PortBUG: Impacts of Car-Park Closure, Glanville Rail Station.

Entrance driveway – Eastern Glanville Station car park. Station platform just to the right of the sign.

As Port Adelaide, Semaphore and other local residents may be aware, DPTI has posted signs at the entrance to Glanville Rail Station’s eastern car park indicating that it will soon be closed permanently with the start of the ‘Fletcher’s Slip’ housing project.

Closure area cross-hatched in red.

The signs tell us that:

  • virtually all of the eastern car park will be taken up by the housing development
  • the only east-side access remaining from Semaphore Road will be the relatively narrow paved footpath next to the rail reserve fence (courtesy of Cedar Woods who now own the footpath too!)

There seems no acknowledgement of Active Transport issues or provision for safe bicycle access to the Station from the eastern side, nor does there appear to be room allocated for bike storage and ‘bike-’n-ride’ facilities. Thirty-five ‘park-’n-ride’ car-parks will be lost, including 2 reserved for people with disabilities!

Although some closure of a section of the car park appeared in the original ‘concept’ plans we have seen, it had not been clear to us that so much space would be lost from the station precinct. Most of the plans we’ve seen show the development area following (or paralleling) the curved line of the existing boundary fence, leaving most of the car park area intact! There has been (as far as we know) no specific community consultation regarding this closure and its likely community impacts!

This closure raised a number of questions for the BUG:

  • will the shared-use pathway (SUP) on Semaphore Road remain open?
  • will the footpath into the station platform remain open?
  • will pedestrian, wheelchair, mobility device, disability and bike access be improved (wider pathways, better ramps, wider radius corners, better lighting, more even surfaces, reduction of ‘predictive hazards’ etc)?
  • how will safe and convenient drop-off points for train travellers be maintained or improved?
  • how will the long-discussed (& more-or-less ignored) issue of adequate & secure bicycle parking at the station be progressed with the loss of space for a bike storage enclosure?

Bicycle users can currently enter the car-park from the shared-use path via the paved driveway. This will close!

PortBUG has spoken to the Development Manager for the Fletcher’s Slip Project. He has told us that:

  • DPTI are responsible for all signs and ‘public notifications’
  • he anticipates a public notice period of 2 weeks prior to closure (suggesting closure on about Monday 24th June).
  • the developer, Cedar Woods now own all of the ‘car park’ land up to the fenced edge of the rail reserve and between Semaphore Road and the station platform entrance
  • the SUP along Semaphore Road will remain open (barring occasional short-term closures in the interest of public safety)
  • pedestrian access on the existing footpath along the rail reserve fence will be retained
  • the Project will provide 2 x disability-compliant access points on the eastern side of the rail station (one at each end of the platform).

The BUG has indicated our concerns about these outcomes, notably:

1.  Bicycle/Active Transport Access: It appears likely that we are not going to see Aust Standard bike access to the eastern side of the rail station. The Development Manager talked of ‘maintaining the status quo’ by retaining the existing Station Footpath. The current pathway is less than the required 2.8m width for a shared-use pathway in this context, is severely impacted by tree roots with extremely uneven surfaces, inadequate ramps, tightly radiused corners and significant ‘predictive’ user conflict points.

Acute, tight radius turns at the station pathway entrance & numerous potential ‘user conflict’ points.

The Station Pathway needs significant redesign and reconstruction if it is to approach an appropriate standard as a multi-user station access pathway (too narrow for multiple user access, poor sight lines, junction orientations and angles). Given the extensive incursion of tree roots it also seems highly likely that all of the established trees along the rail reserve fence will be removed!

Station fence & established trees (& tree roots) on the right of Station Pathway. Note uneven surfaces & root incursions!

One of several instances of root damage to the Station Pathway.

It is clearly not possible to meet Australian Standards for station access here simply by retaining the existing pathway! It is important to consider that this single pathway must of necessity function as a shared-use & multi-user access point (disability and mobility-device access, pedestrian and more vulnerable community access, bicycle users, child-carriers and prams etc.)

2.  Current & Future Bike Parking: The area of land excised from the station precint removes space needed for both a secure ’swipe-card access’ lock-up bicycle parking enclosure and for more casual bike-parking racks. Currently there is little or no room for such facilities on the western side of the station precinct (this being taken up by a bus interchange, access pathways and a small commuter car park). Provision of secure and adequate bike parking at Glanville Station has long been the subject of discussions with both DPTI and the PA/E Council. It must be asked how the sale of this land to Cedar Woods has occurred without reservation of space for secure bike parking and storage?

Adelaide’s secure ‘swipe-card’ bike parking enclosures.

Passenger Drop-off, Pick-up & Car Parking:  The closure of the eastern car park removes 35 car parks (2 disability) and a safe and convenient drop-off point for passengers arriving by car. There is no way that car passengers can safely alight on Semaphore Road.  The only other potential drop-off and pick-up access points are the bus interchange and small 25-space car park on the western side of the station platform, accessed from busy Causeway Road. The interchange is currently reserved for buses with no allowance made for cars delivering or collecting passengers. Significant redesign would be required to make a shared-space possible (if indeed there is room to do so). The separate western commuter carpark next door is extremely narrow (essentially single-lane along its entire length and certainly with a single car width driveway), has only 25 spaces, no specific designed drop-off point and is difficult to enter and leave with driveway access requiring a sharp 180 degree left turn. This driveway is also quite a dangerous exit point onto a high-speed road with frequent heavy vehicle traffic.

The closure of the eastern car-park will  have very significant and deleterious outcomes for train travellers and station users generally. Overall station access is likely to end up substantially restricted and less secure, especially for those:

  • with physical, sensory and related disabilities
  • arriving or departing by car
  • commuters arriving by bike or leaving their car or bicycle for the day.

From PortBUG’s view point that this station closure is clearly the result of poor planning, a lack of public consultation and inadequate consideration of community needs. At the very least we’d like to see The Fletcher’s Slip Project widen and resurface the proposed eastern access footpath, improve sight lines and widen turning radii at the corners. The redevelopment should also provide adequate space on the eastern side of the station precinct for lock-up bike parking as well as open-rack bike storage.

We would also like some assurance that both PA/E Council and DPTI have a plan to redesign the station precinct to ensure that the needs of all public transport users can be met – now and into the future – particularly with regard to the likelihood of greatly increased train travel and the inevitable growth of ‘cross-modal’ travel behaviours (‘park ’n ride’, ‘bike ’n ride’ etc).

We have more photos posted at PortBUG’s facebook forum which further illustrate our concerns. The PortBUG has communicated these to the PA/E Council and will write to both the developer and the Minister for Transport in the coming week, asking that urgent consideration be given to both public consultation and improving development outcomes for all public transport users.

To be closed: the Semaphore Road entrance (left) to the eastern car-park. The closure extends from behind the photographer to beyond the parked cars and 100metres to the left.

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PortBUG: Northern Connector Bikeway Recon…

Today PortBUG members took a brief reconnaissance road trip up to Gawler to check out the route of the Northern Connector (NC) Bikeway and try to figure out its potential connections to established bikeways and bike networks. Although there was no sign that construction of the NC Bikeway itself has started, DPTI have assured us that it will ‘connect directly’ to both the Dry Creek and Little Para Bikeways so we wanted to see how this might happen! We also wanted to better understand potential for connections at the Bolivar, Waterloo Corner and Port Wakefield Interchanges, the latter of course joining up with the existing Northern Expressway (NE) bike path.

Proposed PREXY Bikeway & link to NC Bikeway.

And we wanted to revisit the junction of the NC Bikeway with the proposed Port Expressway (PREXY) Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway route! Driving up the PREXY out of Port Adelaide we were able to observe the ‘haul road’ on the left which – we are told – is where the PREXY Bikeway will be built once the NC is finished.

At the NC/South Road Junction the PREXY Bikeway bumps around to the north for a bit and under the new NC roadway before returning to join the NC Bikeway on the eastern side. From this point riders can head either to the north or south. North along the future NC Bikeway and south – apparently through a rather dodgy looking culvert – and via the wetlands to join the Gawler Greenway route (heading either into the City or back north to Mawson Lakes).

The ‘Wet’ Dry Creek Trail Underpass.

From the PREXY we joined the Port Wakefield Road, turning left past the salt fields to inspect the Dry Creek Trail underpass. We had a quick look at this notoriously ‘wet’ underpass and confirmed that – as is so often reported – the one-way drainage valve and pump aren’t doing their job well.

There was a lot of marine detritus, gravel and lumps of rock on the pathway as well as around 100mm of slimy water. Riding through it all would be fun on fat tyres but for those on narrower tread  – definitely a hazard!

Bike underwater…

Continuing on behind Globe Derby Pk to the White’s Road Wetlands, a quick walk brought us to the junction of the Dry Creek Trail ‘diversion’ and the Little Para Trail coming in from the NE adjacent to a gated bridge.

Little Para Trail on the right & possible NC link via the gated bridge.

This gated bridge across the Little Para Creek is only a 100 metres or so from the Northern Connector route. This bridge – we presume – is the point at which DPTI will join everything up – maybe the ‘Little Para Interchange’?

White’s Road Wetlands.

Incidentally the White’s Road Wetlands are very special and worth visiting – very serene (despite the machinery in the background) and lots of birdlife.

Interchanges on the Northern Connector Route.

We rejoined Pt Wakefield Road and headed North, checking out potential bike network linkages at the Bolivar, Waterloo Corner and Port Wakefield Interchanges. Quite how linkages to the NC Bikeway at these points might be achieved remains unclear but we’ll be suggesting to DPTI that they be considered. At Bolivar we also had a look at one of SA’s few ‘Dutch Roundabouts’, inspecting the the separated paths and crossings up close!

Gawler Bicycle Network.

Poetic Justice Cafe.

Following the route of the Northern Expressway Bikeway we ended up in Gawler and had a quick look at its nicely designed bike and pedestrian infrastructure before an early lunch at the really excellent ‘Poetic Justice Cafe’ in the main street (‘recommended cycling tucker’).

Conclusion: There’s a lot of exciting stuff happening at this northern end of Adelaide’s Metro Bike Network, with potential to establish some very useful commuting and recreational links – congratulations to DPTI for making it all happen. We’re told that most of these proposed new bikeways are funded (so will eventually be built) apart from the Gawler Greenway from Dry Creek onwards. For commuters the Gawler Greenway seems a bit more direct (if less picturesque) bike route into the City than the Northern Connector. We need to make our voices heard to ensure it gets funded and then built!

Gawler Greenway Route (in purple).

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PortBUG: Summary of recent discussions with PA/E Council

Hi Folks, Each year BUG members have several meetings with Council staff aimed at reviewing goals and priorities from the Bike Plan and figuring out how to best continue development of the PA/E Bike Network. Last month we met to finalise budget discussions for the 2019-20 budget period, learn of Council proposals and plan new infrastructure out to early 2021. You can read a summary below…

  1. Progress with 2018-19 Bike Plan Projects:

The current Bike Plan projects (funded in 2018) have either completed planning or will start soon. These include:

  • a pedestrian refuge on Main North Road near Marmion Street
  • a crossing on Lady Ruthven Drive, North Haven, joining the end of Outer Harbor Greenway (on Flaminia St) to the Coastal Way Bike Path
  • a link between Osmond Trc and Sudholz Rd at Gilles Plains (linking Blacks & Sudholz Roads adjacent to the TAFE College).

We also learned that construction of a pedestrian rail crossing at May Trc, Rosewater will start soon.

  1. Proposed Bike Plan Projects for 2019-20:These projects will be submitted for Council funding shortly & – if funded – will likely be built over 2020-21.
  • an off-road pathway on the Outer Harbor Greenway linking Semaphore Road and Mead Street (adjacent to Le Fevre PS)
  • short pathway links on the Mersey Rd Bikeway at Furniss Ave & Mascotte Drv, Osborn
  • possible sign posting of the OHG on the Port waterfront
  • a new median pedestrian refuge at the junction of Carlisle Street and Causeway Road, Glanville
  • bike path upgrades along Sir Ross Smith Boulevard, through Harry Wierda Reserve, Oakden
  • a pedestrian & cyclist reserve on Brookvale Rd, Windsor Gdns
  • enhanced bike lanes on Galway Ave, Broadview (part of the City-Levels Bikeway)
  • new ramps and a pedestrian refuge across Blacks Rd, at the intersection with Grand Junction Rd, Gilles Plains
  • large EarthWrap ‘etiquette’ stickers on the Coast Park and Linear Path pavements.

We also learned that:

  • our proposals for new ‘sharrows’ on Pym St, Dudley Park and a new pathway on Nelson St (between Jenkins & Semaphore Rd) will need to wait on outcomes of major road and housing developments.
  • the Bike Plan’s proposal for a new bikeway adjacent to Sudholz Rd (between GJRd and the Paradise Interchange) will be followed up with DPTI as a possible ‘larger-scale’ project
  • our proposed ‘Regency Connector’ bikeway (along Regency Rd between Narweena Drv & South Road) is ‘on hold’ pending submissions to DPTI for its inclusion in South Road upgrades.
  1. The PA/E Narrow Street Policy Project: PA/E Council is developing a ‘narrow streets’ policy. The BUG has requested specific consideration of associated cycling and active transport issues, notably opportunities for ‘contra-flow’ arrangements – that is, ‘one-way (bikes excepted)’.
  2. Rosewater Rail Reserve Project:The local Rosewater community has asked that the ‘unused’ railway reserve between Grand Junction Rd and the Outer Harbour Line be developed as a bikeway. PortBUG has raised this possibility in the past as a valuable opportunity to link Ottoway and Rosewater North to the Greenway and rail services. Council supports the proposal and will write to DPTI to progress it.

Bonus News Item: Recently DPTO staff have assured us that the new Outer Harbor Greenway link between East and Chief Streets (through the Gasworks Retort House site) will be completed by September this year. Hooray! 

Sam Powrie,
Secretary, PortBUG.

The Gasworks Retort House, Outer Harbor Greenway, Bowden.

 

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PortBUG: April 2019 (Completion of the OHGreenway & More!)

Retort House Pathway Route between East & Chief Streets (in red).

1.  The OH Greenway Takes Off! (via PortBUG’s facebook group) DPTI have informed us that at long last work on the missing 150-metre ‘gasworks’ section of the Outer Harbor Greenway (between Chief and East streets, Bowden) is about to commence. Construction is expected to start in May (& possibly even this coming week) and to be finished by July, weather permitting.

The route is that shown in DPTI’s September 2018 bulletin through the now-demolished blue-stone wall on East Street and along the old gasworks railway siding to join up with the already constructed bicycle overpass on Chief Street (see below). DPTI tell us that it’s taken many months to resolve this section of the route due to the complex remediation and demolition work required. No doubt more information will follow in future DPTI updates.

The New Chief Street Bicycle Overpass.

PortBUG’s 2005 ‘GreenLink’ proposal.

The Outer Harbor Greenway was first surveyed and proposed by PortBUG in August 2005 (nearly 14 years ago) when we published a detailed illustrated Green Link Proposal for a secure bike route between The Port and the Adelaide CBD!

Although there are still a few issues to be resolved (notably the possibility of a more direct pathway adjacent to Kilkenny Railway Station), it will be truly wonderful to at last have a fully open, continuous and secure route for cycling the 14km between the Port’s Waterfront and the Adelaide Parklands & CBD!

The PortBUG congratulates DPTI & successive governments, the Port Adelaide/Enfield and Charles Sturt Councils, and all those community members who have worked so long towards this fantastic outcome!

At long last the Outer Harbor Greenway takes off!

2.  Port Dock Rail Station Cycling & Walking Detours. PortBUG reps met recently with the Port Dock RS Project team recently to discuss the impacts that the 7-8 month project is likely to have on walking and cycling access along the section of the OH Greenway passing through the Rosewater rail reserve (between Edith Street, Rosewater and Lipson Street in the Port). Both PortBUG and the Project Team are keen to see any disruption or detouring of the route minimised to ensure that the most direct access can be maintained for commuters and for residents seeking access to the shops and services in the Port’s CBD. The Project Team has undertaken to explore whatever options (including temporary rail line crossings) might be available to achieve this and will keep PortBUG and residents informed on a regular basis. The Project has a new website here. Construction is expected to start later in 2019.

Port Dock Railway Station (looking South).

3.  Labor Supports Investment in Active Transport! The PortBUG does its level best to maintain a politically independent and bipartisan approach. However it’s impossible to avoid the fact that a Federal Election is rapidly approaching and that the Labor Party has made a major announcement committing new funds ($260M) for bicycle infrastructure and active transport if elected.  To summarise:

  • a Shorten Labor Government will invest $260 million to upgrade the nation’s cycling paths to encourage more people to ride bicycles to work or school & cycling tourism
  • Labor’s National Bike Paths Strategy will provide the largest ever investment in bike paths from the Federal Government & underscores commitment to active transport.
  • Labor will partner with state and territory governments or local councils to unlock even more investment and make a difference to the health, safety and overall amenity for people living in cities and towns across Australia.

Labor has also undertaken to ‘target missing links’ & the ‘growing tourism sector of cycling tourism’, and develop a national guide for cities providing detailed national and best practice designs and resources for the effective design and delivery of bicycle infrastructure. While we’ve been unable to identify a similar Liberal Party funding commitment, we do note that they have made extensive commitments to transport infrastructure generally. The Greens have also developed a vision for active transport.  Sounds like good reasons to think carefully about your vote on May 18th!

4. Port Adelaide/Enfield ‘Bike Budget 2019-20’. The PortBUG will shortly commence its discussions with Council regarding budget commitments and target projects for the 2019-20 financial year. This will likely be a final and important phase in the implementation of the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bicycle Strategy before it is replaced by a new Integrated Transport Plan. Accordingly we are keen to see investment maximised in the Plan’s remaining key projects to achieve the best outcomes for the PA/E Bike Network. We’ll be workshopping goals over the next few weeks so please keep an eye on these blog posts and our facebook forum as we’ll be asking for your comments and opinions wherever possible!

Vote For Cycling!

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PortBUG: Welcome to 2019!

Photo: WestsideBUG’s Giulio Ponte

1. Port Adelaide/Enfield’s Bike Budget 2018-19 & 2019/20: In October, 2018 (and following cuts to the State Bike Fund) PA/E Council approved a somewhat reduced bike budget for the coming year (2018-19). New works currently nominated include:

  • a pedestrian refuge across Main Nth Rd near Marmion St (to connect to the Enfield Bike Direct Network).
  • a new link on the Outer Harbor Greenway across Lady Ruthven Drv from Flaminia St, Osborn (this will connect the OHG-North to the existing Coast Path Bikeway)
  • a new link between Osmond Trc and Sudholz Rd, Gilles Plains (giving safer bicycle access to the TAFE campus).

Council will be putting in $160K to these projects. Previously nominated projects that have been omitted from the 2018-19 budget include:

  • improvements to the Outer Harbor Greenway along Mead St, Birkenhead (providing a safer transition from the path to the roadway)
  • some short shared-use pathway links on the Mersey Road Bikeway at Osborn (connecting the pathway to Furniss Crt and Mascotte Drv)
  • a proposed ‘Regency Connector’ on Regency Rd, Regency Park (this off-road pathway would join the Gawler Greenway route to the PA/E Council’s East-West Connector route through The Parks).

PortBUG will be writing to DPTI about the possible inclusion of the Regency Connector in major new projects on South Road. PA/E Council has suggested that other projects omitted from 2018-19 as well as some others could be considered in 2019-20. Some additional projects also suggested have included:

  • line markings along the Inner Harbor wharf to accommodate the OHG pathway as far as Timson St
  • sharrow markings on Pym St (a section of the Gawler Greenway)
  • a new shared-use pathway along Nelson St between Jenkins St and Semaphore Rd (ie; connecting bikeways across the eastern end of the ‘old GMH factory’ site).

PA/E Council is asking the community for further project suggestions – please forward any ideas to us asap and we’ll pass them on!

Newly Released Port Dock Rail Station Plans.

2. Port Dock Railway Station – Community Information Session:

When:  Sunday, 17 March 2019. Drop in any time between 11am and 2pm

Where:  National Railway Museum,
76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

All Welcome!

The construction of the new Port Dock rail station and spur line will have a significant impact on section of the Outer Harbor Greenway through the Gillman rail yards. The PortBUG will attend this open day and seek to have constructive input to the design and community consultation. Please come along and make your voice heard!

PA/E’s Kerry McConnell.

3.  Changes at PA/E:  Following some restructuring in the Council’s Transport Team, Kerry McConnell is now Senior Transport Advisor and will also be responsible for all Bike Plan development.

Kerry, who is an experienced traffic engineer, will also be working on the new Integrated Transport Strategy, likely to be completed over 2019/20. This new Strategy is likely to demand a much more detailed and ‘finer grained’ approach to Active Transport and bicycle planning in the future. PortBUG looks forward to working on this with Kerry!

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PortBUG: Last post for 2018!

“Faster Mum, faster, I want to see the Port’s new Integrated Transport Plan!”

Hi Folks, There’s just time for a few updates before we fire up the BBQs and fill the Eskys.

Anneka, PortBUG’s most recent ‘follower’.

1.  Our ‘Followers’ – A Big Thankyou!  First I’d like to welcome all those who have signed up to follow the PortBUG website blog and/or the BUG’s facebook group over 2018 and support the BUG’s work – Anneka (right) being our latest. We now have about 68 people following the BUGBlog and 81 following the BUG Forum. Each person who ‘follows’ the BUG strengthens our argument for better bike facilities! ‘Participatory Democracy’ or – if you are a child of the ’60s – People Power!

People Power!

Both the BUGBlog & our Forum are great ways to keep your ear to the ground re. the ongoing development of Port Adelaide/Enfield’s bicycle network. They also provide the BUG (and indeed the Council) with opportunities to seek feedback on new initiatives and plans. And of course the BUG Forum is a great place to ask questions about that new commuting route or how to best get from A to B within the PA/E Bike Network – or indeed anything else about using bikes and Active Transport! So Welcome & a Big Thankyou to all!

2.  ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Presentation:  The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council is hosting a free Bike SA/MAC ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ cycling safety presentation.

When:      Thursday, 10th January, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where:     Port Adelaide Town Hall, Nile St, Port Adelaide.

Register here – it’s free!

Be Safe, Be Seen reveals the findings of SA cycling casualty research; providing local, detailed information on where and how crashes most commonly occur, and how best to avoid them.Every attendee will receive a safety gift pack containing: a saddle bag, backpack cover, slap bands, and free three month membership to Bike SA. Be Safe, Be Seen is highly relevant to all levels of cycling experience, including the most experienced cyclists and motorists. The presentation contains surprising and essential information for anyone using SA roads. The PortBUG recommends Be Safe, Be Seen for young folk who will be riding to school, uni or work in 2019!

3.  Can You Help with Bike Parking at the TDU?  Members of the PortBUG committee have put up their hands to staff a secure bike parking enclosure for those visiting the TDU First Stage finish and Street Party in The Port on January 15th. Unfortunately there’s only a few of us and we really need 3 or 4 more volunteers! If you’d like to contribute some of your time between about 11am and 6pm on the 15th – and maybe get to see the Stage Finish and party close up – please let our secretary Sam know asap:  portadbug@gmail.com.

4.  The Year Ahead:  The coming year is shaping up to be an exciting one for utility bicycle use and Active Transport for residents of PA/E. We’ve already see the re-invention of 1.2km Hart Street, Semaphore as a unique bicycle and pedestrian-friendly ‘mixed traffic’ boulevard and gateway to both The Port & the Semaphore Foreshore, with:

  • several new protected pedestrian crossings
  • vastly improved lighting
  • a physically separated bike lane on the southern side
  • new bicycle ‘slip’ lanes at road junctions
  • closer integration with the Harbor Loop & other off-road pathways.

New protected bike lanes & pedestrian crossings, Hart Street, Semaphore.

Over 2019 we hope to see some DPTI and our Council undertake several new and adventurous initiatives including:

  • the completion of the final pathway stages of the Outer Harbour Greenway (between Chief and East Streets in Bowden) which should then make it the pre-eminent route for commuting between the North-Western suburbs and the City!
  • the start of work on new bikeways in and around the proposed Port Dock Rail Station
  • a start on work on the new PREXY (Port Expressway) Greenway and the PA/E sections of the Gawler Greenway (both will open up new secure routes to Salisbury, Mawson Lakes etc)
  • a new bike/ped rail crossing on May Trc at Rosewater (opening up access to shopping facilities and services for residents of Rosewater).

Goodbye Zak…

In 2019 we’ll also see the appointment of a new Bicycle Officer at PA/E Council, replacing the ever-helpful Zak Valiff (who has moved on to the Town of Gawler). Having an identified Bicycle Officer on staff has been an important step for Council. It has assisted Council to sustain its focus on implementing its Bike Plan! The position has also provided a reliable point of contact for both the BUG and for the public when questions or complaints arise about the Bike Network or the Council’s plans!

The most import step forward in 2019 will probably be the commencement of the PA/E Council’s exciting new ‘Integrated Transport Plan’, which will replace the current Local Area Bike Plan (which will conclude in 2020). We’re assured that this ITP will have a major focus on both Active Transport and community consultation and will pave the way for Active Transport to become a ‘bottom-line outcome’ as The Port plans for its transport future!

The PortBUG wishes all our readers and supporters – and indeed all of PA/E’s residents – all the best for Christmas and the Coming Year!

Dedicated left-turn bike lane & pedestrian crossings, Hart/Carlisle Streets, Semaphore.

 

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PortBUG: 2018 End of Year & ‘Christmas’ Update!

‘Super Mario’ does the Zebra!

1. PortBUG & the Tour Down Under: On January 15th, 2019 the first stage of the Tour Down Under will be finishing in St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. The Finish will be accompanied by a Street Party & Festival. PortBUG will be partnering with the PA/E Council to provide concierge services for a secure bike-parking area for visitors & to encourage them to arrive via the Outer Harbor Greenway and other bike routes. Please consider coming by bike and making use of the secure bike parking area. You may even get a selfie with Tour legend Mario Cipollini– ‘Super Mario’ – arguably the most entertaining cyclist in professional cycling’s recent decades. Cipollini will be coming to race in the Challenge Tour on the 19th. It’ll be a great day and a great week!

Photo: Rob Daly.

2. Greenway Closer to Completion: Port Adelaide’s own 13km direct secure bike route into the Adelaide CBD is a step closer to completion with DPTI starting work starting on the penultimate bit of bikeway between the new bike-bridge over Chief Street in Bowden and the Bowden Station precinct at East Street. What’s new? ‘The Wall’ that extends across the bikeway route behind the heritage Gasworks Retort House is at last being dismantled stone-by-stone. There are still quite a few steps to go but we reckon we can expect work to proceed apace & look forward to the path’s completion in the New Year!

Proposed new section of Bikeway – Chief/East St, Bowden.

3. Bike of the Month!  Spotted on Semaphore Road, Anneka and her two children on their amazing Taga. Is it a trike? Or is it a stroller? Or maybe a shopping trolley? Who knows – we just think it’s great! In Anneka’s words, “best investment we ever made!”

Annika, 2 x kids & their Taga.

4. Outer Harbor Greenway Detour: While work proceeds on new housing around the Bowden gasworks sites, new detours between Gibson and Chief Streets have been announced, effective until February 2019. The map below seems more or less self-explanatory! We’re assured that the detours will be effectively signposted…

5. New Bike Lanes – Hart Street & Port Road:  Work has started on the new roadway line markings and bike lanes on Hart Street, Semaphore and Port Road, Queenstown. Both these initiatives will provide ‘full time’ bike lanes (physically separated on Hart Street) with ‘buffer’ lanes to protect bicycle users from ‘dooring’! These are significant steps forward in making The Port a safer and more attractive environment for Active Transport users! We’ll be out and about taking a few snaps for our next blog post in January!

The Port needs ‘Integrated Transport Planning’!

6.  A New Beginning for PA/E ‘Bike Planning’! The current PA/E Local Area Bike Plan will ‘run out’ in 2020. PortBUG has been talking to the Council about how we can complete the current Plan and tackle development of a new, post-2020 strategy. We feel that there is a great deal still to be completed from the current plan and that any new bike strategy really needs to be a ‘step up’ in terms of:

  • attention to detail, local ‘functionality’ and much greater ‘connectivity’ (especially for younger folk)
  • providing bike access for a wider range of residents, cycling abilities and needs
  • addressing major traffic management challenges associated with new industries, major housing developments, many more daily commuters, increased numbers of heavy vehicles & of course the new Port Dock Rail Station in the Port CBD!

Council have told us that after 2020 they want to establish an Integrated Transport Strategy that will consider bicycle use and Active Transport in the overall context of PA/E’s transport network. Hopefully this will turn out to be a good thing! We’re meeting with the Council’s CEO and senior staff tomorrow to discuss this along with some Key Issues & Recommendations. Stay tuned!

Best Wishes from the PortBUG for the Holiday Season!

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PortBUG: Your feedback sought – changes to OHGreenway……

The City of Charles Sturt are planning extensive remodelling of three key T-junctions on the Outer Harbor Greenway on Belmore Terrace and they are seeking your feedback! They have proposed raised intersection pavements at the following junctions on Belmore Terrace (Outer Harbor Greenway) with:

  1. Dale Street
  2. Park Street North and…
  3. Hughes Street North.

These raised pavements will replace the current single-lane ‘chicane’ traffic restrictions. Your feedback is sought (by November 16, 2018) with regard to:

  1. Whether users have concerns with the existing single-lane ‘chicane’ traffic control devices in Belmore Terrace and these three junctions, and…
  2. The raised-pavement intersection treatments proposed.

Please give us your feedback addressing 1 and 2, either by:

– commenting below or…

– by sending an email to PortBUG at portadbug@gmail.com.

You can also comment at a similar post at our facebook pageWe’ll forward any comments received to CCS!

BACKGROUND:The 2017 Outer Harbor Greenway Audit Final Report included the following commentary about the existing traffic control devices along Belmore Terrace:

“Stakeholders also expressed concern with existing traffic calming treatments at the Belmore Terrace junctions with Dale Street, Park Street North and Hughes Street North. Narrow exit/entry points do not provide clear guidance for westbound cyclists on how to use the infrastructure. Further, priority has been given to road users entering Belmore Terrace rather than [those travelling] along Belmore Terrace. Council staff reported the existing configuration leads to conflict between cyclists and motorists. Stakeholder representatives recommended a treatment that encompasses the entire junction.”

In response to this recommendation City of Charles Sturt proposed raised intersections at the following junctions:

  1. Dale Street
  2. Park Street North and…
  3. Hughes Street North

A raised intersection consists of a hump leading to a raised section of road pavement (about 10cm higher than the roads that lead to it) in the centre of the intersection. The humps are marked with ‘piano key’ markings to make the raised intersection more visible.

Raising the intersection of Park Street North and establishing a paved platform flush with the footpath may also contribute to reducing vehicle speeds, providing a more human scale environment and enhancing the ‘place narrative’ around the group of local shops.

We undertook community engagement with local residents and surrounding streets between 21 August and 12 September 2018.

In response to community feedback we kept the raised intersection design, but amended plans to remove paving from the top of the platforms and provide additional parking near the shops at Park Street North. Concept plans are attached [see link below].

Prior to proceeding to further, we seek feedback on the proposal from Outer Harbor Greenway bicycle users (the BUGs). Specifically, we seek feedback with regard to:

  1. Whether users have concerns with the existing traffic control devices in Belmore Terrace, and…
  2. The proposed raised intersection treatments.

Could you please forward this information to your networks and request feedback by Friday 16 November?

Reference: https://www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au/belmore-terrace-woodville

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PortBUG: Local Cycling Update, October 2018.

1.  Invitation to a Special PortBUG Meeting:  PortBUG’s November meeting this Thursday evening will be given over entirely to a discussion with Chris Dunn, Manager Design, Construction & Transport at Port Adelaide/Enfield Council. We’d like to invite our Blog Readers to come along and hear what Chris has to say. The meeting will be held upstairs in The Argo restaurant in Commercial Road, Port ADelaide, starting promptly at 7pm. Please let me know at portadbug@gmail.com if you intend coming!

We’ve asked Chris to provide updates on a number of current issues relevant to bike use and Active Transport generally, including:

  • an update on an ‘Access Improvement and Wayfinding Strategy’ for the Port CBD and Waterfront areas (including a Network Operation Study done by DPTI)
  • thoughts on the post-2020 Integrated Transport Strategy that will replace the PA/E Bike Plan
  • an update on the latest plans for the Port Dock Train Station
  • the approved ‘bike budget’ for this year (2018-19)
  • suggested projects for next year (2019-20)
  • discussion of issues PortBUG has recently raised regarding the Outer Harbor Greenway
  • ideas and options for the staging of a Stage Finish for the Tour Down Under in the Port in January 2019.

2. Tilburg Cycleway Retrospective:  The both the Dutch and the Danes – with all of their fantastic cycleways – had to start somewhere! For the Netherlands it was in 1977 with the construction in Tilburg of the first ‘Demonstration Cycling Route’ – a ‘showcase of what modern cycling infrastructure would have to be like’.

Mark Wagenbuur at Bicycle Dutch has posted a fascinating retrospective on this 5km route which I reckon might end up being very relevant to Adelaide as we consider how to best engineer bike routes connecting major urban centres within Adelaide. Probably of most interest are the two videos he has posted.

The first is a ‘then and now’ exercise, comparing a Danish film of the route from 1978 with new footage taken in 2018. The narrator and the footage clearly explain how cycleway philosophy and key design principles in the Netherlands have developed and evolved. We can learn a lot from this! The second is a cyclist’s view of the entire route with subtitles at key points explaining what we’re looking at! Again, worth sitting down with a cuppa and watching! This is important documentation of a pivotal moment in cycleway design and commitment in the Netherlands which ended up having a major impact in transport thinking and design across Europe and very relevant to Adelaide too!

3. PortBUG’s Facebook Forum: We have a great facebook group happening at the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum. We now have nearly 80 followers there and we encourage you to join up as another way of staying in touch! The photo below, featured recently on the Forum, illustrates some interesting – if somewhat illegal – ‘cargo-bike action’ on the Outer Harbour Greenway! Yes – that’s a full-sized 6×4 trailer!

 

Cargo-biking on the Outer Harbor Greenway…

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Election Update: Cycling & Active Transport – What the Candidates Say!

As of today, Oct 23rd , voting slips for the Port Adelaide/Enfield 2018 Council Elections are on their way to your letterboxes (voting closes on November 9th). Over the last few weeks PortBUG (via our facebook forum) have been inviting Councilor and Mayoral candidates to provide statements of their interest in, understanding of and ambitions for bicycle use and Active Transport across the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area. Thus far we have received 16 statements, all posted at the top of our facebook group page. If you are interested in the future of bicycle use and Active Transport across the Port Adelaide/Enfield Area we encourage you to read the statements from Candidates for your ward and for the Mayoral role prior to casting your votes! Because not everyone uses facebook we thought it might be useful to summarise these statements in a regular PortBUG news post… so read on!

Joost Den Hartog (Port Adelaide):      “My name is Joost Den Hartog. I am a council candidate for the Port Adelaide ward. I have a great interest in bicycle and public transport infrastructure and believe that purposeful foot and bike traffic increases the social connectivity of neighbourhoods. My wife Christie Anthoney and I opened The Pear Neighbourhood Cafe in Alberton early this year with the purpose to give locals a place to walk/cycle to and meet each other. Since the cafe started we have met so many people who have been living around us for many years whom we hadn’t had a chance to meet before. As a immigrant from the Netherlands, I was brought up in society that is centered around locality and bicycle use. If elected to council, I will be an advocate for this model and hopefully be able to bring some of the benefits I know so well to our beautiful council area. I would like to see a new council that is diverse and progressive and that values equality. If you want to meet me to discuss things, please come to The Pear on 49 Sussex Street, Alberton. I am there most days and would love to hear your views, or just talk about bikes (I own a few :-))” https://www.facebook.com/pg/Joostdenhartog/about/

Joint statement – Mr Colin Johns (Mayor), Mr Steve Vines (Port Adelaide), Mr Kyall Smith (Semaphore):    “‪Thank you for offering the opportunity to address your membership regarding our views on active forms of transport – cycling, walking and running. ‪Active transport not only makes you more active and reduces the number of cars on our roads it also offers you the opportunity to engage with your community and the local environment. We believe that Council’s are well positioned to be able to make improvements to our active transport networks. While we are fortunate enough to live in a Council area that has completed their section of the Coast Park path, many other connections and links are incomplete and/or missing entirely. ‪These include poor connections preventing multi-mode transport around our train stations and bus interchanges, bike lanes that just end and poor integration into the suburbs. ‪You do not have to look overseas for long to see active transport done well, equally you do not have to look far to see it done poorly; see Frome Street Bike Way (Adelaide City Council). This highlights why it is imperative to consult widely and bring the community along with the project. Even if people do not use the infrastructure directly, they will still benefit from safer roads with less cars. ‪We would support the newly elected council to review all active transport infrastructure within the council boundary to identify areas of improvement. Fund a series of bike repair and drink stations along the Coast Park, Outer Harbour Greenway and Anna Rennie loop path. Improve bike storage lockers at local train stations and bus interchanges. ‪We welcome the opportunity to meet with your members to discuss any suggestions for improvements or any other ideas a future council should consider.” https://www.facebook.com/kyallsmith4semaphore/ & https://www.facebook.com/Vines4PortAdelaide/  & https://www.facebook.com/ColinJohns4PortEnf/

John Le Raye (Mayor):    “As a candidate for Mayor, I will support a review of all active transport infrastructure within the council boundary. There will be a strong focus on SAFETY. All maintenance and improvements, will be done in consultation with the community and interested groups.” https://www.facebook.com/JohnForAction/?ref=bookmarks

Paul Russell (Klemzig):     “The Port Adelaide Bicycle Users Group has asked candidates for Council in PAE to comment on what is known as Active Transport and to offer our thoughts. Active transport includes non-motorised forms of transport involving physical activity, such as walking and cycling. It also includes public transport for longer distance trips, as public transport trips generally include walking or cycling components as part of the whole journey.I most certainly support the Council’s Local Area Bicycle Plan 2015-2020 which was developed and finalized during the last Council.Cr Tony Barca and I were greatly disappointed with the recent State Government Budget decision not to proceed with the new OBAHN Park and Ride carpark at the Klemzig Interchange. Since the OBAHN tunnel opened earlier this year, the numbers of patrons accessing the bus service via Klemzig alone has increased to a point where more than 200 extra vehicles are parking in adjacent streets each work day. This marks the great success of the Busway and new tunnel, but the lack of appropriate parking is becoming a major issue that we will continue to work on into the future if re-elected.We cannot simply continue to develop transport infrastructure in such an ad-hoc fashion. Moreover, the fact that these patrons are driving to the Klemzig Interchange suggests that they have no other option either to travel to Klemzig or to their endpoint, without the use of a vehicle.In Klemzig Ward we are fortunate to have the only section of Linear Park that is within the Council area right on our doorsteps. This is a great asset. But even here we have seen, in recent times, the need for upgrading of street and place names along the track for safety and ease of access for emergency vehicles. A motion presented by Cr Barca and myself a few months ago will see additional signage rolled out in coming months.I certainly support the integration of the principles of Active Transport within Council’s planning and development frameworks.   https://www.facebook.com/PaulforKlemzig/?__tn__=kCH-R…

Tony Barca (Klemzig):      “My Co Councillor Paul Russell has responded and as you can see from his comments we have worked as team in relation to this policy. I fully support all the comments he has sent through to you.”   https://www.facebook.com/Cr-Tony-Barca-328289240683392/

Martyna Janczak (Northfield):  “As a candidate and local in the Northfield Ward, I believe that supporting alternative forms of transport, including cycling is essential in all development planning. Cycling not only helps people stay fit and healthy, it also reduces pollution, and helps keep our environment clean and green. I would like to see more bike paths integrated into new and existing developments, making it safer for cyclists to use the roads, and encouraging more people to utilise cycling as another form of transport.” https://www.facebook.com/martyna4northfieldward/

Michelle Hogan(Semaphore):  “I have represented residents in the Semaphore Ward for the last four years as a first term Councillor and I am seeking re-election so that I can use that experience in a further term.We are so fortunate having such a great range of community groups working across the council area and I have really appreciated working with PortBUG members and utilising the expertise you bring to improving our active transport options – so thank you all for your great work and the community education role you play. Your input has provided us with a great Bike Plan and your yearly strategic priorities have delivered steady outcomes.I have been especially pleased to support the Hart St redevelopment and the Causeway Rd Bikeway and to see it nearing completion. The development of the whole Outer Harbour Greenway has been a great achievement and I am very happy to keep working with you to improve promotion and signage so that we can encourage active use.The success with attracting the Tour Down Under into the Port offers us a continued opportunity to promote OHG and active transport options in the council area more generally. Local bike maps which feature parks and toilets and promote our waterfront bikeway and signage and better on road lanes are all important to encouraging new users and providing safe facilities for them. The defence contract will bring new pressures on our major transport routes and I look forward to working with your group in developing our bike plan beyond 2020.” https://www.facebook.com/MichelleHoganCouncil/

Claire Boan (Mayor):        “Thanks for this opportunity! I am a recreational and family cyclist and have been an advocate for making our city an accessible city. I have been an elected member for 8 years and during this time have been excited by the progress of our area in providing for cyclists and pedestrians. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue advocating for making our entire council area cycle friendly. Please like my FB page for continued information throughout my campaign.”  https://www.facebook.com/claireformayor/

David Wilkins (Semaphore):      “Thanks for the chance to discuss active transport in our local area. It’s pleasing to see people taking an interest in our local government elections!Supporting active transport is a no-brainer for me, for the litany of reasons you’ve outlined in your letter, website and blog. We know it supports improved health and wellbeing outcomes, provides a much cheaper and more environmentally friendly transport option, creates more socially inclusive communities and the list goes on…Of course, the key challenge is shifting people’s behaviour to embrace more active transport options and this requires a genuine, partnership approach between all three levels of government. We know from examples overseas that until we make a serious and significant investment in active transport infrastructure, in comparison to our road network, we are very unlikely to see changes in people’s behaviour, along with the associated benefits, as you highlight in your letter. We need to make active transport options viable, safe and attractive if we’re serious about shifting people’s behaviour in a meaningful way.At a local level, things like improved lighting and signage, linking infrastructure with key destinations and other transport options (i.e. public transport) and providing practical assistance which promotes active transport (i.e. bike racks/storage areas, tool kits, water and public toilet facilities) would contribute towards making active transport options attractive to people.In other words, you have my support – thank you for all the work you, and the PortBUG do in advocating and promoting active transport. Oh, and for the reminder to get the front tyre of my bike fixed!”   https://www.facebook.com/davidforsemaphore/?hc_location=ufi

Rachel Hehir (Semaphore):        “I have two boys and I agree that I’d love to be able to get them to ride to school when they get older.I’m also mortified by the rates of childhood obesity. These are big issues and I’m not about blame but about actions.I’m running in Semaphore and you have my support.” Https://www.facebook.com/Rachel4Sema4

Rachel Murphy (Semaphore):  “Thanks for the opportunity to comment on active travel options in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. My family is a ‘one-car’ family as we try to use active transport options as often as possible. Whilst I’m not personally a great rider, we all walk, ride, scoot and catch public transport as much as possible and advocate these choices with others.My personal interest in our council is to have safe bikeways for young people to encourage riding to school. Thanks for your great work and dedication to improved active transport. You’ve had a great deal of success recently and if elected I’d love to work with PortBUG on the next steps.”   www.facebook.com/RachelMurphyforCouncil

Jess Ljevakovic (Parks):   “Thank you for the opportunity to touch base with your community group. As a candidate for the Parks Ward, I feel that the Parks area has been overlooked in numerous ways and while improvements have been made we still have a long way to go as a community to encourage active transport and healthy living. As a Mother to four young children, I would love to see more and safer cycling options available locally along with areas encouraging beginner level riders to get involved and build confidence.Within the Parks Ward there is a lack of public toilets and drinking fountains in public spaces which I would like to see rectified to encourage both active transport and to encourage other outdoor activities. While personally I have minimal cycling experience, instead preferring long distance running, however, I would love to see the activity continue to grow within our entire community and if elected, I will support projects which benefit our cycling community.I encourage members to contact me via email with any feedback regarding our community, especially within the Parks Ward.”    jess.ljevakovic@outlook.com

Martina Thompson (Port Adelaide Ward):   “I support further development and future planning of Active Travel options. I would be committed to initiatives that encourage a greater uptake of walking, cycling, access to public transport, public transport as a preferred option for travel and expansion of the Greenway. I would like to see Active Travel become the preferred means of getting to a destination, particularly for short local trips reducing the reliance on car usage.I am a sometimes cyclist and I enjoy riding for leisure and fitness, especially along purpose-built bikeways that are away from main roads and beautified with nature strips and shade trees. https://www.facebook.com/MartinaThompsonPortAdelaideWard/

Ashley Tippins (Semaphore):    “Thanks for the chance to discuss active transport in our local area and ways it can be improved. We all know that encouraging people to walk and ride bikes improves mental health and wellbeing and should be encouraged. Taking the time to be active in our transport rather than just getting into a car is a good thing. It is better for us and better for the environment. Greening of areas with more trees on median strips and sidewalks and reducing speed limits from 60kph to 50kph or 40kph is something I will actively pursue within the CPAE. Providing improved lighting, greening of areas, signage and facilities such as secure bikes racks, water and public toilet facilities it encourages active transport.” https://www.facebook.com/ashleytippinsforsemaphore/

We hope to receive a few more statements over the next day or so and will post updates as they arrive. Don’t forget to check out our facebook Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum too!

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