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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PortBUG: Summary of recent discussions with PA/E Council

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

  1. Progress with 2018-19 Bike Plan Projects:

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

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

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

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

We also learned that:

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

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

Sam Powrie,
Secretary, PortBUG.

The Gasworks Retort House, Outer Harbor Greenway, Bowden.

 

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

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

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

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

The New Chief Street Bicycle Overpass.

PortBUG’s 2005 ‘GreenLink’ proposal.

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

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

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

At long last the Outer Harbor Greenway takes off!

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

Port Dock Railway Station (looking South).

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

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

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

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

Vote For Cycling!

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PortBUG: Welcome to 2019!

Photo: WestsideBUG’s Giulio Ponte

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newly Released Port Dock Rail Station Plans.

2. Port Dock Railway Station – Community Information Session:

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

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

All Welcome!

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

PA/E’s Kerry McConnell.

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

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

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PortBUG: Last post for 2018!

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

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

Anneka, PortBUG’s most recent ‘follower’.

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

People Power!

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

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

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

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

Register here – it’s free!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodbye Zak…

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

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

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

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

 

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

‘Super Mario’ does the Zebra!

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

Photo: Rob Daly.

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

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

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

Annika, 2 x kids & their Taga.

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

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

The Port needs ‘Integrated Transport Planning’!

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

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

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

Best Wishes from the PortBUG for the Holiday Season!

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PortBUG: Your feedback sought – changes to OHGreenway……

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

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

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

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

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

– commenting below or…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Local Cycling Update, October 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cargo-biking on the Outer Harbor Greenway…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Port BUG News: Invitation to a Special Event!

A comparison of road space taken up by drivers, bus passengers & bicycle users!

‘Critical Mass’ Photo Shoot.

Hosted by Westside BUG and the Bicycle Institute of South Australia.

Do you recognise this picture? It was taken many years ago outside the Council offices in Munster, Germany to illustrate for town authorities the reason why they needed to support more bicycle user! Adelaide’s bicycle users now have ONE CHANCE to take our own ICONIC ADELAIDE IMAGE on Adelaide’s new South Road motorway. We need at least 100 participating RIDERS so bring your family, friends and dogs. Cargo bikes encouraged – our own freight carriers 🙂

What’s happening?  As a part of the opening celebrations for the Torrens2Torrens Lowered Motorway Project on South Road, the T2T project team are allowing bikes (and walkers) onto the now complete Motorway (in the section from the Torrens River to Torrens Rd) for an hour and a half only (9:00am – 10:30am). This has given us an idea!

The Idea!  Let’s get together and create an amazing photo with the help of Tim Loft, Adelaide’s own cycling photographer. In an artistic way, we want to show the space a 100 cyclists take up compared to 100 cars and we need your help. If we get more than 100 that’s great; we will include everyone in a big bunch shot.

Tim will take a second photo from the same position once the motorway opens. Together the photos will symbolise the high cost to transport people by car and how brilliant bikes are. Come wearing a coloured top to represent a car colour. No high vis necessary – but colourful is great!

Where & When:  

  • Sunday 23rd September, 9-10.30am.
  • Meet from 9am on Holden Street, in front of the Coopers Stadium (near intersection with Susan Street), Hindmarsh.
  • We will then enter the motorway via Susan St (the only permitted access point) by 9:30 to give us time to set up the picture. Note: Entry is via Susan St, Hindmarsh only.

We will never have this chance again!  All details of the T2T event here.

BISA will cover photography costs but if you can donate a dollar or two to help out on the day that would be great. BISA is your community bicycle advocacy organisation in S.A.

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PortBUG News: Post-Budget & New Project Updates.

New Causeway Road Bikeway, looking South adjacent to the Glanville Rail Station car park.

1. Causeway Road, Semaphore. This extremely busy designated freight route runs through the middle of Semaphore and Port Adelaide’s residential areas. It features primary schools at both ends, two rail stations with associated pedestrian crossings, a pub and access to several residential streets! It has no on-road bike facilities (no bike lanes, no lowered speed limits etc). Council has long planned a series of linked off-road bike pathways providing continuous bicycle access the full length of Causeway Road. And we’re pleased to now see these facilities in place! The new works include a new protected crossing adjacent to the Glanville Hotel and links to the Semaphore Road bikeways, the Outer Harbor Greenway, the Harbour Loop path and (at the southern end) to Charle Sturt’s off-road pathways along Old Port Road and through to Semaphore Park and West Lakes. These new pathways are a welcome addition to the growing Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Network!

New Causeway Road Bikeway, looking North adjacent to the Glanville Rail Station car park.

2. Funding Cuts?  Last weeks State Budget papers sneaked in a one-liner (page 124) signalling reductions in ‘… grants provided to local councils for cycling paths. These few innocuous words seem to suggest a cut to the already very limited State Bicycle Fund, the pool of money administered by DPTI that Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has been relying on to implement its Bike Plan. Needless to say this has raised some concerns about Council’s capacity to continue to implement the Plan over the next two years to 2020 when it is due to conclude. PortBUG will write to the Minister seeking clarification of these ‘reductions’ and his assurance that funding will still be available to Council to assist in implementation of the Bike plan over the next two years!

Future OHGreenway route (behind the wall), Gasworks ‘Retort House’ site, Bowden…

3. Greenway Update:  With the recent opening of the fantastic South Road Overpass (Days Trc, Croydon to Coglin St, Bowden), the Outer Harbour is one (major) step closer to completion! The last remaining step is to complete 150 metres of so of new pathway through the old ‘Retort House’ gasworks site bordered by Chief and East streets at Bowden. This is likely to take quite some time – possibly well into next year – as many heritage, construction and remediation issues will need to be resolved. However DPTI assure us that it will happen – the funding and all necessary planning permissions are in place and it’s (again) just a matter of being patient! Until then the Greenway remains perfectly useable with signposted detours on local streets around the Gasworks site.

4. Hart Street Project:  The redevelopment of Hart Street proceeds apace with the new concrete ‘islands’ in place and the reshaped intersections at Swan Trc and Carlisle Street taking shape. There are new three protected pedestrian crossings between Swann and Carlisle. Motorists seem to be accommodating well to the restriction to one lane in each direction. It will be great when it’s all finished, particularly when the promised new trees and garden plantings are in place.

5. Lady Gowrie Drive at Strathfield Trc:  We’ve been pleased to hear from DPTI that they will be undertaking improvements for bicycle users on Lady Gowrie Drive adjacent to the Strathfield Trc junction. The improvements will include:

  • continuation of the bicycle lane on the western (beach) side of Lady Gowrie Drive
  • some kerb and drainage works on the eastern side of Lady Gowrie Drive where it intersects with Strathfield Terrace.

This project forms part of the $1.8 million ‘Improving Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program’ which is funded via DPTI’s annual Asset Improvement Program.

6. PortBUG’s ‘Active Transport Manifesto’:  In the absence of any real policy from either Council or our State Government committing them to Active Transport, the PortBUG has decided that we need to ‘step up’! We’ve drafted an ‘Active Transport Manifesto’ which you can check out here at our web site. It’s very much a work in progress and your feedback and suggestions would be most welcome.

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PortBUG: PA/E Council Bike Plans, 2018-19 & Beyond…

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Causeway Rd Bikeway, looking south from Glanville Rail Station.

1.  Causeway Road Bikeways:  This project (actually part of 2017-18 investment) appears to almost be finished with just line marking and the surfacing of the pathway adjacent to Glanville Station to be finished. It will provide linked off-road bikeways (also for pedestrians and mobility device users) along the entire length of Causeway Road. These new bikeways will be a great step forward for Active Transport use along what is otherwise a hazardous and difficult stretch of road that serves two primary schools and two rail stations, and links two major arterial routes (Semaphore Road East and Bower Road). It is also a designated heavy transport route and currently provides no on-road bicycle facilities at all.Located at it’s southern, Bower Road end is one of Adelaide’s rare bicycle-priority light-controlled crossings, installed at PortBUG’s request a couple of decades ago! Few cyclists seem to know the bicycle-actuated crossing is there. We’ve asked the City of Charles Sturt (who manage things on the southern side of the road) to assess the situation and hopefully the signalled crossing can be given a higher profile once the pathway redevelopment is complete!

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New cut-through, end of Heath St to the junction of Fletcher & Semaphore Roads.

2.  Semaphore Road & Heath Street:This local 2017-18 project is also almost complete. It will see a ‘cut through’ at the end of Heath Street, Birkenhead, with improved access across Fletcher Road and a much better pathway along the northern side of Semaphore Road to a revised road crossing adjacent to a much-used bus stop opposite the ‘Big Crocodile’ art-work. This project will make it easy for cyclists to travel directly between Semaphore and Victoria Roads, avoiding need to negotiate the hazardous complex at the junctions of Victoria Rd, Nelson Street, the Port Expressway and Semaphore Road. It will also make things much easier and safer for pedestrians and those dependent on wheel chairs and mobility devices!

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New cut-through, looking back up Heath St to Victoria Road.

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New ramp and pathway, corner of Fletcher & around the northern edge of Semaphore Rd to the adjacent bus stop and pedestrian crossing.

3.  Local Area Bike Plan Projects – 2018-19 Financial Year. Following discussions with the Council late in 2017 PortBUG is able to announce the following Bike Plan Implementation projects for the coming financial year.

3.1.  Improvements to the Outer Harbour Greenway – Mead St, Birkenhead: This short off-road stretch of the Greenway route will see a new ramp and ‘stop’ line installed at the corner of Semaphore Road & Mead Street and a new off-road pathway extend down from the corner to Shorney Street where Greenway users will rejoin the roadway. The pathway design is yet to be finalised.

3.2. Enviro Non-Slip/Earthwrap – Coast Park Pathway:  This work will see installation of on-path guidance signs for PA/E Coast Park users, similar to those installed on the Charles Sturt section of the pathway to the south. These signs will guide pathway users in appropriate safety etiquette and behaviour – how to pass safely, use of bells etc.

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Enviro/Earth Wrap pathway markings (Charles Sturt section at Semaphore Park).

3.3.  Pedestrian refuge on the Enfield East-West Bikeway:  A new pedestrian refuge on the Enfield East-West Bikeway where it crosses Main North Road between Warwick St & Barton Street.

3.4.  OHG Line Marking:  New shared-path symbol line marking on the Outer Harbour Greenway, between Nelson St and McLaren Pde along the Inner Harbour wharf. This is DPTI’s preferred bike route linking the Birkenhead Bridge to McLaren and Lipson Streets (Lipson St-South is to be resurfaced so installation of sharrows there will be delayed).

3.5.  OHG Line Marking:  Sharrow linemarking on the Gawler Greenway at Pym St, Dudley Pk. This relatively short section of Pym Street has proved too narrow for other traffic calming or separation strategies (bike lanes, car park removal etc).

3.6.  OHG Line Marking:  Sharrow Linemarking on Osmond Tce, Gilles Plains. This is a new ‘mixed traffic’ road in a new subdivision.

3.7.  ‘Coopers Link’:  This proposed off-road shared-use pathway will run down the reserve on the Northern side of Regency Rd between Narweena Street and South Road. It will connect the E-W Connector bikeway (Gillman Railyards to Days Road) to the Gawler Greenway. There is some uncertainty about implementation due to planned work on South Road but it remains on Council’s plans for 2018-19.

4.  Bike Plan Possibilities – 2019-20: 

  • Greenway Linkage to Coast Path:This is a link from Flaminia St across Lady Ruthven Drv to join up with the Coast Park. It will rely on cooperation with DPTI and resolution of tricky drainage issues.
  • Mersey Rd Bikeway:Improvements to off-road pathway and connectivity at Osborne. Works may address the impact of the planned Sub-Corp extension across Mersey Rd, Council’s designated bike route along the western side of the Port RiverRosewater LATM:Detailed plans are being finalised for the

5.  Rosewater Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM), including designs for a new pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing between Florence and May Terraces. This new crossing will greatly facilitate access between Rosewater and Ottoway and to the shopping facilities on Grand Junction Road. The LATM also includes traffic calming and heavy-vehicle management strategies for Rosewater and a designated on-road bike route paralleling Grand Junction Road.

6.  2019 & Beyond:  The Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan concludes in 2020. The community will need to think long and hard about what the next stages of Active Transport development need to be. PortBUG will continue to discuss options with Council for implementing the 2015-2020 PA/E Bike Plan and then developing a new one. The challenge for helping Port Adelaide/Enfield become an ‘Active Transport City’ is constantly evolving, particularly in the face of major State Government projects and commercial housing and industrial development. The Council is already actively considering the major traffic management issues such as those associated with the Port Dock Rail Station, the Dock One & Two housing developments and the extension of the SubCorp site on Mersey Road.

Many changes are coming down the track and the PortBUG will continue to face challenges in asserting the role of cycling in the transport mix and the needs of Active Transport Users. Public consultation and your input to this process will be important. As planning items and proposals come up for public consultation we’ll put them out for comment – please let us know your responses via our Facebook Group or our web page& email when they are posted.

 

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PortBUG: New Causeway Road Bikeways…

 

Work is nearing completion on the new shared-use pathways along Causeway Road at Semaphore and Ethelton. Causeway Road has long been a hazardous route for cyclists as well as pedestrians and users of mobility devices. It’s a designated heavy transport route and sees hundreds of trucks each day. It also hosts two busy rail stations, a pub, two schools and hundreds of residences in close proximity. It connects Bower Road to Semaphore Road and is therefore the most direct route around the western end of the Port River. Speed is set at 60km/h and vehicles often appear to exceed this. There are zero provisions for safe bicycle use on Causeway Road – no bike lanes, no warning signs and no forward-standing zones at the lights at either end. In other words there are major hazards along this route for vulnerable transport users.

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Scary eh!!! This picture of BUG member Dave Case on Causeway Road exemplifies the challenges the PortBUG has faced in trying to improve conditions for bicycle use. There is now at least an off-road option immediately to Dave’s left on the new shared-use pathway!

The new bikeways greatly improve the situation and may resolve many of these hazards. At the very least they will provide vulnerable road users with more options for security and connectivity!

The new Bikeway starts at the corner of Causeway and Semaphore Roads (where it connects to the Outer Harbour Greenway and the Semaphore Road Bikeways) and extends south along the eastern side of Causeway Road.

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Start of the new pathway, looking north towards the corner of Semaphore Road. Connects with the Outer Harbour Greenway & Semaphore Road Bikeways.

The Bikeway runs past the entrances and exits of the bus interchange and Glanville Station car park with new, wide ramps…

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…and then continues on towards the Jervois Bridge and a new crossing adjacent to the Glanville Hotel and the access ramps for the Jervois Bridge Bikeway (taking cyclists into Port Adelaide).

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The new Glanville Crossing with Bridge Bikeway access ramps in the background and the start of the western-side bikeway heading south (under the Bridge).

This new crossing is ‘uncontrolled’ but has a nice wide median refuge with standing rails and wide ramps. New lights are not yet in place but the area looks as though it will be well lit at night. At this point the east-side pathway turns into dirt. Hopefully in the future it too may be improved!

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New crossing opposite the Glanville Pub. Wide ramps, median pedestrian refuge and the bases for new lights (out of the frame).

The western-side pathway extends southwards beyond the Bridge and along a new widened pathway in front of the Ethelton Rail Station car park towards Bower Road.

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The new west-side pathway, looking south from the corner of Mary Street.

The pathway extends to the corner of Causeway and Bower Roads. A new ramp has been installed and it looks like the pathway will be joined up in the next day or so. The big question is whether the new design will provide direct access to this ramp (and the new path) from the button & light controlled-bike crossing on the other side of Bower Road.

This crossing was installed by DPTI a couple of decades ago but appears to be infrequently used by cyclists. It was originally designed for bicycle users intent on riding north on Causeway Road itself. With the new pathway cyclists now have a much safer off-road option! Time will tell if the concrete standing islands in the foreground below and the road markings will need modification to allow better access to the pathway!

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New access ramp (unfinished) at the corner of Causeway & Bower Roads.

It looks like the new pathway will be finished and operational in the next week or so. Please try it out, let the PortBUG know what you think of it and we’ll pass on any suggestions you may have to Council!

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PortBUG: Hart Street Redevelopment Starting Monday…

Section including Carlisle St intersection & western ramp of the Jervois Bridge.

The PortBUG has been informed that work will begin tomorrow – Monday August 6th – on road works for the redevelopment of Hart Street, Semaphore. We thought it might be worth posting yet again about this important project – this time in a bit more detail!

The Hart Street Project is part of DPTI’s ‘Streets for People’ program, based on principles drawn from the ‘Streets for People: Compendium for South Australian Practice’. The Project is illustrated in some detail in the 3 plans and the cross-sections below. Readers will note that for bicycle users in particular there are some interesting innovations:

  • at the uncontrolled intersection at Carlisle Street
  • at the light-controlled intersection at Swan Terrace
  • on the western approach to the Jervois Bridge
  • at the entrances to the various side streets.

Here is the cross-section at the blue ‘C’ line in the above plan.

 

The current 4 vehicle lanes will be reduced to 2 and the speed limit lowered to 50km/h. Much brighter and effective new LED lighting has already been installed.

Originally it was intended that there be a ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout at the junction of Hart & Carlisle Streets, This was abandoned due to the expense and instead we now have the bike lanes to and from the adjacent Jervois Bridge continuing through the intersection in green-marked lanes.

This green surface marking will also be used:

  • where the northern-side bike lane crosses the continuation of Hart Street alongside the Bridge
  • at a new entrance ramp from the bike-lane up onto the northern-side Bridge Bikeway.

Hart Street: Mid-section – Le Fevre H.S, Swan Terrace & Netball Courts.

Here is the cross-section at the orange ‘B’ line above. The bus stops are immediately outside Le Fevre H.S.

For the first time bicycle users will have access to bike lanes on both sides – a regular full-time painted lane on the northern side and a protected bike lane on the southern side. It looks like considerable effort has been made to ensure effective separation where possible, particularly at the more predictable risk points at intersections and side roads.

It appears that six new pedestrian crossings have also been provided (in addition to existing crossings adjacent to the High School, the Military Rd roundabout and the Swan Trc lights). Along with the new and much improved lighting, the reduced speed limit and the reduction of traffic lanes – these new crossings should greatly enhance safety for pedestrians and the many children and adults involved in sporting activities nearby.

Cross-section at the ‘A’ line above. This is just west of the existing light-controlled school crossing adjacent to the High School.

Some questions remain as to sight-lines for car drivers emerging from side streets and at the intersections – we’ll try to discuss these with the Project Team asap. As far as the PortBUG is aware this will be the first time a major metro-area arterial road will receive such intensive ‘treatment’ in the interests of all road users! That is, acknowledging its use by pedestrians and bicycle, wheel-chair & mobility-device users as well as motor vehicle drivers!

The PortBUG suggests that Hart Street may well become a ‘model’ for how other challenging ‘mixed-traffic’ thoroughfares might be dealt with across the metro area! Examples might include North Terrace and Hutt Street in the CBD, Prospect and Woodville Roads, and St Vincent Street and Commercial Road in Port Adelaide.

 

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PortBUG: South Road Bicycle Overpass Now Open!

There at sunrise, waiting for the gates to open!

Finally, after a number of false starts the Outer Harbor Greenway’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Overpass at South Road is now open for business. Wendy and her T2T colleagues were on hand for this morning’s low-key ‘ribbon-cutting’. Actually it was just a snipping of the zip-ties holding the gate closed – there will be a more formal opening with the Transport Minister at a later date!

Wendy (L) and the T2T crew. Yep – it’s a ‘go slow’ detour, in place while folk are still working on the railing, lights etc…

There may be a few instances when bike riders are asked to briefly dismount and walk over coming weeks as the railings are installed but essentially it’s now fully accessible between the western entrance kerb ramp at Day Trc (just off Queen St) and the long eastern ramp down to Coglin St!

Here are a few pics from the day:

Unfortunately the commemorative budget did not extend to champagne, but despite the early hour Giulio from WestsideBUG brought along some tasty nibbles!

Getting out of bed early conferred ‘first over’ honours!

#1 – looking pleased with myself! (photo by T2T)

Cyclist #2 looked pleased with himself too!

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Bicyclista #3 looked ever-so-slightly bleary-eyed – but even happier!

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Rider #4 gets the over-the-top ‘eager-cheeriest’ prize!

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Giulio (#5) gives the bridge a go – the Engineer’s critical gaze!

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The first pedestrian to use the new bridge – ‘Congratulations Sir!’

First walker!

Bicyclista #6. As Rob says at the WestsideBUG f/b Group – ‘It’s a game-changer!’)

#6 (photo by Giulio)

Mark was #7 and first to arrive from the East (city-side).

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Top of the Bridge appears well-lit if slightly ‘prison yard-like’ (times we live in it seems…)

Yes – the fences are tall – but it feels OK. Good lighting it seems! (photo by T2T)

Better up here than down there though!

Centre are the 6-lane ‘lowered roadways’ (not yet open). Bridge deck appears to be checker-plate steel and non-slip!

The long ramp descends to the east, all the way to Coglin and then West Street.

Eastern ramp with the West Street pedestrian crossing in the distance.

There’s also a nice ‘dog-leg’ ramp on the eastern side down to McInnes Street (this pic taken before today’s opening – the kerb ramp is now installed and complete).

McInnes Street access ramp.

Nice access-ramp at West Street. The West Street railway crossing is behind me.

Access ramp at the West Street rail crossing.

West Street railway crossing (‘automatic’ gates!)

The path from the West Street access ramp and rail crossing up to the Chief Street Bridge is still closed because the pathway beyond (through to East Street) is yet to be built!

Pathway West to Chief Street Bridge (and East Street)

Thirteen years of waiting – yep, we’re happy!

Yep, we’re happy!

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PortBUG: Hart Street Redevelopment – July 30th Update.

Hart Street – Prior to Redevelopment: Looking East from Military Road – 4 lanes, 60km/h, no provisions for safe cycling, limited crossing options near sports facilities, inadequate lighting…

Streets for People: Hart Street
 Project Update!  Readers may already know that this project is a joint DPTI and Port Adelaide/Enfield Council redevelopment of Hart St, Semaphore between the Jervois Bridge and Military Road. It forms part of the State Government’s Cycling and Pedestrian Safety – Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program. Benefits will include:

  • a direct link between Port Adelaide and the coast & a safer street for all road users
  • a walkable environment, with better access to community facilities for everyone
  • safe bike lanes, with new buffers to protect people riding bicycles
  • an enhanced look and feel for Hart Street, creating a healthy, friendly neighbourhood
  • removal of surplus traffic lanes, providing an appropriate & balanced road environment for everyone
  • a safer road with a 50 km/h speed limit.

Ariel plan of the redevelopment with Key Cross-Sections.

We’ve heard today that DPTI work will soon start on the roadway, works to upgrade the lighting having already been completed.

Construction Commences:    Early August 2018

Scheduled Completion (weather permitting):    October 2018.

Street plan with major new features.

Roads will remain open to traffic with a 25 km/h speed restriction in place while workers are on site…    Questions?

 

Project Information: https://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/road_projects/streets_for_people_hart_street

Information sheet: https://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/448767/Hart_Street_Flyer_23042018.pdf

Updated concept plan: https://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/483953/Updated_Hart_Street_detailed_concept_plan.pdf.pdf

Artists impression of the redeveloped Hart Street (looking West) with major outcomes.

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PortBUG: Dutch Roundabouts in South Australia.

New Dutch-style roundabout, Moray St, St Kilda, showing adjacent roadway crossings with green linking pathways.

Readers may have noted in a recent PortBUG post that DPTI were – until recently – considering the installation of a ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout at the junction of Hart and Carlisle streets as part of their redevelopment of Hart St, Semaphore. Unfortunately the new roundabout did not go ahead due to a lack of funding.

Dutch-style roundabout, St Kilda, Melbourne.

However two Dutch-style roundabouts are being built in St Kilda, Melbourne. This design separates cyclists from traffic and gives them the same status as pedestrians – which requires that cars give way to them where the bike-paths cross the entry roads. BISA was recently told that something similar has in fact been built by the Council in Mildura where separated paths allow cyclists to traverse each quadrant of the roundabout, separated from traffic.

Cyclist approaching the Mildura roundabout…

…and entering the quadrant pathway.

Cyclist crossing between adjacent quadrants.

It appears that the Mildura example caters for cyclists riding on the road and appears to lack the more prominent/raised pedestrian crossing which appears in the Saint Kilda (and presumably the Dutch) version. While it was disappointing that the Hart Street project did not go ahead, it’s been interesting to subsequently discover that DPTI have actually designed and built others, notably at Bolivar Road, Paralowie.

Ramp and entrance on the left giving access to off-road pathway.

Crossing with mid-lane refuge between adjacent roundabout quadrants.

Birds-eye view of the Bolivar intersection showing off-road pathways, ramp entrances from the roads and crossings.

It appears that this new roundabout at Bolivar is linked to new off-road bike paths as well. Let’s hope that DPTI can keep experimenting with this design and start to retrofit the concept to exisiting roundabouts across the metro area as has been done in St Kilda!

New Moray St roundabout showing prominent, raised bike & pedestrian crossings between adjacent quadrants.

For more information check out Bicycle Dutch at: https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/a-modern-amsterdam-roundabout/ & https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/roundabout-with-safe-cycling-facilities/

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PortBUG: History in the Making – South Road Overpass Opening!

Overpass ramp on the western side.

An update from the Torrens2Torrens Project today tells us that “Weather permitting, the shared use path is scheduled to be open at 8am, Tuesday 31st July. There will still be some finishing works to complete along the shared use path and as such, some temporary closures of the path outside of peak hour periods (10am – 3pm) may be required, until full completion of works. We will install advance warning signage to alert users if temporary closures are required.

As noted, there is still some of the brickwork to be completed so the ramp leading up to the bridge will be narrowed using temp fencing and bollards so the workers can keep laying the bricks. Unfortunately cyclists will need to dismount due to the width of the gap on the ramp but hopefully this will only be for a couple of weeks.”

Who’s going to go down in history as the first to ride over? Whoever you are, we’ll need the photographic evidence! 😉

Eastern Overpass ramp, Coglin Street crossing.

Dog-leg ramp to McInnes Street,eastern side.

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PortBUG: New Causeway Road Bikeways!

At long last work has started on the new Causeway Road Bikeways that will provide a safe off-road shared-use cycling route between Semaphore Road and Bower Road. The Bikeways are being constructed by Port Adelaide/Enfield Council as part of its 2017-18 Bike Plan implementation program. They’ve been on the PortBUG’s target agenda for many years and it’s great to at last see something happening!

‘Share the Road’ Causeway Road style! Taken in 2013 opposite the Ethelton RS, the area to the left of the kerb has now been widened to create sufficient space for the off-road bikeway.

Causeway Road is a ‘Designated B-Double Route’ with many heavy commercial vehicles using it every day. It has absolutely no on-road bike provisions and only recently acquired some short stretches of off-road pathway as part of the Harbor Loop development. The new pathways (see below) will join up with these facilities and ensure a off-road cycling route the full length of the road.

Causeway Road Bikeway – North

Causeway Road Bikeway – South.

The new Bikeway will make access to Le Fevre Primary and the Port Christian School, Glanville and Ethelton Rail Stations, the two pubs and many hundreds of nearby homes much safer! At the northern end the pathway will link to the Semaphore Road Bikeway, Harbour Loop and – eventually – to the proposed Port Expressway Greenway.

At its southern end it will link to the bike lanes on Bower Road and to the off-road pathways along Old Port Road and proceeding into West Lakes via the existing (but little known) dedicated light-controlled bicycle crossing at the Causeway/Bower Road junction. There will be a new ‘passive’ road crossing adjacent to the Glanville Hotel and the Jervois Bridge access ramps (giving access to the Harbor Loop Pathway).

While not perfect (nothing ever is), the PortBUG believes this new Causeway Road Bikeway will be a significant step forward for bicycle access and cycling safety in and around Semaphore and adjacent suburbs! Work is currently proceeding along the full length of the road and – at the rate it’s proceeding – it looks as though it may be finished towards the middle or end of August! Some more progress pics below…

Newly widened pathway base, Ethelton Rail Station looking south.

New ramp and pathway adjacent to the Glanville Rail Station.

Stay tuned!

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PortBUG: Progress on the Greenway, July 2018…

The next and penultimate phase of construction on the Outer Harbor Greenway – the link over South Road from Croydon through to Bowden – is due to open at the end of this month. A survey ride this last weekend has revealed the following…

The new Greenway ramp up to the overpass, west-side of South Road. The concrete wall on the right is slowly being covered with brickwork… Path to the left joins with new footpaths along South Road.

Eastern side of South Road, the ‘dog-leg’ bike ramp linking the OHG overpass to McInnes Street (and thence to local routes).

Entrance to the ‘dog-leg’ bike ramp at McInnes St.

OHG ramp, this time look west from Coglin Street, back towards the South Road Overpass.

Looking in the other direction, eastwards from Coglin Street towards Chief Street and the Adelaide CBD. New automatic pedestrian rail crossing on the right.

The new shared-use-path bridge at Chief Street.

Unfortunately the City of Charles Sturt seem to have a bit of work to do on their bike facilities on Chief Street. This bike lane surely should have an option taking riders up on to the footpath under the bridge…

…and once past the Bowden Rail Station precinct (through where the Clipsal Factory used to be) and under the new Park Terrace underpass, here’s the view looking back…

PortBUG will keep an eye on the OHG project and will provide readers with regular updates. We recently met with WestsideBUG to start planning for a big opening gathering, picnic and celebration ride. We don’t yet have a date (we’re waiting on news from DPTI regarding the last section through the old gasworks site) but please stay tuned!

 

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There are new Greenways out there – Let’s find them…

Hi Bicycle Users,  We’ve heard that a new State Bike Plan may soon be coming down the path! It will replace ‘Safety in Numbers’ which ran its course in 2010! The Bicycle Institute is now looking for your ideas for potential ‘new Greenways’ for submission to a renewed State Bike Plan. Can you help? Read on for more information….

You may recall that ‘Safety in Numbers’ outlined an Adelaide Greenway Network in a map which – 12 years later – is now starting to take shape.

This initial map included routes that are now familiar to many such as the Mike Turtur and Outer Harbor Greenways. They tend to follow Adelaide’s tram and rail lines, making use of the ‘railway boulevards’, existing greenspace, local roads and occasionally even bits of rail and tram reserve!

Adelaide’s arterial roads act as major barriers to people dependent on walking, cycling and mobility devices. Greenways aim to overcome these barriers and allow bicycle users in particular to:
• avoid arterial roads and the hazards of heavy traffic
• provide safe crossings at main roads
• provide short-cuts and faster, more efficient and pleasant cycling routes.

The trouble is that in spatial terms, Adelaide is a large city divided up by many busy arterial roads! The Greenway routes mapped out in 2005 didn’t do a lot to assist cyclists in the north and east of the city, nor indeed in most of the outer suburbs. A Greenway Network for a city of Adelaide’s size will require many more major bicycle ‘trunk routes’ than the six or so identified in the initial 2005 map! And they’ll need to connect outer suburbs and not just all point at the Adelaide CBD!

We want to see a vision for a Comprehensive Greenway Network in the new State Bike Plan – one that will facilitate easy and safe bicycle access for everyone – ‘8 to 80 years of age’ – right across the Adelaide Metro Area!

To accomplish this will require cyclists – you and me – to identify every available opportunity we can for potential new Greenways and ’trunk’ bikeway routes. No matter how short or how long. Government can’t do it – we have to!

These new routes do not have to be long – they could include links and pathways:
• using unused drainage or plantation reserves
• along unused sections of railway reserve
alongside major and hazardous arterial roads (including improvement of under-utilised footpaths!)
• use of pipeline reserves or local parks linking local networks and by-passing intersections.

You know your local cycling environment best! You know the unused or underutilised infrastructure. Drainage, rail and pipeline reserves, footpaths, quiet, dead-end streets backing on to parks and reserves. Things that prompt questions like… ’this could be better’ or… ‘why can’t I ride down there’?

Here’s you chance! Please let us know:
• where you think a new stretch of Greenway or bikeway would be useful?
• what existing space or reserve exists that might do the trick?
• where the new Greenway route could start and finish?
• how it would be used & how it would improve your cycling?
and…what youwant to call your ‘new Greenway route’?

Email BISA at chair@bisa.asn.auor PortBUG at portadbug@gmail.comor…
…reply below to this ‘New Greenways?’ post or at BISA’s facebook page.

Please let us know your hopes and dreams for new Greenways and Bikeways across Adelaide!” There’s no time limit to this ‘8-80 Project’ so… keep riding, looking and thinking!

 

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PortBUG: Important Updates from DPTI!

Hart Street looking east towards the Port CBD.

The PortBUG recently met with Gemma Kernich, Unit Manager – Infrastructure, Planning & Investment Section, DPTI. We had asked Gemma to provide important updates on some of the projects and issues that we’ve been focussing on over the last few months – notably:

  • The Hart Street Project: Work has started with replacement of lighting fixtures being the first step. Speed limits will be reduced from 60 to 50km/h and the current 4 lanes will be reduced to 2. Bike lanes will be installed with the west-bound being ‘protected’ behind a car-parking zone. Many new trees will be planted (by Council). There will be a major safety upgrade of the Carlisle Street intersection to reduce crossing distances for everyone. The work will take~3 months.

The proposed redevelopment of Hart Street looking west.

  • Port Expressway Bikeway: An off-road and fully separated off-road bikeway will be built to parallel the Port Expressway (the PREXY) on its Northern side. The path will run from east of theEastern Parade Bridge as far as the PREXY/Northern Connector intersection (at the junction with South Road). Bikes will eventually be banned from the PREXY (they are currently only allowed between Port Adelaide and Hanson Rd) as per other motorways/freeways with separated paths. This project has been included as an approved scope extension within the existingFederal funding allocation for the Northern Connector project (the Bikeway will be constructed by the Northern Connector Consortium). The main aims of this project are improved cyclist safety and accessibility and linking to the future Northern Connector and the existing Superway bikeways. The Port Expressway Bikeway will likely be built towards the end of the NorthernConnector Project (route is currently use as a heavy vehicle ‘haul way’).
  • Northern Connector: The PREXY Bikeway will pass under the Northern Connector’s approach ramp to the PREXY. The pathway will then join with both the Northern Connector Bikeway (coming in from the North) and a culvert underpass under the PREXY. The latter will connect with the Gawler Greenway.
  • The Port Wakefield Road/Dry Creek Underpass (flooding issues): Responsibility for resolving the current tidal inundation issues lies entirely withSalisbury Council (who are responsible for the underpass design issues). Pathway users are warned about the dangers of collision with mullet and the occasional crab 😉!
  • The Gawler Greenway: The Gawler Greenway route is now more or less determined between the CBD and Mawson Lakes/junction with the Little Para Bikeway. The route will utilize Davenport Tce + shared path to Islington Railway Station (or alternate connection via Pym St and Janice Jensen Reserve), north of which is a proposed new extension via an off-road path along Regency Rd and thence to Narweena Drive for a substantial portion of its length. It will make use of some SA Water reserve as well. The bikeway will be constructed by DPTI but an in-kind will be needed by PA/E Council (principally a new footpath along Narweena Drive) and to ensure their long-term custody and maintenance of the asset. A link will also proceed under the PREXY (existing culvert) to connect to the Northern Connector Bikewaywith contracts for construction already in place.

Gawler Greenway – southern sections.

The GG route will proceed on towards Mawson Lakes from ‘B’ above. The linkage to the NC proceeds along the Sals Highway to the NC Bikeway via point ‘A’.

Gawler Greenway – northern sections of the route.

  • Completion of the Outer Harbour Greenway: The final section to be opened on the OHG is between the new Chief Street Bridge and the East/Drayton Street junction – a distance of about 150 metres. This section of off-road pathway will be built by DPTI (and may also involve further modifications to a short section of Drayton Street). Construction of this final section of pathway may take some time as several development approvals are involved dealing with heritage and site contamination issues. There has been some delay in completing the overpass at South Road, due it appears to the use of heritage brick facing utilising lime mortar (only 6 courses can be built at a time). The overpass is expected to open at the end of July.

South Road Overpass – western ramp under construction.

  • Nelson St/St Vincent St Intersection (Pt Adelaide): The space taken up by this intersection is acknowledged as substantial. Improved traffic movement and bike/ped access will really require consideration of overall traffic management and movement studies for the entire PA Centre (including the impact of the Port Dock RS and Starfish Housing developments). Such a study would need to be ‘driven’ by the PA/E Council. Note: It has been previously suggested that some sort of cyclist-controlled push button crossing and turn facility be installed at this junction to facilitate safer cyclist right-hand turns onto Nelson St. In a subsequent update provided by Gemma she stated: “The bicycle button and lantern to turn from St Vincent St to Nelson St are installed but not yet commissioned!  They are located so cyclists travelling west and turning into Nelson St (and across the Birkenhead Bridge) can stop outside the church and press a button.” [see below]…     To the right there is a special bicycle lantern [see below]. Once it goes green you can turn right with no other traffic. Installed but ‘bagged off’. This should be commissioned shortly.” It’s a bit unclear how this right-turn will operate – the PortBUG will evaluate it as soon as it is operational!

  • Prospects for a new State Cycling Strategy: This would now be the responsibility of DPTI’s ‘Moving People’ section.
  • Cycle Park ‘n Ride: Several new (6 or 7) clusters of bike parking rails have been installed by the City of Charles Sturt on the Outer Harbour Line (at each station location & on both sides of the tracks). Similar installations are proposed for the PA/E Council area with some funding from Council. Locations will shortly be open for public consultation! Secure bike parking enclosures are currently being constructed at the Entertainment Centre Tram Station & Klemzig OBahn Interchange. A secure parking enclosure may also be installed at Woodville RS (when funding is available) and at the new Port Dock Station when it is completed.

Entertainment Centre – new secure bike parking enclosure. Pic: Giulio Ponte.

  • Closures on the Torrens Linear Path: It was noted by PortBUG members that there are currently 3 closures on the Linear Path to the west of Adelaide. Discussion identified a lack of information as to exactly what structure the T2T project will be building at the recently announced closure under South Road. The PortBUG will follow this issue up as the current structure seems quite unsafe and needing considerable improvement rather than simple modification!

More details of all of these projects will be posted as they become available. If you are on facebook, please consider following our facebook group (the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum) for more frequent updates and opportunities to provide us with your own views and experiences!

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