Funding allocation for SA cycling projects

The SA Governent has announced that $1.4 million will be spent in 2012/13 for cycling initiatives across the state through the State Government’s Black Spot Program and the State Bicycle Fund.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Patrick Conlon said a significant portion of the funding has been assigned to improving cycling access to, and conditions within, the City of Adelaide, reflecting the Weatherill Government’s priority to create a vibrant city for all South Australians.

Velo-city Global 2012

Velo-city Global 2012
25 July 2012
http://stage.iadelaide.bl.ms/article/velo-city-global-2012

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood returns from the world’s premier cycling planning conference, inspired about Adelaide’s cycling future.

Velo-city Global, held in Vancouver, Canada, last month brought together politicians, government planners and academics to discuss best practice for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities.

Stephen’s keynote speech focused on the City of Adelaide’s integrated approach to transport planning, which aims to make cycling an attractive option for travelling into and around the city.

“City transport should be about choice and sustainability,” Stephen said.

Cycling deaths, injuries rise

Drivers blamed as cycling deaths, injuries rise

Heather Kennett
Sunday Mail (SA)
July 15, 2012 12:00AM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/drivers-blamed-as-cycling-deaths-injuries-...

ANZAC Highway is South Australia's most dangerous road for cyclists, while more riders are injured and killed in the CBD than any other suburb.

The Motor Accident Commission revealed cycling casualties increased from 463 in 2007 to 562 last year.

An analysis of Adelaide's cycling blackspots, compiled for the Sunday Mail, shows that 253 cyclists were injured or killed riding through the CBD over the four-year period followed by 97 at Beulah Park in Adelaide's east, and 93 at Glenelg.

New blackspot reporting tool

The Greens have launched a new app to dob in cycling blackspots in South Australia.

Cyclists will now be able to easily report safety concerns on the spot – with their report sent straight to the State and Federal Government for action.

 

“For too long the need of cyclists for safe, easy passage has been ignored by the SA Government,” said SA Greens Parliamentary Leader Mark Parnell.

 

New Pedal Update

Read our latest editon of Pedal Update. Read it on line by opening this story or download the PDF here.

Veloway closures for blasting

 Ongoing veloway closures for controlled blasting As part of the Southern Expressway Duplication a series of controlled blasts are required at the Darlington Escarpment. The blasts are designed to loosen underground rock to enable construction of the Southern Expressway in this location. The veloway will be subject to ongoing short term closures to ensure public safety during controlled blasting. Given the close proximity of the Patrick Jonker Veloway to the controlled blasting activities, cyclists will not be able to access the veloway between Majors Road and Seacombe Road for up to 1.5 hours as a safety precaution when blasting is occurring. 

Cutting cycling funding is economic non-sense

Republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence.

Cutting cycling funding is economic non-sense

By Jan Garrard, Deakin University

In the current climate of economic uncertainty and fiscal restraint, governments are quick to reassure us that they are making every effort to “do more with less”. Providing mobility for citizens in Australia’s rapidly growing cities is a key public policy goal. When faced with alternative transport options, sensible governments will invest in measures that achieve maximum benefits for the least cost, right? Well, um, maybe.

Super Tuesday bike count results from Adelaide City Council

Adelaide City Council have tallyed up the counts from all the city entry points as counted on Super Tuesday in March and they report an upward trend just shy of 10% on 2011.

For those intersections counted in both 2011 and 2012, we had an overall  increase of 9.8%, which is right on the long term trend. The actual counts of each point is attached here.

The report from the ACC:

New bike lanes for arterial roads

NEW BIKE LANES TO BE INSTALLED ON ARTERIAL ROADS

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will begin the installation of new bicycle lanes along Old Port Road and Main North Road in the coming weeks.

The new bicycle lanes will be installed at:

• Old Port Road, between Bower Road and Frederick Road, West Lakes
• Main North Road, between Mawson Lake Boulevard and The Grove Way
• Main North Road (western side), between Grand Junction Road and the State Sports Park, Gepps Cross
• Crittenden Road, between Findon Road to Grange Road

Want safer cycling? Don’t dismiss dooring

Care and consideration make the road safer for everyone. Enforcing the law helps too. Fernando de Sousa (republished courtesy of The Conversation/ CC)

Every year, more Australians – particularly in cities – are riding to work. More cyclists means fewer cars on the road, less congestion, less pollution and fewer health problems. But every year more people are injured riding bikes, many of them following crashes with opened car doors. Are we doing enough to keep cyclists safe?

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