PortBUG: Election 2018 – BISA Seeks $75 million for Cycling…

The Bicycle Institute of SA (BISA) has today called on political parties at the coming March elections to allocate $75 million a year for 4 years to fund a RAPID and SIGNIFICANT increase in cycle funding.

The demands are outlined in a letter to the state’s political parties, which also asks that they respond.

Below is an analysis based on work by BISA as to what cycling-related commitments have been made thus far by the 4 major contenders:

1.  Labour: Labour has made only a single cycling-related commitment – to increase bike cages at public transport stops with an investment of $350,000. Contrast this with the findings of the 2017 Adelaide Cycle Park ‘n Ride Survey which found that at least $5.5 million is required! Labour have made no policy commitments to support cycling for transport. Also notably absent from their agenda is any mention of a revised ‘State Bicycle Plan’, the current Plan now being some 7 years out of date…

2.  Liberal: The Liberals have made only one funding commitment, a somewhat ‘left field’ proposal to a build ‘Great Southern Cycleway’ to connect Adelaide and Melbourne. The outcomes are obviously focussed on tourism benefits, although these seem likely to be limited, especially given the investment required. Surprising too given the many, many potential projects for cycle tourism much closer to home! No costings have been provided nor have the Liberals made any commitments to support cycling for transport!

3.  Greens:  Unlike Labour and the Liberals, the greens appear to have done their homework!

They have:

4.  SA Best: SA Best appear to have only a couple of policies related to transport and they have nothing to do with cycling, focussing instead on increasing rural road speeds and increasing the share of the transport budget addressing the backlog of rural road repair. No cycling-related or other transport policies!

5.  The Greens in Detail: PortBUG cannot help but notice that The Greens appear to be the only Party which has acknowledged the community’s need for an Active Transport Future.

The Greens have committed to:

  • Allocate at least $90 million to cycling development (over and above current maintenance and planned projects) over the next 4 years, with $40 million allocated to the Greenway Network and $50 million to the arterial and local council area network to deliver fully separated bikeways and bicycle boulevards
  • Allocate $1.5 million dollars per year for the State Bicycle Fund to match dollar for dollar with local government investment
  • Provide safer riding by expanding on-road and off-road infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and bicycle paths
  • Design and Develop a Cycling Strategy for SA (to replace the one that expired in 2010) in conjuction with local councils, community groups and other stakeholders
  • Ensure new roads and road upgrades provide both on-road and off-road facilities for cyclists of varying abilities
  • Invest in safe and secure public bike storage around the CBD, at all train stations, ‘park’n’ride’ stations and public transport interchanges
  • Ensure that end-of-trip facilities (such as bike storage, showers and lockers) are provided in all new commercial, industrial or multi-dwelling developments; and
  • Reduce bicycle theft and improve recovery of stolen bicycles by promoting voluntary GPS tracking of bicycles.

Without taking a partisan position, PortBUG applauds The Greens for their policy releases and their obvious commitment to Active Transport. 

The lack of substantial policies supporting utility bike use from the other 3 major contenders is of course extremely disappointing when we’re only about 3 weeks away from the election! Let’s hope we see the situation change in coming days!

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PortBUG: Port Dock Railway Station Consultation.

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Proposed Port Dock Rail Station: Baker & Barlow streets at top-left, Railway Museum & new Lipson St bus interchange to the right.

PortBUG recently met with the Port Dock rail station Project Team to discuss key issues for cycling and Active Transport. Ours was their first discussion with the community – more general consultation will occur in the next few weeks. Here’s a summary of what we said:

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Baker Street: Project Team members & PortBUG view the site of the new Port Dock Rail Station.

1.  Greenway Continuity:  It is essential that continuity be maintained along the Gillman rail yards section of the Greenway. We note that there is significantly more at stake in this continuity than connectivity for bicycle users. The rail yards pathway is used extensively each day by residents of Rosewater and other nearby suburbs to walk, cycle or travel by mobility device into the Port CBD to access shopping and services. It is already important and highly functional public space and should be valued as such.

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Gillman Rail Yards: The Greenway looking north. The new spur line will run on the rails to the left (which will also be fenced off).

We suggest that the crossing across the new spur line be maintained and improved to the highest standard possible. Given the wide range of pathway users and the high likelihood of significantly increased traffic once the Outer Harbour Greenway is fully open in the next month or so, we’d suggest that the minimum standard that should be considered is an ‘automatic’ crossing of the type already installed at Woodville Rail Station.

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PortBUG outlines what’s needed for the Greenway’s new rail crossing.

We also discussed the need for provision of effective interim access along the Greenway over the course of the project. This access needs to be continuous and at all times as direct as possible through to Lipson St, although we acknowledge that its location may need to shift at the different stages of construction. It will of course also need to be disability compliant and secure with regard to lighting, surface treatments and ramp ways etc.

2.  Rail Station Access:  It will be essential that pedestrians, bicycle users and those using mobility devices using the Greenway also have as direct access as possible to the new Port Dock rail station. This access will be particularly valuable for residents of Rosewater and Ottoway for whom the new station may well be more accessible than the existing raised Port Adelaide station.

We understand that Port Adelaide/Enfield Council is considering options for an off-road or kerb side separated shared-use pathway along Barlow St (where there is currently no footpath). We would suggest that the Project Team liaise with Council to ensure that an effective linkage is provided from the Gillman Rail Yard Greenway pathway to any such new shared-use facility. We anticipate that such access may require improved pathway surfaces, separation, lighting and signage through the rail yards to connect to Barlow Street.

3.  Lipson St:  The Greenway’s route along Lipson Street remains a real challenge as it must accommodate (for the time being) frequent use by semi-trailers, police vehicles, Greenway users, visitors to the local museums as well as the likelihood of increased bus traffic. We believe that there is already considerable potential for conflict and risk to vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians). Given the likelihood that the new station will result in increased traffic (and potential for conflicts) on Lipson Street we would suggest that the Project Team will need to work closely with Council to minimise any increased risks for vulnerable road users.

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Trucks and buses are a frequent presence on the Lipson Street section of the Greenway!

We have already suggested a number of pre-emptive strategies to Council aimed at reducing this risk including:

  • an improved roadway crossing opposite the entrance ramp to the shared use pathway (on Lipson St) including provision of a median refuge and appropriate warning signs
  • improvements to the surfaces and ramps and reduction in obstructions on Lipson Street’s west-side footpaths, particularly with regard to improved disability access and lighting
  • installation of an appropriate ramp and crossing facility at the Lipson St/St Vincent St junction to enable secure pedestrian and bicycle crossing from the eastern footpath to the west (and to the protected crossing to Lipson St-North)
  • installation of sharrows on the Lipson St roadway
  • installation of suitable ‘mixed traffic’ warning signs
  • reduced traffic speeds (we suggest a 40km/h precinct limit)
  • establishing improved pedestrian and bike access through to Commercial Road along Godfrey and Butler Streets and the DPTI reserve adjacent to lot #65
  • whatever strategies prove effective to eliminate the current unauthorised truck access and ‘rat running’ by vehicles seeking to avoid the adjacent Commercial Road/St Vincent St junction.

We also note that concurrent with the development of the new rail station, Starfish Developments will commence construction of a new housing development at Dock 1 on the waterfront. Many of the new station’s potential customers will inevitably be located here and at the new public service offices located on Nelson St to the west. We therefore anticipate need for much improved access for both pedestrians and bicycles through the waterfront precinct and across the often very busy St Vincent Street. We believe that Council and the developers will need to work closely with the Project Team to ensure that this improved access is provided.”

The Project Team expect general community consultations to commence in the next few weeks. We’ll try to keep track of this let let you know of opportunities for input as they arise.

 

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Test: PortBUG blog to new f/book group…

Just a testbut please check out the new PortBUG blog post here. Port Dock Rail Station consultations, join our new new facebook Bike Forum, Coast Park progress, Council planning for 2018-19.

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PortBUG: Port Dock Station, PA/E Bike Plan, 2018-19…

1. New Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum: After considerable late-night angst (your editor is not part of the ‘social media’ generation), we have an on-line forum for sharing ideas to make the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area a better place for bikes and for Active Transport generally. It’s early days but we very much hope that this forum will extend our reach, increase community participation in implementing the Port’s Bike Plan and generally serve to build a more bike-friendly community. You can read and join the Forum here. Let’s make it happen!

The new Port Dock Rail Station (pic courtesy of DPTI)

2. The New Port Dock Station: The PortBUG today met with the team building the new Port Dock Rail Station. We walked around the proposed site and were able to provide some useful information about key design & construction issues from Active Transport & community points of view.

The PortBUG’s Tony Bazeley (with the hat) talks ‘state of the art’ rail crossings with Project Staff Ben, Belinda & Valli.

Key outcomes we recommended to the team included:

  • ensure continuity of the Outer Harbour Greenway route where it crosses the rail lines
  • ensure the new crossing meets the needs of all users, in particular pedestrians and mobility device users from Rosewater and nearby suburbs (we indicated a preference for an over/underpass or an ‘automatic gate’ at-grade crossing).
  • ensure that residents of Rosewater, Ottoway & associated suburbs have easy access to the new Rail Station via the Greenway and other pathways improvements (perhaps on a new pathway along Barlow St to the East of the Railway Museum)
  • ensure Greenway access through the new station project during construction (scheduled to finish by mid 2019)
  • take whatever opportunities present themselves in the Project to improve Greenway access for all pathway users along Lipson Street and across St Vincent St.

Lipson Street – a Greenway Route, but not yet ‘bike friendly’!

We came away feeling encouraged by the Project Team’s obvious commitment to these and other outcomes. There will be many issues for Council in particular to deal with – the new station will raise many access, traffic management issues and community impact issues that will require careful planning and extensive engagement with Port businesses and local residents.  There will be further opportunities for input as the Project conducts extensive community consultation planned for the next few months.

3. PA/E Bike Plan & Budget 2018-19: The PortBUG has had several recent meetings with Council staff regarding the ongoing implementation of the PA/E Bike Plan & the budget planning required. Recent discussions focussed on several important projects that the Council wants to complete, both over what’s left of the current financial year (notably new off-road pathways on Causeway Rd), and over 2018-19.

Council officers will put in bids for a number of worthwhile projects for 2018-19 including improved off-road pathway access on the Greenway at the corner of Semaphore Road and Mead Street and opening up new rampways (on the service roads) to ensure improved bicycle access and connections to off-road pathways along Folland Ave, Northgate. This will create a more secure Active Transport route to complement that provided by the bike lanes already on Folland Ave. There are also quite a few ‘small scale’ and often quite complex projects that Council will examine to improve connectivity, particularly along the Gawler Greenway and the Levels Bikeway.

‘Smart’ bike counter on a Vancouver Greenway. Coming to The Port soon???

Council has also won a Federal ‘Smart Cities’ grant which it hopes will support use of new bike-counting and way-finding technologies to assist some of the more challenging mobility tasks in and around Port Adelaide (including improving Greenway access through the Port’s waterfront area).

STOP PRESS: Minister Stephen Mullighan opens a new Discovery Trail today on the Coast Park at Tennyson.

This is of course not the completely open ‘Coast Park through Tennyson & Grange’ that we’ve sought for so many years – but it’s progress!

 

 

 

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Good morning – Test post from PortBUG.

Just testing the publishing link from the PortBUG website and blog to our new facebook group – The Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum. Please consider joining up.

Sam Powrie, Secretary, PortBUG.

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PortBUG: Powering Into 2018!

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Community TDU Flags, Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

1. PortBUG at the TDU: At the start of the TDU in Port Adelaide on Tuesday 16th, PortBUG was fortunate to share a stall with our colleagues from WestsideBUG.

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Many questions for the BUG, Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

We had 2 cargo bikes set up with display boards as well as a number of poster displays on the walls and a table with lots of giveaway bike stickers, BUG brochures and cards.

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Bike parking courtesy WestsideBUG, Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

WestsideBUG provided an excellent bicycle parking service and visitors to our stall showed a great deal of interest in our Outer Harbor Greenway display. It seems that just about everyone – including lycra-clad road cyclists – have a strong interest in a safe, secure and direct route between Port Adelaide and the City!

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Greenway discussions, Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

It seemed that most visitors had no idea that the Outer Harbor Greenway even existed let alone that it was about to open! Latest word is that the final section of the Outer Harbor Greenway (between South Road and the Adelaide Parklands) is due to open in early March.

The first question most people asked was ‘have you got a map?’ In the past we have directed such queries to InfrastructureSA’s ‘Greenway’ page (with it’s somewhat indistinct aerial photographs), but now we have our own interim ‘hand-made’ Way finding Guide! You can find it here. Try it and let us know what you think…

 

2. ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’: Co-hosts PortBUG and the PA/E Council ran a very successful and well received MAC/BicycleSA ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ cycling safety seminar in early January.

Over 40 people attended (including about 10 PA/E staff). BicycleSA’s Gerri Nelligan provided an effective and highly skilled presentation with several appreciative comments on the content. The free Cycling Safety Packs were also popular!

PortBUG hopes to run more of these seminars in 2018 so if you missed out… stay tuned!

3. Bike Budget 2018-19:  PortBUG will shortly meet with Council officers to discuss the PA/E Council ‘Bike Plan Budget’ for the forthcoming financial year (2018-19). The next 2 years (2018-20) will be pivotal in seeing the completion – or otherwise – of the PA/E ‘Bike Plan 2015-20’. We have already put a number of proposals to Council and will be arguing for as large a budget as possible and the completion of several items of important bike infrastructure. We’ll keep you posted on the outcomes.

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A real bike route for a real bike! Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

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PortBUG: TDU ColourWheel Art Exhibition Entries Extended…

Readers will already be aware that Port Community Arts and the Black Diamond Art Gallery are hosting a ColourWheel cycling-themed exhibition of artwork (including photography) to celebrate the start of the Tour Down Under 2018  in Port Adelaide.

The final date of entry for the exhibition has now been extended up until Wednesday 12th (that’s next week!) Work can be dropped off at Black Diamond Gallery on either Saturday 6th or Wednesday 12th after 12 noon (by appointment – call Debra on 0401076560).

So all of you bicycling artists, artistic bicycle users and cycling photographers out there – get your tyres pumped up and your skates on, sort out your work, get it framed up and down to the Gallery by Wed 10th. Entry rules here and entry forms here.

Exhibition will open on Sat. Jan 13th & run until the 21st.

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PortBUG: Consider the Bike – Election 2018!

 

Hi Folks,  I promise – this is our last BUG-BLOG for 2017! We’re anticipating that once the Christmas and New Year break is over we’ll see public comment ramp up as our political betters prepare for the 2018 March election. I thought it might be worthwhile revisiting a couple of key paras from Adam Langenberg’s ‘mature politics’ opinion piece in the Advertiser back on Nov. 11th.

Here ’tis:   “An incredibly important element of a proper transport blueprint is how cycling and bike paths should be constructed to complement and take pressure off our road network. 

Often overlooked, cycling has been back in the news for all the wrong reasons in the last few weeks. Burnside Council slammed the brakes on its plan to create designated bike paths in the municipality, and cycling participation rates have plummeted.

Co-ordinated, well thought-out public policy on cycling and bike infrastructure is a crucial part of designing the road network of the future. And that requires the prospective state government to show leadership both before and after the state election.

It’s time for both major parties to get on their bikes and stop the shallow infrastructure wars that can be easily interpreted as shallow electioneering, because South Australia needs real leadership to get moving effectively.”

The PortBUG has repeatedly written to Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan over the last 2 years seeking an update on release of a new State Bike Plan. We have not received a single meaningful or informative response! SA’s last state bike plan, ‘Safety in Numbers’ concluded in 2010! As far as we know it has never been evaluated. There have been rumours that a new, updated Plan has been prepared and has been sitting on the Minister’s desk for the last couple of years! But – despite repeated queries – as 2017 winds down we’re none the wiser!

The Opposition appears to be just as unhelpful. Recent questions put to Shadow Minister for Transport, David Pisoni reveals what can only be described as a vacuous understanding of Adelaide’s Active Transport challenge and the issues bicycle users face on a daily basis – it seems his interest doesn’t get much beyond a tired and confused discussion of Australia’s helmet laws. Nothing solid about infrastructure investment, a more balanced cross-modal transport policy or leadership in promoting Active Travel!

An up-to-date State Bike Plan is important. It helps the community and Local Government know where they stand with regard to the State Government’s overall policy direction and annual funding strategy.

Burnside Council’s recent nonsensical tantrum is what happens in the absence of such a plan! A State Bike Plan would also helps build the positive community vision and support for Active Transport that is needed whenever new initiatives and infrastructure plans are proposed and activated. And most importantly it helps advance the political conversation beyond the mere point scoring and divisive ‘cars versus bikes’ dog-whistling we so often see in the media!

As you have a rest over the Christmas break and maybe ride your bikes for relaxation rather than commuting, maybe have a think about what you want to hear from our leaders in March 2018 and how that might guide your vote…

Sam, Your (definitely politically unaligned) Editor 😉

 

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PortBUG: Some Thoughts & Actions for the New Year.

Look out for PortBUG’s T.D.U flag designs. Photo: B Day & K Micenko.

1. More Flags: In our last blog post we showed you 1 or 2 flag designs that PortBUG members came up with for the opening of the TDU in the Port on 16th January. In the compilation above you can see some more that we created. Below you can also see some more extremely creative designs that others came up with. The 200 or so flags that Kalyna and Bob are making will look awesome – they’ll line St Vincent Street on both sides as well as Nelson Street and the Birkenhead Bridge! We’ve seen a marquette that Bob and Kalyna have made and it’s going to look truly impressive!

2. TDU ‘Colour Wheel’ Exhibition: From the 13th to the 21st of January, The Port Community Arts Centre (Black Diamond Gallery, 66 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide) will host the ‘Colour Wheel’ exhibition of cycling-related art works. The theme will be the ‘Peleton in the Port’. The exhibition will be opened by yours truly at 2pm, Saturday 13th January. Come along and check it out. Artists can submit their work up until the 6th January!

3. Free ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Presentation: I just wanted to again invite readers to come along to this free presentation on Cycling Safety – how to keep yourself safe when riding in on our roads and in and around traffic. Presented by BikeSA and MAC this presentation will be invaluable for those getting back into riding their bikes, for students riding to school, uni or other study in the New Year and maybe for young people riding to their first job! Come along and enjoy yourselves, learn something really valuable and (if you register before January 1st) receive a fantastic bag of road safety cycling goodies. All completely free! You can of course come along even if you don’t register by Jan 1st, but I need to hear from you by then if you want the cycling safety pack! Just email Sam at portadbug@gmail.com!

4. Step Away from the Car: Episode 2 of this popular Sunday afternoon series from Radio Adelaide is now available for listening on-line. This week’s episode – ‘Know Your Place’ – explores the value of knowing your neighbourhood’s ‘local stories’ and how they can ‘activate’ walking and cycling facilities. Rally exciting stuff and worth listening to! And episode 4 – coming up in a couple of weeks – will feature Jan Garrard from Deakin University. Jan has an excellent article in The Conversation today on emerging demand from young people for ‘walkable communities’ in Australia. It’s really worth reading!

Photo: B Day & K Micenko.

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A Christmas Round-Up: ‘By-Cycling’ in Port Adelaide, 2017-2018!

Leslie (BUG Convenor) & Sam (Sec): ‘V for Victory’!

Hi Folks, Best Wishes from the PortBUG for Christmas and the New Year! There’s lots happening as we approach the end of 2017 and pedal on into 2018 & progress that all Supporters of Cycling can be proud of! Here are some really positive updates:

New bicycle underpass, Park Trc, Bowden.

1. The Outer Harbour Greenway: The long-awaited opening of the Outer Harbour Greenway is due sometime in January 2018. It’s not quite clear exactly when – but it’s happening. The PortBUG first mapped out the route in August, 2005 so a week or so either way hardly matters! What we’re now waiting on is:

  • opening of the bike overpass over South Rd
  • construction of a pathway between South Road and Park Trc  (including a new bike-bridge over Chief St)
  • the opening of the bicycle underpass at Park Trc, connecting the Greenway to the Adelaide Parklands pathways (see right).

So folks – it’s going to happen! Very soon commuters, families, oldies, youngies – just about anyone – will be able to safely & easily ride all the way into the Adelaide CBD or down to The Port, and to all points in between!

2.  Causeway Rd Upgrades:  The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has confirmed that construction of the long-awaited new pathways and upgraded bike facilities along hazardous Causeway Road will commence in early 2018. These will be a great help to students travelling to both Le Fevre P.S and Port Christian College as well as those using Glanville and Ethelton Rail Stations or travelling to Semaphore Road. The changes will include:

  • new off-road pathways and a pedestrian crossing and median refuge between Glanville RS and the Hart Street Bridge (see below)

  • widening and other improvements to the existing shared use pathway between the Hart Street Bridge and Bower Road (see below).

The PortBUG has long sought these upgrades and improvements and we congratulate the Port Council for its positive response!

3.  Hart Street:  The long-awaited DPTI upgrade of bike facilities on Hart Street is (we understand) to start early in 2018. The upgrades will include:

  • reduction of traffic lanes on Hart St from 4 to 2 lanes
  • a continuous painted bike lane on the northern side of the road between the Jervois Bridge and Military Rd
  • a ‘protected’ bike lane on the southern side
  • dedicated parking for those using the net-ball courts on the southern side
  • at least 2 ‘passive’ pedestrian crossings with mid-road refuges
  • lots more trees courtesy of the Port Council!

 

Hart Street is a major ‘entrance-way’ to The Port and to Semaphore and an important ‘linkage’ to the beach-side suburbs. These upgrades will make it an awesome place to ride and will add greatly to amenity and safety for local residents, visitors and for the nearby sporting precinct!

4.  PortBUG Flags!  The PortBUG has been involved in a flag-making workshop for the TDU start in the Port in January 2018. There will be 200 or so flags – we made three or four with a bike-related theme. They are beauties – look out for the PortBUG emblem on one of them (see the top of this post. Yes – it’s our ‘BUG Riding a Bike’ by local artist Bill Doyle!)

5.  A New ‘East-West Connector’:  The PortBUG has been reconnoitering routes between Port Adelaide and the Gawler Greenway and Salisbury Bike Network. The idea is to provide safe and secure routes for those in the Northern suburbs to easily access the The Port and beachside suburbs. Such routes would enable cyclists to bypass both the deadly Port Expressway ‘breakdown lanes’ and the hazards of Grand Junction Road. We’re working on it as a likely project for 2018-19 and beyond!

6. ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’, January 2018:  With PA/E Council the PortBUG is again hosting this excellent BikeSA/MAC presentation. Don’t forget to register and come along to hear about the latest facts and key strategies for your cycling safety! The program will again offer participants an excellent and free ‘goodie bag’ of valuable cycling-safety items – but only if your name is on the list prior to Jan 1st! So – please register ASAP at portadbug@gmail.com

There are many more items we could mention in this Christmas update – things are looking up for cycling in and around The Port so stay tuned! Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year and please – join us simply by ‘following’ this BUGblog or our facebook page – the ‘BUGbook’ – in 2018!

The PortBUG Team.

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