Port BUG News: Invitation to a Special Event!

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

‘Critical Mass’ Photo Shoot.

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

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

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

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

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

Where & When:  

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

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

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

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PortBUG News: Post-Budget & New Project Updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Causeway Rd Bikeway, looking south from Glanville Rail Station.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.  Bike Plan Possibilities – 2019-20: 

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

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

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

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

 

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PortBUG: New Causeway Road Bikeways…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Hart Street Redevelopment Starting Monday…

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

This green surface marking will also be used:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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PortBUG: South Road Bicycle Overpass Now Open!

There at sunrise, waiting for the gates to open!

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

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

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

Here are a few pics from the day:

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

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

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

Cyclist #2 looked pleased with himself too!

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

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

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

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

First walker!

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

#6 (photo by Giulio)

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

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

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

Better up here than down there though!

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

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

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

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

McInnes Street access ramp.

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

Access ramp at the West Street rail crossing.

West Street railway crossing (‘automatic’ gates!)

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

Pathway West to Chief Street Bridge (and East Street)

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

Yep, we’re happy!

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PortBUG: Hart Street Redevelopment – July 30th Update.

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

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

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

Ariel plan of the redevelopment with Key Cross-Sections.

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

Construction Commences:    Early August 2018

Scheduled Completion (weather permitting):    October 2018.

Street plan with major new features.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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PortBUG: Dutch Roundabouts in South Australia.

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

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

Dutch-style roundabout, St Kilda, Melbourne.

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

Cyclist approaching the Mildura roundabout…

…and entering the quadrant pathway.

Cyclist crossing between adjacent quadrants.

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

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

Crossing with mid-lane refuge between adjacent roundabout quadrants.

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

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

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

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

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

Overpass ramp on the western side.

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

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

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

Eastern Overpass ramp, Coglin Street crossing.

Dog-leg ramp to McInnes Street,eastern side.

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PortBUG: New Causeway Road Bikeways!

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

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

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

Causeway Road Bikeway – North

Causeway Road Bikeway – South.

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

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

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

Newly widened pathway base, Ethelton Rail Station looking south.

New ramp and pathway adjacent to the Glanville Rail Station.

Stay tuned!

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