PortBUG: Consultation – Zebra Crossings Proposed for Semaphore Road.

Following a number of car/pedestrian collisions and incidents on Semaphore Road, Council is proposing that two ‘zebra’ crossings be installed between Military Road and the Esplanade (see attached plan & animation). The intention is to make the street more ‘walkable’ and encourage pedestrians to stay longer.

A pedestrian survey was undertaken mid last year to understand the pedestrian movement demand and where people were crossing. Council are now seeking your feedback re. support or otherwise for the proposed crossings.

Council are also seeking your feedback on whether you would like to see the removal of the wheelstops as there have been a number of ‘tripping’ incidents.

The Online Consultation closes on 11th September.

Consultation here.     Youtube Animation.

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PortBUG: The Big Bike Film Night – Tues, August 25th.

The Big Bike Film Night – across the Tasman to Adelaide!    
Just because Kiwis can’t fly, doesn’t mean that the Big Bike Film Night can’t make it over to Adelaide for a screening.
We’re showcasing our 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want – action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is unashamedly and utterly, utterly, utterly designed and devised for the two wheel devotee!
The 2020 collection runs for just over 2 hours and has an absolutely breath-taking range of 11 short cycling films which are a great reminder of why we love to ride our bike with films that celebrate the fun, adventure and inspiration that cycling enables, whatever your ride is.
Date: Tuesday 25th August, 6:30pm
Tickets: Adults $25.50
Where: Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide
ALLOCATED SEATING & COVID-19: Out of caution, we are taking all of the necessary public health precautions in the face of the COVID 19 which includes reducing the capacity of Cinema One to 133 seats in order to accommodate the 2sqm social distancing requirements.
We hope you can share the details of this event with your community – we think there is a real appetite for people wanting to return to the Cinema, especially when something like this is being shown.
Thanks again and best regards
M: (64) 021 748 441 | T: (64) 07-376-7180 | E: info@bigbikefilmnight.nz
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PortBUG: Strong Support found for Coast Park-Stage 1!

Aerial view of grassed public space for location of Stage 1, Semaphore Pk to Tennyson Dunes.

DPTI have released a summary of responses to a recent community consultation (May & June, 2020). Results indicate overwhelming support for construction of Stage 1 of the Coast Park as proposed between Semaphore and Grange, specifically comprising the section between Semaphore Park & Tennyson Dunes conservation reserve (Stage 2 will connect from Tennyson Dunes reserve further south to Grange).

Construction of the combined 4.8km length of these 2 stages will see completion of key sections of the Coast Park providing ‘a continuous public cycling and walking link along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline to enhance public use and enjoyment of the coast.’

The consultation noted that the project’s objectives demand a publicly accessible, shared use path at least three metres wide and constructed of a smooth surface that supports prams, bicycle riders, wheeled toys and wheelchair users. 

The Proposal for Stage 1 is for a shared-use pathway within the cleared, grassed area next to the dunes and as far as possible from the adjacent houses, minimising impact on vegetation, habitat & the dunes, mitigating risk of coastal erosion & providing clear demarcation of public & private land.

A petition was also received (from the community groups involved in previous legal action against the City of Charles Sturt) with 1,773 signatures calling for a more ‘environmentally friendly’ material for the pathway. Analysis reveals that the majority of these petitioners were from outside South Australia and in all probability were not provided with the public notices the consultation was based on. It remains unclear if these respondents were fully aware of the proposal!

Support for the Coast Park incorporating a shared-use pathway.

Overall, the proposed design for the Coast Park shared-used pathway received strong community support. Approximately 28% of comments received about the Coast Park design related to its alignment with the majority supportive of what is proposed without change. Strong support for the pathway’s DDA compliance was also noted!

Grassed location for the proposed pathway.

It is interesting to note that the impact of the proposed Coast Park Pathway – Stage 1 on the dune system was not seen as a major concern by respondents, presumably because the proposed pathway is situated on already cleared & grassed areas on the other side of the existing dune fencing.

Let’s hope that with such positive community support, Corey Wingard – our newly-installed Minister for Transport – can now get on with completing the Coast Park ASAP for the benefit of all of Adelaide’s citizens!

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PortBUG: TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path Now Open!!!

DPTI and the Northern Connector Project announced this morning the opening of the final linkages on the Northern Connector Bikeway, otherwise named the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path.

The key links now open are the Southern Interchange at the PREXY (connecting to the Port Expressway Bikeway) and the Dry Creek Trail.

The opening of these final sections also completes the connection to the Gawler Greenway. The name of the path – Tapa Martinthi Yala – means “pathway to embrace today” in the Aboriginal Kaurna language and has been delivered as part of the Northern Connector Project.

With the connection to the Port River Bikeway open at this Southern Interchange, there is now approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide (www.dpti.sa.gov.au/northernconnector).

The Port Expressway (‘PREXY’) Bikeway.

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PortBUG: Bicycles as Everyday Transport – News from the UK…

Here’s a great article from the BBC explaining why it’s essential – particularly in these ‘COVID-times’ – that we understand and frame cycling as a form of everyday transport, and not primarily as a ‘sport’ or recreational activity. It’s really worth reading!

And from elsewhere in the UK, a few pointers as to how South Australia might respond to our pandemic emergency…

From Wales: £38m in funding announced to improve cycling & walking in Wales.

“Bike sales surged in lockdown as people avoided public transport for fear of catching Covid-19. Economy and Transport Deputy Minister, Lee Waters, said he wanted people to leave the car in the garage following the pandemic. Last month ministers said roads, public transport, walking and cycling routes would get £15.4m worth of improvements …the Welsh Government said it would be the biggest ever investment in healthy travel in Wales.

“The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed our lives,” Mr Waters said. “Coronavirus has brought much hardship and tragedy.  It has also presented us with a golden opportunity for change. More people than ever before are walking and cycling to work, visit friends and pop to the shop.”

From Scotland:  Scotland sees huge rise in the number of people cycling. 

‘Pop-up’ bike lanes.

‘A study by Cycle Scotland found there was a fivefold increase in the number of journeys made on a bike, while there was also a big drop in the number of cars being used….  “It’s encouraging to see such a dramatic increase,” said Cycling Scotland’s monitoring and development officer, Natalie Cozzolino.  “Supporting access to bikes and places to store them is also key to enabling more people to choose travel by bike, helping us address the climate emergency we face and creating a healthier, sustainable future for everyone.

Last week the government in Scotland announced they had allocated £30m for pop-up bike lanes to help make more space for walking and cycling.  “Walking, wheeling and cycling protects our climate, improves our air quality and brings profound benefits to our physical and mental health,” said Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

Fix Your Bike & Cycling Prescriptions: ‘Fix your bike’ vouchers & cycling prescriptions for NHS… 

“A government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers will launch in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking. An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online… on a first-come, first-served basis. The prime minister also announced that access to bikes will be available on the NHS as part of the strategy… It comes after the government launched its obesity strategy. GPs in areas of England with poor health will be encouraged to prescribe cycling, with patients able to access bikes through their local surgery.”

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PortBUG: A Call to Action & a Walking & Cycling Plan for S.A! 

With most progressive cities around the world investing in Active Travel-led recovery strategies, the South Australian Government has been caught on-the-hop by its lack of vision for walking and cycling – we currently have no Walking & Cycling Plan (and haven’t had one since 2010!)

In the face of the Covid downturn over the past 6 months, there have been a rash of articles in the world’s press about the potential contribution of new cycling infrastructure to continued social and economic prosperity – here’s one that offers a Call For Action we should all consider…

Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets.   

The Conversation. July 23rd, 2020. Matthew Mclaughlin, University of Newcastle, Trevor Shilton, Curtin University.

“What do bike paths and walk-friendly streets have to do with economic recovery from a pandemic-induced recession? How could removing a car parking space benefit a local business? Instead of considering such questions, building roads for cars is often seen as the obvious answer to “kick-start” the economy.

In this article, we explain how cycling and walking infrastructure is a better investment for recovery. Every kilometre walked or cycled has an economic benefit by reducing traffic congestion and vehicle operating costs, improving health and the environment, and saving on infrastructure spending. It’s estimated every dollar invested in cycling infrastructure may reap up to five dollars’ worth of benefits. In Australia, however, walking and cycling only receive between 0.1% and 2% of transport budgets…”

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PortBUG: WeRide Australia – Great Animations & Programs…

  • 80%of Australian parents say there are not enough bike paths for children to cycle safely to school.
  • Car driving releases 17 x more CO2-per-km than travelling by bike.

WeRide Australia is developing a range of interesting programs to help children and families lower transport-related carbon emissions and get active. Check out their new animated clips and programs at https://www.weride.org.au


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PortBUG: Why more women aren’t cycling or walking…

No Lycra in sight: Why more women aren’t cycling or walking…  (Julie Power, SMH, June 3rd, 2020)

“With a basket on the front of her bicycle and two daughters and school bags weighing down the back, Melissa Derwent cops “surprised looks” as she pedals up and down the steep hills of suburban Oatley to school drop off before starting her commute. There is no Lycra in sight.”

“There is no bike infrastructure in the suburbs, and you definitely stand out. You are not a middle-aged man in Lycra. You are the mum on a bike version of a minivan, or the nearly middle-aged mother not in Lycra,” Ms Derwent, 37, said.

As policy makers grapple with how to reduce the pressure on public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by the City of Sydney… found many women didn’t ride or walk because of the absence of dedicated walking or cycling paths. Women also feared for their personal safety and wanted better street lighting, and said they wanted end-of-trip facilities to change so they didn’t arrive at work sweaty or with “helmet hair”…

The survey of nearly 900 women was conducted by the City of Sydney council with the global group C40 Women4Climate to address the barriers female walkers and cyclists faced… it recommends every street should be thought of as a “walking and cycling space” and calls for lower speed limits, and separated bike and walking paths.”

…the Amy Gillett Foundation also released results of a survey that found 90 per cent of Australians agreed more needed to be spent on temporary bike lanes.”

Stephen Hodge, the director of national advocacy WeRide, described women as the “canary in the coalmine” for cycling. “When the cycling environment is safe, convenient, attractive and direct, then women will choose to cycle for their short daily trips in large numbers,” he said. When they feel safe, they will encourage their children to cycle or walk to school.

…More formal bike paths and lanes would make a huge difference because they would make you feel this is a safe space. You are very conscious of cars being bigger and stronger than you,” Ms Derwent said.

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PortBUG: Northern Connector – Is it connected (yet)?

The recent opening of the first two sections of the Northern Connector Cycleway (Tapa Marinthi Yala) and the Gawler Greenway (between The Parklands and Salisbury Highway) has proved very popular with both commuting and recreational cyclists, providing as it does a more-or-less continuous cycling link between Adelaide, the Salisbury bike network and Gawler. However there has been considerable frustration expressed online at the apparent ‘flooding’ of a key underpass link under the Port Expressway (PREXY) at the head of the Barker Inlet (see above). This underpass utilises an existing culvert to take cyclists from the Northern Connector Cycleway via a short route through the wetlands on the southern side of the PREXY, to join to the Gawler Greenway.

Barker Inlet Underpass under the Port Expressway (Pic. SalsBUG)

North-facing culvert entrance – note retaining wall, RHS (Pic. SalsBUG).

Observers note that the flooding appears to be tidally influenced and continuing despite recent construction of a retaining wall. It seems likely that concerns have been exacerbated by continuing frustration with quite severe flooding at similar culvert-based underpasses on the Dry Creek and Little Para River Trails further north (see below)!

Cyclists negotiating the ‘dry’ Underpass at…Dry Creek!

PortBUG has contacted a DPTI cycling representative who has made it very clear that this link between the Northern Connector Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway (via the PREXY/Barker Inlet culvert underpass) is not yet open with work yet to be completed. PortBUG has not visited the site recently so we don’t know if it is still signed ‘Closed’ or otherwise barricaded, but DPTI’s message was unambiguous – “Not Open!”

In the past DPTI has assured us that we will be informed as this route progressively opens. They also tell us that when the section in question opens it will appear on the CycleInstead Journey Planner. 

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PortBUG: Keeping Up With Adelaide’s & SA’s Cycleways…

It can be difficult to keep up with the new Cycleways and Greenways opening up around Adelaide and across South Australia, especially for those new to the city and South Australia, or new to bicycle use. For those investigating both commuting & recreational riding options, the links below – to maps and route guides, videos and descriptions – may prove useful:

  1. CycleInstead Journey Planner/Bike Direct Maps:

This SA Government page provides a link to CycleInstead – Adelaide’s online route-finding guide – as well as pdf versions of the well established (but now out of print) BikeDirect Network maps.

  1. Walking SA.

SA’s walking peak-body has many excellent guides and maps for Adelaide and regional shared-pathway routes.

  1. Bloke on a Bike.

The ‘Bloke’ also has descriptions for a number of city and regional pathways, particularly those recreational routes and cycling ‘trails’.

  1. Cycle Adelaide SA.

Serafina is building an impressive set of video guides to Adelaide’s cycleways and shared-use pathways. Great fun & an interesting way of introducing Adelaide’s Greenways!

  1. SA Recreational Cycling Club.

The SARCC  have a lot of touring miles under their collective belts. For those interested in organised group rides and in particular, bicycle touring.

  1. The Uncool Cycling & Canoeing Club.

This remarkably ‘cool’ club is pioneering exploration of the many trails, regional tourism paths and more obscure and unused ‘byways’ in Adelaide and in regional SA’s hinterland (particularly to the north of the City). Their online adventure reports are invariably impressive and inspiring, especially when they ride out-of-the-way and less used roads & trails. They often map their adventures with great photographs and you’ll find lots of inspiration at their facebook group and website.

7. Cycle Salisbury. For rides to the north of Adelaide (and Grand Junction Road) check out Salisbury Council’s excellent social riding program and route guide.

If readers have further resources they’d like to share, please let us know!


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PortBUG: New Integrated Transport Strategy for The Port!

The first round of Public Consultation has opened for Port Adelaide/Enfield’s new Integrated Transport Strategy. Here’s your chance to have your say in its development by completing the short survey here & at the link below!

This is an important opportunity for us all to guide development across the Council area! Transport activity and access affects every aspect of our lives and those of our children. The Port must deal with major transport challenges unique to our geography, location and role as an industrial and transport hub for SA.

Our council has made great progress managing these challenges, especially in its provision for cycling & walking mobility away from main roads. But it’s an enormous Council Area and a great deal still needs to be done!

We continue to experience significant economic and social stress, reduced health and educational outcomes, limited access to health, education and recreation facilities and major problems with public housing, employment, mental health support and social equity. Ready access to affordable, safe and sustainable transport services will pave a pathway to a better future! From the strategy website:

“The ITS is an opportunity to create a well planned and people friendly transport environment… for the next ten year period 2021-31… to create a framework that will guide transport investment and policy decisions.”

“By participating in this community engagement you will be providing us with valuable feedback on how you currently experience the transport environment… The community has an important role in identifying issues and opportunities relevant to transport infrastructure… Your feedback will guide the development of the strategy, particularly in relation to five key areas such as road safety, travel time, parking, cycling and walking and public transport network.”    

Note: Feedback must be submitted by 7 August (5pm).

Integrated Transport Strategy Consultation.

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PortBUG: Port Adelaide-to-Gawler by Bikeway!

DPTI have announced the opening of both the Northern Connector & the Port Expressway Bikeways.

“The second section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala Shared Use Path which runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway, between the Bolivar and Southern Interchanges, will open on Sunday, 17 May, connecting and also opening the new Port River Bikeway. This complements the first section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala which opened between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges last month. 

Once complete the Tapa Martinthi Yala will also connect to the Gawler Greenway, providing easy access to Adelaide’s CBD. It is expected that this connection will be completed in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and plan your bike ride at www.cycleinstead.com.au

Our colleagues from the SalisburyBUG & UC&CC have already provided some pertinent feedback & comments, particularly with regard to Port Wakefield Road ‘crossings’ at Bolivar & Globe Derby Park (check thePort Adelaide Bike Forum for this discussion) and it seems likely that use of the pathway & feedback may lead to its further development with time. PortBUG has already suggested some options for improving connections to the Outer Harbour Greenway within the Port’s bike network. DPTI tell us that Cycle Instead has been updated to reflect this opening and that it is now possible to cycle nearly all the way from Semaphore to Gawler – 52km – on bike paths!

New Connections – Semaphore to Gawler by Bikeway!

Bike Plan Update: These new bikeways & connections – along the Port Expressway in particular – have been key features of Port Adelaide/Enfield’s 2015-20 bike plan which concludes mid-year. A new plan is under development and we hope will be available for community consultation in June or July. PortBUG is developing a draft Agenda as an initial contribution to this new Plan. Your contributions are most welcome – we will share this Draft Agenda with readers asap.

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PortBUG: 100+ peak groups & experts call for safer walking & cycling.

Berlin says, “Ride to flatten the Curve!”

Australian health and transport experts have formally called on decision makers to enact urgent measures to support safe walking and cycling and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 health and transport experts have co-signed an open letter to government decision makers to create space for safer walking and cycling.

In a media release, Dr. Ben Beck (from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University) said, “In order to provide safe physical activity and social distancing for adults and children to exercise and move about their neighbourhoods, we need decision makers to enable rapid roll-out of social distancing infrastructure to support walking and cycling.

“We have seen numerous examples across the world of governments introducing reduced speed limits, widened footpaths, emergency cycle lanes and the closure of roads. As yet, we have not seen a similar response in Australia, and we need to act now.”

‘Pop-up’ CV-19 bike lanes in Berlin, Germany.

The letter was sent to all Australian State and Territory Government transport ministers and co-signed by the experts which includes a host of academics from Universities across Australia along with professionals from major public health and planning organisations.

Leading cycling nations such as Germany have already taken steps. In Berlin for example, the reduction of motor traffic by 40% along with avoidance of public transport along brought a sharp increase in the numbers of bike riders, prompting councils to introduce pop-up bike space and, for example, repurposing lanes on roads into additional bicycle lanes.

Pop-up protected bikeway, Berlin.

Progress usually takes years but necessity has fast-tracked the traffic changes and it has just taken days to approved these temporary lanes and cycling spaces. The Berlin initiative prompted 133 other German cities to submit applications for pop-up bike lanes.

Other cities and regions across the globe such as Bogotá, New York, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Denver and Vancouver, to name just a few, have also made traffic changes to allow more space for pedestrians and bike riders to travel safely.

New Zealand also leads the way and under a Tactical Urbanism approach is providing 90% funding for cities who widen walkways and create temporary cycleways.

This current shift in transport is also an opportunity for Governments to implement permanent improvements and allow people to return to towns and cities where walking and cycling are efficient, convenient and safer. The return of society to normalcy will be a gradual and staggered approach allowing an easier adaption to improved transportation and infrastructure.

We Ride Spokesperson, Stephen Hodge says “Through the COVID-19 pandemic cycling has been a vital option for people to maintain physical activity and get around their communities in a way that avoids some of the perceived risks associated with mass transit. The result has been increases in people riding bikes and significant sales of bicycles and repair services.”

The time is now to rapidly open up safer walking and cycling spaces – not just temporary options but permanent improvements that will deliver lasting benefits for society.      What action will we see in SA??

CV-19: More bikes = widened bike lanes in Germany.

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PortBUG: Pathways of Desire – the ‘Rosewater Loop’…

In our recent April blog post we mentioned the Rosewater Loop Project – a new shared-use pathway proposed by the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council (& currently awaiting State Government funding). The project involves conversion of the existing (now-disused) Rosewater Loop rail reserve to a shared-use path as well as extension of the existing Rosewater Rail Reserve pathway through what used to be the Gillman (Kingston) Marshalling Yards towards Eastern Parade.

Components of the proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’ shared-use pathway.

Both projects have been sought by the PortBUG for nearly two decades. The proposed Rosewater Loop Shared-Use Path will bring these two projects together to form one continuous pathway through Rosewater & Ottoway. This pathway will provide thousands of ‘transport-isolated’ residents with much-needed walking, cycling & disability access to local shopping & service centres, to the Port CBD & to the Outer Harbor Greenway and will likely be a great value in our current uncertain times.

It’s worth noting that this project will build on long-held community walking and cycling preferences & informal ‘access initiatives’!

‘Made’ pathways in the Gillman rail yard reserve.

For many years there have been clear signs that local residents have made regular use of informal pathways and access points on both of these routes (see above). In planning circles these signs are referred to as ‘lines (or pathways) of desire’ – that is, evidence of people-movement without relying on formal walking and cycling facilities – also sometimes called ‘made’ pathways.

It is to PA/E Council’s credit that they have noted & responded to these obvious signs of need, informal use and local preference!

2014: Dave Case creates his pdf survey of ‘made’ pathways in the Gillman shunting yards.

Dave Case.

In 2014 BUG Committee member (and town planner) Dave Case created an excellent photographic survey of the ‘made’ pathway extending from McNicol Trc towards Eastern Parade through the Gillman Shunting Yards (the northern section of the proposed Rosewater Loop) – check it out here.

Dave also documented a number of key ‘community-initiated’ access points on the old Rosewater rail loop fence line, notably at:

‘Informal’, community-made rail crossing at May Trc, Rosewater.

  • an informal ‘fence access’ crossing between Florence and May Terraces, giving convenient access to the pedestrian crossing across Grand Junction Road adjacent to the local Foodland & shopping & community centre (this crossing is currently being rebuilt & ‘formalised’ by Council.)

Rail corridor fence-line ‘access’, Edward Street, Rosewater.

  • a similar ‘fence access point’ at the end of Edward Street, giving walking access to the rail route down to May Trc

‘Community-opened’ gateway at Railway Trc – Gillman Shunting Yards beyond…

  • an ‘opened’ gate at the corner of Railway & Cleveland Trc giving Ottoway residents access to the Gillman Rail Reserve’s ‘made’ pathway through to the Port CBD.

As Dave said at the time…

“these images taken October 2014 clearly show ‘lines of desire’ where the unused rail corridor thwarts active travel between needed shopping destinations & homes within a community.

It is all the more important that in vulnerable areas subjected to economic uncertainty caused by extreme levels of underemployment that active travel is enabled.”

The take-away for Councils & Planners?

Check out where people are walking & cycling already!

Look for ‘signs (& lines) of desire’!

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PortBUG: April 2020 – Bike Plan Updates.

Redeveloped Woolnough/Semaphore Road Junction.

1.  Woolnough/Semaphore Road Junction: Several years ago a tragic pedestrian fatality at the corner of Woolnough and Semaphore Roads prompted many requests that Council improve safety at this important footpath and bikeway road crossing. In particular the PortBUG asked that the speed of traffic turning right into Woolnough Road be constrained by the westwards extension of the existing median island.

Council has now commenced work on a major upgrade of this intersection, including traffic management measures for vehicles issuing from the adjacent service station and nearby Swan Terrace.

Key points identified thus far in the plan include:

  • installation of a raised (100mm high) pavement ‘platform’ across the Woolnough Road entrance and exit lanes (orange coloured in the plan above)
  • retention of bike and pedestrian ramps (reduced from 150mm to 50mm deep – better for walkers, prams and mobility devices)
  • an additional triangular traffic management island managing traffic turning right from Swan and right into Woolnough
  • right turns from the service station exit now banned (except for tanker exits about 1 x week – the new triangular island will be a ‘drive over’ type)
  • the existing linear median on the eastern side of the intersection (alongside the right-turn lane into Woolnough) will be extended westwards by approx 3 metres to constrain turning speeds.

Although the overall functioning of the redeveloped intersection will be more apparent when it’s finished, it’s encouraging that Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has taken on board the obvious safety issues PortBUG and the community have raised! These works cost about $230,000 and have been part-funded by the State Black Spot Program.

Proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’ Pathways.

2.  Proposed ‘Rosewater Loop’: Council have informed us that they have applied for funding for a new ‘Rosewater Loop’ shared pathway (marked in red above) that combines two bikeways that we have long sought separately:

  • a new bikeway along the now-disused Rosewater Rail Line extending through Rosewater and across Grand Junction Road to loop around the northern margin of Ottoway
  • the extension of the ‘Gillman Railyard Pathway’, currently existing (in a formal sense) only as far as McNicol Trc. The track beyond this is an informal one ‘made’ by users walking to and from Ottoway, either all the way to Eastern Parade, or zipping into Ottoway via a ‘doorway’ cut in the rail line fence at the corner of Railway Trc.

Council expect to hear if they have the funding within a few weeks. If successful this shared-pathway loop will provide safer Active Transport access (for walking, cycling & mobility devices) for Rosewater residents to shopping and services on Grand Junction Road as well as to the Alberton Railway Station. It will also provide much more direct access for Ottoway residents to the Port Adelaide CBD via the Outer Harbor Greenway pathway.

New Regency Road Bikeways (marked in red).

3.  Regency Road Bikeways: The BUG has long argued for off-road linkages between the Gawler Greenway route along Narweena Terrace and the East-West Connector route running from Port Adelaide, through The Parks to Days Road. There are now two new off-road pathways under construction along the road-side reserves on Regency Road that will provide this connection (marked in red above).

Both of the new pathways are on the northern side of Regency Road. One extends from South Road to Days Road past the TAFE, the other linking the crossing at South Road via a pathway in front of Coopers Brewery to Narweena Trc (& the Gawler Greenway). These pathways will provide useful linkages between key bikeways across our Bike Network.

4.  New Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan:  The current Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan concludes in June this year. Council has provided funding for development of a new Bike Plan over 2020-21. PortBUG is developing an agenda for the new Plan and our own community consultation strategy that we hope to share with readers asap. We hope to utilise a ‘local scenario’ approach that will map out key cycling locations and provide opportunities for your commentary based on your own day-to-day cycling experiences (see a DRAFT example below). Stay tuned!

Example: Draft PortBUG Bikeway Commentary – Bike Plan.


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PortBUG: New Shared-Use Path for the O/H Greenway, Birkenhead.

Work has commenced on a final section of the Outer Harbour Greenway North– the section of the Greenway between the Harbor Loop and North Haven.

The small section involved is approx 100 metres of shared-use pathway running along the western boundary of Le Fevre Primary School from the corner of Semaphore Road and Mead Street to Shorney Street (which runs behind the school). It has been a project the PortBUG has promoted for several years!

Currently Greenway users heading north must cross from the Harbor Loop Pathway at the school crossing and then turn left along the narrow footpath until they can join the on-road route along Mead Street, either at the corner, at the Mead Street pedestrian crossing or at Shorney Street.

The new section of widened shared-use pathway will:

  • reduce risk of pedestrian/bike conflict
  • improve bike access and safety
  • provide more (and safer) options for bicycle users to join the route along Mead Street (away from the hazards of the corner ramps).

The PortBUG anticipates that the new pathway will make access to and from Le Fevre School easier and safer for students, and will (hopefully) encourage many more of them to ride their bikes and scooters to school. It’s not clear when the work will be finished but it already looks quite advanced with ramps and new kerbs already in place (see below).

New shared-use pathway looking south from Shorney Street.

This short stretch of pathway is a good example of the ‘finer grained’ infrastructure which the PortBUG will propose as a core target for the new PA/E Bike Plan, currently under preparation.

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PortBUG: Section #1 Northern Connector Bikeway Opening!

Section #1 of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Bikeway Opening!We’ve received the update below from the Nth’n Connector Project/DPTI today:

The first section of the new, shared use path that runs alongside the Northern Connector Motorway, will open on Saturday 18 April, between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges.

The name of the path is Tapa Martinthi Yala, meaning “pathway to embrace today” in the Aboriginal Kaurna language and is being delivered as part of the new Northern Connector Project.

This first stage of Tapa Martinthi Yala to open is approximately 7.3kms and will link to the existing Stuart O’Grady Bikeway which runs alongside the Northern Expressway from Gawler to Waterloo Corner. This first section will run from Waterloo Corner (at its northern extent) and to the Little Para River Trail just south of Bolivar (at its southern end).

Once complete, the new Tapa Martinthi Yala will connect to both the new Port River Bikeway (Ed; we’ve been calling this the ‘PREXY Bikeway’) and the Gawler Greenway at the Northern Connector’s Southern Interchange, creating approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide.

The remaining section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala from the Bolivar Interchange to the Southern Interchange and the new Port River Bikeway, are in their final stages of completion and expected to be open for use in early May. More information will be provided soon.

For further information, including a map, please see attached PDF available here.

Northern Connector Project: Community information line | 1300 916 221

northernconnector@lendlease.com    www.dpti.sa.gov.au/northernconnector

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PortBUG: Grange Greenway Update.

Thanks to Sara Morrison at the City of Charles Sturt for this update & the ‘network’ image above.  A ‘Grange GreenLink’ bikeway was first outlined in PortBUG’s original proposal for an Outer Harbor ‘GreenLink’ in 2005. We hoped that it would follow the rail line through the Grange Golf Course precinct – but this has not proved possible. The route under construction is shown in orange on the map above, connecting to the Outer Harbor Greenway (green) and the Lakes Bikeway route (yellow). This new Greenway will complement and connect to current and future bikeways within Port Adelaide/Enfield’s Bike Network.

From CCS:  ‘The City of Charles Sturt are currently constructing an off road path on Tapleys Hill Road that will form part of the Grange Greenway. The Grange Greenway is a strategic walking and cycling route that follows the Grange Railway Line. As the railway line traverses the Royal Adelaide Golf Course, the Grange Greenway walking and cycling route is detouring around the Golf Course [Ed; along the western side of Tapleys Hill Road].

The shared path along Tapleys Hill Road is about 700 metres long (between Trimmer Parade and Meakin Terrace), 3.5m wide in total, with three new crossing points on Tapleys Hill Road. The path diverts behind bus stops to remove seating & shelters from the path of riders.

The project includes 16 new trees, new turf, new fencing and new lighting at crossing points. This was achieved with assistance from the Royal Adelaide Golf Club who enabled Council to occupy a portion of their land under a 99 year lease to widen the available verge.

The path on Tapleys Hill Road connects to a new path that was built on Meakin Terrace in 2019. The route will continue on road for part of Meakin Terrace toward Frederick Road. Consultation and design of a Frederick Road crossing point and route connection to the Grange Lakes path and Grange Railway station is planned for next financial year…

The new path is expected to be operational in June 2020.’

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PortBUG: PREXY Bikeway, Linear Path & Kilkenny OHG Updates.

PREXY Bikeway marked in RED.

Bikeway profile, looking east.

1. Progress on the PREXY Bikeway. Members of the redoubtable Uncool Cycling & Canoeing Club have alerted us to rapid progress on the long-awaited new bikeway running parallel to the Port Expressway (the ‘PREXY’) – see the very encouraging photo below. Over the past 2-3 years we have covered the development of the PREXY Bikeway and it’s various connections as information has come to hand – some informative links to relevant blog posts below (with extracts).

Newly surfaced PREXY Bikeway, looking west (Photo: UncoolC&CC).

September 2018  “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… It will connect to the new Northern Connector [NEXY] 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.”

November 2019  “Both the PREXY & NEXY will eventually have their own Greenway bike paths which will connect to the Gawler Greenway via an underpass under the Port Expressway and pathways through the wetlands on the southern side. The Gawler Greenway will eventually extend all the way to Gawler, following the alignment of the Gawler rail line.”

PREXY Bikeway access at the western ‘harbor’ end remains a tad unclear but we believe will be at or close to the PREXY’s intersection with Eastern Parade.

Edit – Further Notes:  Recent conversation with DPTI staff has provided a bit more information about the PREXY Bikeway now under construction:

  • The section from Eastern Parade to Perkins Drive is close to completion – note the green concrete on southern side of the road.
  • The connection from Eastern Parade [to the PREXY Bikeway] remains as is, at the signalised crossing but with a better path alignment off Prexy.
  • [During construction] …there’s a detour off PREXY between Hanson and Kidman Road using part of the Gawler Greenway and Cormack Road to avoid people cycling within the construction site.
  • The general alignment plan is as per the Port Adelaide Bicycle Forum’s header photo on the facebook (see top of post). The only update to this is to the very right (eastern end) which has already been connected to the next bit of Gawler Greenway via Magazine Road (not yet open).
  • No completion date as yet.

Note that DPTI staff caution cyclists seeking to enter or inspect the site – it remains an active construction zone & is unsuitable for public access!

Closure: The Linear Path adjacent to the Hindmarsh Cemetery.

2. Closure of the Linear Path Underpass at South Road: Charles Sturt Council have announced the commencement of work to upgrade the Linear Path underpass at South Road. They say:  “The South Road Underpass and River Torrens Linear Park Path (RTLP) adjacent the Hindmarsh Cemetery has been identified for renewal in the City of Charles Sturts Transport Asset Management Plan.”

“In January 2020 signage was installed along the River Torrens Linear Park (RTLP) path notifying users that construction of the new path and bridge structure will commence in [mid]March 2020… with an estimated completion date of approximately December 2020.

“During the works there will be localised traffic management on Adam Street between River Street and South Road… access to the Carpark on the corner of Adam Street and River Street will [be closed] during construction as it will be the location of the Contractors site office. … Detours for bike riders will be enforced during this time.”

For updates and to view the detour map refer to the CCS website. Construction enquiries: Carmine D’Amico, 8408 1189.

The Pinda Street Greenway detour – ‘Bianco Site’ on the right.

3. Outer Harbor Greenway – Kilkenny.  Charles Sturt Council have announced a rezoning proposal for land behind the Kilkenny Rail Station and between Wilpena Street and McInerney Reserve, also known as ‘the Bianco site’. The Council has had a long-standing arrangement to ensure a section of this site behind the station is reserved for an extension of the Greenway between Wilpena Trc and the Reserve.

This new pathway will provide direct access between the David Trc road crossing and McInerney Reserve, avoiding the current detour via Wilpena Trc, Pinda Street and the Reserve pathways. The relevant DPA proposals are to “ensure pedestrian connections to MJ McInerney Reserve and the station platform” & “allow for the location of the Outer Harbour Greenway through the subject land, adjacent to the railway corridor.”  More details here.

From the DPA showing the new OHG Path.

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PortBUG: Outer Harbor Greenway & Birkenhead Bridge Upgrades.

1. Birkenhead Bridge Upgrade Works & Your Bike:

DPTI have announced a major program of upgrades for The Port’s historic Birkenhead Bridge. Port Residents and others in the community are invited to two ‘drop in’ information sessions to meet the project team, learn more about the project and ask any questions you might have.

#1:   When:    Wednesday 26 February, Any time between 11am and 1pm.   

#2:  When:    Thursday 27 February, Any time between 5pm and 7pm.

Where:   Both sessions at the Port Adelaide Library, Community Room 2-4 Church Street, Port Adelaide

From DPTI: ‘The $3.73 million State Government funded project will… replace the Birkenhead Bridge timber roadway deck with a Fibre Reinforced Polymer deck, and the eastern timber footpath with an aluminium footpath. Works will also include… steel protection works, bitumen surfacing and line-marking.’

‘These essential works will ensure the bridge’s long term structural integrity and safety for all users. The Birkenhead Bridge is a State Heritage item, which makes works more complex and increases project costs. Construction is expected to commence mid-year and be completed by December, weather permitting.’

Full details hereThe Project Team have told PortBUG that no upgrades are planned on the western-side shared use path over the bridge. However bridge works may have some impact on pathway access. The Project Team intend doing everything they can to keep the pathway at least 50% open… but continual access remains unclear at this stage.

Further information: 1300 794 880 or  DPTI.communityrelations@sa.gov.au

Raised roadway planned at Park Street junction.

2.  Detours on the Outer Harbor Greenway, Woodville Park.

The City of Charles Sturt advise PortBUG that contractors will shortly be commencing the construction of three intersection upgrades on Belmore Terrace, Woodville Park. The section of the Outer Harbor Greenway involved is between David Terrace and Woodville Road. The planned works will involve conversion of the existing ‘driveway entry’ links (some of us refer to them as the ‘chicanes’ or ‘twisty bits’) into raised intersection treatments.

The Council tell us:     ‘While the works and intersection closures will be staged, a cycling detour along Russell Terrace will be implemented for the duration of the project – 14th February to 26th May, 2020.’

CCS have provided a signage plan for the detour . Concept plans can be seen here. Any concerns about missing signs during this project, it can be reported directly to the project team at: belmore@gilli.com.au Queries: Contact Rebekah Maxwell, Transport Officer. T: (08) 8408 1853 or www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au

Upgrades planned for the Hughes St junction.

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PortBUG: Cargo Bike Try-Out Day!


Join Dutch Cargo Bikes for a fun day, try bikes, ask about e-bikes, chat to find a solution for YOU!

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PortBUG: The Port’s Cycleways – A Turning Point!

Completed – the last section of the OHG through Bowden.

The recent completion of the Outer Harbor Greenway after 14 years of planning & construction signals a ‘turning point’ in the development of the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bicycle Network!

We celebrated this completion with a BikeFest gathering on the Greenway & by screening the fabulous and inspiring MOTHERLOAD cargo bike movie. However this celebration also signals a step forward into a new era of bicycle planning in the north-west of the city!

Yes – there are still major bikeway projects to be realised, notably the Port Expressway Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway. But these are already funded, planned & ‘in the pipeline’.

What we now need to do is step beyond these projects & engage with a new level of Active Transport planning & network building that:

  • focusses much more on local destinations – schools, shops, services or employment – where people need to travel to
  • effectively connects local networks to major bikeways & public transport facilities
  • provides a finer-grained level of ‘cycle space’ & ‘connectivity’
  • addresses need for transport equity, particularly for children, older folk & those contending with disabilities or financial hardship.

Our world today is characterised by increasingly levels of social and economic inequity which promise to fracture our community & put our children’s futures at risk. Our transport systems are also fatally dependent on fossil-fuels, a vulnerability which we need to recognise & step back from. Provision of both sustainable & equitable transport access is essential for Adelaide’s future yet this seems poorly understood at all levels of Government!

PA/E’s Satyen Gandhi

So what to do? Residents of the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area will shortly have a fantastic opportunity to address these issues as the council commences development of a new 5-year Active Transport Plan. This AT Plan will be part of a broader Integrated Transport Plan that will seek to balance all elements in our passenger & freight transport systems & network. PortBUG has met with Satyen Gandhi, PA/E’s newly appointed Team Leader-Transport. Satyen will be overseeing the development of the new Bike Plan & the Integrated Transport Plan & anticipates a number of opportunities for input from both your BUG & the broader community, commencing before June 2020. So stay tuned & we’ll keep you posted as the process develops.

Tall-Bike Stan on his ‘lamp lighter’ bike at BikeFest 2019. Pic: Peter Good.

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PortBUG: Access to Glanville Rail Station – Ministerial Response.

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: BikeFest Updates.

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

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

Latest News:

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

Bike Traders Coming to BikeFest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Gawler Greenway Update – Great News!

Gawler Greenway: Islington to Mawson Lakes Nearly Complete!

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

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

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

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

The Gawler Greenway route along Regency Road to Narweena Drv.


Gawler Greenway passing under Regency Road from the Islington Railyards.

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

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

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PortBUG Special Event Notice: BikeFest & MOTHERLOAD 2019!

Dear PortBUG Friends,

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

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


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

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

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

Print BikeFest Poster Here!                    Printable OHG Route Map Here.

The Adelaide Long Bike, Adelaide Advertiser, 1996.

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PortBUG: August News Update.

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

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

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

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

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

New McInerney Pk Bikeway

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

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

Retort House Pathway – looking west. Photo: Hindmarsh Greening

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: MOTHERLOAD documentary comes to Adelaide!


MOTHERLOAD Comes to Adelaide!

Love our Planet, bicycles & a great story?

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

When: 1.30pm, Sunday 13th October.

Where: Woodville Town Hall, Woodville.

Cost: TBA

Event Details & Updates: Adelaide Cargo Bikes

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


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PortBUG: Announcing ‘The Big Bike Film Night’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When:    Tuesday 20th August, 6:30pm

Where:   Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Festival Synopsis:  The Big Bike Film Night Synopsis 2019

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PortBUG: Improvements on the Outer Harbor Greenway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposed new pathway (plan provided courtesy of CCS).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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