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JULY 2020

The City of Salisbury continues to roll out some great infrastructure. These two new sections at Parkway Circuit in Parafield Gardens, include asphalt paths, kerbing ramps and hooped handrails. The upgrade is part of the Gawler Greenway – a long term vision for a cycling route and better access to public transport extending from the city to Gawler.

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Weller St, Unley Win

A start on work to convert Weller St, Unley from a rat run to a bicycle and pedestrian friendly street was suddenly stopped due to the council receiving a petition. The proposed design has already been successfully implemented in Wood Street with the route linking in neatly onto the Mike Turtur Bikeway.
It was almost two years ago when the Unley Council unanimously voted in favour of the upgrade, a critical part of Unley's Cycling network and the Goodwood Local Area Traffic Management plan. Unley BUG Chair Dr Jennifer Bonham made a deputation at the recent council meeting in favour of the upgrade proceeding as planned (as she did in 2018). Fortunately Councilors voted unanimously again to proceed with the original concept so it's full steam ahead. Thanks to BISA and Unley Bug members for their emails to Councillors on the issue which importantly showed community support for the project. Details of the plan can be seen
here.

A growing problem seems to be that current Bike Direct routes are becoming rat runs for peak hour motorists, no doubt these routes were peaceful when first mapped out but increased traffic volumes are now showing their impact.

2020 Super Tuesday results now available

The results for the Super Tuesday bike count are now available.  This year we had more volunteers than ever, and included several new locations.  The numbers counted at comparable locations declined by 8%, following the 11% increase in 2019.  The count was held before the general lockdown was ordered, but obviously subdued conditions on the Universities due to Covid-19 did affect numbers.  Also it was unusually cold and blustery.  From the best weather ever experienced for a Super Tuesday count in 2019, this year was the worst! 
You can read more about the count, with a link to an interactive map, on our
website.

New State strategies are ground for hope

Two recent State-level strategies give hope that the government may start giving cycling the attention it deserves.  Both the 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy and Game-on, a strategy to “get South Australia moving” are positive developments. 

Game-on sees the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing as a new actor with a responsibility to see more South Australians cycling, both for recreation and transport.
 
If implemented, the Infrastructure Strategy will see Infrastructure SA as a body ensuring that government transport infrastructure decisions will take into account the liveability and health of our community rather than simply just trying to ease congestion by laying down more bitumen. Read more on our website.

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Call To Action - It's submission time!

Burnside Council are currently finalising their Strategic Community Plan, this document reflects community long-term vision, values, aspirations and priorities. It is intentionally high level and concise as it sets the broad goals for the Council area and the approaches that Council will undertake to deliver them.
It will be then be delivered through action plans, services and annual budgets.
The plan is open to feedback from the community until 31 July, let them know that cycling matters, mention the councils three themes of Community, Environment and Place at this
link.

Keep your eyes out for similar consultation in other council areas as all councils are required to review their community plans within two years of the last council elections.

The City of Pt Adelaide Enfield is currently drawing up their first Integrated Transport Strategy. This council has historically been very active in building cycle infrastructure. Let's encourage their great work and help then formulate this 10 year plan. The closing date for ideas and suggestions is 7 August at this link.

We have been waiting for a bridge over the Goodwood Station for some years, this piece of infrastructure will be the crowning glory of the Mike Turtur Bikeway and also service people with disabilities in accessing the station. While the State Government is looking at infrastructure spends to help the lagging economy, let's remind them of this bridge. Write to Hon. Stephen Wade MLC, Hon. Corey Wingard MP and the new Minister for Transport. We understand this project is shovel ready.
 

DPTI have announced they’re removing the level crossing at Torrens Road, Ovingham, by constructing an overpass.  This opens up the opportunity to improve the Gawler Greenway crossing of Torrens Road, so we lost no time in meeting with DPTI to discuss their concept.  We’re pretty impressed, thanks to the concept having been planned by their erstwhile cycle section (a new initiative we’ll be supporting).  The plans are at the “20% design” stage, which means there’s lots of opportunity to make changes – for good or for worse.  So it’s important that DPTI hears loud and clear what cyclists like and want.  Please add your voice by Friday, 31 July 2020, via the online engagement hub.

We particularly like:

-The bridge being on piers instead of solid abutments – this provides access under the bridge but also open space, which will be a pleasant addition to the Gawler Greenway.
-Kerb separation between bike lanes and traffic on the overpass/bridge section.
-The through bike lane going up Torrens Road being shifted kerbside, instead of being sandwiched between lanes of traffic (followed by provision at the traffic signals for this through movement, unfortunately not shown on the plans).
-Cycle access throughout the area, not just on a single designated route.
-Straight-through active crossing of railway lines rather than a series of zig-zag pedestrian mazes.

-The methodology of their design approach, in focusing on a good result for all transport modes.

What we’d like to see added:

-Separation between bike lanes and traffic either side of the overpass/bridge as well.
-Better protection at the slip lane into Churchill Road, allowing cyclists to exit off the bridge section without having to cross high-speed turning traffic.
-Easier provision to turn right from Torrens Road into Churchill Road.
-Clarification of and/or better access across Torrens Road at Chief St, noting that Brompton Primary School is accessed off Napier Street; and continuation of off-road access west of the school’s Pedestrian -Actuated Crossing, to street junctions with Baker Street and Wattle Street.
-Clarification of and/or better off-road connection from Park Terrace to the access road on the southern side of Torrens Road (as a connection to the Park Lands/ Adelaide Aquatic Centre).

Adelaide's Cycle Paths explored

Local cyclist Serafina has created the YouTube channel 'Cycle Adelaide South Australia' She is gradually building up videos of our local paths giving hints along the way, currently on offer are City to Glenelg, City to Marino Rocks and a city parklands tour. Great to watch, great to recommend to any new cyclists.
She also has a Facebook page with comments on other routes.

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Bike Parking - sometimes plenty, sometimes not

Happy snapper Richard Bentley spotted plenty of bike parking space at the Entertainment Centre tram stop, great if you don't want to tackle city traffic and the tram is free.
Totally different situation at the Adelaide railway Station! Adelaide Metro, any chance of some additional rails?

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Adelaide Cyclists Update

As BISA draws closer to closing the current Adelaide Cyclists, anyone interested in continuing to read and contribute to cycling related blogs are encouraged to join the new site at http://adelaidecyclists.lunicus.org/   BISA will not be handing over members personal details and therefore those interested will need to re-join. We would like to thank Nic for his efforts creating the new site and for keeping the legacy of Adelaide Cyclists going.

From our Facebook page

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

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