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Funding announcement
Many of you will know this project was first proposed by the Labour government in 2016 with completion expected in 2017. Delays occurred as did a change of Government in 2018. In 2019 Minister Knoll shelved the project indefinitely citing cost issues (the expected cost had risen from $10 million to $30 million).

Bike Adelaide and Unley BUG have continued to advocate for the project: talking with local MPs and local councillors, highlighting it as a stimulus project in our March Coronavirus response, and writing to the Minister  (UBUG, Bike Adelaide).

It was therefore exciting to see the announcement this week that the project will proceed, beginning in March 2022! 

Extra funding was also announced for cycling in Unley "In addition to the overpass, we're working with the City of Unley on a $2 million project to upgrade the bikeway from Musgrave Street to King William Road, at Wayville".

Congratulation to members of UnleyBUG for their efforts and to the Unley Mayor Micheal Hewitson and Unley Councillors for their commitment to improving infrastructure for cycling in their local area.

And as for the Bike Adelaide team, we are heading to the pub for a celebratory catch up because cycling advocacy can be a tough business sometimes and it is worth celebrating the wins!
Super Tuesday 2021 - the results are in
Ian has crunched the numbers. Read our Super Tuesday general commentary for Ian's insights and to access counts for each location.

A big thank you to Ian for the considerable volunteer time he continues to put into this project, and of course, thank you to all of our valuable volunteer counters.

Unfortunately this year we are unsure if the City of Adelaide will provide a financial contribution for this work but Bike Adelaide would like to thank the NPSP Council for their ongoing support.
Positive voices needed to support 40km streets
In the last month, negative feedback from residents in Norwood Payneham &S Peters has stopped two safe bicycle crossing points of Stephens Terrace from progressing. This has been very disappointing and partly caused by poor consultation.

However, NPSP is currently consulting on 40km/h in the area and all interested/affected people can comment. This isn't just relevant to residents and it will take support to achieve, so please respond if you want this to happen! 

Click here to have your say

The consultation closes on 21 June. Don't let the naysays kill off a third positive active transport initiative in NPSP. Speak up. It is particularly needed in NPSP as there seems to be a reluctance from those at the top to increase safety for active transport users.

Reducing local speed limits is an easy and affordable way to increase safety for all road users, including our kids.
Consultation open on Chief Street upgrade until tomorrow Thursday 10 June 
Fig 2: Chief St Bowden street upgrade option 2 from City of Charles Sturt

The section of Chief St, Brompton between Port Rd and the Outer Harbour Greenway is due for a full reconstruction. The Charles Sturt Council has come up with three concepts that are now open for you to comment on.

Options include a separated bikeway, a shared-use path, and an on-road bike lane.

Bike Adelaide supports option 2 (separated bikeway) which sees bikes, pedestrians, and cars separated (but a wider bikeway is needed - currently 1.2m proposed). Another option is to upgrade Option 1 with a bi-directional bikeway (replacing the shared use path). 

We have been engaging with the City of Charles Sturt for some time on this project and commend the council staff for their forward-thinking and proactive approach to street upgrades. 
Burnside council City Master Plan project
Burnside is undertaking a comprehensive consultation on a master place to "Connect people and places".

"The preparation of this Plan provides an exciting opportunity for everyone connected to Burnside to put forward their ideas to make Burnside the Burnside they envisage in the coming years.

Council is seeking ideas and thoughts from our community about what improvements could be made to provide better connections throughout and around Council."

Have your say on cycling connections

Closes 30 June 2021

Gearing up for the upcoming State election
With a state election coming up in March 2022 Bike Adelaide has joined forces with the Conservation Council of SA and Walking SA to prepare a campaign with walking, cycling, and public transport investment priorities.

We mentioned last month that transport emissions will become increasingly under focus, no doubt EV's are part of the plan however improving active transport infrastructure in a timely manner rather than the slow and resource-heavy shift to EV's seems a logical way to decrease emissions while improving the physical and mental health of the population.

More on this campaign to come.
East-West Bikeway funding update
Good news emerged mid-May when Indaily reported state government East-West Bikeway funding is still available to the City of Adelaide to fund other bicycle infrastructure in the CBD, with Council to detail how the money is to be spent this month.

In a statement, Transport Minister Corey Wingard said, “We’re waiting for them to put some options on the table" and “We look forward to hearing council’s alternative proposals and working with them to increase accessibility throughout the CBD.” And many cyclists and potential cyclists would also like to see the options! 

ACC is yet to announce if they will maintain their commitment to match state government funding which would see another $3 million made available for infrastructure in the city centre.

Advocacy update - what have we been put to?
  • Mount Barker Districts BUG put in a submission on the Hahndorf Township Access Improvement project with a  supporting submission provided by Bike Adelaide
  • Nicky has progressed discussions for better bike parking at the Adelaide railway station, Nicky meeting with a rep from Keolis Downer with Brian there for Bike Adelaide
  • Katie met with Adelaide member Steve Georganas to discuss a RAH - RTLP bridge as Steve is very keen to see the project delivered. Steve has since written to the Minister in support and we thank him for his efforts.
  • Katie met with Charles and Emily from the RAA to discuss active transport infrastructure priorities to support growth in cycling mode share and future advocacy opportunities
  • Andrew and Katie met with the project team to discuss designs for the Main South Road Duplication.  Thank you to DIT for their proactive contact.
  • Katie met with the Campbelltown and Burnside Councils to discuss the Magill road masterplan upgrade including the intersection of St Bernards/Magill Rd
  • Katie presented a deputation in support of the Henry Street/Nelson Street crossing upgrade
The WeClaim lane delineator won first place in the Build a Better Barrier competition, hosted by micromobility company Spin in response to the surge in active transport during the coronavirus pandemic. The design was applauded for providing effective, highly visible protection to vulnerable road users at a low price point — while also repurposing used car tyres
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