PortBUG: Access to Glanville Rail Station – Ministerial Response.

Hi Folks,  Back in June the PortBUG wrote to the Transport Minister seeking clarity about impacts that the new housing development immediately adjacent to Glanville Rail Station seems likely to have on:

  • pedestrian safety and disability access in and around the station precinct
  • bicycle storage
  • parking and passenger drop-off facilities.

We’ve at long last received a response from Minister Knoll which you can read here. Despite the Minister’s positive take on the new developments and careful study of the plans available online, it remains difficult to identify functional improvements for station users. Questions remain about:

  • whether access pathways (particularly on the eastern side from Semaphore Road) will be of sufficient width to ensure pedestrian safety & effective disability access?
  • the provision of effective, convenient & safe bicycle storage (especially given the ‘car-light’ design of new housing under construction)?
  • how the station precinct will cater for passenger drop-off and ‘park-and-ride’ with the loss of over 36 car parks on the eastern side?

It’s also unclear what fate is intended for the quite extensive community-planted native plantation on the corner of Causeway and Semaphore Roads! PortBUG will continue to monitor the situation and follow-up issues as opportunities arise.

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PortBUG: BikeFest Updates.

BikeFest is only 2 weeks away – I can’t sleep! Sunday October 13th at Plant 4, Bowden then via the newly completed Outer Harbor Greenway to Woodville Town Hall for a CargoBike Convergence & the Adelaide Premiere of MOTHERLOAD: CARGO BIKES SAVING THE WORLD!

All now free (popcorn too) – thanks City of Charles Sturt!

Latest News:

  • there will be children’s activities in the Main Hall, probably a (bicycle) drawing competition (with prizes) and maybe a limbo stick contest.
  • we’ll have free popcorn in the foyer and free refreshments at the bar [no alcohol 😦 ]
  • we’ll have some trade displays as well in the foyer (see below) & behind the Town Hall on the bike-try-out track
  • there will be heaps of especially installed bike parking rails so bring your locks!!!
  • there will be a quiet, secure area at Woodville Town Hall with closed doors, carpeted floors and nice seating for parents of very young children & babies. See your friendly PortBUG Guide in the foyer.

Bike Traders Coming to BikeFest.

1.  Adelaide Electric Bikes: MiCycles.   Service & Repair of Light Electric Vehicles including eBikes, eMoto’s & eScooters.

Mic Chapman, 32A George St, Thebarton, Adelaide. Ph: 0424 569 317                               E: electricbikes@micycles.com.au W: https://www.micchapman.com.au

2.  Spark and Spanner Bikeworks.  Bike & frame builder, cargo-bike constructer, frame repairs, electric bike repairs & maintenance. Major frame repairs & reconstruction ‘not a problem’!

Peter Good, Ph: 0439 007 918  E: peter.good@bigpond.com

3. Treadlite Frame Bags.  Frame bags  custom made to fit your bike with options to fit your style. All frame bags have a waterproof zipper and the seams are sealed for extra water resistance.

Scott and Mary Hawn, E: treadlitebikebags@gmail.com W: https://www.treadlitebikebags.com  F: https://www.facebook.com/TreadLiteBikeBags     I:  https://www.instagram.com/treadlitebikebags

4.  Velo de Vines & BikeAbout.  Bike About has been providing  Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island & Flinders Ranges with the very finest in Cycling tours & Bike hire services since 1995.  W: https://www.bikeabout.com.au & https://velodevines.com.au Ph: 0413 525 733  E:  info@bikeabout.com.au

5.  HeyReflecto.   Handmade, High Visibility Reflective Cycling Gear.  W:  https://www.heyreflecto.com.au Ph:  0415753703 F:  https://www.facebook.com/heyreflecto?pnref=lhc  I: https://www.instagram.com/heyreflecto

6.  SunCycle.  Unique, effective sun-hats, on and off your bicycle. Breathable eco-friendly hemp. UPF50+ rated.

Susan Rohrsheim  W:  www.suncycle.com.au  Ph:  0419771407 F:  https://www.facebook.com/suncyclehats  E:  suncyclehats@gmail.com

The latest to emerge from the Spark & Spanner foundries – the ‘Ho Chi Minh Redux’ – coming to a Greenway near you!

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PortBUG: Gawler Greenway Update – Great News!

Gawler Greenway: Islington to Mawson Lakes Nearly Complete!

A recent update notification from the Gawler Greenway Project advises us that works on the Islington to Mawson Lakes section of the Gawler Greenway are likely to be completed by mid-late October, 2019. It was anticipated that they’d be finished by July but works have been delayed by by inclement weather & by need for further site investigations. Previous PortBUG posts have sought to identify the proposed Greenway route between the City Parklands and the PREXY/NEXY/Salisbury Highway Junction (see below).

DPTI’s Islington-to-Mawson Lakes works link the Gawler Greenway with the Port River (or ‘Port Expressway’) & Northern Connector cycling & walking pathway routes – see map below.

The new PREXY & NEXY bikeways are of course still under construction and the PortBUG will do our best to ensure that they are realised in the best way possible. Resolution of a number of issues on both appear unresolved, particularly with regard to the design of underpasses (subject to flooding) and what appear to be some rather convoluted route treatments (on the Northern Expressway path). Works outlined in the maps above & below have included:

  • a cycling route between Regency Road, Wingfield & the Salisbury Highway, Dry Creek
  • underpass upgrades at Regency Road & Grand Junction Road to accommodate the Greenway
  • the construction of continuous sections of shared use pathway
  • installation of new lighting along the new continuous sections of shared use paths
  • installation of signage & line marking to accommodate cyclists on local roads
  • new wayfinding signage in sections along the Greenway to assist pedestrians & cyclists
  • a median refuge pedestrian crossing at Cormack Road.
Regency Rd GG pathway link

The Gawler Greenway route along Regency Road to Narweena Drv.

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Gawler Greenway passing under Regency Road from the Islington Railyards.

Very encouraging – we congratulate DPTI & their contractors on this new addition to Adelaide’s Greenway Network.

PortBUG will be out exploring the new facilities as soon as we can! 

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PortBUG Special Event Notice: BikeFest & MOTHERLOAD 2019!

Dear PortBUG Friends,

As you may have gathered, we are – after 14 years – now very close to completion of the 13km Outer Harbor Greenway (connecting the Adelaide CBD & ParklandS Pathways to the Port Adelaide Waterfront). Sources tell us that the bikeway route will definitely be open by the end of September!

PortBUG and partner organisations are therefore very pleased to invite everyone to BikeFest: an Opening Celebration & Group Ride for the new Greenway (Plant 4 at Bowden) followed by the Adelaide premiere of MOTHERLOAD, the world’s first feature-length cargobike documentary (Woodville Town Hall). We hope to have a CargoBike ‘Show & Shine’, bike try-out opportunities, popcorn, refreshments & children’s activities. All activities and the film screening ARE FREE courtesy of the City of Charles Sturt! Printable Poster here.

 

Adelaide has a long association with the growth of the international cargo bike movement with the development of the ‘Ho Chi Minh’ GreenMachine & the Adelaide Longbike back in the 1970s/80s – a history we can all be very proud of!

ALB ‘Ho Chi Minh’ with rear straddle basket (and happy children)

So please join us on Sunday 13th October for the Opening Celebrations & Group Ride (starting 11am, Plant 4, Bowden) and the MOTHERLOAD film screening & fun at Woodville Town Hall afterwards. All details on the yellow poster & at https://www.facebook.com/events/2360144224257536/

Print BikeFest Poster Here!                    Printable OHG Route Map Here.

The Adelaide Long Bike, Adelaide Advertiser, 1996.

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PortBUG: August News Update.

1.  SheRIDES Confidence-Building Program:  Ladies – like to become a more confident and informed rider? Consider signing up for CyclingSA’s SheRIDES Program.  “She Rides is a 6- 8 week structured riding and skills program that teaches women to discover their confidence and the joy of riding. For fitness to make friends for FREEDOM!” More details of SheRIDES program dates & locations here.

OHG closures along Drayton St to Retort House site. Photo: Giulio Ponte

2.  Outer Harbor Greenway ‘Opening’ a Step (or Two) Closer! When exactly is a bike path ‘open’? It’s an interesting question that many of us have pondered for a few years. The OHG between Port Adelaide and the City has been increasingly rideable and useful for a couple of years now, as key bits of infrastructure – notably the South Road overpass and the underpass at Park Trc – have been opened.

Some significant diversions around ever-present road works and pathway (re)building have remained, notably at McInerney Park, Cheltenham and the Gasworks Retort House site at Bowden (see below).

The new pathway route (dotted green line) being built along Drayton St & through the Retort House development site, Bowden.

New McInerney Pk Bikeway

We’ve recently been advised that not only is the pathway through McInerney Park at Cheltenham now open again, very soon the 150 metre section of brand new pathway through the Retort House site will be completed (apparently by the end of September).

A week or so ago commuter Gemma Kernich reported:  “I had a quick peek on my way home. Concrete ramp and path at city end is finished, lights all up, subgrade all ready for bitumen for remainder of path. The stomemasons are still working on old siding/retaining wall, lots of reuse of stone and wall repairs, and there was some fancy recycled brick capping also going in at city end return/wall. It’s going to look schmik I reckon.”

Retort House Pathway – looking west. Photo: Hindmarsh Greening

DPTI have assured PortBUG that this new section of the OHG is now ready for new paving and will be completed and open for use by the Bike Fest Greenway Celebration & Film Screening event planned for Sunday October 13th (see previous blog post).

3. May Terrace Rail Crossing:  For a year or so the PortBUG has been negotiating new bike facilities to be incorporated in the new Rosewater Local Area Traffic Plan (LATP). A key facility in this has been the creation of a formal bike & pedestrian crossing over the otherwise inaccessible fenced-off Rosewater rail reserve at May Terrace.

Gravel piled on the rail line at May Trc, preparing for completion of the new crossing. Photo: Debra d’Avigdor

This crossing will replace an ‘informal’ crossing (ie; holes snipped through the fences) and allow residents of Ottoway and cyclists on Grand Junction Road to access the local street cycling network through Rosewater North to the Outer Harbour Greenway and thence into the Port Adelaide CBD. PortBUG is negotiating a similar formalised rail crossing further to the east at Railway Trc, Ottoway to allow similar access to the (currently informal) pathways through the Gilman railyard reserve and thence to the Port CBD.

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PortBUG: MOTHERLOAD documentary comes to Adelaide!

 

MOTHERLOAD Comes to Adelaide!

Love our Planet, bicycles & a great story?

Put this date in your diary right now & join us for the Free Screening & Adelaide Premiere of MOTHERLOAD, an exciting crowd-sourced documentary film exploring the cycling revolution, ‘active’ families & the power of Cargo Bikes in countering isolation & despair in this climate-challenged age!

When: 1.30pm, Sunday 13th October.

Where: Woodville Town Hall, Woodville.

Cost: TBA

Event Details & Updates: Adelaide Cargo Bikes

BISA & partners will lead a Cargo-Bike Convergence & Community Bike Ride just prior to the film’s screening to celebrate the opening of the new Outer Harbor Greenway. More convergence & ride details at the BISA f/b page shortly!

 

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PortBUG: Announcing ‘The Big Bike Film Night’.

The Big Bike Film Night has announced that their film festival event is coming to Adelaide in August. In essence it is a short film-fest style event that celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms.

The 2019 collection is described as “an absolutely breath-taking range of short bike films – from mountain bike, to road, commuters and travel, personal journeys and triumphs.”

The program offers a wide and dynamic variety of appealing storylines, projects and thrills not only for bike fans, but also all movie goers.

In the lineup is the riveting Australian documentary LOWEST TO HIGHEST which follows five friends with disabilities attempting a world first human powered ride from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre 2150km to Mount Kosciuszko, IT IS A MUST SEE!!

The Synopsis (see below) details some of the 11 incredible films that will be showcased The program will run for just over 2 hours (including an interval).

Comments from NZ film goers:  “Great inspiration to just get out & explore no matter your ability or skill “     “A banger of a film line-up!”       “Best yet!!”      “Must see for everybody”     “Inspiring, humbling, entertaining and simply awesome”

When:    Tuesday 20th August, 6:30pm

Where:   Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide

Cost:   Adults $26. Under 16 year olds $16.50

Bookings:  https://www.trybooking.com/513894

Website:  https://www.bigbikefilmnight.nz/ 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bigbikefilmnight/ 

Promo Trailer:  https://youtu.be/NEwWPFty2ao

‘Lowest to Highest’ Trailer:  https://youtu.be/TfQbAru6X4k

Festival Synopsis:  The Big Bike Film Night Synopsis 2019

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PortBUG: Improvements on the Outer Harbor Greenway.

Belmore Terrace, Woodville Park, site of proposed improvements to the Outer Harbor Greenway.

The PortBUG was recently involved in discussions with Charles Sturt Council – along with WestsideBUG and BISA – about proposed changes to the Outer Harbor Greenway path at the junction of Belmore and David Terraces, Woodville Park.

Greenway crossing, David Trc (top right) with the current abrupt transition onto Belmore Trc.

PortBUG has long been a critic of this section of the Greenway pointing out the awkward and (we thought) hazardous location of the pathway entrance/exit close to a ‘high-speed’ corner and the narrow and abrupt transition between road and path.

In the words of CCS engineer Chris Bentick, “the existing shared path link at the intersection (pictured below) is relatively short and directs Port-bound cyclists into the intersection, bringing them into conflict with drivers turning right and left into Belmore Terrace from David Terrace.”

The City of Charles Sturt have now come up with a plan to reduce any hazards involved by:

  • extending the pathway & shifting the ramp several metres to the west (making use of an existing car parking bay)
  • widening the ramp & improving its design to reduce heights & create more gradual transitions
  • improve sight lines & capacity to monitor traffic.

Proposed new pathway (plan provided courtesy of CCS).

There have obviously been a number of things to consider in managing bike /car interactions at this point. Chris says:

“A design solution has been proposed that involves extending the shared path/bicycle path segment further along Belmore Terrace to increase the separation between the turning areas for cyclists and motor vehicles… Design features of note:

  • Design maintains trees adjacent railway corridor.
  • Pedestrian access across Belmore Terrace retained.
  • ‘Bicycle only’ path northwest of pedestrian ramp crossing Belmore Terrace.
  • One parking space lost.
  • Relatively high entry angle for bicycles at access to Belmore Terrace for safe entry and exit speeds.

… Once design is finalised, we intend to construct in coordination with works at Belmore Terrace intersections in 2019/20.”

Detail of exit/entry point and ramp at Belmore Trc.

As Cris says:  “It really is a matter of striking the balance between safety and convenience. When we create conditions for fast and convenient entry and exit to the path, we also create conditions by which path users are less able and likely to adequately respond should there be conflict with motor vehicles in Belmore Terrace. We regard the ultimate design as maintaining that balance… We will be upgrading the lighting in the area next year, so lighting near the ramps will be significantly improved.”

In our view these are all important benefits for bike users and we congratulate the CCS staff involved for their thoughtful and committed approach to improving the Greenway experience for bicycle users. We believe that there are a many places along the Outer Harbor Greenway that will benefit from this 2nd phase of refinement as its use by the community grows and need for improvement become more obvious.

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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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