradient.

If you are interested, please contact BISA Committee member Paul May.
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Road crossing improvements in Victor Harbor

The Victor Harbor council has plans to improve road crossings on busy Adelaide Road as it passes through the developing area of McCracken, above the old township.  With schools and shopping centres either recently or soon to be built, these are certainly needed. 
We’ve provided some comments on how the plans could be improved and noted things to think about with detailed design.
We’ve provided some comments on how the plans could be improved and noted things to think about with detailed design.
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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.

Bike lane termination at new Rundle Rd/East Tce intersection

Works on the Patrick Yonker Veloway

A metre matters (interpretation)

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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