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

‘Super Mario’ does the Zebra!

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

Photo: Rob Daly.

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

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

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

Annika, 2 x kids & their Taga.

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

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

The Port needs ‘Integrated Transport Planning’!

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

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

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

Best Wishes from the PortBUG for the Holiday Season!

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PortBUG: Your feedback sought – changes to OHGreenway……

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

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

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

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

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

– commenting below or…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Local Cycling Update, October 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cargo-biking on the Outer Harbor Greenway…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Summary of Candidate’s Statements for Cycling…

For your information as a voter in the forthcoming local government elections, PortBUG is pleased to provide a summary of candidate’s statements of support for bicycle use and Active Transport from 12 of our Port Adelaide/Enfield candidates. To read the summary please click here.

All PA/E candidates listed at the LGA site (apart from 3 who had not provided email addresses) were emailed an invitation to comment and indicate their support for planning and investment in bicycle use and active transport over the coming Council term. They were also provided with a written outline of some of the challenges facing Active Transport across the PA/E area.

With 4 days to go before the start of the voting period 12 responses have been received across both Mayoral candidates and those standing across 4 of the Wards (Port Adelaide, Semaphore, Klemzig and Northfield). If more are received prior to the start of voting they will be added to this summary!

Note: Some particularly lengthy statements have been edited for brevity (but retaining all key points made). If you’d like to read candidate statements in full please refer to the top-of-page Candidate Statement Announcement at the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum.

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PortBUG: Candidates Support for Active Transport – Local Gov’t Elections…

Read Active Transport Statements from Candidates at the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum.

Hi Folks, PortBUG has a simple message in this post – ‘Vote for Cycling’! The Local Government elections are coming up soon. You’ll receive your election papers in the post. Just mark the boxes of your chosen candidates and return in the envelope provided – old fashioned but it works.

With a new report from the IPCC out this week it’s now very clear that Australians must do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, around 25% of which come from transport. We also face a growing epidemic of disease and ill health (and associated financial burdens) stemming from our general lack of opportunity for safe ‘every-day’ transport-related physical activity. It’s now clear that Governments at all levels need to embrace Active Transport (including utility bike use) as a bottom-line strategy in planning and investment.

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No new bike infrastructure!

Yet in our last State Budget, the State Bike Fund – on which Council’s depend to fund new bicycle infrastructure – was reduced from over $2M to around $300,000. The former fund was completely inadequate and the new one just seems like a bad joke! The PA/E Council alone last year used up $164,000 of the Fund. Clearly $300,000 will go nowhere in meeting the growing community demand for new, secure bicycle infrastructure! This will mean no more of the new bicycle paths and separated bikeways, improved kerb ramps, safer rail crossings and redeveloped and safer streets that bike riders so badly need!

m-E-1This has to change! The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has been a leader within both Local Government and across the State. Not only does it have a great Bike Plan, but it’s Councillors and staff have done their level best to implement it! But we still have a way to go! The Council’s move to support Active Transport needs your ‘Active Support’ in the elections.

Please:

  • check out the growing number of Candidate’s (currently 11) who have posted their views on Active Transport at our facebook group, the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum (and consider joining or following so you can stay in touch)
  • 1write the names of those people you’d like to vote for on your fridge (both for Mayor and for your Ward) and…
  • ensure that you can make an Active Transport-informed choice in the coming elections!

 

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Invitation to a PortBUG Survey Ride.

New Greenway at St Clair (Photo: Dave Case)

Hi Bicycle Folks,    This coming Sunday morning, 7th Oct. the PortBUG will conduct an informal review ride – a ‘saddle-survey’ – of the Port Adelaide-to-City section of the Outer Harbour Greenway. This stretch of the Greenway runs for 13km from The Port to the Adelaide Parklands.

We’d like to invite ‘followers’ from our BUG Blog and our facebook Bicycle Forum to come along with us and contribute to a vision & plan for the ongoing development of the route.

We’ll meet by 9am outside the Port Admiral Hotel, c’nr Commercial Road and St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. We’ll need to get going promptly so we suggest that you try to get there around 8.30-8.45 so you have a chance to meet BUG members. Bring a snack and a drink, particularly if it looks like it’s going to be warm. We should be back in the Port by 12-12.30.

All are welcome! The ride will be quite leisurely with pauses to take photos and discuss and document opportunities for improving the route. We’ll ride up to the Adelaide Parklands (via the new Underpass) and then return – probably via a coffee-stop and opportunity for discussion, either at the Plant 4 Market or the Loose Caboose Café, both near the new Bowden Rail Station.

This brief survey is the first step in a program of ‘discovery’ the BUG is undertaking to prepare submissions for a new PA/E ‘Integrated Transport Plan’ that we understand will replace the Council’s current Bike Plan after 2020. Other steps in this process will probably involve:

  • surveying community recommendations for new bike routes/bikeway improvements
  • a similar survey of recommendations for improved conditions for walking and other forms of Active Transport (including movement and access for children and for people with physical disabilities)
  • a mapping exercise to identify ‘gaps’ in the current PA/E Bike Network & opportunities for improved connectivity.

This is not an organized ride – the route is very secure but participants need to be responsible for their own safety. If you haven’t ridden the OHG route yet this will be a good opportunity to become familiar with it. We look forward to your contributions and to meeting ‘followers’ from the Blog and Facebook Forum!

GuideThe PortBUG has prepared a simple OHG Wayfaring Guide which you can download and print from our Greenway page. We’ll also encounter a couple of short detours along the way (due to ongoing work on the Greenway) which you can read about at our f/b forum posts here and here.

We look forward to catching up if you can come along.

Sam Powrie, Secretary, PortBUG. M: 0478 514 21

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PortBUG News: Where’s the Money Coming From…?

New bike projects on Semaphore Road!

Note: See below for a Form Letter that you can send to Min. Stephan Knoll.

Each year PA/E staff and the PortBUG come up with a program of targeted projects taken from those identified in its Bike Plan as well as others that arise associated with DPTI projects and other initiatives.  And every year since 2015 the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has also applied to the State Bicycle Fund (administered by DPTI) for the matched funding grant it requires to implement these projects.

Reduced Cycling Funding: pp120, Budget Measures.

So the PortBUG read with considerable alarm in this year’s Budget Papers (page 120, Budget Measures paper) of the Government’s intention to reduce this fund through: ‘rationalisation of lower priority services, including a reduction in… grants provided to local councils for cycling paths’.

We understand that over the past few years the SBF has hovered around $2M, to be shared amongst all of South Australia’s councils. Not much really, especially when we consider the amount of work and investment required to transform Adelaide into a ‘Bike Friendly City’! We now have it on good authority that the SBF may have been reduced to around $300,000 or even less for the coming year. If correct this seems to be tokenism at its worst!

Why? Because it simply will not be enough to continue to support local government struggling to create a ‘bike friendly city’ at ground level where it counts! Over 2016-17 the Port Adelaide Council alone relied on a grant of $164,000 to continue implementation of its own Bike Plan (as well as $68,700 in 2015/16 and $68,500 in 2014/15)! Clearly $300,000 isn’t going to be of much help when divided up amongst all of Adelaide’s, let alone other South Australian councils!

We are very concerned at where this may leave PA/E Council with 2 years yet to run in completing its current Bike Plan and facing many challenges associated with:

  • increased numbers of trucks on our roads
  • thousands of new commuters in new Inner Harbour housing developments and travelling to new shipping and freight industries on the LeFevre Peninsula
  • major new housing developments at Northgate and Windsor Gardens
  • the new Port Dock Rail Station
  • reducing crippling road congestion through the Port CBD!

Accordingly we have written to Transport Minister Stephan Knoll asking him to clarify this budget cut, to indicate the funds available to Councils over the next few years and – of course – to reconsider the decision if at all possible. We will keep you informed of his response!

Update:
The PortBUG has written to Transport Minister Stefan Knoll seeking clarification of the massive (apparently) massive cut to the State Bike Fund.

If you too would like to email Minister Knoll to appeal this very retrograde decision we provide a form letter below – just copy the letter’s text into an email, put the Minister’s address in the address line, personalise, tidy up and add any further information as required and send!

 

Letter Min Knoll re SBF Oct 2018

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PortBUG News: New PREXY Bikeway announced…

Dedicated cycling and walking track planned to connect Gawler to Port Adelaide…

From Ashleigh Pisani in the Northern Weekly Messenger yesterday, September 25 (and thanks to DPTI for the alert!)

‘CYCLISTS will soon be able to travel “safely” from Port Adelaide to Gawler on a dedicated cycling and walking track. As part of the $885 million Northern Connector project, the State Government has announced it will extend the proposed shared-use path from Gawler to Port Adelaide.

The new off-road path will connect the existing path off Eastern Parade in Port Adelaide to the Northern Connector path. It will run side-by-side with the Port River Expressway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Once it is up and running, cycling on the Port River Expressway between Port Adelaide and the Superway will be banned.

Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the shared-use path would provide a safe route for cyclists between Port Adelaide and Gawler. He said the new path would reduce traffic congestion and travel times for both cyclists and motorists.
“The shared-use path will provide a safe, attractive and direct alternative to the current bike lanes on the Port River Expressway,” he said.’

Note: This article refers to the ‘PREXY’ bikeway that PortBUG got wind of a few months ago and reported in a previous blog post. We are told that it is fully funded and will be built as part of the Northern Connector Project. It will connect to the new Northern Connector Bikeway as well as the Gawler Greenway so it will provide connectivity to Salisbury as well as Gawler and to suburbs along the way such as Mawson Lakes etc. There are already many commuters (as well as sports and recreational cyclists) that travel between these adjacent suburbs and Port Adelaide daily and this new bikeway will meet a long-standing need for secure connectivity in the North-Western sector of Adelaide! This bikeway should of course have been built when the Port Expressway was constructed – it’s been featured in the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan since 2015 and it’s great news that DPTI have taken up the challenge to build it! Messenger link here.

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PortBUG News: New Bike Parking on the O.H Greenway.

One of Adelaide’s new secure bike parking enclosures.

The City of Charles Sturt has advised that over the next 4-6 weeks, the bike lockers next to the Woodville Train Station (see below) will be replaced with a new Bike Parking Cage.

The existing bike lockers are to be removed…

This card-accessible enclosure will provide more access to secure bike parking for public transport users. During construction, there may be some minor disruption to users of the Outer Harbour Greenway shared use pathway. Council advise that safety for pathway users will be managed at all times and that work to install the new Bike Cage will take just over one week. For more information about rail maintenance works and maintenance activity visit www.dpti.sa.gov.au/worksnotifications.

Secure bike parking cages operate on the metroCARDsystem free of chargeand can be added to registered metroCARD cardholder accounts by calling the Adelaide Metro InfoLine on 1300 311 108 or visiting an Adelaide Metro InfoCentre. For more information visit Adelaide Metro here.

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