PortBUG: $200 Million Available in SA for Cycling…?

New money for bicycles? Wow!!!

Latest State Budget News from Katie Gilfillan at the Bicycle Institute…

Hello,

1. BUG Network Update:

  • Firstly – a big welcome to Daniel who has recently created a Barossa Valley BUG and joined our SA BUG network. If you know anyone who lives in the Barossa and cycles share the news.  Yesterday I met with Daniel and the Barossa Mayor Bim Lange to talk all things cycling. Bim was very receptive as a rider himself. It was exciting to hear about his plans for the area.
  • Secondly – welcome to Manfred our KI BUG rep 🙂 It’s great to have you on board.

2. Funding Available for Cycling Projects – ‘spread the word‘:

I know lots of us have cycling projects in our local area that we would love to see funded. Now is a great chance to approach your elected members/council staff to encourage them to put in an application for funds from a ‘local stimulus’ funding bucket recently announced by the State Government. The funding is for community projects and the Premier has specifically announced this includes cycling trails. I don’t see why this couldn’t include paths such as an Aldinga/Willunga connection but don’t know the exact criteria.

If anyone wants to talk about who to approach or how please let me know – I’m happy to help. It would be great to get plenty of applications in to show there is great interest in local councils for more funding for cycle trails.
Even just making sure your council knows about the opportunity would be a real win.

Thanks, Katie Gilfillan
Chair, The Bicycle Institute of SA (BISA)
0416 294 134
katie.gilfillan@bisa.asn.au

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PortBUG: State Government Bike Planning – Community Input…

Towards the end of October the Bicycle Institute (‘BISA’) was approached by the Dep’t for Infrastructure & Transport (DIT) who were seeking recommendations for projects and planning goals to improve cycling conditions:

  • along the Torrens Linear Park and
  • across the ‘inner-middle’ metro area.

At very short notice multiple BUG members across the city provided input which the Institute has collated and submitted to DIT. Here’s what Katie Gilfillan – the Institute’s Chairperson – has to say (Note: the highlights are ours);

“Hi, Firstly a big thank you to the great team that put forward ideas. Hopefully Fay and I have been able to capture all of these, as well as BISA priorities, in the attached spreadsheet and overview paper submitted to DIT. Fay and I spent days pulling ideas from everyone and our previous mapping exercises into a central document that hopefully conveys everyone’s priorities. Fay also collated an overview document to provide a strategic framework.

We could not have collated the volume of ideas with such detail without the significant time put in by Sam Powrie and members Taren, Kate and Nick who presented their ideas in an easy to read format (see attachments links in spreadsheet).

From here we plan to keep building on this list of ideas to use for election 2022. We will break them down by electorate and look to keep building a list of projects for future funding for each area across Greater Adelaide (LGA and State Gov).

Our ultimate aim is to pull these together onto a single map for easy viewing. Our hope has been that DIT would prioritise a state bicycle strategy and map a network however in the absence of this we will slowly do our best.

If you have a suggestion for the best mapping software to use please let me know.If your BUG area is underrepresented in the spreadsheet please feel free to forward your priorities and I can add these (preferably as an additional row in the spreadsheet to make it easier for me – feel free to add images etc in an attachment I can also include).

Thank you again to everyone for your great ideas and for your time. Together we are on our way to creating a grassroots army of bike advocates across Greater Adelaide. Together governments and communities can do great things.

Happy riding 🙂 Katie”

Links to the attachments & documents Katie refers to below. Katie can be contacted at: katie.gilfillan@bisa.asn.au

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PortBUG: Petition for a Climate Emergency Declaration for S.A.

CEDAMIA (Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation In Action) are gathering signatures for their NO MORE BAD INVESTMENTS petition. They are seeking action by South Australian’s Lower House, asking them to declare that we are facing a climate emergency and to take immediate steps to reduce carbon emissions.

The goal is to collect 10,000 signatures so it can be presented to the Lower House and attract their considered response.

Currently CEDAMIA have nearly 8,000 signatures. The first 6,000 were collected quickly, but things have slowed somewhat since March for obvious reasons.

Another 2000 signatures are now required before the petition can be submitted – please consider adding yours. 

You can find the link to the on-line petition at PortBUG’s front page & here or just click on the image below.

 

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PortBUG: Grange Greenway Consultation Opportunity…

Kath Mardon from the City of Charles Sturt writes…

“Hello Port Adelaide Bicycle Users Group,

We are developing options to complete the Grange Greenway cycling and walking route between Meakin Terrace and the Grange Railway Station.

The Grange Greenway is a walking and cycling route that generally follows the Grange Railway Line. It currently runs from Woodville Road at Woodville Railway Station (connecting to the Outer Harbor Greenway) through to Frederick Road at Seaton. Most of the route is off-road shared use paths with some short sections on roads/ footpaths.

We have prepared draft options to complete the Grange Greenway route from its current ending on Meakin Terrace at Frederick Road, Seaton through to the Grange Railway Station. These options consider safe crossing of Frederick Road, and routes that could use local streets (e.g. Willochra Avenue, Jetty Street and Terminus Street).

We are also seeking community feedback on an additional connection from Meakin Terrace to the Grange Lakes Corridor via Westmoreland Road. Opportunities to make local streets safer for bike riders include new paths, crossing points and traffic calming.

To have your say you can:

  • Attend the Community Drop in Session, Saturday 14 November, 10am to 12.30pm, Grange Lakes Reserve, Kentdale Street.

Should you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact Sara Morrison, Transport Engineer on 8408 1271.

We would love to hear your views!

Many thanks, Kath Mardon 

Community Engagement Officer.”

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Vale Mr Connery.

Mr Bond?
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DIT Offers a Bike Project Planning Opportunity!

PortBUG understands that the Department for Infrastructure & Transport (DIT) has asked BISA to come up with a list of suggested bicycle infrastructure projects in a hurry for:

  • improving access to & use of the Torrens Linear Park Trail (the ‘Linear Path’) and…
  • improving bike commuting across ‘Inner & Middle Adelaide’ (from Salisbury to around Moana/Brighton).

PortBUG is seeking project suggestions and will forward them to BISA asap. BISA’s chairperson tells us that nominated projects will be prioritised by DIT and then “sit ready until funding becomes available at which time the process [for building] should be relatively quick. The focus is on infrastructure that will help reduce car reliance by encouraging people to switch to cycling.

Project Focus:

  • Projects along The Linear Park Trail: DIT are looking for local street connection upgrades, missing bridges, missing lighting, wayfinding suggestions etc. Arterial road crossings may be an important issue to highlight (eg; Ashbrook to River Torrens across Lower North East Rd) as well as missing lighting and other connections – such as the Port Council’s proposed shared-use path on Sudolz Rd between Grand Junction Road and the Torrens & Paradise Bus Interchange (a long-held ambition of the PA/E Bike Plan!)
  • Projects Across Inner and Middle Adelaide: Apparently this refers to new bicycle infrastructure possibilities between Salisbury and around Seaford.  DIT are looking for possible initiatives for remedying missing connections, arterial road-crossing issues, opportunities to improve sections of existing bike-direct routes etc.

A Short Time Line! The time-line for providing these suggestions is short – BISA need suggestions by COB this coming Wednesday 28/10/2020. If you have any project ideas or suggestions at all please post below or email our secretary, Sam asap. We’ll forward your suggestions to BISA and provide a collated summary here for the record!

We look forward to hearing from Port Adelaide/Enfield bicycle users!

 

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PortBUG: Bicycle Budget 2021-22 – Have Your Say!

2020 has been a most unusual year for our Bicycle Network and Bike Plan. The State Bicycle Fund was drastically reduced in the previous year making it very difficult for Council to pursue further projects – and of course COVID has had a major impact on everything!

However the BUG has been pleased to hear that in the current 2020-21 financial year, PA/E Council has successfully sought funding for 3 significant projects that’ll improve our cycling environment – we’ll report on these in more detail in a future post.

For now, Council are about to start preparing submissions for the forthcoming 2021-22 financial year, starting next July – the first year of operation for the new ‘Walking & Cycling Plan’. The circumstances are a bit special as we are still ‘between plans’ and don’t have the usual list of projects to consider. However there are still quite a few targets, large and small, left over from the last Bike Plan, as well as a number of network issues that we have become aware of more recently.

Based on these, we have prepared our own ‘hit list’ of possible 2021-22 projects which you can read here. We are seeking your comments on these proposals, as well as your own ideas for Council to consider. Please let us know what you think, as well as your own ideas for 2020-21 and beyond before Sunday 1st November. Comment below or just email our Secretary.

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PortBUG: Proposal for New Pedestrian Crossings – Semaphore Road.

At its meeting on the 13th October Council resolved that they will not proceed with the proposal to install two new zebra crossings on Semaphore Road (nor will they remove the parking wheelstops – these will instead be replaced with brighter coloured, harder wearing plastic items).

The original proposal was to replace 3 of the current 4 existing crossing points with two much larger zebra crossings. Extensive community consultations resulted in 186 responses – see below

Question Yes No Yes with changes Undecided
Do you support the installation of the 2 zebra crossings noting the loss of 6 on-street parking 37 (20%) 116 (62%) 32 (18%) 1 (0.5%)

The majority of the feedback was concerned with the loss of on-street parking and a disruption in traffic flow (six of the 82 spaces available would be lost as part of the proposal). A number of respondents felt that one crossing would be adequate. Others suggested that humps are required in this section of road to keep traffic speeds down and also requested a lower speed limit.

At the October meeting staff proposed one centrally placed raised platform ‘wombat’ crossing as an alternative. Two of the four existing informal crossings could be removed and with a change in the angle of the parking on the northern side. this would provide a gain of seven car parking spaces! A single ‘wombat’ crossing will also address some of the speeding concerns raised during the consultation process and make it easier for the less able to cross the road. Current disabled parking spaces could be located adjacent to the crossing to make their use more convenient. This proposal is shown below.

The ‘wombat’ crossing option addresses the majority of issues raised in the consultation process (loss of parking and the vehicle speeds) and still allows a crossing point for the less able and others to cross Semaphore Road. Two of the informal crossing locations would be retained (where pedestrians would not have right of way).

It was pointed out that the project easily meets the ‘warrant requirements’ for the installation of a formalised pedestrian crossing. DIT guidelines and Australian Standards these indicate a warrant applies if a minimum of 160 pedestrians cross a particular point in any 8 hour period with a total of 1,600 or more vehicles in those same 8 hours. Semaphore Road (between Military Road and The Esplanade) has a minimum of 600-700 pedestrians in any one location and an average of 8500 vehicles/day!

Staff noted that this proposed ‘wombat’ crossing will improve pedestrian access across Semaphore Road (particularly for the less able and elderly who will have ‘right of way’ over motorists) and is likely to attract more pedestrians to the area. The aim is to create a low speed environment that is conducive to walking and making it safer where there is already considerable demand for a priority crossing.

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PortBUG: Our State Budget Request to Minister Corey Wingard.

The proposed ‘Rosewater Loop Shared-Use Pathway (marked in red).

Early this year the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council unsuccessfully sought support from the State Bicycle Fund to build the Rosewater Loop Bikeway, a proposal to connect residents of Rosewater, Ottoway and maybe Wingfield into the Outer Harbor Greenway & Port CBD by upgrading a disused rail line and an informal pathway in the Gillman reserve.

The State Bicycle Fund is the key source of matched funding provided to Councils to support creation of new cycling (and walking) infrastructure. In 2018 the current government reduced the fund to approx. $300K. It has been upped a little to around $700K over 2019-20 but this is still woefully inadequate and far below the $1.5M it was just a few years ago.

Clearly $700K remains ridiculously inadequate for a city measuring around 90km x 30km with with 19 Metro council districts and sharing the fund with regional councils desperate to boost economic activity (and build rail-trails and similar tourism infrastructure). The PortBUG has written to Transport Minister Corey Wingard requesting that the forthcoming November budget increase the SBF to a much more reasonable $3-6M p.a!

We have also requested that he provide Adelaide’s councils and community with a new State Cycling (and Walking) Strategy to ensure councils aren’t ‘flying blind’ when it comes to planning projects and applying for funding. Restoring the SBF to a reasonable level makes a lot of sense for our Active Travel future and for any possibility of a realistic ‘post COVID’ recovery – which clearly cannot be a return to business-as-usual. You can read our letter to Minister Wingard here. Watch this space!

Editing Note: Following further information, the funding for the SBF as originally mentioned above for 2018/19 and 2019/20 has been updated. It still remains utterly inadequate! Ed.

Let’s get development of Adelaide’s Bike Network off & running again!

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PortBUG: Commencement Stage 1, Coast Park, Semaphore to Grange…

PortBUG was pleased to hear today that the Minister for Transport & DIT have announced the commencement of a ‘Stage 1’ project to complete the Coast Park between Semaphore and Grange. The full announcement is quoted below, (the italics/bold are ours and just to thoroughly confuse you, DIT are referring to this section of the Coast Park as ‘The Linear Park’! Remember, it’s the coastal pathway & not along the river… 😉

“Hello, The Linear Park (Grange to Semaphore Park – Stage One: ‘North’) project aims to provide a continuous public cycling and walking link along a section of the Adelaide metropolitan coastline to enhance public use and enjoyment of the coast. To achieve this, the path should be publicly accessible, suitable for a range of users such as families with prams, wheelchair users, cyclists, wheeled toys and allow shared use. The project proposes a shared use path of (at least) three metres width constructed with a suitable, smooth surface.

The consultation process was from 11 May to 9 June 2020 and is now closed. For further information refer to the What We Heard Report… The Minister for Planning and Local Government… also considered a Consultation Report to aid the consideration of all the submissions received…

As a result of the community feedback received and additional site investigation works, the Minister has now established a linear park, to be known as the Linear Park (Grange to Semaphore Park – Stage One: ‘North’).

The delivery of the path will be undertaken by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, on behalf of the Minister.

As with the planning for the whole of the Coast Park, the alignment of the new path has been carefully considered to maximise community benefit. This location is within the area close to the fence line adjacent the dunes, as distant from adjacent houses as possible without intruding on the sensitive dune system.

Stage One: ‘North’ extends from Third Avenue, Semaphore Park to the edge of Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve. A possible second stage, which would extend from the edge of Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve to Terminus Street, Grange is still under consideration and, if it is considered a viable option, will be subject to further public consultation.

What’s next? Further detailed design work is currently being commissioned to explore final details of the specific path material and other associated works with the local council. We will share with you additional information in relation to the path design and program when it becomes available.

For any enquiries please contact: email: PlanSA@sa.gov.au or phone 1800 752 664

Kind regards, Linear Park Project Team”.

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PortBUG: New Walking & Cycling Plan, 2020.

Proposed Network Improvements (thanks to Tony for the mapping)

The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council is developing a new ‘Walking & Cycling Plan’ as part of a larger Integrated Transport Strategy. The PortBUG – while primarily focussed on improved environment & outcomes for bicycle users, has also strongly supported better provisions for all forms of Active Mobility, including walking, mobility for people with disabilities & public transport access.

The new Walking & Cycling Plan will be a major ‘step up’ for the PA/E Council with implications that go well beyond the usual bounds of what most people understand as ‘transport planning’. The PortBUG has lent its support for the new Plan and is cautiously optimistic that it will bring about significant and positive outcomes for PA/E residents across all domains, including health, welfare, transport equity & access, the economy and the environment.

The PortBUG has provided some preliminary general recommendations to Council which address processes and goals we see as necessary to ensuring a good outcome – you can read what we’ve had to say here. We hope to have further opportunities for much more detailed input when the new Walking & Cycling Plan is released for public consultation – which we’re told will occur soon. If readers have suggestions for the PortBUG’s further submission to the new new Plan please let us know asap via comments below or to PortBUG’s secretary as portadbug@gmail.com!

In the meantime we’d encourage you to have a look at the map above which details some of the ‘larger scale’ Network Improvements we’ll be seeking – notably additional ‘east-west’ routes across the council area and better walking and cycling facilities within and around the Port CBD.

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PortBUG: A Fossil-Free TDU?

From Fossil Free SA…

BreakAway with us on Friday 25 September!  Fossil Free SA stands in solidarity with the ‘Fund Our Future, Not Gas’ national day of action organised by School Strike for Climate on Friday 25 September.

We’d love you to join our Fossil Free SA contingent at the Adelaide rally on bike or on foot to help spread the word about the Tour Down Under #BreakAwayFromGas campaign.

Meet the FFSA crew at 11:00am in Hindmarsh Square – look for the orange #BreakAwayFromGas banner.  We’ll have hi-vis vests with campaign messaging for people to wear, some colourful bike helmets to put on, banners to hold, and petitions to circulate. Hear about next steps for the campaign, including plans to engage with cyclists on Ride to Work Day in October. You can RSVP to our contingent and invite others (especially cyclists) to join it at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/513447002861611

If you’d like to get involved in our Ride to Work Day actions on October 21, come along to our next online organising meeting on Tuesday September 29 at 7pm on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89108409047

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PortBUG: Consultation – Zebra Crossings Proposed for Semaphore Road.

Following a number of car/pedestrian collisions and incidents on Semaphore Road, Council is proposing that two ‘zebra’ crossings be installed between Military Road and the Esplanade (see attached plan & animation). The intention is to make the street more ‘walkable’ and encourage pedestrians to stay longer.

A pedestrian survey was undertaken mid last year to understand the pedestrian movement demand and where people were crossing. Council are now seeking your feedback re. support or otherwise for the proposed crossings.

Council are also seeking your feedback on whether you would like to see the removal of the wheelstops as there have been a number of ‘tripping’ incidents.

The Online Consultation closes on 11th September.

Consultation here.     Youtube Animation.

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PortBUG: The Big Bike Film Night – Tues, August 25th.

The Big Bike Film Night – across the Tasman to Adelaide!    
Just because Kiwis can’t fly, doesn’t mean that the Big Bike Film Night can’t make it over to Adelaide for a screening.
We’re showcasing our 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want – action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is unashamedly and utterly, utterly, utterly designed and devised for the two wheel devotee!
The 2020 collection runs for just over 2 hours and has an absolutely breath-taking range of 11 short cycling films which are a great reminder of why we love to ride our bike with films that celebrate the fun, adventure and inspiration that cycling enables, whatever your ride is.
Date: Tuesday 25th August, 6:30pm
Tickets: Adults $25.50
NO DOOR SALES
Where: Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide
ALLOCATED SEATING & COVID-19: Out of caution, we are taking all of the necessary public health precautions in the face of the COVID 19 which includes reducing the capacity of Cinema One to 133 seats in order to accommodate the 2sqm social distancing requirements.
We hope you can share the details of this event with your community – we think there is a real appetite for people wanting to return to the Cinema, especially when something like this is being shown.
Thanks again and best regards
BRETT COTTER, CURATOR / FILM PEDLAR/ SPOKESPERSON
M: (64) 021 748 441 | T: (64) 07-376-7180 | E: info@bigbikefilmnight.nz
Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Showcasing our 2020 coll…
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PortBUG: Strong Support found for Coast Park-Stage 1!

Aerial view of grassed public space for location of Stage 1, Semaphore Pk to Tennyson Dunes.

DPTI have released a summary of responses to a recent community consultation (May & June, 2020). Results indicate overwhelming support for construction of Stage 1 of the Coast Park as proposed between Semaphore and Grange, specifically comprising the section between Semaphore Park & Tennyson Dunes conservation reserve (Stage 2 will connect from Tennyson Dunes reserve further south to Grange).

Construction of the combined 4.8km length of these 2 stages will see completion of key sections of the Coast Park providing ‘a continuous public cycling and walking link along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline to enhance public use and enjoyment of the coast.’

The consultation noted that the project’s objectives demand a publicly accessible, shared use path at least three metres wide and constructed of a smooth surface that supports prams, bicycle riders, wheeled toys and wheelchair users. 

The Proposal for Stage 1 is for a shared-use pathway within the cleared, grassed area next to the dunes and as far as possible from the adjacent houses, minimising impact on vegetation, habitat & the dunes, mitigating risk of coastal erosion & providing clear demarcation of public & private land.

A petition was also received (from the community groups involved in previous legal action against the City of Charles Sturt) with 1,773 signatures calling for a more ‘environmentally friendly’ material for the pathway. Analysis reveals that the majority of these petitioners were from outside South Australia and in all probability were not provided with the public notices the consultation was based on. It remains unclear if these respondents were fully aware of the proposal!

Support for the Coast Park incorporating a shared-use pathway.

Overall, the proposed design for the Coast Park shared-used pathway received strong community support. Approximately 28% of comments received about the Coast Park design related to its alignment with the majority supportive of what is proposed without change. Strong support for the pathway’s DDA compliance was also noted!

Grassed location for the proposed pathway.

It is interesting to note that the impact of the proposed Coast Park Pathway – Stage 1 on the dune system was not seen as a major concern by respondents, presumably because the proposed pathway is situated on already cleared & grassed areas on the other side of the existing dune fencing.

Let’s hope that with such positive community support, Corey Wingard – our newly-installed Minister for Transport – can now get on with completing the Coast Park ASAP for the benefit of all of Adelaide’s citizens!

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PortBUG: TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path Now Open!!!

DPTI and the Northern Connector Project announced this morning the opening of the final linkages on the Northern Connector Bikeway, otherwise named the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path.

The key links now open are the Southern Interchange at the PREXY (connecting to the Port Expressway Bikeway) and the Dry Creek Trail.

The opening of these final sections also completes the connection to the Gawler Greenway. The name of the path – Tapa Martinthi Yala – means “pathway to embrace today” in the Aboriginal Kaurna language and has been delivered as part of the Northern Connector Project.

With the connection to the Port River Bikeway open at this Southern Interchange, there is now approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide (www.dpti.sa.gov.au/northernconnector).

The Port Expressway (‘PREXY’) Bikeway.

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PortBUG: Bicycles as Everyday Transport – News from the UK…

Here’s a great article from the BBC explaining why it’s essential – particularly in these ‘COVID-times’ – that we understand and frame cycling as a form of everyday transport, and not primarily as a ‘sport’ or recreational activity. It’s really worth reading!

And from elsewhere in the UK, a few pointers as to how South Australia might respond to our pandemic emergency…

From Wales: £38m in funding announced to improve cycling & walking in Wales.

“Bike sales surged in lockdown as people avoided public transport for fear of catching Covid-19. Economy and Transport Deputy Minister, Lee Waters, said he wanted people to leave the car in the garage following the pandemic. Last month ministers said roads, public transport, walking and cycling routes would get £15.4m worth of improvements …the Welsh Government said it would be the biggest ever investment in healthy travel in Wales.

“The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed our lives,” Mr Waters said. “Coronavirus has brought much hardship and tragedy.  It has also presented us with a golden opportunity for change. More people than ever before are walking and cycling to work, visit friends and pop to the shop.”

From Scotland:  Scotland sees huge rise in the number of people cycling. 

‘Pop-up’ bike lanes.

‘A study by Cycle Scotland found there was a fivefold increase in the number of journeys made on a bike, while there was also a big drop in the number of cars being used….  “It’s encouraging to see such a dramatic increase,” said Cycling Scotland’s monitoring and development officer, Natalie Cozzolino.  “Supporting access to bikes and places to store them is also key to enabling more people to choose travel by bike, helping us address the climate emergency we face and creating a healthier, sustainable future for everyone.

Last week the government in Scotland announced they had allocated £30m for pop-up bike lanes to help make more space for walking and cycling.  “Walking, wheeling and cycling protects our climate, improves our air quality and brings profound benefits to our physical and mental health,” said Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

Fix Your Bike & Cycling Prescriptions: ‘Fix your bike’ vouchers & cycling prescriptions for NHS… 

“A government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers will launch in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking. An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online… on a first-come, first-served basis. The prime minister also announced that access to bikes will be available on the NHS as part of the strategy… It comes after the government launched its obesity strategy. GPs in areas of England with poor health will be encouraged to prescribe cycling, with patients able to access bikes through their local surgery.”

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PortBUG: A Call to Action & a Walking & Cycling Plan for S.A! 

With most progressive cities around the world investing in Active Travel-led recovery strategies, the South Australian Government has been caught on-the-hop by its lack of vision for walking and cycling – we currently have no Walking & Cycling Plan (and haven’t had one since 2010!)

In the face of the Covid downturn over the past 6 months, there have been a rash of articles in the world’s press about the potential contribution of new cycling infrastructure to continued social and economic prosperity – here’s one that offers a Call For Action we should all consider…

Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets.   

The Conversation. July 23rd, 2020. Matthew Mclaughlin, University of Newcastle, Trevor Shilton, Curtin University.

“What do bike paths and walk-friendly streets have to do with economic recovery from a pandemic-induced recession? How could removing a car parking space benefit a local business? Instead of considering such questions, building roads for cars is often seen as the obvious answer to “kick-start” the economy.

In this article, we explain how cycling and walking infrastructure is a better investment for recovery. Every kilometre walked or cycled has an economic benefit by reducing traffic congestion and vehicle operating costs, improving health and the environment, and saving on infrastructure spending. It’s estimated every dollar invested in cycling infrastructure may reap up to five dollars’ worth of benefits. In Australia, however, walking and cycling only receive between 0.1% and 2% of transport budgets…”

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PortBUG: WeRide Australia – Great Animations & Programs…

  • 80%of Australian parents say there are not enough bike paths for children to cycle safely to school.
  • Car driving releases 17 x more CO2-per-km than travelling by bike.

WeRide Australia is developing a range of interesting programs to help children and families lower transport-related carbon emissions and get active. Check out their new animated clips and programs at https://www.weride.org.au

 

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PortBUG: Why more women aren’t cycling or walking…

No Lycra in sight: Why more women aren’t cycling or walking…  (Julie Power, SMH, June 3rd, 2020)

“With a basket on the front of her bicycle and two daughters and school bags weighing down the back, Melissa Derwent cops “surprised looks” as she pedals up and down the steep hills of suburban Oatley to school drop off before starting her commute. There is no Lycra in sight.”

“There is no bike infrastructure in the suburbs, and you definitely stand out. You are not a middle-aged man in Lycra. You are the mum on a bike version of a minivan, or the nearly middle-aged mother not in Lycra,” Ms Derwent, 37, said.

As policy makers grapple with how to reduce the pressure on public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by the City of Sydney… found many women didn’t ride or walk because of the absence of dedicated walking or cycling paths. Women also feared for their personal safety and wanted better street lighting, and said they wanted end-of-trip facilities to change so they didn’t arrive at work sweaty or with “helmet hair”…

The survey of nearly 900 women was conducted by the City of Sydney council with the global group C40 Women4Climate to address the barriers female walkers and cyclists faced… it recommends every street should be thought of as a “walking and cycling space” and calls for lower speed limits, and separated bike and walking paths.”

…the Amy Gillett Foundation also released results of a survey that found 90 per cent of Australians agreed more needed to be spent on temporary bike lanes.”

Stephen Hodge, the director of national advocacy WeRide, described women as the “canary in the coalmine” for cycling. “When the cycling environment is safe, convenient, attractive and direct, then women will choose to cycle for their short daily trips in large numbers,” he said. When they feel safe, they will encourage their children to cycle or walk to school.

…More formal bike paths and lanes would make a huge difference because they would make you feel this is a safe space. You are very conscious of cars being bigger and stronger than you,” Ms Derwent said.

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PortBUG: Northern Connector – Is it connected (yet)?


The recent opening of the first two sections of the Northern Connector Cycleway (Tapa Marinthi Yala) and the Gawler Greenway (between The Parklands and Salisbury Highway) has proved very popular with both commuting and recreational cyclists, providing as it does a more-or-less continuous cycling link between Adelaide, the Salisbury bike network and Gawler. However there has been considerable frustration expressed online at the apparent ‘flooding’ of a key underpass link under the Port Expressway (PREXY) at the head of the Barker Inlet (see above). This underpass utilises an existing culvert to take cyclists from the Northern Connector Cycleway via a short route through the wetlands on the southern side of the PREXY, to join to the Gawler Greenway.

Barker Inlet Underpass under the Port Expressway (Pic. SalsBUG)

North-facing culvert entrance – note retaining wall, RHS (Pic. SalsBUG).

Observers note that the flooding appears to be tidally influenced and continuing despite recent construction of a retaining wall. It seems likely that concerns have been exacerbated by continuing frustration with quite severe flooding at similar culvert-based underpasses on the Dry Creek and Little Para River Trails further north (see below)!

Cyclists negotiating the ‘dry’ Underpass at…Dry Creek!

PortBUG has contacted a DPTI cycling representative who has made it very clear that this link between the Northern Connector Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway (via the PREXY/Barker Inlet culvert underpass) is not yet open with work yet to be completed. PortBUG has not visited the site recently so we don’t know if it is still signed ‘Closed’ or otherwise barricaded, but DPTI’s message was unambiguous – “Not Open!”

In the past DPTI has assured us that we will be informed as this route progressively opens. They also tell us that when the section in question opens it will appear on the CycleInstead Journey Planner. 

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PortBUG: Keeping Up With Adelaide’s & SA’s Cycleways…

It can be difficult to keep up with the new Cycleways and Greenways opening up around Adelaide and across South Australia, especially for those new to the city and South Australia, or new to bicycle use. For those investigating both commuting & recreational riding options, the links below – to maps and route guides, videos and descriptions – may prove useful:

  1. CycleInstead Journey Planner/Bike Direct Maps:

This SA Government page provides a link to CycleInstead – Adelaide’s online route-finding guide – as well as pdf versions of the well established (but now out of print) BikeDirect Network maps.

  1. Walking SA.

SA’s walking peak-body has many excellent guides and maps for Adelaide and regional shared-pathway routes.

  1. Bloke on a Bike.

The ‘Bloke’ also has descriptions for a number of city and regional pathways, particularly those recreational routes and cycling ‘trails’.

  1. Cycle Adelaide SA.

Serafina is building an impressive set of video guides to Adelaide’s cycleways and shared-use pathways. Great fun & an interesting way of introducing Adelaide’s Greenways!

  1. SA Recreational Cycling Club.

The SARCC  have a lot of touring miles under their collective belts. For those interested in organised group rides and in particular, bicycle touring.

  1. The Uncool Cycling & Canoeing Club.

This remarkably ‘cool’ club is pioneering exploration of the many trails, regional tourism paths and more obscure and unused ‘byways’ in Adelaide and in regional SA’s hinterland (particularly to the north of the City). Their online adventure reports are invariably impressive and inspiring, especially when they ride out-of-the-way and less used roads & trails. They often map their adventures with great photographs and you’ll find lots of inspiration at their facebook group and website.

7. Cycle Salisbury. For rides to the north of Adelaide (and Grand Junction Road) check out Salisbury Council’s excellent social riding program and route guide.

If readers have further resources they’d like to share, please let us know!

 

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PortBUG: New Integrated Transport Strategy for The Port!

The first round of Public Consultation has opened for Port Adelaide/Enfield’s new Integrated Transport Strategy. Here’s your chance to have your say in its development by completing the short survey here & at the link below!

This is an important opportunity for us all to guide development across the Council area! Transport activity and access affects every aspect of our lives and those of our children. The Port must deal with major transport challenges unique to our geography, location and role as an industrial and transport hub for SA.

Our council has made great progress managing these challenges, especially in its provision for cycling & walking mobility away from main roads. But it’s an enormous Council Area and a great deal still needs to be done!

We continue to experience significant economic and social stress, reduced health and educational outcomes, limited access to health, education and recreation facilities and major problems with public housing, employment, mental health support and social equity. Ready access to affordable, safe and sustainable transport services will pave a pathway to a better future! From the strategy website:

“The ITS is an opportunity to create a well planned and people friendly transport environment… for the next ten year period 2021-31… to create a framework that will guide transport investment and policy decisions.”

“By participating in this community engagement you will be providing us with valuable feedback on how you currently experience the transport environment… The community has an important role in identifying issues and opportunities relevant to transport infrastructure… Your feedback will guide the development of the strategy, particularly in relation to five key areas such as road safety, travel time, parking, cycling and walking and public transport network.”    

Note: Feedback must be submitted by 7 August (5pm).

Integrated Transport Strategy Consultation.

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PortBUG: Port Adelaide-to-Gawler by Bikeway!

DPTI have announced the opening of both the Northern Connector & the Port Expressway Bikeways.

“The second section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala Shared Use Path which runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway, between the Bolivar and Southern Interchanges, will open on Sunday, 17 May, connecting and also opening the new Port River Bikeway. This complements the first section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala which opened between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges last month. 

Once complete the Tapa Martinthi Yala will also connect to the Gawler Greenway, providing easy access to Adelaide’s CBD. It is expected that this connection will be completed in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and plan your bike ride at www.cycleinstead.com.au

Our colleagues from the SalisburyBUG & UC&CC have already provided some pertinent feedback & comments, particularly with regard to Port Wakefield Road ‘crossings’ at Bolivar & Globe Derby Park (check thePort Adelaide Bike Forum for this discussion) and it seems likely that use of the pathway & feedback may lead to its further development with time. PortBUG has already suggested some options for improving connections to the Outer Harbour Greenway within the Port’s bike network. DPTI tell us that Cycle Instead has been updated to reflect this opening and that it is now possible to cycle nearly all the way from Semaphore to Gawler – 52km – on bike paths!

New Connections – Semaphore to Gawler by Bikeway!

Bike Plan Update: These new bikeways & connections – along the Port Expressway in particular – have been key features of Port Adelaide/Enfield’s 2015-20 bike plan which concludes mid-year. A new plan is under development and we hope will be available for community consultation in June or July. PortBUG is developing a draft Agenda as an initial contribution to this new Plan. Your contributions are most welcome – we will share this Draft Agenda with readers asap.

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PortBUG: 100+ peak groups & experts call for safer walking & cycling.

Berlin says, “Ride to flatten the Curve!”

Australian health and transport experts have formally called on decision makers to enact urgent measures to support safe walking and cycling and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 health and transport experts have co-signed an open letter to government decision makers to create space for safer walking and cycling.

In a media release, Dr. Ben Beck (from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University) said, “In order to provide safe physical activity and social distancing for adults and children to exercise and move about their neighbourhoods, we need decision makers to enable rapid roll-out of social distancing infrastructure to support walking and cycling.

“We have seen numerous examples across the world of governments introducing reduced speed limits, widened footpaths, emergency cycle lanes and the closure of roads. As yet, we have not seen a similar response in Australia, and we need to act now.”

‘Pop-up’ CV-19 bike lanes in Berlin, Germany.

The letter was sent to all Australian State and Territory Government transport ministers and co-signed by the experts which includes a host of academics from Universities across Australia along with professionals from major public health and planning organisations.

Leading cycling nations such as Germany have already taken steps. In Berlin for example, the reduction of motor traffic by 40% along with avoidance of public transport along brought a sharp increase in the numbers of bike riders, prompting councils to introduce pop-up bike space and, for example, repurposing lanes on roads into additional bicycle lanes.

Pop-up protected bikeway, Berlin.

Progress usually takes years but necessity has fast-tracked the traffic changes and it has just taken days to approved these temporary lanes and cycling spaces. The Berlin initiative prompted 133 other German cities to submit applications for pop-up bike lanes.

Other cities and regions across the globe such as Bogotá, New York, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Denver and Vancouver, to name just a few, have also made traffic changes to allow more space for pedestrians and bike riders to travel safely.

New Zealand also leads the way and under a Tactical Urbanism approach is providing 90% funding for cities who widen walkways and create temporary cycleways.

This current shift in transport is also an opportunity for Governments to implement permanent improvements and allow people to return to towns and cities where walking and cycling are efficient, convenient and safer. The return of society to normalcy will be a gradual and staggered approach allowing an easier adaption to improved transportation and infrastructure.

We Ride Spokesperson, Stephen Hodge says “Through the COVID-19 pandemic cycling has been a vital option for people to maintain physical activity and get around their communities in a way that avoids some of the perceived risks associated with mass transit. The result has been increases in people riding bikes and significant sales of bicycles and repair services.”

The time is now to rapidly open up safer walking and cycling spaces – not just temporary options but permanent improvements that will deliver lasting benefits for society.      What action will we see in SA??

CV-19: More bikes = widened bike lanes in Germany.

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PortBUG: Pathways of Desire – the ‘Rosewater Loop’…

In our recent April blog post we mentioned the Rosewater Loop Project – a new shared-use pathway proposed by the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council (& currently awaiting State Government funding). The project involves conversion of the existing (now-disused) Rosewater Loop rail reserve to a shared-use path as well as extension of the existing Rosewater Rail Reserve pathway through what used to be the Gillman (Kingston) Marshalling Yards towards Eastern Parade.

Components of the proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’ shared-use pathway.

Both projects have been sought by the PortBUG for nearly two decades. The proposed Rosewater Loop Shared-Use Path will bring these two projects together to form one continuous pathway through Rosewater & Ottoway. This pathway will provide thousands of ‘transport-isolated’ residents with much-needed walking, cycling & disability access to local shopping & service centres, to the Port CBD & to the Outer Harbor Greenway and will likely be a great value in our current uncertain times.

It’s worth noting that this project will build on long-held community walking and cycling preferences & informal ‘access initiatives’!

‘Made’ pathways in the Gillman rail yard reserve.

For many years there have been clear signs that local residents have made regular use of informal pathways and access points on both of these routes (see above). In planning circles these signs are referred to as ‘lines (or pathways) of desire’ – that is, evidence of people-movement without relying on formal walking and cycling facilities – also sometimes called ‘made’ pathways.

It is to PA/E Council’s credit that they have noted & responded to these obvious signs of need, informal use and local preference!

2014: Dave Case creates his pdf survey of ‘made’ pathways in the Gillman shunting yards.

Dave Case.

In 2014 BUG Committee member (and town planner) Dave Case created an excellent photographic survey of the ‘made’ pathway extending from McNicol Trc towards Eastern Parade through the Gillman Shunting Yards (the northern section of the proposed Rosewater Loop) – check it out here.

Dave also documented a number of key ‘community-initiated’ access points on the old Rosewater rail loop fence line, notably at:

‘Informal’, community-made rail crossing at May Trc, Rosewater.

  • an informal ‘fence access’ crossing between Florence and May Terraces, giving convenient access to the pedestrian crossing across Grand Junction Road adjacent to the local Foodland & shopping & community centre (this crossing is currently being rebuilt & ‘formalised’ by Council.)

Rail corridor fence-line ‘access’, Edward Street, Rosewater.

  • a similar ‘fence access point’ at the end of Edward Street, giving walking access to the rail route down to May Trc

‘Community-opened’ gateway at Railway Trc – Gillman Shunting Yards beyond…

  • an ‘opened’ gate at the corner of Railway & Cleveland Trc giving Ottoway residents access to the Gillman Rail Reserve’s ‘made’ pathway through to the Port CBD.

As Dave said at the time…

“these images taken October 2014 clearly show ‘lines of desire’ where the unused rail corridor thwarts active travel between needed shopping destinations & homes within a community.

It is all the more important that in vulnerable areas subjected to economic uncertainty caused by extreme levels of underemployment that active travel is enabled.”

The take-away for Councils & Planners?

Check out where people are walking & cycling already!

Look for ‘signs (& lines) of desire’!

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PortBUG: April 2020 – Bike Plan Updates.

Redeveloped Woolnough/Semaphore Road Junction.

1.  Woolnough/Semaphore Road Junction: Several years ago a tragic pedestrian fatality at the corner of Woolnough and Semaphore Roads prompted many requests that Council improve safety at this important footpath and bikeway road crossing. In particular the PortBUG asked that the speed of traffic turning right into Woolnough Road be constrained by the westwards extension of the existing median island.

Council has now commenced work on a major upgrade of this intersection, including traffic management measures for vehicles issuing from the adjacent service station and nearby Swan Terrace.

Key points identified thus far in the plan include:

  • installation of a raised (100mm high) pavement ‘platform’ across the Woolnough Road entrance and exit lanes (orange coloured in the plan above)
  • retention of bike and pedestrian ramps (reduced from 150mm to 50mm deep – better for walkers, prams and mobility devices)
  • an additional triangular traffic management island managing traffic turning right from Swan and right into Woolnough
  • right turns from the service station exit now banned (except for tanker exits about 1 x week – the new triangular island will be a ‘drive over’ type)
  • the existing linear median on the eastern side of the intersection (alongside the right-turn lane into Woolnough) will be extended westwards by approx 3 metres to constrain turning speeds.

Although the overall functioning of the redeveloped intersection will be more apparent when it’s finished, it’s encouraging that Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has taken on board the obvious safety issues PortBUG and the community have raised! These works cost about $230,000 and have been part-funded by the State Black Spot Program.

Proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’ Pathways.

2.  Proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’: Council have informed us that they have applied for funding for a new ‘Rosewater Loop’ shared pathway (marked in red above) that combines two bikeways that we have long sought separately:

  • a new bikeway along the now-disused Rosewater Rail Line extending through Rosewater and across Grand Junction Road to loop around the northern margin of Ottoway
  • the extension of the ‘Gillman Railyard Pathway’, currently existing (in a formal sense) only as far as McNicol Trc. The track beyond this is an informal one ‘made’ by users walking to and from Ottoway, either all the way to Eastern Parade, or zipping into Ottoway via a ‘doorway’ cut in the rail line fence at the corner of Railway Trc.

Council expect to hear if they have the funding within a few weeks. If successful this shared-pathway loop will provide safer Active Transport access (for walking, cycling & mobility devices) for Rosewater residents to shopping and services on Grand Junction Road as well as to the Alberton Railway Station. It will also provide much more direct access for Ottoway residents to the Port Adelaide CBD via the Outer Harbor Greenway pathway.

New Regency Road Bikeways (marked in red).

3.  Regency Road Bikeways: The BUG has long argued for off-road linkages between the Gawler Greenway route along Narweena Terrace and the East-West Connector route running from Port Adelaide, through The Parks to Days Road. There are now two new off-road pathways under construction along the road-side reserves on Regency Road that will provide this connection (marked in red above).

Both of the new pathways are on the northern side of Regency Road. One extends from South Road to Days Road past the TAFE, the other linking the crossing at South Road via a pathway in front of Coopers Brewery to Narweena Trc (& the Gawler Greenway). These pathways will provide useful linkages between key bikeways across our Bike Network.

4.  New Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan:  The current Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan concludes in June this year. Council has provided funding for development of a new Bike Plan over 2020-21. PortBUG is developing an agenda for the new Plan and our own community consultation strategy that we hope to share with readers asap. We hope to utilise a ‘local scenario’ approach that will map out key cycling locations and provide opportunities for your commentary based on your own day-to-day cycling experiences (see a DRAFT example below). Stay tuned!

Example: Draft PortBUG Bikeway Commentary – Bike Plan.

 

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PortBUG: New Shared-Use Path for the O/H Greenway, Birkenhead.

Work has commenced on a final section of the Outer Harbour Greenway North– the section of the Greenway between the Harbor Loop and North Haven.

The small section involved is approx 100 metres of shared-use pathway running along the western boundary of Le Fevre Primary School from the corner of Semaphore Road and Mead Street to Shorney Street (which runs behind the school). It has been a project the PortBUG has promoted for several years!

Currently Greenway users heading north must cross from the Harbor Loop Pathway at the school crossing and then turn left along the narrow footpath until they can join the on-road route along Mead Street, either at the corner, at the Mead Street pedestrian crossing or at Shorney Street.

The new section of widened shared-use pathway will:

  • reduce risk of pedestrian/bike conflict
  • improve bike access and safety
  • provide more (and safer) options for bicycle users to join the route along Mead Street (away from the hazards of the corner ramps).

The PortBUG anticipates that the new pathway will make access to and from Le Fevre School easier and safer for students, and will (hopefully) encourage many more of them to ride their bikes and scooters to school. It’s not clear when the work will be finished but it already looks quite advanced with ramps and new kerbs already in place (see below).

New shared-use pathway looking south from Shorney Street.

This short stretch of pathway is a good example of the ‘finer grained’ infrastructure which the PortBUG will propose as a core target for the new PA/E Bike Plan, currently under preparation.

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PortBUG: Section #1 Northern Connector Bikeway Opening!

Section #1 of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Bikeway Opening!We’ve received the update below from the Nth’n Connector Project/DPTI today:

The first section of the new, shared use path that runs alongside the Northern Connector Motorway, will open on Saturday 18 April, between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges.

The name of the path is Tapa Martinthi Yala, meaning “pathway to embrace today” in the Aboriginal Kaurna language and is being delivered as part of the new Northern Connector Project.

This first stage of Tapa Martinthi Yala to open is approximately 7.3kms and will link to the existing Stuart O’Grady Bikeway which runs alongside the Northern Expressway from Gawler to Waterloo Corner. This first section will run from Waterloo Corner (at its northern extent) and to the Little Para River Trail just south of Bolivar (at its southern end).

Once complete, the new Tapa Martinthi Yala will connect to both the new Port River Bikeway (Ed; we’ve been calling this the ‘PREXY Bikeway’) and the Gawler Greenway at the Northern Connector’s Southern Interchange, creating approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide.

The remaining section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala from the Bolivar Interchange to the Southern Interchange and the new Port River Bikeway, are in their final stages of completion and expected to be open for use in early May. More information will be provided soon.

For further information, including a map, please see attached PDF available here.

Northern Connector Project: Community information line | 1300 916 221

northernconnector@lendlease.com    www.dpti.sa.gov.au/northernconnector

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PortBUG: Grange Greenway Update.

Thanks to Sara Morrison at the City of Charles Sturt for this update & the ‘network’ image above.  A ‘Grange GreenLink’ bikeway was first outlined in PortBUG’s original proposal for an Outer Harbor ‘GreenLink’ in 2005. We hoped that it would follow the rail line through the Grange Golf Course precinct – but this has not proved possible. The route under construction is shown in orange on the map above, connecting to the Outer Harbor Greenway (green) and the Lakes Bikeway route (yellow). This new Greenway will complement and connect to current and future bikeways within Port Adelaide/Enfield’s Bike Network.

From CCS:  ‘The City of Charles Sturt are currently constructing an off road path on Tapleys Hill Road that will form part of the Grange Greenway. The Grange Greenway is a strategic walking and cycling route that follows the Grange Railway Line. As the railway line traverses the Royal Adelaide Golf Course, the Grange Greenway walking and cycling route is detouring around the Golf Course [Ed; along the western side of Tapleys Hill Road].

The shared path along Tapleys Hill Road is about 700 metres long (between Trimmer Parade and Meakin Terrace), 3.5m wide in total, with three new crossing points on Tapleys Hill Road. The path diverts behind bus stops to remove seating & shelters from the path of riders.

The project includes 16 new trees, new turf, new fencing and new lighting at crossing points. This was achieved with assistance from the Royal Adelaide Golf Club who enabled Council to occupy a portion of their land under a 99 year lease to widen the available verge.

The path on Tapleys Hill Road connects to a new path that was built on Meakin Terrace in 2019. The route will continue on road for part of Meakin Terrace toward Frederick Road. Consultation and design of a Frederick Road crossing point and route connection to the Grange Lakes path and Grange Railway station is planned for next financial year…

The new path is expected to be operational in June 2020.’

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