Our quarterly update on completed new cycle infrastructure and initiatives introduced to promote cycling. Not what will be done, not what is planned, but what has been done. Compiled by Katie Gilfillan.
Why are we doing this?
To celebrate the positive steps taken by State and Local Government to support cycling.
To keep you up to date on improvements that may make your ride more enjoyable.
To ask for your feedback on how it works for you as a cyclist and improve our collective knowledge of what works, where, when and how in South Australia.
To start to identify trends such as - How are infrastructure improvements spread spatially in South Australia? What trip types are gaining the most support? What is missing?
So please Ride it and Tell us what you thought via email at email@example.com
In the last PU we detailed improvements made by Unley Council to the Rugby /Porter St cycle route. Thank you to Paul who wrote to us with his feedback:
“The recent Pedal Update says on p.11 that 'a number of intersections' on Rugby St have been realigned to favour North South traffic. I've just ridden that road and I have to say that whether Stop and Give Way signs favour North South or East West is pretty random, with East West coming out in front. Pity, because this could be a good commuter route, and better than the scary Unley Rd. Favouring North South should mean a Stop sign at each intersection. Car drivers don't believe Give Way means they have to actually give way to a mere cyclist, as one demonstrated to me today.”
We appreciate Paul’s feedback and are working to pass on the suggestions to Unley Council. We will continue to lobby for improvements to the route.
I also rode Porter Street for the first time a few weeks ago when I was looking for a safe way to the South from the North/East in the pouring rain at around 6pm at night. It was wet and dark and yes, I was feeling pretty miserable.
Before I arrived at Porter St, I had been meandering along local streets, secondary roads, and crossing busy arterial roads with some time on Greenhill Rd (this was so bad I resorted to the footpath). My experience at this stage was that barely adequate cycle infrastructure in good weather became seriously dangerous and impossible infrastructure in bad weather. So I was interested to see how I would find the Porter St route from Greenhill Rd to Cross Rd. To sum up this part of my trip I felt comforted. As I rode along, regular bike signage told me where to go, clear even in the dark. The road had few cars because the route was closed in places to through car traffic, with bikes and walkers allowed access. The cars also seemed less intimidating. Maybe this was because of the 40km speed limit, or because the drivers were ‘trained’ to look for me on a bike and seemed to do so, although this differs from Paul’s experience. It may sound crazy but all of these things made me feel important; as though I mattered as a cyclist. And it made me feel safe even in poor weather conditions.
Writing of my experience is not to take away from Paul’s feedback. The easy steps have been taken. More difficult decisions are required to make the route an excellent stress-free cycle way. The placement of bike signage on the road in parking spaces is also highly inadequate and needs to be addressed. I mostly wanted to convey the difference some cycle specific on-route planning made to my trip. It influenced my perceived and actual safety, it increased my self-esteem as a cyclist in a motor dominated transport system, and it appeared to alter the driving behavior of motorists. Hopefully the improvements this quarter do the same and there are some exciting ones!!! Please let us know.
Secure bike cages, linked to the new Metrocard, have been installed at Gawler, Munno Para and Elizabeth train stations. For access visit an Adelaide Metro Info Centre and pay a $10 annual fee.
On street bicycle parking nodes on Pirie St and Rundle St
Bicycle route improvements
Green bike lanes at intersections on Torrens Rd between Churchill Rd and Fitzroy Tce at crash locations involving vehicles turning left.
Bike lanes (1.5 metres wide) on Port Rd between West Tce and Park Tce with a painted 0.5m buffer or 0.2m yellow raised buffer where space is limited.
Bike lanes on Main North Rd from Nottage Tce to Edgeworth St (to operate during extended peak hours 7-10am and 3-7pm). Width unknown.
Improvements to the cycle route along Pirie St between King William St and Pulteney St including:
Reallocated road space to create a ‘buffer’ spaced between parked cars and the bike lane
Green bike lanes and 3 bike boxes
Bike lantern at Pulteney St intersection. When the bike signal lantern is green, cyclists can proceed from the bike box to turn left, go straight or turn right. When the traffic signal is green, cyclists proceed through the intersection as normal.
Median refuge crossings at the following intersections (DPTI):
Porter St / Greenhilll Rd*
Braund Rd / Fitzroy Tce*
Dequetteville Tce / Angas St and William St / Angas St / Fullarton Rd
Beaumont St / Birkin Rd / Greenhill Rd
The median refuge crossings are an initial step in upgrading low-traffic BikeDirect routes to create Bike Boulevards. The first two crossings (*) link to new paths built by Adelaide City Council (the rest link to existing paths).
West Tce median refuge crossing at the West Tce/Franklin St intersection to assist bikes onto the West Tce shared use path.
Education and marketing campaigns
Adelaide City Council has released an educational leaflet on bike box etiquette and bike signal lanterns (see back page). It is important both cyclists and motorists know how they work. To view in full, visit: smartmoveadelaide.com.au/assets/sma/Bike_Box_Etiquette_+_bike_signal_lanterns_20-5-13.pdf