PortBUG Blog Post #6, March 2015.


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Bicycle users – we need to hear from you!

1.  The BUG-Site:  The PortBUG has long been concerned that good, practical information is available to bicycle users across the Port Adelaide Council area. We are building our web site and Facebook page to address this need. At last count the blog had 92 ‘followers’ – that’s nearly 100 people interested in the future of Active Mobility and bike use in our community! Fantastic when you think about it. However none of us are web experts nor are we transport professionals! This is a collective effort and we need your ideas and suggestions. All ideas for improving conditions for everyday cycling or our web presence are welcome – please share them with us. E: portadbug@gmail.com

2.  Major Greenway Developments: Rosewater Railyards:  The newly rebuilt and resurfaced Rosewater Railyard pathway, running between Lipson Street, Port Adelaide and Rosetta Street, Rosewater now approaches completion. New lighting has been installed and is now operating. The surfaces are now wider & greatly improved with new, full width ramps at each end.

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New lighting & full-width surfaces in the Rosewater Railyards Path. Pic: Dave Case.

Outer Harbour Greenway: The rebuilt Rosewater Railyard pathway. Port Adelaide's CBD & Harbour front to the left & the proposed Ottoway Greenway route to the right!

Outer Harbour Greenway: The rebuilt Rosewater Railyard pathway. Port Adelaide’s CBD & Harbour front to the left & the proposed Ottoway Greenway route to the right!

Outer Harbour Greenway: The completed Eastern ramp entrance to the Rosewater railyards section.

Outer Harbour Greenway: The completed Eastern ramp entrance to the Rosewater railyards section.

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Obstacle on the move!

Fussell Place Pathway – Alberton:  Greenway users will be pleased to hear that at Fussell Place, Alberton, the stobie pole which has long been a significant obstacle at the entrance to the Station Place laneway is to be moved! The Station Place section of the Greenway route is now finished and open for use. Wouldn’t it be great if one day there was a proper button-activated crossing here?

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Pathway between Fussell Place and Station Place & Alberton Rail Station.

Woodville to St Clair:  At Woodville a brand new 250 metre section of Greenway path is about to be opened. It runs between the bicycle & pedestrian activated crossing at Woodville Road and the recently completed St Clair pathway through the new suburb of the same name. The main benefits will be safety and convenience as Greenway users will no longer have to detour via the poorly lit and congested ‘parking zone’ on Glenys Nunn Drive to transit this section of the route.

Outer Harbour Greenway: The new section of pathway looking towards Woodville Road. Dedicated lighting & rail reserve fence to the right. We expect the the old fence to the left to be removed.

Outer Harbour Greenway: The new section of pathway looking towards Woodville Road. Dedicated lighting & rail reserve fence to the right. We expect the the old fence to the left to be removed.

Outer Harbour Greenway: The new section of pathway connecting the Woodville Road crossing to the newly built St Clair section of the route. This view taken at the exit from the St Clair section of the Greenway. Previous detour to Glenys Nunn Drive to the left, the new pathway straight ahead.

Previous detour to Glenys Nunn Drive on the left. New pathway straight ahead.

Previously, Greenway users travelling towards the City and exiting the St Clair section, took a narrow ‘detour’ path to ride through a car park and along Glenys Nunn Drive, thence to Woodville Road. This roadway was frequently crowded with parked cars and poorly lit after dark. The new path (behind the gates in the picture to the right) is wide with an excellent surface and what looks like very effective lighting. There is new fencing along the rail reserve – it seems likely that the old fence adjacent to St Clair oval will be removed.

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New surface & lighting.

Unfortunately the Eastern exit to the crossing at Woodville Road still requires an awkward turn around several bike-storage boxes used by rail commuters. The PortBUG hopes that these might be moved at some point to provide more direct access between crossing and pathway…

Outer Harbour Greenway: Unfortunately the transition from the bicycle & pedestrian crossing on Woodville Road to the new pathway is not as direct as it could be. The green boxes are bike lockers associated with the nearby rail station. They could perhaps have been moved...

Outer Harbour Greenway: The transition from the bicycle & pedestrian crossing on Woodville Road to the new pathway is not as direct as it could be. The green boxes are bike lockers – they could perhaps have been moved…

 3.  ‘Bike’ Parking at Salisbury:  The City of Salisbury often appears to be one of the most ‘bike friendly’ Metro Councils. We particularly like the innovation evident in the design of the new bike parking facilities outside their Council chambers! At the very least, it acknowledges that maybe more than 1 or 2 visitors will arrive by bike! Something for PAE Council to consider…?

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New ‘Cadillac’ bike parking facility outside Salisbury Council Chambers. Pic: Leslie Wightman

 

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