PortBUG: Summary of Candidate’s Statements for Cycling…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No new bike infrastructure!

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

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

Please:

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

 

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Invitation to a PortBUG Survey Ride.

New Greenway at St Clair (Photo: Dave Case)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New bike projects on Semaphore Road!

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

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

Reduced Cycling Funding: pp120, Budget Measures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Letter Min Knoll re SBF Oct 2018

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PortBUG News: New PREXY Bikeway announced…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of Adelaide’s new secure bike parking enclosures.

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

The existing bike lockers are to be removed…

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

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

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Port BUG News: Invitation to a Special Event!

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

‘Critical Mass’ Photo Shoot.

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

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

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

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

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

Where & When:  

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

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

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

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PortBUG News: Post-Budget & New Project Updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Causeway Rd Bikeway, looking south from Glanville Rail Station.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.  Bike Plan Possibilities – 2019-20: 

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

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

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

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

 

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PortBUG: New Causeway Road Bikeways…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Hart Street Redevelopment Starting Monday…

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

This green surface marking will also be used:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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PortBUG: South Road Bicycle Overpass Now Open!

There at sunrise, waiting for the gates to open!

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

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

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

Here are a few pics from the day:

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

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

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

Cyclist #2 looked pleased with himself too!

#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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