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May, 2018

It’s still not re-opened, but we are seeing some progress on the Outer Harbor Greenway, with the path under Park Terrace allowing cyclists to cross underneath the busy ring road.  Also opened are a bridge over the railway line in the Park Lands and a bridge over the railway to the old Bowden Railway station (now a café).
We also like the fact that where level crossings remain, the mazes are being replaced with active crossings.  This is happening on the newly-sealed path between Bonython Park and North Adelaide, and at the North Adelaide Railway Station.
The latest news has the crossings of Chief Street and South Road being opened in late July.
We’ve been waiting a long time, but hopefully in a couple of months we will be able to cycle from the City to Woodville Road before we have to cross an arterial road at-grade.
In this month’s issue

What we've been up to
World Bike Day
Audio-tactile line-marking: DPTI listens
State-level opportunities

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

What we've been up to

  • Former chair Fay Patterson and vice-Chair Katie Gilfillan had a meeting with the Lord Mayor Martin Haese to discuss the east-west bikeway.
  • Fay Patterson was interviewed by In-daily for an article on the Frome Bikeway.
  • Katie Gilfillan attended a State Government workshop on car parking.
  • Fay Patterson has discussed opportunities for new rail trails with Barossa Deputy Mayor, Bim Lange.
  • We have requested a meeting with the new Minister for Transport, Stephan Knoll.
  • Katie Gilfillan has been involved with BikeSA in planning the World Bike Day community ride (see below).
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World Bike Day

Did you know it is the first ever World Bike Day this 3 June?  Bike SA is organising a ride short ride from Victoria Park to Parliament House to show how much support there is for cycling in SA, in all its forms. Our aim is to gather as many cyclists together as we can. The more groups we have out there encouraging people to come along the better.
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BISA held its AGM on Thursday 17 May.  The meeting was preceded by a talk by Sara Morrison, Transport Engineer at the City of Charles Sturt.  Her informative presentation covered the numerous cycling projects Charles Sturt is undertaking, followed by lots of opportunity for those present to discuss these with Sara.  We hope to put her presentation on our website shortly.

The committee elected at the meeting has a familiar look, the changes being that Katie Gilfillan has replaced Fay Patterson as chair and Scott Sims has replaced Katie as Vice-Chair.  Also, Paul May did not stand for re-election.  His position has been filled by Richard Bentley. 

The new office holders are:
  • Katie Gilfillan (Chair)
  • Scott Simms (Vice-Chair)
  • Brian Jenkins (Secretary)
  • Stephen Janes (Treasurer)
Other committee members are: Richard Bentley, Fay Patterson, Sam Powrie, Ian Radbone, Heather Smith and Andrew Waugh.

BISA’s constitution allows  up to three more members on the committee and non-committee members are welcome to attend our meetings, so if you would like to be more involved please contact Brian:

An early initiative will be a planning day, to which all members are invited.  We will tell you more about this once details are confirmed.

Our website has the financial accounts that were presented to the meeting.  Former Chair Fay Patterson produced two further reports for the AGM: the  Chair's Report 2017-18 (in effect, our annual report of activities) and a report on Facebook activities, which is a useful guide to what works and what doesn't on Facebook.
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Audio tactile line marking: DPTI listens

Earlier this year there was discussion on Adelaidecyclists about a dangerous situation created by recently installed audio-tactile line-marking on Main South Road at Sellicks Hill.  We had a look at it and wrote to DPTI's Chief Executive as a result. 

We've recently had a response from the Acting Chief Executive.  The Department has also had a look at it and agreed to construct a new shoulder to overcome the problem.  The cost will be $60,000 and is included in the 2018-19 budget.

It's good to see DPTI being responsive to cyclists' genuine concerns.  We hope that the Department takes on board the lessons from this experience when it provides audio-tactile line-marking in the future.
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State-level cycling opportunities

The Liberal Party didn’t have much to say about cycling before it was elected to government in March.  As mentioned in the February Pedal Update, it does have a commitment to build the Great Southern Bike Trail linking Adelaide and Melbourne. 

Apart from being wonderful for bicycle tourists, experience in Europe is that long distance routes are used for utility, commuter and leisure cycling by locals.  Given that the Trail is intended leave from Adelaide and encompass the Fleurieu Peninsula, we see a chance to close gaps in the Coast Park bikeway (e.g. Maslin Beach to Willunga).  With the policy document promising loops off the Trail to access tourist areas, we are also  looking forward to linkage of the Coast Park and the Shiraz Trail, between Aldinga and McLaren Vale. Extension of the Trail into the east will be great for our friends in areas of the state otherwise overlooked for cycling infrastructure funding.

The electrification of the Gawler railway, funded in this year’s Federal budget, is an excellent opportunity to complete a key BISA project: the Gawler Greenway. 
The electrification of railways has involved the construction of an access road alongside the railway to facilitate the work.  We will be pressing the government to convert this access road to a Greenway once the work is finished.
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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.
Messenger reporting of Marion council walking and cycling guideline debate
BE SAFE, BE SEEN - free BikeSA/MAC Cycling Safety Seminar

(Also noticed on Adelaide Cyclists)

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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