PA/E Bike Planning…

‘Integrated Transport Planning’: Bike Planning-2020 and Beyond…

Mr Mark Withers, CEO of Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has written to PortBUG indicating that after 2020 the current Local Area Bicycle Plan will not be replaced by a new one. Instead the PA/E Council will pursue an Integrated Transport Plan. This is probably a Good Thing! The Port Adelaide/Enfield council area is quite unique in that it brings together a number of major and challenging transport issues and interests, most of which have to share common road (or road-side) environments.

There are however many challenges to be addressed, some specific to an integrated approach to planning and investment, others simply inherent in planning effectively for a future that effectively represents both Active Transport and a comprehensive assessment of community needs.

The PortBUG is seeking engagement with the PA/E Council as a stakeholder in this Integrated Planning Process. As a preliminary step we have developed a Key Issues & Recommendations document which we’ve provided to Council staff. It will form the basis for a slightly more comprehensive ‘information package’ which we plan to provide to the elected members of Council (the ‘Councillors’) as the Integrated Transport Plan is developed.

Here is a quick summary of our Key Issues document…

Key Issue #1.            2018 Budget Outcome & Current Bike Plan Funding:

Recommendation:   That PA/E Council:

  • make active representations to the State Government for restoration and increase of the SBF
  • take every initiative to draw on the existing SBF in implementing the current Bike Plan over 2019 and 2020
  • canvas alternative sources of funds to complete the current Bike Plan, particularly with regard to major projects such as the:
  • Sudholz Road bikeway
  • completion of Semaphore Road Bikeways (‘Stage Two’ west of Military Road)
  • a linkage between Ottoway and the Outer Harbor Greenway (via Rosewater Rail Reserve)
  • Council-funded works associated with the PREXY, Gawler Greenway and the Northern Connector bikeways.

Key Issue #2.            Public commitment to Active Transport, community bike use & Integrated Transport Planning.

Recommendation:   PortBUG recommends that every effort be made to ensure that the building of a comprehensive and effective PA/E Active Transport and Cycling Network is based on a shared and broad-based vision between the Council and the PA/E Community. We recommend that:

  • the new Integrated Transport Plan clearly identify the specific roles that Active Transport and cycling must play in a transport system and for which constituents
  • the City of Port Adelaide/Enfield develop and adopt an Active Transport Policy that clearly states its commitment to the economic, social and environmental valueof an effective and comprehensive Active Transport and Cycling Network across the entire Council area
  • a shared vision for Active Transport be developed across both Council & Community through focused strategies including support for active and online community participation in network planning, priority setting and development of the finer-grained aspects of the Network such as ‘routes to schools’, facilities for people with disabilities, PortCBD access and provision of bicycle and Active Transport facilities across the entire PA/E Area
  • every effort be made to ensure allstakeholders are engaged and involved in the development of the proposed Integrated Transport Plan. We recommend that specific consultation frameworksbe established to ensure an effective voice for people with disabilities, children and families riding to school, shops, sport and local services and older folk as well as those living in all of the specific locations within the PA/E Council
  • a number of useful promotional, behavioral and culture-change goals and strategies identified in the current Bike plan and not yet implemented, be restated or redeveloped in the new Integrated Transport Plan and then appropriately addressed.

Key Issue #3.            Development of a ‘Next Steps’ Agenda:

Recommendation:   The PortBUG recommends that these ‘next levels’ now focus on a wider rangeof continuity and connectivity options, community engagement possibilities and traffic management initiatives including:

  • completion of all ‘trunk’ bicycle route facilities identified in the current PA/E Bike Plan (including a secure, off-road link between the Outer Harbor Greenway and Ottoway along the Rosewater railway reserve
  • a systematic approach to development of ‘routes to schools’ or school and child-focused bicycle accessnetworks
  • identification of new network possibilitiesvia a functional and finer-grained destination-based reviewof the PA/E Bike Network aimed at extending and consolidating its efficiency, accessibility and ‘reach’ as an ‘Active Transport Network’
  • ensuring key linkages across Council boundariesto adjacent bike networks within neighboring Councils – the City of Charles Sturt, City of Salisbury and City of Adelaide
  • increased liaison and planning interactions with DPTI’s railway division, ANI etc to ensure resolution of specific network developmentissues at Osborne, Ottoway and elsewhere
  • improving and upgrading existing high-profile & on-road ‘trunk’ bicycle routes(such as Semaphore Road, Grand Junction Road, Grand Trunkway, Cormack Road and other main roads in the PA/E Council area)
  • tackling key Active Transport issues within and around the PortCBD, including the longer-term role of Lipson Street South and secure and convenient Active Transport access to the shops and services in the Port CBD
  • resolving bicycle access along the Mersey Road Bikeway and the tourism possibilities of bicycle access along the Port River
  • improving bike parking & Active Transport access at rail stations on the Outer Harbor line
  • development of Active Transport promotion and support projects aimed at increased participation for allthe PA/E Area.
  • lowering speed limits in key precincts throughout the Council area.

Key Issue #4:            Establishing shared vision & commitment for Active Transport withinCouncil:

Recommendation:   That development of an Integrated Transport Plan embrace a holistic approach to Council’s responsibilities and the broad range of issues that might be addressed by such a plan. All relevant areas of Council should be required to participate in the development of an Integrated Transport Plan and identify key outcomes and possible strategies relevant to their particular area of responsibility. An Integrated Transport Plan should includedevelopment of an implementation strategythat demands a degree of ongoing commitment and participationfrom all relevant areas of Council responsibility.