Future of Cycling in SA

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Let's make Adelaide one of the great cycling cities! 

With cycling firmly on the agenda, it's now time to get the detail right.

The State Government has released it's response to the Citizens' Jury on cycling, and many of the recommendations are similar to your comments on the Greens' consultation paper as well (here's the final report).

Prior to this I had sought feedback from cyclists and compiled it into a report. I referred to many cyclists’ ideas in my speech to Parliament and also gave a copy to the Transport Minister and other stakeholders.

You can find the link to my full speech here.

On Ride2Work Day in October 2014, I organised and hosted a Cycling Roundtable in Parliament House which gathered 40 cycling advocates and stakeholders to discuss one key question: how do we make Adelaide one of the great cycling cities?

The Government has now taken some of that feedback on board, especially regarding the one-metre-rule for passing bikes, and also riding on footpaths.

Adelaide has perfect weather and terrain for cycling, yet most bikes gather dust in garages because too many of our roads are perceived as unsafe for cycling. Much of the reason for this lies in the state of our roads and the fact that cyclists’ needs have been ignored for decades.

In May 2015 I introduced a motion to the SA Parliament noting that the Cycling Strategy for South Australia expired in 2010 and calling on the State Government to develop a new one.

I also noted that of the over 1 billion dollars allocated to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in the 2013 – 2014 State Budget, less than one half of one percent of that amount was earmarked for cycling.  My motion called on the State Government to at least double the allocation of funds to cycling infrastructure in the next State Budget.

During the Tour Down Under this January, I again called on the State Government to release a new cycling strategy as well as increase funding for cycling infrastructure to at least 1% of the Transport Department budget.

Without a comprehensive long term direction for cycling, there is a risk that scarce funds will not be spent where it’s most needed.

Please feel free to provide your feedback in the comments section below on how you'd like to see cycling in Adelaide. If you provide your details, I'll ensure you're kept up to date with all the latest.

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posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-08 06:11:27 +1030
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commented 2017-02-08 06:10:40 +1030
There is a need for increased investment in cycling infrastructure such as the Beulah Road Cycling Boulevard to be developed by Norwood Payneham Saint Peters Council.
commented 2017-01-27 10:01:49 +1030
I am 83 years of age and ride each day. There has been a markedly change in the attitudes of motorists to cyclists since the enforcement of the 1.5 metre clearance rule; but I still get abused mainly by motorists regularly.

There is an ongoing need for dedicated cycle tracks with a physical barrier; but they are expensive; but so is “life”.

The ability to ride on footpaths is great; but some cyclists abuse this privilege by riding too fast and not acknowledging courtesies of ringing the bell or thanking pedestrians while passing.
commented 2016-10-14 19:13:08 +1030
I agree there needs to be a comprehensive long term strategy for cycling in our state.

To date we have rarely got it right with too many shared paths, the introduction of bikes on footpaths and the sacrifice of vehicle lanes to install bike lanes. This has contributed to significant increases in congestion in particular to the east of the city. We have to acknowledge that we are a geographically spread out city that will always need to cater for cars and other vehicles.

Our state government has failed to take accountability for their flawed bike legislation and the real impact on the safety of pedestrians. This legislation should be reversed.

With such a singular focus on bikes as a means of transport across the state (thank you Jay!), improvements for other means of transport are being sacrificed and overlooked.
published this page in CAMPAIGNS 2016-01-18 12:22:40 +1030
commented 2015-11-24 10:31:53 +1030
Cities are not designed for cycling. The roads are too narrow and riding in the gutter leads to punctures and wheel damage. The new rules are a token gesture and almost impossible to police and will result in accidents as car drivers are unsure of when they can and can’t cross the solid lines or even judge what a metre is. To stop cycling accidents cyclists need to be removed from the current infrastructure. We need to think smarter. We need to have dedicated cycling infrastructure. We need a converted two way cycling lane perhaps down the middle of current lanes where practical. We need a strategy for separated safe and convenient cycle ways where cyclists can move freely across the city without constant fear of being knocked off or worse.
commented 2015-10-28 20:00:01 +1030
Its sad people comment when they simply don’t have the requisite knowledge. Think of crossing a double line as punching someone in self-defence – you did it for a very good reason. You will ONLY pass a cyclist in this manner when there are (1) no cars approaching and (2) it is safe to do so. Why is this so hard to grasp? As for riding on footpaths, this will be used for emergencies for cyclists to escape situations etc. My average speed is 35-40 kms/hr and I will NOT be going on footpaths. Not only are they difficult to ride on but there’s no room, you need to go much slower etc. The comments below are simply daft and without foundations (like Carol’s, who does NOT ride a bike). If you’ve never ridden a bike you can’t comment. What I did want to say is this. Apart from infrastructure spending and new laws, little has been said on maintenance (of bike paths). The time honoured tradition of sweeping glass off the main carriageway (where car tyres easily crush glass) into bike paths (where they decimate bike tyres) continues and Councils approve/condone this. Equally tree clippings or dirt/stones following road works etc are left there. Potholes aren’t repaired as quickly and even new bitumen is often laid to the bike path and not onto it, or if onto it, they love to leave a join line which again is another death trap for cyclists (there are many). Keep bike paths well maintained and bikes WON’T go on footpaths and Carol will be happy.
commented 2015-10-28 09:38:55 +1030
who are the idiots making these decision i will not cross the double white line because i was told it was illegal so now if do cross the double white line and i hit a car i would be in the wrong what are the politicians doing what a stupid decision ,i would like to know who is really pushing this why do the 2 percent always push against 98 percent ,recind this stupid decision now or at election time you will pay trust me people are fed up with tese idiot politicians.
commented 2015-10-25 22:40:38 +1030
I simply cannot believe that anyone could think it is a safe option for cyclists to ride on footpaths. This is considerably concerning. We have roads for cyclists and motorists and I thought ‘foot’ paths were for exactly that…‘foot’ traffic. The seemingly pat on the back that you are giving yourself for assisting cyclists to ride on footpaths without the slap on the back for forgetting about walkers rights is astounding. We have many elderly people (yes, its an ageing population) and many parents walking with their youngsters, and many in the community with hearing issues and those with spatial cognitive issues and those trying to keep fit walking their dogs. Did you forget about all of them? We have cyclists sharing paths between Glenelg Beach and Somerton Park and it is quite an issue at times. Usually the cyclists do not ring their bells, often when they do they want you to move aside rather than them riding around you, and most often they are going quite quickly and there is no time to pull your dog in line. My partner has hearing loss in one ear and no directional hearing, It is a nightmare for him and he has to continually look over his shoulder to see if bikes are coming. I totally agree with cars needing to give more distance when overtaking cyclists on roads but I wonder in this think tank of yours if the fact was considered that it is very difficult for people to assess a side distance of 1.5 metres when they are driving 80km per hour. I think what you have assisted in creating is a more dangerous situation for other groups in our society (other than the cyclists and being green is not just about advocating for cyclists!). I also feel (as I do ride a bike) that there will be footpath rage and much litigation out of this. It is so unfair to unburden the issues on road that cyclists are experiencing by having them distress footpath users instead. I wonder how long it will take before it is safer for walkers to walk on to the side of roads as it will be safer than on footpaths -for my partner as he is more likely to hear a car coming than a bike! I walk my dog every day on foot paths and I will not in any way change the way I walk and the freedom I allow my dog on his lead because of this. I am so disappointed by the lack of wholistic ‘green’ thinking for ALL MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY on this issue.
published this page in CAMPAIGNS 2015-03-23 15:16:07 +1030
commented 2014-10-16 13:23:18 +1030
Take 2 (Original post failed :-()

Local Government also have Cycling and Walking Strategies for their communities that need to be considered in the State approach, plus there should be more communication between these bodies on where they are directing their focus in the next five to ten years, so that we can get some coordinated approaches. This might even lead to connected bike paths/lanes, instead of bits and pieces everywhere.

Great work City of Adelaide on Frome Street. You’ve practiced now, time to get serious. Time to reduce the lanes on King William and Grote/Wakefield, and provide bike lanes crossing the City. Segregated could prove expensive to fund, so even just painted would be better than what there is now. If Melbourne can do it, why can’t we?

Take the light rail along Port Rd now, and convert the current rail line into a bike path.

Increase the education of kids in cycling, and being safe on the road, which will hopefully stay with them as they grow up, and be more considerate road users in the future.
commented 2014-07-16 16:53:08 +0930
As others have said, shared bike/pedestrian paths are for meandering, not commuting. There needs to be a speed limit for bikes on these paths for the safety of pedestrians and their kids and pets. I would suggest 10kph, maybe 15kph max, but then to slow down when close to pedestrians. Yes, we need separation from motorists for safe commuting by bike, but putting the cycling commuters on shared pedestrian paths is not the answer to that problem. This is especially true for linear park and the coastal path. The link between Grange and Semaphore should be two separate paths. There is plenty of room to run a separate bike path along Military Road through this area, which would be a great initiative, as has been done on the Hart St bridge, but without losing a lane of traffic.
commented 2014-05-21 20:57:26 +0930
Thanks Mark for your efforts to realise the idea to other politicians that cycling should be a normalised significant part of our transport modes. Bikes are not just for recreation and sport, they are so much more.


Let’s get these ‘green corridors’ into fruition. We don’t need to wait till the expensive upgrade of the electric train going north is completed for example.


I applaud the opening of the latest part of Frome bikeway. Let’s get it right by making good connections to it and pushing it through. This is a boon for student and staff attending North Terrace precinct education institutions.


Have we lost good opportunities to integrate good end trip bike facilities at the new NT medical precinct? Watch that space. Are there good connections to Linear Park river path from the medical precinct?


Thanks, David Ladd
commented 2014-05-20 16:31:12 +0930
I want a safe crossing of Fitzroy Terrace, between bikedirect Braund Road and the shared paths in the parklands.

In 1996 Transport budgeted for pedestrian – cyclist lights, but still waiting. Traffic and congestion has increased since then, and the appropriate solution is now an overhead pedestrian bridge.

Multi-lanes and 47,500 vpd are made more hazardous for vulnerable road users by the many drivers who breach ARR in this area. Authorities decline to act on the many vehicles that obstruct the bicycle – pedestrian passageways, in breach of ARR s. 198. Authorities decline to act on the many vehicles that turn left into Fitzroy Terrace from Braund Road or the Torrens Road left-slip-lane, with left indicator on while moving one or two lanes to the right. Also there are the drivers who ignore the ‘no left turn’ sign and turn left from Fitzroy Terrace into bikedirect Braund Road.
commented 2014-05-20 16:20:15 +0930
I want improvements to cyclist safety when cycling north along King William Road towards North Adelaide. An astounding $610m was spent on Adelaide Oval revamp. I was further shocked when the road barriers were removed, to reveal that the kerb and footpath had been replaced, but not moved to the west to give cyclists space. A detailed explanation follows.


A cyclist can be stopped by a red light at the War Memorial Drive T-junction, where there is no safe space for cyclists to wait.

At the next intersection, there is a short fake bicycle lane of only 1m width south of War Memorial Drive. A cyclist waits here at another red light, within millimetres of many wide buses that use this route, and fearing what might happen when the light goes green. Austroads states that bicycle operating envelope is 1.2m, and recommended width of bicycle lane for this speed zone is 1.5m.

From War Memorial Drive to Victor Richardson Road there is again no safe space for cyclists, with vehicles overtaking too closely, especially buses and ubiquitous 4WDs. The new angled footpath cuts across a cyclist’s path, i.e. no room at all for cyclists who must rely on drivers to be cyclist-aware and move to the right. Stressful for experienced commuter cyclists. Why did authorities ignore cycling requirements when the kerb and footpath were replaced during the Adelaide Oval revamp?

Get to the northern kerb of Victor Richardson Road, and cyclists squeezed out by a concrete protuberance. Some years ago ACC re-designed this area to be cycling hazard, adding a right-turn lane into Sir Edwin Smith Avenue for motorists, and the concrete protuberance to protect parked cars. In 2011 I had on onsite inspection with ACC staff who agreed that cyclists had insufficient space. See attached email.


Sent: Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:59 AM

Subject: RE: intersection King William Rd and War Memorial Drive

It is anticipated that consideration will be given to upgrade the entire intersection in concert with the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, over and above the right turn control installation referred to by ___.

Any upgrade would have the intention of improving the level of safety and amenity for all road users and pedestrians.

However, it must be appreciated that no commitment has yet been made about an overall upgrade of the intersection.
commented 2014-05-19 20:01:57 +0930
Mark, as a frequent cyclist around the CBD and into the surrounding suburbs I fully support increased bicycle infrastructure and an increase in the budget allocated to improving cycling infrastructure. I think the new bicycle path along Frome Rd is a great start. But I also think cheaper measures are also effective, such as the green bike lane down Weymouth/Pirie St. It would be good to see these paths put on the other side in between the parked cars and foot paths to afford cyclists protection from cars. We’d have to contend with doors, but this is the case as it is anyway. I agree with Brett below re cycle paths that are straight to the point. I also agree with the points raised by Peter Lumb below. I would also support a repeal of the mandatory helmet laws.


Kind regards,

Jeremy
commented 2014-05-16 16:12:52 +0930
For future design considerations on bike paths.

please do not design them with an artistic flair on the path routing.


If you want cycling commuters to use the bike paths …ie: path running from city west (near bunnings mile end) to north plympton… then design it straight as possible. We love riding but the meandering nature ( from one side of the parkway to the other ) of the cycling/walking path does not endear itself to the users..it would be better suited to have 2 straight paths if needed…1 for pedestrians and 1 for commuting cycling. Otherwise cyclists tend to just use the adjacent road for a quick commute.


Commuting is generally not about slow rides looking at nature, its more about getting from point A > point B and keeping your eyes open for pedestrians / cars / hazards..
commented 2014-05-16 10:30:30 +0930
Mark


I’m pleased you are encouraging the State government to go through the process of developing a new cycling strategy for South Australia. Like you I think it is timely.

Long term demise of car use while increased funding for car infrastructure

Like some others I would encourage you to argue for a higher than 1% proportion of the state infrastructure spend going to cycling. I would support 4% as reasonable, but I’d like to see higher allocations talked up in an effort to begin a shift in thinking about funding cycling infrastructure.

This is particularly important given the Liberal National Australian government’s budget announcements this week which appear to favour motor vehicle infrastructure to the exclusion of all other mobility. It is left to the poorer states and local governments to fund cycling infrastructure and my view is that simply doubling the current proportion to 1% will achieve too little. It’s a doubling of very little, and separated cycle lanes, for example, need specific allocations. The Australian government has abrogated all responsibility for cycling.

Increasing the cycling infrastructure spend makes good sense on a range of levels, not the least is because cycling is on the rise Australia wide. Significantly lifting funding for the mobility form which is in decline (private motor vehicles) is not an effective use of taxpayer funds when compared with increasing funding for cycling infrastructure because cycling is on the rise. The Australian government it seems is intent on propping up a declining mobility form while ignoring rapidly growing mobility forms.

Newman and Kenworthy in a recent paper titled ‘Peak Car Use’: Understanding the Demise of Automobile Dependence show the decline in car use in a range of countries, including Australia since 2006.

They conclude their article with

The phenomenon of peak car use appears to have set in to the cities of the developed world. It seems to be due to a combination of: technological limits set by the inability of cars to continue causing urban sprawl within travel time budgets; the rapid growth in transit and re-urbanization which combine to cause exponential declines in car use; the reduction of car use by older people in cities and amongst younger people due to the emerging culture of urbanism; and the growth in the price of fuel which underlies all of the above factors. The implications for traffic engineers, planners, financiers and economists is a paradigm shift in their professional understanding of what makes a good city in the twenty first century. It does however point to the demise of automobile dependence.


Internet searching ‘peak car use’ provides more information.


As one example of the growth in cycling, Super Tuesday counts of cyclists entering the Adelaide CBD show a percentage increase in 2011 of 17%, 2012 of 8% 2013 of 9%, and the total count for the hours between 7.00 am and 9.00pm in 2014 was 5,529. These cyclist are presumably a part of the decline in car use and are leaving their motor vehicles at home more often. If funding were to follow modal share, as seems reasonable, we’d see the funding graphs for cars and cycles heading in different directions.


Now that South Australians can no longer be so emotionally attached to cars, due to changed political economy related to the demise of car manufacturing here, there is a further political opportunity to change the politics of funding away from cars and towards more sustainable mobility.


CO2 emissions

In a new SA Cycling Strategy, I would like to see, some analysis of the benefits of cycling and the dis-benefits of motoring in particular in relation to CO2 emissions. The environmental benefits of cycling seem now to be neglected, and the dis-benefits of cars simply accepted. Public discussion about CO2 and mobility seem to have disappeared. Diminishing CO2 emissions is a necessity and in my view should be a core motivation for governments in increasing funding for cycling infrastructure relative to motor ways. I suggest that when funding new infrastructure of various kinds, estimates of the CO2 impacts should be part of the costing along with social and health benefits, which are often discussed.


Cycling and walking

Much of the policy motivation for cycling applies to walking. It is common for conditions for pedestrians in urban forms to improve when cycling infrastructure is built and vice versa. Shared paths are currently the norm. Would you consider a SA Strategic Plan for Walking and Cycling?

The Australian Cycling Conference, held annually in Adelaide (but not in 2014 due to Velo-City), has just made the transition to become the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.


Electric cycles and cycles for people with disabilities

A strategy should include anticipating future interest and demand and understand the needs of e bikes users and a greater diversity of bikes which can be used by people with disabilities (like those manufactured in the Netherlands by www.vanraam.com/) Such bikes are popular in Europe but have not arrived here yet.


Peter Lumb
commented 2014-05-15 14:00:37 +0930
Hi Mark, I’ve ridden for 30 years almost daily. The number one piece of advise i would put forward to governments is:


Separate cyclists from motor vehicles. Think of a concept like “bike freeways” and that will get you closer to what we need.


PS: I can be contacted on this topic as I have done some prelim work on mapping out possible options. Cheap and effective
commented 2014-05-13 23:48:48 +0930
Cycling is not an inherently dangerous activity. It is only dangerous when performed in close proximity to motor vehicles. Recent studies by Australian universities have shown that in collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles, the driver of the motor vehicle is at fault in approximately 80% of cases. The most certain way to avoid the chance of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles is to physically separate motor vehicles and bicycles on the public transport network. The way to achieve this is by investing in safe, separated cycling infrastructure.


The fear of collisions with motor vehicles is the greatest inhibitor of the uptake of cycling as a mode of transport. More people would travel by bicycle if they felt safe doing so, away from the danger of motorised traffic. More bicycles on the road means fewer cars on the road.
commented 2014-05-13 16:28:06 +0930
I enjoy bike riding as a form of transport and rode for a year every weekday to the city and back to Warradale. I started using the old railway easement bikeway which runs parallel to Anzac Highway but found that my time was much better on Anzac Highway itself and hence have always used that, which brings me to my point, being that the distinction should be made between bikeways for leisure and those for transport purposes. Generally one is not a substitute for the other. We need both.
commented 2014-05-13 14:47:03 +0930
I support most of the recommendations of the Qld inquiry into cycling issues. That is ‘A new direction for cycling in Queensland: Report No. 39 – Inquiry into cycling issues Nov-2013’ at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/THLGC/2013/INQ-CYC/rp-39-29Nov13.pdf


However, I do object to increase of cyclist penalties to same rate of driver penalties. I believe that a person in charge of a more dangerous vehicle (mass and speed) should accept more responsibility (larger fine) when breaching road rules (risking safety of other road users).


I particularly want for cyclist safety:

1. Minimum overtaking distance

2. Strict Liability legislation (which Qld backed-down on)

3. Cyclists permitted to turn left on red lights. Safer for cyclists to clear an intersection early, rather than waiting to mix it with vehicles.

4. Cyclists permitted to travel through red lights when on bar of T-junction. Safer to clear intersections, without waiting to mix it with vehicles.

5. Cyclists permitted to ride across all-types of pedestrian crossings. Safer for cyclists to clear an intersection early, rather than waiting to mix it with vehicles.

6. Cyclists permitted to treat stop signs as give-way signs

7. Re ‘dooring’ offences – increase penalties, demerit points, and provisions for ‘on-the-spot’ fines

8. Review best practice design options for roundabouts, and ensure that authorities adopt best practice design standards for all new and upgraded roundabout projects

9. Introduction of specific provisions and tougher penalties relating to Menacing and Predatory Road Behaviour within the Criminal Code and/or other relevant instruments

10. Speed limit on residential streets reduced to 30 km/h. Lower speed limits on urban arterial roads.

11. Eventually on all urban arterial roads, bicycle lanes that are physically separated from car / travel lanes
commented 2014-05-13 11:42:09 +0930
Cyclists and motorists need to co-exist. Many people need to use their car on a daily basis. They don’t have alternative modes of transport.

The ideal solution is to separate cyclist and vehicles totally but we simply cant afford to do that everywhere.

Additional bike lanes on already busy arterial roads are not the answer. They only add to the problem

To encourage more people to use their bike we need to provide safe alternative routes to main roads ie Bike Direct plus protect cyclists legally.

On the other hand motorists using major arterial roads need to be given a “fair go” free of cyclists.

These “big picture” issues need to be addressed before we spend more money on infrastructure that does not achieve its goal
commented 2014-05-13 10:54:41 +0930
I’ve been commuting to work every day by bike for almost 10 years, rain hail or shine. I have car, I enjoy walking, I quite like catching the tram but I just love to ride to work. I’ve seen the progress that’s been made over the years and it has enhanced my enjoyment of riding to work, and my safety, all the more. I started using the Mike Turtur Bikeway when it was completed, but apart from that I’ve always stuck to the roads and cycled with traffic to get to work in the east end. I’m confident and happy to ride on the roads to work. Today, though, I crossed through the parklands for the first time on my bike to get to work. I changed my route because I knew that the Frome Street Bikeway connects through to the parklands and I wanted to experience this trail and bikeway out of curiosity. I had previously thought that the Frome Street bikeway was not on my way to work. However, as I cycled amongst trees, rather than traffic, and made my way through the parklands and down towards Charlotte Street and Regent Street I decided that this route is just as convenient, probably faster because I don’t wait at traffic lights and so much more enjoyable. I’ve changed my route because of the Frome Street Bikeway, even though I won’t be actually cycling on Frome Street itself. As I explored this new route for me, and appreciated the changes that had been made to accommodate cyclists I realised that I can now cycle almost all the way to work from west to east away from the traffic. It was a revelation. This one piece of infrastructure will enhance my enjoyment and safety as I ride to work every day. And I imagined all those people out there who want to ride to work but perceive it as inherently dangerous now giving it a go and getting as much enjoyment on their daily commute as I do.
commented 2014-05-09 16:19:25 +0930
I cycle every weekend mainly down south on the Fleurieu where I live. I am lucky to have many roads that are not heavily used by cars and have a decent shoulder to ride in if they are busy.


I commute into Adelaide once a week and would love to park my car the top of the SE freeway and cycle into the CBD but once I get to the bottom of the freeway there is no way I am going to put myself amongst peak hour traffic like I see some do. Why have such great cycling infrastructure if it does not provide a continuous safe and direct route into the CBD. I would like to see a plan that provides cyclists with safe options throughout the suburbs, city and regional areas. Please can we get rid of cycle lanes that just fade away and become part of the road.
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commented 2014-05-09 12:05:40 +0930
I am very happy to see a member of the Legislative Council raise the issue of cycling in the Council.


I have been an active user of bicycle transport as my main mode of transport for over twenty years, to improve my own health and wellbeing, and to contribute to general societal and environmental wellbeing. Unfortunately in that time I have been hospitalised twice as a result of traffic accidents that would have been avoided by better cycling infrastructure and a more generally positive attitude to cycling in the broader community.


I would like to see the introduction of some kind of strict liability legislation protecting vulnerable (pedestrian, cycling and increasingly gopher) road users.
commented 2014-05-09 10:34:52 +0930
When are we going to complete the coastal bikeway on Adelaides western shore. Presently you can ride from North Haven to Glenelg on a bike way except between Westlakes Shore and Grange. With bike carrying trains servicing Grange, the completion of continuity of a costal bikeway would add much to the benefit of all. I have witness two cycling/car incidents on the roads in Tennyson recently and with modern communication distracting many road users I think a cycling car free facility such as the coastal bikeway provides a safer alternative for recreational and commuting cyclists.
commented 2014-05-09 09:01:17 +0930
Both myself and my girlfriend love cycling but are scared to ride on main roads with cars. We don’t wear lycra and don’t ride very fast. We usually ride as a form of transport and like to look good and feel safe whilst riding. For this reason we usually stick to back streets where the cars are only allowed to travel 50kph or we ride on the footpath and slow to walking speed when nearing pedestrians. We live in Medindie and we can ride the Torrens linear park trail to the city which is great, but as soon as you get to the city the separated bike lane infrastructure disappears and big heavy cars are buzzing around us like flies. We are super excited about the Frome rd bike lane infrastructure development and once it is completed to North Terrace we will be able to make it all the way into the heart of the city feeling safer and not being pushed along by cars and other cyclists. Some in the Adelaide City Council have called for its removal before even a single cyclist has pedaled along this hallowed turf. We would like to see this concept extended throughout the city so myself, my girlfriend, tourists and locals alike can feel safer whilst navigating our wonderful little city by bike. We also feel a 40kph speed limit throughout the city would benefit cyclists and pedestrians and make the city feel safer to navigate for all.
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