Port Adelaide’s Bike Planning: 2020 and Beyond…
The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council will not be replacing the current 2015-20 Local Area Bicycle Plan. Instead a broader and more inclusive Walking & Cycling Plan will be developed in the context of an overall Integrated Transport Strategy. Although this leaves us a little concerned that cycling-network issues and priorities not be lost, it generally seems a good idea – it is important that the right balance is struck between the Active Transport needs of our community and the many other transport functions that must operate within the PA/E Council area.
The Port Adelaide/Enfield council area is quite unique in that it brings together a number of major and challenging transport issues. The Port itself has a major role in the State’s industry and economy. The PA/E Council area is also extensive and hosts a number of disparate communities with their own mobility needs as well as a range of unique recreational and tourism destinations and opportunities. Given the likely rapid increase in heavy transport activity in and around The Port and the already dominant presence of heavy vehicles on our roads, the PortBUG believes it’s essential that Active Transport be recognised as an essential part of the equation and given the acknowledgement and ‘space’ it deserves!
There are many challenges to be addressed by a Walking & Cycling Plan, some specific to an integrated approach to planning and investment, others simply inherent in planning effectively for a future that effectively represents both the role of Active Transport and a comprehensive assessment of community needs. You can read the PortBUG’s initial framing of some of these planning issues here.
The PortBUG will seek engagement as a stakeholder in development of both the new Walking & Cycling Plan and the Integrated Transport Strategy. Because we envisage a much more localised and ‘granular’ scale will be needed for the new Walking and Cycling Plan, we will be arguing for a new approach to community consultation using ‘local precinct’ and project-focussed strategies and ongoing consultation activities over the course of the Plan. We will also be arguing for strategies aimed at the needs of specific groups within the community – younger and older folk, students, those with disabilities etc.