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!

#2

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

#3

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

#4

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

#5

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).

#7

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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PortBUG: World Bike Day, June 3rd, 2018.

World Bike Day 2018 in Adelaide was marked by a jointly organised BISA/Bike SA Community Ride from Victoria Park to Elder Park on a beautiful Adelaide day! Several hundred bicyclists turned up to show support for bicycle use in our city.

There were lots of cargo and freight bikes!

Stephen with his home-made people-carrier.

People carriers and trikes…

…and a pirate or two!

Some bikes just for having fun…

The youngies were there…

There was some tweed…

…and lots of smiles…

…and Kieran with his new coffee bike as well!

Additional parties went to observe the CycloCross activities in the Parklands…

The new bike-bridge over the rail line at Park Terrace.

…and others ventured down to Bowden to check out the new bridges and underpass at the top-end of the nearly complete Outer Harbour Greenway.

It was wonderful and very encouraging to see that the spirit of community bicycle use is well and truly alive in Adelaide in 2018 – especially with so many young folk in attendance! See you there next year!

 

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PortBUG: New Chief Street Bike Bridge to open late July…

From a T2T Project update published today…

“As part of the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project, the T2T Alliance will be installing a shared use path bridge across Chief Street, on the northern side of the Outer Harbor rail bridge. These works form part of the Outer Harbor Greenway extension.

The shared use path between Queen Street, Croydon and West Street, Brompton is scheduled to open in late Julyas part of the T2T Alliance works….

To minimise disruption to traffic, the bridge works will be undertaken between 4am Saturday 26 May and 7pm Sunday 27 May…”

More here.

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PortBUG: Latest on the Outer Harbour Greenway, May 2018.

Parklands Bridge over the rail line, top of underpass ramp.

Jilden at AdelaideCyclists has posted some nice pictures and a short summary of the state of play on the OHG at Bowden.

He says: “The first section from the Park lands to the old Bowden station and Drayton/East St is now open to the public.

The South Road Overpass is progressing too, ramps are being constructed at either end of the bridge.

The unfinished bits in between aren’t too hard to get around.”

Take a look here. (all photos by Jilden)

Greenway ramp, western end of the South Road Rail Overpass.

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PortBUG: New Hart Street Bikeway Redevelopment, April 2018.

Hart Street: Four traffic lanes looking east from the beachside end.

Commencement of the long-awaited joint PA/E Council/DPTI Hart Street Redevelopment Project has been announced. Hart Street is a major arterial road connecting the Port CBD & Inner Harbour with Semaphore’s beach and coastal suburbs, as well as the Coast Park bikeway. The project will provide many benefits for local residents and for the many young folk using adjacent sporting facilities, for students attending Le Fevre High School and for pedestrians and bicycle users travelling between the Port CBD and beachside suburbs. The redevelopment of Hart Street will be a bench-park for creation of walkable & bike-friendly environments on Adelaide’s arterial roads!

Summary:  By reducing the number of travel lanes to two, the project will achieve road safety improvements for all road users whilst simultaneously enhancing the street’s appeal and amenity. This will provide a balanced road environment for all road users and enhance the street environment, making it a safer and more pleasant setting for the community to enjoy. The proposed works include:

  • A streetscape upgrade
  • Removal of one travel lane in each direction
  • Reduction of the posted speed limit on Hart Street from 60k/h to 50k/h
  • Installation of protected bicycle lanes for the length of Hart Street whilst preserving existing parking conditions as much as possible.
  • Installation of kerb extensions at the intersection of Hart Street and Carlisle Street.
  • Installation of new pedestrian refuges to improve crossing safety.

Benefits include:

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

Construction is scheduled to commence in mid-2018, with completion scheduled for the end of the year.

Project Information and Map here.  Detailed concept Plan here.

Project drop-in Information Sessions: Port Adelaide and Districts Hockey Club, John Hart Reserve, Semaphore (enter off Swan Terrace).

  • Monday 30 April 2018 between 2pm and 4pm
  • Tuesday 1 May 2018 between 10am and midday
  • Wednesday 2 May 2018 between 6pm and 8pm…

Email the Projectdpti.communityrelations@sa.gov.au    Feedback form here.

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PortBUG: PA/E Bike Plan Implementation Update, April 2018.

 

The PA/E Bike Plan: Rushing to the Finish!

As readers may be aware the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan 2015-20 still has a couple of years left to run. Overall it is an ambitious program of works ranging from major new ‘A to B’ bikeways through to a myriad of smaller ‘connections’, all aimed at improving general connectivity and continuity for bicycle users.

Council officers have worked pretty hard to address the sometimes overwhelming scope of The Plan and we congratulate them on their efforts. As we approach the last 2 years of implementation the PortBUG has commenced an independent review of:

  • what’s been achieved thus far
  • what might still be completed over the next 2 years to 2020 and…
  • where anything left uncompleted will leave us.

Completed Network Improvements:  Completed improvements to the Bike Network include:

  • establishing and completing the Outer Harbour Greenway, particularly the northern section from Birkenhead through to Outer Harbour
  • improving general connectivity throughout the Port Adelaide/Enfield area, including along the Gawler Greenway & the Levels Bikeway
  • improved on & off-road facilities on St Vincent Street and elsewhere through the Port CBD
  • improving off-road bicycle access along Semaphore Road
  • improvements to the Coastal Park Bikeway (including resolution of problems associated with The Palais at Semaphore).

Current:  Before the end of the current financial year we hope to see:

  • New Causeway Rd Bikeways…

    commencement of new off-road bikeways along Causeway Road (a busy heavy transport route)

  • a start on the redevelopment of Hart Street with reduced traffic lanes and much improved provision for pedestrian and bicycle safety (this being mainly a DPTI project)
  • significant work completed for the new bike routes identified in the Rosewater LATM
  • key works on the East-West Connector route from Rosewater through The Parks to South Road
  • the opening of the Outer Harbour Greenway, particularly the sections between Queen Street, Croydon and the Adelaide Parklands.

New Challenges: Some new challenges have arisen over the last 2 years which the PortBUG has sought to address, a number of them outside the scope of The Plan. These include:

  • Proposed Port Dock Rail Station.

    issues arising from construction of the Port Dock Rail Station and the Starfish housing development at Docks 1 and 2 around the eastern end of the Inner Harbour

  • the construction of the Northern Connector Bikeway and its connectivity with other new and established bikeways in the area
  • the severance of the Mersey Road Bikeway by the expansion of the SubCorp work area at Taperoo
  • the many issues involving Active Transport access to the Port’s CBD.

The 2018-919 Financial Year:  Following extensive discussions, the PA/E Council has provided the BUG with a summary of proposed works for the 2018/19 financial year. These include:

  • construction of an off-road path on the OHG at Mead Stbetween Semaphore Rd & Shorney St (providing a safer transition from the Semaphore Rd pathways to the Mead Street traffic lanes)
  • Earthwrap signage on the Coastal Way.

    installation of ‘Earthwrap’ surface advisory signage on the Coast Park bikeway

  • provision of a median refuge on the Enfield East-West route at Main North Road (Warwick and Barton Streets)
  • installation of sharrows on the Gawler Greenway at Pym Street
  • installation of sharrows on the OHG route through the wharf area at Port Adelaide – between Nelson and McLaren Streets
  • installation of sharrows and a new pathway at Osmond St, Gilles Plains.
  • provision of pathways & kerbside ramps to link the OHG across Lady Ruthven Drv to the Coast Park at Flaminia Street, North Haven
  • improved pathways and ramp facilities on the Mersey Road Bikeway at Furniss Crt & Mascotte St, Osborne
  • provision of a significant new bikeway linkage – the ‘Coopers Link’ (see below)– alongside Regency Road, connecting the East-West Connector (along South Road) to the Gawler Greenway Route at Naweena Road (see below).

‘Unmade’ Ottoway Path – Gillman rail reserve.

Incomplete:  There are many items in The Plan that have not yet been addressed. These include:

  • major improvements required to off-road bikeways along Sudholz Road, Hillcrest and elsewhere along main roads in the eastern Council Area
  • resolution of safe bicycle access along major routes such as the Port Expressway and The Grand Trunkway at Gillman
  • completion of the Gawler Greenway to at least Mawson Lakes
  • establishing a new Greenway through the Gillman rail yards to Ottoway.

The PortBUG hopes to have incomplete aspects of The Plan clearly identified prior to its time ‘running out’ in 2020 so that we are in the best position to work towards a new Bike Plan for the new decade!

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PortBUG: Torrens Junction/Outer Harbour Greenway Update.

The new Greenway path at Bowden approaches the Park Trc Underpass.

Torrens Junction Project: UPDATE – March to May 2018 (edited for brevity!)

Major construction works on the Torrens Rail Junction Project are complete however some construction activities are required before handing back to the Community. These include:

  • March 2018: Remaining works will continue during day and intermittent night shifts. This includes landscaping, resurfacing of roads and shared use paths, installation of fencing and the installation of street furniture such as wayfinding signage and bike racks.
  • From 29 March to 2 April 2018: From Thursday 29 March after the last train to Tuesday 3 April 2018 before the first train, we will undertake final rail and signalling works on a 24/7 basis along the Outer Harbor and Grange, and the Gawler rail lines.
  • April to May 2018: Landscaping and re-planting of trees and plants in the Park Lands and Bowden will commence in April and continue through Autumn.
  • Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists: As we near full completion of the project, the number of heavy and light vehicles has significantly reduced. Signage and traffic controllers are in place to advise of changed conditions and ensure safe access for road users, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Gibson Street is now open to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Drayton Street, between East Street and Third Street, will remain temporarily closed to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists until April 2018.
  • East Street, at the rail crossing, is permanently closed to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The remainder of East Street will open to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in April 2018.

The Outer Harbor Greenway, from Drayton Street to the Park Lands via Park Terrace underpass, will open in April 2018.

The new Greenway emerging from under the Park Terrace Underpass and curving into the parklands.

Ed: We’ve also been told that:

  • the Torrens2Torrens section of the new OH Greenway will also open by the end of April. This will allow bicycle users to cross South Road on a new overpass bridge and the ride all the way on a separated bikeway to a new bridge over the Chief Street road underpass.
  • the last, unfinished section of the OH Greenway – between Chief Street and East Street – will open sometime between July and September. This section of new, separated bikeway will pass the old (and heritage listed) SAGASCO gas storage site and there will be a number of heritage issues to deal with. Greenway users will need to detour between Chief and East streets – either to Port Road or around the ‘Gasworks’ site.

Looking west along the Greenway route towards Chief St. Old SAGASCO wall & buildings on the right. Some heritage issues to deal with!

Let’s be patient – it’ll be worth it!

More details here.

The Fab Four? PortBUG & WestsideBUG members & Gemma from DPTI at the new Gibson St Greenway crossing on a recent tour of the TJ Project.

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PortBUG: 2018 Election & Beyond…

Magnificent open space: PortBUG’s proposed Gillman East-West Connector in its current state…

With a view to the expiration of the current Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan in 2020 (and the subsequent provision of a new Plan), the PortBUG is undertaking a review of our goals and infrastructure targets. We’ll be developing a brief ‘2020 & Beyond’ planning document which we’ll place at our web site for public comment, but for now here’s our draft list of Major Infrastructure Targets for the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area for your comment please:

Major Infrastructure Targets (2018 – 2030):

  • Construction of an East-West Connector linkage along Gillman Rail Corridor Reserve from the Port CBD to Dry Creek (and the junction with the Gawler Greenway) via an extension through the Barker Inlet Wetlands (see map below).
  • Establish and maintain cycling and walking continuity along the Mersey Rd Bikeway (Ed: along the Port River) to Biodiversity Park and Outer Harbour. Note: Mersey Road is likely to be severed by extension of the Sub. Corp!
  • Construct a new off-road Torrens Island Bikeway alongside The Grand Trunkway at Gillman.
  • Completion of a connected and continuous Harbour Loop Pathway Stage 2 (Eastern Inner Harbour)
  • Design and completion of new bikeways along Semaphore Road West as part of the long-delayed Semaphore Road Stage 2 (Military Rd to the Esplanade)
  • Completion of the PA/E sections of the Gawler Greenway
  • Completion of the PA/E sections of the Levels Bikeway
  • Completion of the Causeway Road Bikeway
  • Establishing secure bike access along Military Rd, Semaphore and Largs Bay
  • Ensure direct, secure and convenient access to the Port CBD for all Active Transport users
  • Complete missing infrastructure linkages and interpretive provisions on the Outer Harbour Greenway (eg; road crossing pathways and median refuge at Outer Harbour).

Please bear in mind that this is very much a draft list – it will be modified as our thinking develops and (hopefully) as we receive input from the Port/Enfield Community. We hope the review of goals completed by about July this year.

Please have a look at the list and let us know what you think:

  • what you think may be important and what’s not (and why)?
  • what we’ve missed?

Thanks, PortBUG.

Draft: Proposed East-West Connector with Barker Inlet & Dry Creek Extension Linkages (Map: Tony Bazeley).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They have:

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

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

The Greens have committed to:

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Port Dock Railway Station Consultation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Test: PortBUG blog to new f/book group…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key outcomes we recommended to the team included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Good morning – Test post from PortBUG.

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

Sam Powrie, Secretary, PortBUG.

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PortBUG: Powering Into 2018!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenway discussions, Jan. 2018. Photo: Leslie Wightman

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: TDU ColourWheel Art Exhibition Entries Extended…

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Consider the Bike – Election 2018!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam, Your (definitely politically unaligned) Editor 😉

 

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PortBUG: Some Thoughts & Actions for the New Year.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: B Day & K Micenko.

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

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

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

New bicycle underpass, Park Trc, Bowden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The PortBUG Team.

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Step Away From the Car: PortBUG Features in Radio Adelaide Podcast.

Photo: Jeremy Miller.

Every Sunday for the next 10 weeks, Radio Adelaide’s Barometer program is broadcasting ‘Step Away from the Car’, a series of interview-based features focusing on Active Transport. The interviews were recorded by RA’s Nicky Page in July this year at Adelaide’s Australian Walking & Cycling Conference.

Episode 1, broadcast this Sunday just past featured the PortBUG with your editor talking about the BUG’s promotion of Active Transport over the past 3 or more decades, and in particular our focus on promoting safe and secure off-road bicycle routes connecting residents and visitors to major destinations within the Port Council area and elsewhere in Adelaide. You can see a Program Guide below and listen to the full set of programs as they are broadcast at RA’s Barometer page.

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‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Cycling Safety Workshop – Update: Nov. 2017.

School Holiday Opportunity! ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Cycling Safety Workshop: PortBUG and the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council will be hosting another of BicycleSA’s very successful ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ cycling safety presentations in January, 2018.

WHEN:  11th January, 2018, 10.30-11.30am.

WHERE:  The Town Hall, Port Adelaide/Enfield Council, 34 Nile Street, Port Adelaide.

WHAT: The Bike SA and Motor Accident Commission  (MAC) Be Safe Be Seen presentation reveals the findings of NEW SA cycling casualty research, providing local, detailed information on where and how crashes most commonly occur, and how best to avoid them.

Every attendee registering prior to Jan 1st receives a safety gift pack, containing: saddle bag, backpack cover, reflective slap bands & free 3 month membership to Bike SA. (Please note: these are strictly limited to those in attendance on the day).

Highly relevant to ALL levels of experience, including the most experienced cyclist and motorists, the presentation contains surprising and essential information for anyone using our roads. To attend this free presentation please register your interest by contacting Sam Powrie, Secretary, PortBUG. To also receive the cycling safety gift pack you must register by Monday, January 1st!

 

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Cycle Salisbury – Social Riding Opportunities! November, 2017.

The Salisbury Council is immediately to the North of Port Adelaide/Enfield’s and a number of the Port’s existing and proposed  Bike Network routes link to those in Salisbury!

For a number of years the Salisbury Council has supported Cycle Salisbury, a program of regular community-based bicycle rides let by community volunteers. Port Adelaide/Enfield residents are most welcome to participate in these rides.  See the link above for more details on each of these rides as well as the program pdf below.

Social Rides November 2017

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PortBUG Flag-Making Workshop for TDU-2018!

Kalyna & Bob.

Port Adelaide artists, Kalyna Micenko and Bob Daly have received a grant to produce large appliqued flags to celebrate the start of the 2018 Tour Down Under in Port Adelaide.

They are now scheduling community workshops to design these flags for The Port’s streets and have invited PortBUG’s participation. The workshops will take place at Gallery Yampu (1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead) or at their studio in Port Adelaide.

Workshop participants will do a simple pencil design to the theme of ‘Port River Life’ then:

  • cut and pin nylon in the shape of the picture design
  • attach it to the flag base which is about 1m x 1m in size.

No words – just pictures. The flags will then be completed by Bob and Kalyna. After the TDU the flags will be owned by PAEC and available for community use.

Young people can take part if working alongside an adult. Bob and Kalyna will provide all materials & this is a free activity.

A special workshop just for the PortBUG could occur on a weekend morning or afternoon. The workshop would take about 2-3 hours maximum. Dates available are all Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 4 – Dec 10th except Nov 11th. 

If you are interested in attending a flag-design workshop please contact Sam (portadbug@gmail.com) ASAP indicating when you prefer to attend.

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Greenway & Port Adelaide Bike Plan Updates – October, 2017.

Causeway Road, Semaphore.

1. Bike Plan Update: Readers will be pleased to know that in what is left of the 2017-18 f/year Council intends completing a number of new off-road shared pathways along Causeway Road between Bower and Semaphore Roads, as well as improvements to existing pathways and a new pedestrian crossing.

These new pathways & improvements will go a long way to making this hazardous road much friendlier to both bike riders and pedestrians, including those walking and cycling to the two rail stations and to the schools at each end!  Work is also proceeding on Lipson St North to improve conditions for bicycles on this section of the Greenway.

Gillman Rail Reserve Pathway Route.

2. Proposals for 2018-19: The PortBUG meets 3 x year with staff from the Council to assist with the next round of project funding for the Local Area Bike Plan 2015-2020. At the first of these meetings a week or so ago, we reviewed current projects and canvassed a number of possible ones for the 2018-19 funding period (beginning July next year). Projects we are likely to nominate may include:

  • Further improvements along Causeway Road
  • Improvements to the very awkward Greenway connection between Mead Street and the pedestrian crossing on Semaphore Road/Le Fevre P.S (part of the Outer Harbour Greenway Route).
  • Initial planning and pathway improvements for the long-mooted East-West Connector along the disused railway reserve at Gillman (connecting the Outer Harbour Greenway route to South Road and beyond)
  • Improvements to the termination of the Greenway on Lady Gowrie Drive at Outer Harbour
  • Improved access from the pedestrian/bike crossings on Nelson St (adjacent to the Birkenhead Bridge) through to Commercial Road and Lipson Street along Nile Street and perhaps North Parade.

The PortBUG welcomes suggestions from readers for any new projects and improvements for the 2018-19 budget! Please drop us a note asap.

3. Greenway Update & Opening: A recent update from the Torrens-to-Torrens Project indicates that the OH Greenway connections between Queen Street, Croydon and the Adelaide Parklands – over South Road, through Bowden and then under Park Terrace are on schedule and likely to be open for bicycle use by this Christmas. After 12 years of sustained effort to see this Greenway built the PortBUG will be seeking a proper ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony with the Minister for Transport in the New Year!

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