PAE Council have informed us that the developers of the Fletcher’s Slip housing precinct now have a commencement date for installation of a temporary detour pathway around the now-closed Jenkins Street section of the Outer Harbor Greenway/Loop Path.
The modifications will be undertaken by contractors working for Cedar-Woods (the developers) rather than PAE Council.
Weather permitting, works will start on Monday, 23rd May. The scope of the works planned are show on the diagram below.
We were not told of safety arrangements for pedestrians, cyclists & mobility device users while construction takes place or of any provision for a ‘detour around the detour’, but we’ll let you know when further information is to hand. Meanwhile please take care as the pathway’s width is quite narrow & the adjacent roadway on Nelson Street can be extremely busy!
It’s worth noting that Council have already removed a northern-side standing rail at the Jenkins Street ramp – making turns a little easier – & have realigned some of the pathway markings to make the descent from the bridge a bit safer.
Middle Ground Motherhood (MGM) are planning a screening of the acclaimed cargo-bike movie ‘Motherload’ on Sunday, 29th May.
Motherloadis an inspiring, feature-length movie documenting one woman’s (& her family’s) discovery of the cargo-biking world & the joy & empowerment that cargo-bike use can bring to everyday life!
MOTHERLOADcaptures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.
Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Motherhood was challenging, but to Liz hauling babies via car felt stifling. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born.
Since its world premiere in May 2019, MOTHERLOAD has been on a Global Screening Tour featuring over 500 live and virtual venues.
The film also delves into an intriguing Adelaide ‘cargo-bike connection’! So, if you are interested in:
mobility without a car
finding a more sustainable (& empowering) means of everyday transport…
…come & see the film! A display of cargo bikes used here in Adelaide & available from a local retailer is planned, as well as activities for kids. Maybe even live music!
The event is subject to successful funding via Pozible with $2000 required (currently $769 raised). Individual tickets are $18 with parental & family discounts available. If you’d like to attend you can reserve tickets (& pledge support) here.
Last week PortBUG met with transport staff from PAE Council for a couple of hours & did a bit of a ‘walk around’ survey of the Port CBD to share experiences & ideas aimed at improving access & convenience for bicycle users, pedestrians & those using mobility devices. Our discussion focused on:
access to the Port CBD (shops, services, supermarkets, library etc)
the transition of the Outer Harbor Greenway (OHG) from Lipson St through to the Birkenhead Bridge & Semaphore Rd.
In particular we looked at potential routes for taking Greenway users:
on a far more direct & efficient route through the waterfront precinct &…
directly into the Port CBD as well!
This is because there are 2 cohorts using the Greenway – commuters who need a direct & efficient pathway past the CBD, and others who want access to shops & services in the CBD. Council staff were clearly interested in what we had to say & had been reviewing these issues themselves.
Here’s a brief summary of what we looked at & discussed:
the perennial challenge of heavy vehicles & ‘rat-running’ traffic on the OHG on Lipson St & possibilities for increasing safety & access to the Port CBD & waterfront.
alternative routes to take the Greenway off Lipson St south & avoid the uncontrolled crossing at Commercial Rd (including possible routes via Butler & Kyle Streets across to Lighthouse Square)
making better use of a direct east-west route along Divett & Nile Streets
improving the current pretty dreadful linking pathway between the crossings on Nelson St (adjacent to the Birkenhead Bridge) & Nile St
an improved pathway along Nelson St & across Commercial Rd, into the Port CBD
a new ‘scramble’ pedestrian crossing on Quebec next to Farmer Joes
making better use of the wide pavement opposite the Port Mall car park between Quebec St & the Dale St pedestrian crossings
improved connections to the Port CBD for residents living to the west.
Finally we had a close look at the Cedar-Woods housing development on the northern side of the Port River along Jenkins St & Semaphore Rd. We pointed out the obvious impact on Greenway users, the new hazards that cyclists & others faced in using the new ‘detour’ along the Nelson St footpath & what might be required to improve the situation over the 2-year closure of Jenkins St.
As we’ve said, this ‘walk around’ was a very useful exercise & we hope to repeat it later in the year. We also mentioned to staff that we now had several BUG ‘field agents’ to improve our focus on theeastern sector of the PAE Council area. Staff outlined a number of initiatives underway along Folland Ave & elsewhere. Expect to see news of this soon!
Several weeks ago DIT at long last released a draft SA Cycling Strategy. SA’s last Cycling Strategy – ‘Safety in Numbers’ – ran its course over a decade ago in 2010. PortBUG & everyone of SA’s other bicycle organisations has been demanding its replacement every year since!
PortBUG of course strongly supports the provision of a new SA Cycling Strategy. Unfortunately we have found this draft Cycling Strategy sorely wanting! It lacks any attempt to map out a projected or optimal cycling network, connections to key destinations across our city & how users might travel across the network!
We have now provided DIT with several pages of commentary & recommendations on this draft Cycling Strategy. You can have a look at our responsehere.
You can also read a comprehensive response from the UnleyBUG here.
Today (31st March) is the final day you can respond to this draft Strategy. If you would like to quickly provide a specific comment please do so on the Have Your Say form here. You can also download & read the draft Cycling Strategyhere.
If you are pushed for time you may simply want to email the cycling folk at DIT & express your support for the recommendations made by your (& the Unley) BUG! Email them at this addess: dit.CommunityRelations@sa.gov.au
You can read a summary of the recommendations made in our response below:
Recommendation 1: That the draft Cycling Strategy provide a map illustrating a ‘projected cycling network’ for Adelaide identifying:
a suitable ‘grid’ network
connectivity across the Metro Area.
Recommendation 2: That the draft Cycling Strategy clearly illustrate the key destinations that its Principal Bicycle Routes travel to with the cross-city ‘connectivity’ provided.
Recommendation 3: We recommend that a comprehensive, physicallyseparated bicycle network be considered as a minimum outcome in this SA Cycling Strategy to ensure Adelaide’s network meets both world’s best practice & the needs of its residents!
Recommendation 4: Nominations for new Greenways, effective bicycle ‘connections’ & new priority projects for consideration over the next decade, as well as a map illustrating a notionally complete Metro Cycling Network should be included in this new Strategy.
Recommendation 5: We consider it essential that the key role of State Government in the design & investment in Adelaide’s Principal Bicycle Network be acknowledged by this Strategy.
Finally, here’s an illustration of the beautiful, connected PLUSnet bike network in Copenhagen – we hope it inspires your day!
PortBUG has had a further conversation with PAE staff regarding the ‘temporary’ closure of the Outer Harbor Greenway along Jenkins Street on the Port’s waterfront. Key issues discussed were:
the schedule for improving the proposed ‘detour’ around the Fletcher’s Slip development
the possible widths of this ‘detour’ pathway (the developers had indicated a 2.5metres width)
potential improvements at both the Semaphore Road end and the ramps at the Jenkins St junction.
Council acknowledged that the situation is far from ideal. Initial discussions with Cedar Woods late last week suggested that the alternative path would be constructed over the next fortnight along – we had presumed – the full length of Nelson St between Jenkins St & Semaphore Road. The construction fence erected around the development lot at the Nelson Street end (see above) is in fact well outside the actual site boundary, suggesting that there was plenty of room for such a full length 2.5m wide pathway. It now appears that this will not be possible! Our current understanding is:
the fence bordering the first 50 metres (starting from the southern Jenkins St end) is where it is – right next to the existing narrow footpath (see below) – because of ground ‘preloading’ or stabilisation works on the development site, which will need to continue for the next 6-7 months
pathway widening over this first 50 metres may occur but will be limited by the fencing & the ‘preloading’ works
the last 40-odd metres (further towards Semaphore Rd) is not restricted to the same extent, will be widened by Council to the full 2.5 metres & will include the gradual curve around the corner (to join the Semaphore Rd Bikeway) that PortBUG has recommended – see image at the top of this page!
there is not a lot that can be done at this stage about the very cramped landing behind the northern ramp at Jenkins St (see below) although PAE will ask the developers if the fencing can move back a little to allow more room behind the ramp.
& finally, once the free-loading & soil preparation works are finished (towards the end of this year), PAE Council will revisit the ‘detour’, establish a final design (including a review of the ramps) & rebuild the pathway to the maximum width possible on a permanent basis.
Council indicated that the Greenway will eventually proceed through the new development along a waterfront route (ie; more or less where Jenkins Street is at present in the photo above), &hopefully with some consultation with PortBUG on its design!
PortBUG received a call this afternoon from a representative of Cedar Woods, the developers of Fletchers Slip & responsible for the apparent closure of Jenkins St. The representative was responding to recent PortBUG enquiries (also sent to Council) expressing a number of concerns about this closure & asking what alternative route was to be provided.
The representative pointed out that Jenkins Street remains a privately owned roadway & confirmed that it is NOW CLOSED to all Greenway users (pedestrians, bicycle users, skaters & – we assume – users of disability mobility devices as well). Of course – barring installation of locked gates – it may be more accurate to describe the street as ‘notionally closed’ as it remains difficult to see how closure might be enforced given the roadway has to remain open for building vehicle movements & there are still other premises located along the roadway!
The rep indicated that those wanting to proceed along the Greenway route are now expected to utilise the currently difficult-to-access, narrow & congested pathway along Nelson Street which links to the Semaphore Road Bikeway at the junction of Semaphore Road & Nelson Street (see below)!
At present it’s hard to see how this can really be described as a viable ‘alternative Greenway route’ – those using this Nelson St pathway (see below) must negotiate narrow & awkwardly located ramps & corners, a narrow & congested footpath & poorly located poles & signs just to get to the existing Semaphore Road Bikeway.
From an ‘active travel’ point of view it’s hard to understand how the inevitable disruption of the Greenway (& impacts on the local community) was not foreseen & the need for more effective community liaison overlooked! The Cedar Woods rep pointed out that because Jenkins St was and remains a private road, they felt a limited responsibility for such liaison (& we’d suggest for continued safe access by Greenway users). She did confirm what we were told last week – that eventually the narrow & substandard footpath along Nelson Street will be rebuilt as a 2.5 metre wide shared-use pathway – but she was not able to offer any insight as to when this might occur. Its construction apparently hinges on approval from DIT & Council so we presume it will not happen anytime soon!
She also pointed out that eventually Jenkins St itself will be rebuilt as a bikeway (or perhaps a shared, bike-friendly roadway – the design goals remain unknown) & will then be returned to Council as part of the Outer Harbour Greenway. However it seems likely this rebuilding will still be a year or so away, & she indicated that heavy vehicles will be a frequent presence on Jenkins Street from the end of March this year!
Obviously the rebuilding of the Nelson Street footpath as a ‘bypass’ should now be a major & we’d suggest urgent priority for Council, DIT & the developers given that the quite heavy daily use the Greenway sees (including by numerous school students & those using mobility devices).
PortBUG is quite disappointed with this outcome in terms of both pre-emptive planning outcomes & community liaison. We have been arguing for improvement of this section of the Nelson St footpath for some years & the development of Fletcher’s Slip has been several years in the making! However we believe improvement of the Nelson Street pathway is now a goal in the draft Walking & Cycling Plan & we will continue to pursue a satisfactory outcome!
In the meantime we would welcome feedback from pathway users, particularly regarding hazardous situations users may encounter! You can contact us at email@example.com or comment below.
Outer Harbor Greenway users riding to & from the waterfront or Port CBD may have noticed what appears to be the imminent closure of the bikeway section along Jenkins St at Port Adelaide – connecting the Birkenhead Bridge path & Semaphore Road Bikeway.
A large fence has been erected – apparently by the Fletcher’s Slip housing developers – closing off access to the corner (& the wide Jenkins Street rampway) & creating what we judge to be a dangerous situation for all concerned!
Despite this ramp & partial road closure we’ve noted today that many cyclists continue to rely on this section of the route, negotiating the hazardous entry & exit that has now resulted.
PortBUG has received no notice at all of this apparent closure nor information about the developer’s intentions, provision of alternative routes etc. We have raised a number of concerns with PAE Council & the developers this afternoon & will keep you informed of the outcomes.
If you use this section of the Greenway, please do so WITH CARE!
PA/E residents may notice mention of the Outer Harbor Greenway in the latest PAEtodaynewspaper. It’s quite a good article – there’s unfortunately no photo & on reflection, its statement that children can use the Greenway ‘with a parent or guardian’ seems a bit unnecessary (many already use it to ride to school) – but overall we’re very pleased to see the Council making a greater effort to promote this amazing asset!
The new Walking & Cycling Plan commits the Council to greater promotion of the Greenway & other local cycling routes, which we hope will extend to informative web pages & maybe even an app-based guide to PAE’s Bike Network. In the meantime reader’s may want to check out our very ‘low-tech’ on-line maps of the Port-to-City sections route which you can print off from our Greenway page. https://portadbug.org/…/port-adelaide…/the-ohg-route/
From In Daily: Greens call for ‘Cycling Revolution’ at 2022 election.
The South Australian Greens are calling for an additional $20 million to be poured into the State Bicycle Fund and the establishment of a Walking and Cycling Commissioner ahead of the state election.
Among the other policy commitments from the Greens ahead of the March 19 poll is a state-wide cycling education program for schools, reduced speed limits in residential areas to promote safety and the addition of cycling lanes to new major arterial roads.
The $20 million investment in the State Bicycle Fund would contribute towards develop a “low stress local street network”, while the funds could also be used to provide incentives to local Councils to create pop up bikeways.
The Greens say their “cycling revolution plan” would be funded by their proposed tax on developers which would raise $1.7 billion over four years.
Greens transport spokesperson Robert Simms MLC said it was “embarrassing that South Australia spends less than any other state in the country on cycling infrastructure”.
“The Labor and Liberal parties should join the Greens in making this a real priority in the next parliament. We’re calling on them to match our commitments,” he said.
“At this time of climate crisis, active transport must be a priority for Government. If we’re serious about reducing carbon emissions we need to get serious about cycling. It’s time for the government to put some money on the table.”
The concept of a Walking and Cycling Commissioner – a role independent of government and tasked with promoting active forms of transport – was first floated by Simms in May last year. The Commissioner would conduct research, develop strategies and provide advice to government ministers and authorities on topics related to cycling and walking.
Simms, a former Adelaide City Councillor and federal senator, is the Greens’ lead candidate for the Upper House this year, with public servant and former Greens adviser Yesha Joshi preselected last year as the number two candidate.
The minor party currently holds two seats in the Legislative Council and, along with SA-Best, is vying for the balance of power at the next election.
At long last South Australia is to have a new cycling strategy (our last one – ‘Safety in Numbers’ – ran its course in 2010)!
From DIT: “The draft 2022-2032 Cycling Strategy for South Australia outlines the vision for riding in South Australia and builds on previous successes and achievements.”
“The draft Strategy presents the current state of riding in South Australia and related trends, the barriers to riding and the strategic priorities needed to help increase participation.”
“It recognises the opportunity to promote South Australia as a great place to ride and outlines the objectives, initiatives, actions and priorities to guide future investment, expand and improve cycling infrastructure and support a safe and convenient environment for riding.
You can read or download a copy of the draft Strategy & submit your feedback here. The draft Strategy is open for comment until the 31st March!
1. W&CPlan ‘Have Your Say’ Extended: Last update we told you of an opportunity to Have Your Say by commenting on PAE Council’s new Draft Walking & Cycling Plan, & in particular on the ‘Put it On The Map’ commentary page.
Well we’re pleased to let you know that the final date for providing feedback has been extended to January 9th! So please – plant a flag & Have Your Say!
2. Good News – ALP Commits to Rosewater Loop: PortBUG was recently pleased to learn that the State ALP has made a pre-election commitment to invest $1.5M in developing the Rosewater Loop Bikeway!
This proposed shared path & rail-trail reserve along the disused & now-closed Rosewater Loop Rail Corridor has long been one of several longer-term projects proposed by PortBUG. In 2020 PA/E Council put in an unsuccessful bid for state Gov’t funding & the project is now part of the new draft Walking & Cycling Plan!
Perhaps something to consider when elections come around in 2022! Read an Advertiser article on Labor’s commitment here & check out Council’s detailed masterplan here.
PortBUG really encourages members on our mail list to now take a few minutes to actively contribute to the implementation of the new Port Adelaide/Enfield ‘Walking & Cycling Plan’.
We’re most definitely not asking you to read the Plan! If the PortBUG has learned anything over the last 3 decades it’s that wading through the endless detail of successive Cycling Plans is not for everyone!
We are suggesting that everyone can very usefully & simply go to the interactive ‘Put It On The Map’ section at the Plan’s Have Your Say page and put in some flags & brief notes to tell Council planners where the bike route & bikeway gaps, problems & opportunities are & your suggestions for resolving or building them!
This ‘mapping out’ of potential works & projects will actually be the most important phase in the implementation of the new Plan & is one that you can now contribute to directly now!
This is a particularly important opportunity for those residents who live in the central & eastern sections of the PA/E Council Area. Both PortBUG & Council staff acknowledge that the suburbs east of Ottoway & Kilburn have received less attention in previous plans that those around the Port CBD, Harbor and along the Penninsula. We hope that the new Walking & Cycling Plan will address this over the next 5-10 years – so here’s your chance. Act now!
Both of these new Plans will guide the ongoing development of bike paths & cycling access & Active Transport generally across the Port Adelaide/Enfield area for the next decade of so. As we all know, the next 10 years are likely to be crucial for the development of sustainable transport – especially from a ‘transport equity’ p.o.v – so please take some time out to have a look at & comment on both plans!
2. Semaphore Road Bike Paths – Safety Audit: Readers will recall that a couple of months ago a group of Semaphore Road traders & the Semaphore Mainstreet Association called for the closure of the unique off-road bike paths constructed when Semaphore Road was renovated a decade or so ago (see September’s post here).
Although the concerns expressed focussed on safety issues, traders & the SMA were also very clearly interested in the potential for their further expansion into the public space (outdoor dining & trading etc)! While the BUG will always seek to resolve genuine safety issues, in this case we weren’t convinced there were any of significance & we made this point quite strongly. We argued strongly for the positive role & value of the bike paths, & called for both an audit of safety issues as well as a proper review of their function & design.
We are now told that we can expect a Road Safety Audit of the bike paths to be tabled at the December meeting of Council along with some recommended design improvements. So stay tuned!
3. Proposed Greenway Route Closures: Readers will also recall that earlier this month we had notice of proposals to partially close sections of the Greenway through the Port’s Waterfront between Lipson St & the Birkenhead Bridge. The results of Council’s Have Your Say community consultation will also go to Council at the December meeting. The consultation is open until next Monday, 29th. You can have your say here!
PortBUG is pleased to confirm that the recent meeting (9th Nov) of PA/E Council has endorsed both the new Integrated Transport Strategy & the new Walking & Cycling Plan.
Both remain in draft form and will now be released for public consultation!
These documents propose placing Active Transport – including walking & cycling – front & centre in the PA/E Councils transport (and more general) planning activities over the next decade or so. Results will be seen in their implementation of course – but it’s a great start!
It’s also encouraging to see that Council also endorsed further investigation (including community consultations) for proposed 40km/hr speed zones in Port Adelaide & on Semaphore Road (Military Rd to Swan Trc).
Hi Folks, Apologies for following our previous blog post so soon with another, but we have just been notified of a development proposal on the Port Waterfront which will have a major impact on the Outer Harbor Greenway – specifically travel along Lipson St, McLaren Parade & the Waterfront itself. We want to respond to the proposal below from PA/E Council & need to know your views & have your ideas for possible alternatives.
Council Engineer Shaun de Waal writes “… we are currently consulting on the proposed Rydges Hotel Development which is located on the corner of McLaren Parade and Lipson Street. During construction they will require to occupy Council Road Reserve for which a Permit and Authorisation would need to be granted by Council. The granting of this permit has a community engagement component prior to being reported on at Council.
Given the OH Greenway runs along the boundary of the work site I would like to make the BUG aware of the proposal should you wish to provide written feedback on the matter. Information pertaining to the proposal is available on a Have Your Say page (link below). I have also attached the map which indicates the main impacts.
Heaps of interesting cycling-related stuff on the PA/E Council agenda tomorrow evening, including:
a revised draft of the Integrated Transport Planand…
tabling of the new Walking & Cycling Plan(Note: both plans are up for Council ratification & public consultation)
new proposals for 40km/hr speed limits at Semaphore & the Port Adelaide CBD (including key sections of the Outer Harbor Greenway)
a proposal for safety improvements at the intersection of Semaphore Road & Fletcher Road, Birkenhead
expansion of the existing Port River loop path to the eastern Inner-Harbour.
PA/E Integrated Transport Plan – important updates:
“…Key opportunities to combat climate change and sustainable transport are included within the ITS, with key targets and indictors listed under each theme…the new strategy will have a focus on “Net Zero” emissions for the organisation.
“This Strategy looks beyond vehicular transport to focus on the entire transport network and addresses the movement of people, services and goods. It does this by providing direction in relation to active transport, public transport, traffic management and road safety, management of parking, integrated land use and transport planning, and freight.
Draft Walking & Cycling Plan (section 12.2.8, starts 206):
“The W&CP seeks to enhance walking and cycling as a main mode of transport through the creation of a safer and more accessible network.
“The W&CP sets out desired outcomes and delivery focus areas which are centred around providing facilities for the ‘interested, but concerned’ proportion of the population… people across a broad spectrum who are willing to undertake greater active travel if high quality, safe and connected infrastructure is in place.
“The key priorities over the next five years focus onimproved safety and wayfinding of existing established routes along with the installation of new routes to provide better connectivity. Some key areas are detailed below:
Gillman East-West Bikeway Connector
Enfield East-West Connector
Port Adelaide CBD improvements
Outer Harbor Greenway Improvements
Improved north-south connecting neighbourhood links on the eastern side of the Council area.
“The Port Adelaide Bicycle User Group (PortBUG) have been engaged throughout the development of the draft plan. Council Administration met with PortBUG representatives in July 2021 to discuss the draft plan and their feedback in detail. Further engagement with the PortBUG and other stakeholders will continue moving forward through the finalisation of the plan and implementation.”
“The Walking and Cycling Plan identifies a number of key investment areas for Council to deliver on over the life of the plan. The proposed infrastructure priority investment plan has indicative costs which total over $2 million. It is proposed to allocate a minimum of $250,000 per year for the life of the plan.”
You can read more of the draft Walking & Cycling Plan here.
1. Semaphore Foreshore Master Plan – Community Engagement. The PA/E Council is developing a Master Plan for the redesign, updating, renovation & revival of the Semaphore Foreshore – the area at the western end of Semaphore Road and extending from Union Street (to the north) and Hart Street (to the south). The potential scope of the Masterplan is extensive & Council has effectively assured us that ‘anything is possible’!
From Councils web page:
“We want your help to develop a Master Plan for the Semaphore Foreshore. The Foreshore is a much loved and iconic destination for Semaphore locals and visitors. It supports the local economy, environment, and a strong sense of community.
Preparing a Master Plan provides an opportunity to re-imagine the area and the role it will play into the future. This includes considering amenity, resilience to climate change, recreation and play spaces, events and entertainment, safety, heritage, technology, accessibility, and business activities.”
This Masterplan is important for cycling & bicycle use for many reasons, not the least being its potential to further encourage recreational & every-day cycling for both residents & visitors. We now have an opportunity to ensure much safer & more efficient connections between Semaphore Road & the Coast Park’s Shared Use Path – the Coastal Bikeway, as well as ensuring that the Foreshore is simply a much more pleasant place to visit, especially for younger folk, families & children!
Council is embarking on an initial community engagement regarding development of the Foreshore Masterplan to identify what community and stakeholders value about the Foreshore and their ideas for the future. If you’d like to see the Master Plan & participate in its development please go to Councils Have Your Say page. Note that you have until 5pm, Friday, 5th of November to comment!
It’s also important to note that Council has provided a specific opportunity for children & younger folk (up to 16) to comment separately & from their own point of view. This is an important step in the development of Councils consultation processes simply because the future belongs to younger folk! Please encourage your children to take this opportunity to contribute to the Foreshore’s redesign – maybe it’ll see more recreational & play facilities – half-court basket ball, a larger skate park, pavement fountains etc!
2. Progress with the Rosewater Loop: At it’s October meeting the PA/E Council accepted & supported a Council report – ‘Rosewater & Ottoway Loop/Concept Master Plan’. Council will now share this masterplan proposal with the community & seek ongoing discussions with State Government to pursue the project!
Perhaps the most significant ‘next big project’ on the PA/E Councils cycling agenda, the proposed Rosewater Loop (see below) circles through & connects the adjacent suburbs of Alberton, Rosewater & Ottoway – residential areas that are poorly served by public transport & to a significant extent isolated & ‘cut off’ from shops & services by very busy roads.
Currently consisting of made & unmade pathways in the Gillman Rail Yards reserve & the now-closed Rosewater Rail Line – the route will provide outstanding recreational opportunities for the local community as well as direct walking & cycling connections to the Outer Harbour Greenway shared-use pathway, the Alberton Rail Station, into the Port CBD shopping & services precinct & to Semaphore & points beyond.
The PortBUG Coordinating Group has been in recess for the past 2-3 months, essentially because we’ve been awaiting the long-delayed final drafts of the new Walking & Cycling Plan & its associated & overarching Integrated Transport Plan (ITP), & the announcement of community consultation processes for both.
But we haven’t been asleep!
We can now tell you that Council (on October 12th) at long last ratified the draft Integrated Transport Plan for public consultation. We expect to hear of arrangements for this consultation in the next few weeks so stay tuned! It’s worth noting that the initial in-line community consultations for the ITP last year received the greatest number of responses for any such processes held by Council! We are told that the great majority of responses were from residents interested in cycling & pedestrian issues!
From Council’s October agenda:
“Council has commenced the development of its first Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS)…an opportunity to create a well-planned and people friendly transport environment. The ITS is envisaged to be a guiding strategy for the next ten-year period 2021 to 2031… to create a framework that will guide transport investment and policy decisions.”
“This Strategy looks beyond vehicular transport to focus on the entire transport network and address the movement of people, services and goods. It does this by providing direction in relation to active transport, public transport, traffic management and road safety, management of parking, integrated land use and transport planning, and freight.“
“The ITS addresses sets out clear Targets, Strategic Directions and Indicators for success for the following key transport themes across the City:
Traffic Management and Road Safety
Managing Parking Demand
Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning
Freight: Movement of Goods and Services.
…The development of an Integrated Transport Strategy aligns with all city themes as such a plan would be wholly inclusive and consider all modes of transport that focuses on strategies to move people in the City rather than just focusing on the movement of vehicles.”
PortBUG has great hopes for Port Adelaide/Enfield’s new Integrated Transport Plan. If appropriately supported & funded it will be a very progressive step forward for a Council facing enormous transport-related challenges over the next decade. It will be the first such ITP undertaken by any Council in SA and will provide an overall framework for the inclusion (see below) of cycling & Active Transport generally into all of Council’s planning & investment processes.
It’s also worth noting (see below) that cycling & Active Transport will have a high profile in & be central to the outcomes of the new ITP!
We understand that the new Walking & Cycling Plan – which will be framed by the ITP – is currently being rewritten and will be available for public consultation later this year.
“Good afternoon – Brett from the Big Bike Film Night here, I just wanted to contact you about an event, our upcoming film screening next month at the Wallis Cinemas Mitcham.
In essence, this event is a short film fest style occasion that celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms. The collection runs for just over 2 1/4 hours and has an absolutely breath-taking range of short cycling films which are a great reminder of why we love to ride our bike with films that celebrate the fun, adventure and inspiration that cycling enables, whatever your ride is.
Our attached Summary details some of the inspiring films that will be showcased, and this year every ticket purchased to attend a screening of the Big Bike Film Night goes in the draw to WIN A TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND thanks to our Presenting Partner Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand.
I hope you can share the details of this event with your community.
I think there is a real appetite for people wanting to see this, especially when something as unique as this is being shown, and I’m sure Adelaide bike enthusiasts will enjoy this celebration of the humble bicycle.”
The City of Charles Sturt have provided the following notice of this proposed closure of the Torrens Linear Path to assist management of visitors viewing the Riverbank Christmas Lights:
Where: Closure of River Torrens Linear Park Trail (footpath) at Adam Street (riverbank side between Manton Street and Port Road, Hindmarsh)
When: From 29th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022 (6.30PM to 11.30PM only).
“The Riverbank Christmas Lights event are held each year at this location, however due to COVID and the need for the event organiser to have a dedicated COVID management plan, there is a requirement to place temporary fencing along a portion of River Torrens Linear Park (between Manton Street (by Holland Street Bridge) and Port Road.”
“The fencing will close the shared path each night during the dates and times specified above to allow management of attendance numbers/social distancing as required by SA Health.”
“Cyclists and users wishing to access the path during this time (who are not attending the event) will be detoured via Holland Street Bridge and Holland Street.“
Outer Harbor Greenway Works: Since the opening of the Outer Harbour Greenway a couple of years ago, there has been repeated comment regarding the rather ‘abrupt’ gutter that cyclists have had to negotiate as they enter the pathway around McInerney Park (at the intersection of Day Terrace and Sackville Street) at Croydon.
We’re very pleased to hear that the City of Charles Sturt has been listening & is dealing with the problem. In an informal communication we are told that work is underway & “the transition between path and road surface will be much smoother.” You can see the area of the Greenway affected in the Council plan below.
PortBUG congratulates the City of Charles Sturt on their ongoing efforts & commitment to improve & refine the Greenway. Feel free to submit your photos of the work as it progresses (and when completed) via facebook to either PortBUG or WestsideBUG. We look forward to the completion of this latest refinement of the fabulous OHG!
2. Semaphore Road Bike Path Petition: Readers will recall a petition from the Semaphore Mainstreet Association for the permanent closure & removal of the road’s renowned off-road bike paths. Council officers have now reported on the petition with a recommendation that:
‘a formal review of the bike path be undertaken by an independent consultant to consider improvements… [which aim to maintain] the bike path but providing further opportunities for outdoor dining and improving the conspicuity of the bike path (such treatment could include further ‘buffers’ between the bike path and footpath)…. However, it should be recognised that the retention of the bike path is recommended in any circumstance.’
This recommendation will be considered by Council at their meeting tomorrow & we presume that any review might then be undertaken over the next few weeks. You can read this recommendation to Council here (starting at page 180) as well as PortBUG’s submission.
3. Reminder – A Brave New World Presentation: ‘Car-Free Living’.
Jeremy Miller, noted campaigner on environmental & transport issues will provide this engaging presentation at the Parks Library, 46 Trafford St, Angle Park on Wednesday 29 September, 7-8pm.
Join Jeremy Miller as he discusses how cities of the future can benefit from being built for fewer cars, and more bikes. Learn how using electric bikes and cargo bikes can be just as helpful to the individual as the community and the environment.
Who: Jeremy is past Chair of Bike Adelaide & noted campaigner on environmental & transport issues.
Where: Parks Library, 46 Trafford St, Angle Park.
When: Wednesday 29 September, 7-8pm.
Modern cities are built around transport via car – but what if they weren’t?
Join Jeremy Miller as he discusses how cities of the future can benefit from being built for fewer cars, and more bikes. Learn how using electric bikes and cargo bikes can be just as helpful to the individual as the community and the environment.
In the Brave New World series we talk to leaders about ideas and issues shaping our world. We invite you to be informed and engaged.
Over the last 3 months, your PortBUG coordination group has been actively liaising with Council staff on important developments to be considered by Council in September. Discussions have included:
nominated Council bicycle-related funding projects, 2021-22
initial feedback on a draft of the Council’s new Walking & Cycling Plan (WCP)
responding to a proposal from Semaphore Road traders to permanently close the Mainstreet Bike Paths (including attending an informal meeting with the Mayor & snr staff)!
provision of input to proposals for further development of a ‘Rosewater Loop’ Bike Path
provision of specific advice regarding a Port CBD Active Transport Network.
We have also had an opportunity to discuss with staff the Council’s new Integrated Transport Plan (ITP). Readers may recall an online public consultation process Council held in 2020 for nomination of problems encountered across the PA/E Council’s transport system – we are pleased to report that the majority of issues reported concerned specific issues encountered by bicycle users, now incorporated into the ITP. Congratulations to everyone who responded!
We understand that at their September meeting, Council will consider both the draft Integrated Transport Plan & the Walking & Cycling Plan as well as a report prepared by staff on the proposed Semaphore Road Bike Path closure. We understand that both the ITP & W&CP will then proceed to public consultation! We’ll keep you informed on all developments.
The ‘grapevine’ suggests that State Government bike funding for Councils seems to have improved markedly for 2021-22. Hopefully this means that the new PA/E W&CPlan will get off to a good start! We’ll report further details as they become available.
PortBUG has recently called for interest from members living (and cycling) beyond the immediate Port Adelaide area to act as ‘Field Agents’ to assist in representing cycling issues. Several members have expressed interest for the suburbs of Oakden, Ottoway, Largs North, Valley View & Sefton Park. If you are interested in acting in this role in your local area (to monitor & report on local bike-related issues) please let us know! We are particularly interested in hearing from our female members!
Readers will recall a recent petition to Council from the Semaphore Mainstreet Association (on behalf of 37 traders) to permanently close the Semaphore Road Bike Paths. The PortBUG has now provided Council with a detailed response which you can read here.
These pathways are more-or-less unique in Australia & were installed as part of the complete redevelopment of Semaphore Road-East around a decade ago. They complement widened ‘boulevard’ footpaths as well as a narrowed & speed-limited roadway which was provided with both on-road bike-lanes & many additional angled parking spaces.
We anticipate attending an informal meeting shortly to discuss the SMA’s request with The Mayor & key Council Staff. It seems likely that Council staff will present a report to Elected Members sometime in August or September.
UPDATE: THE BUG NOW UNDERSTANDS THAT THE COUNCIL REPORT (ALONG WITH PORTBUG’S SUBMISSION) WILL BE CONSIDERED BY COUNCILLORS AT THE SEPT. 11TH MEETING!
For those who visit or ride on Semaphore Road, it’s with considerable disappointment we must let you know of a petition from the Semaphore Main Street Association, aimed at the permanent closure of Semaphore Road’s unique off-road bikeways. These bikeways – constructed over a decade ago – did not intrude onto or otherwise take over existing footpath space & were created by narrowing the roadway from 4 lanes to 2 and lowering the speed limit to create a safer traffic environment!
The 38 petitioners include a prominent land agent, hair dresser, funeral director & several restaurants, cafes & gift shops. The petition – which will go to tomorrow’s Council meeting – appears to be based on the usual litany of misinformed opinions about ‘bicycle safety’, but its hidden agenda is clearly aimed at obtaining access to a much wider footpath space for out door dining, shop displays, advertising boards etc!
The petition’s covering letter offers no acknowledgement at all of the tremendous, proven economic potential & benefits that stem from encouraging people to shop or visit by bike, nor do the petitioners appear to understand the Council’s long-term aim to provide an ‘8-80’ bicycle network that serves a wide range of transport needs! The petition assumes that all bicycle users can safely ride on the road, and that none will simply ride on the footpath anyway – as they are allowed to do!
The PortBUG has long sought better promotion by Council of Semaphore Road’s bikeways, as well as installation of much better signage advertising their presence & distinguishing them from the footpaths – and we will continue to do so. Perhaps this petition will highlight for Council how important these issues really are!
The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has been developing a new ‘Walking & Cycling Plan – 2020-25’ (WCP), replacing our ‘Local Area Bicycle Plan 2015-20’ which the Council has working with over the last 5 years.
Back in April PortBUG’s coordinating group had an opportunity to briefly review the draft plan (although we were unable to share details with readers). If you’ve followed our forum or blog posts recently it’ll be no surprise that we had some problems with the new plan – both the way it was developed & presented, as well as its road-focussed recommendations and content.
Broadly speaking we’ve felt that it was neither ‘reader-friendly’ nor sufficiently focussed on the key issues that we know that ‘interested but concerned’ residents (those who would ride or walk if they felt safe) consider most important – safety, connectivity & convenience! Nor did we feel that the draft sufficiently dealt with the challenge of creating an ‘8-to-80 Network’.
We provided a detailed & comprehensive response (see link below) & yesterday we met with staff to discuss this feedback. We’re pleased to report that they will be conveying our thoughts to the consultants preparing the draft plan, suggesting that it be updated to address our concerns. Staff explained some of the context of the Plan’s development and the likelihood of increased funding over the next year! PortBUG will have another opportunity to briefly review the draft Plan before it goes to Council and then out for public consultation (probably in August or September).
This new Walking & Cycling Plan represents an important ‘Next Step’ in the ongoing development of our Active Transport Network. It will need to address:
• key ‘missing links’ in the Network such as east-west alternatives to Grand Junction Road, an off-road link on Sudholz Rd (connecting to the Paradise bus interchange) & important tourism routes
• improved access into & through key centres such as the Port CBD & Waterfront
• the many opportunities for improved local links & local area networks and…
• The Port’s substandard pedestrian infrastructure!
With the launch of this new Walking & Cycling Plan, one challenge we’d really like readers to think about is how we might develop a stronger voice for those of you who live in the eastern parts of the PA/E Council area – perhaps through the The Parks & east of South Road? The BUG coordinating group spend most of their riding time in and around The Port, Semaphore & the Lefevre Peninsula and are much less familiar with problems that bicycle users to the east face. This is where local knowledge is fundamentally important!
One option we have considered is to try to convene a small group (maybe 3-4 people) who live & ride further to the east who might want to collaborate in reviewing the new Plan, identifying barriers to safe cycling & walking & suggesting solutions. The tasks are not too demanding – they just require some local knowledge & experience that the current BUG coordinating group just doesn’t have. If you are at all interested in this, please let Sam, BUG Secretary know via our website contact form or email address.
The City of Charles Sturt have called for community feedback on the proposed closure & detour of the Outer Harbor Greenway at Bowden for approx. 12 months.
An application has been received from developers for this closure to facilitate new housing construction at the ‘Nightingale Bowden’ site for one year from July 2021 to July 2022. The Greenway would be closed between Drayton Street and the Station Place Footbridge (see map below).
Further details on this matter can be found on Council’s Have Your Sayconsultation website with written public comments invited. You can also email comments to Catherine Blackmore (Admin & Consultation Officer) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments must be received by 5.00pm on 26 July 2021.
Over the course of construction and the proposed 12-month pathway closure Greenway users would be detoured approx 300 metres as per the route shown below.
Labour MP Joe Szakacs is convening a Community Forum to discuss & lobby for development of the now-disused Rosewater rail line as a community asset. The PortBUG has long supported the concept of a ‘Rosewater Loop’ – a high quality shared-use pathway utilising the full width of the corridor as a active transport route, a biodiversity park and for various other recreational activities.
A pathway and ‘linear park’ along the Rosewater rail corridor would link up – when it reaches Railway Trc, Ottoway – with the existing community-made route that runs up the Gilman Rail Reserve to Eastern Parade. This link would create a full loop – the Rosewater Loop– providing all surrounding suburbs with secure & direct walking & cycling access to both the Outer Harbor Greenway and the Port’s CBD, as well as a valuable & versatile public space!
From Joe’s facebook page:“How would you like to see the unused rail corridor in Rosewater repurposed? As the rail line is in the process of being officially decommissioned, now is a great time to start discussing ideas for its future. And who better to ask for suggestions than you, the local community. To share your views and ideas, I invite Rosewater residents to come along to my Rosewater Loop Community Forum
When: Monday 28th June, 6-7pm Where: Rosewater Football Club – 47 Newcastle St, Rosewater.
1. Workshop – Draft Walking & Cycling Plan: In early June council officers provided PortBUG with a brief opportunity to review the new draft Walking & Cycling Plan. This draft will be discussed at a short Councillor Workshop,Tuesday 22nd, 8-8.30pm (in the PA/E Town Hall, Nile Street, Port Adelaide). Interested residents can attend but not comment or participate in this workshop – details here.
PortBUG has many concerns regarding the current draft of the new Walking & Cycling Plan – concerns we have not encountered when reviewing previous bike plans. These concerns go to the heart of what we consider to be ‘good planning’ in meeting the needs of ‘vulnerable road users’ & addressing the future of Active Transport for both residents & visitors.
We have put together a pdf for Councillors outlining some of these concerns & some key questions for Council staff – you can read this pdf here. We encourage your interest in the issues we raise & your attendance in this short workshop if you can make it.
2. Proposed e-Scooter Zone Expansion: PA/E Council is currently asking for resident’s opinions on a proposed expansion of the zone for its current E-Scooters trial (recently extended for another 12 months).
This expansion would permit scooter users to leave the restricted area of the Coast Park, to cross the Esplanade and ride up side streets to Military Road, where several additional ‘storage’ or parking/collection zones would be established.
In the case of Semaphore Road, scooter users would be permitted to ride along the footpaths as far as Glanville Station (but not between the Esplanade & Military Rd)! Roads where footpaths are too narrow or too congested to safely accommodate scooters are excluded (see the proposed area on the map at the consultation page).
Council are seeking the feedback of residents on this proposal. You can comment here. Consultation closes 28th June.
3. Council Engagement Survey: Residents of PA/E will know that our Council has recently sought to ‘engage’ with residents, both in providing information & in seeking feedback through consultation processes.
Council have now appointed a number of Engagement Officers to facilitate & improve these processes, & have initiated an Engagement Survey, seeking your feedback. It’s important that the voices of residents are heard, particularly with regard to walking & cycling issues – please consider responding to this brief questionnaire.Consultation closes 7th July.