PEDAL UPDATE No. 210 June â€“ August 2013 ISSN 13211870 http://www.bisa.asn.au
photo by Tim Marriage
THE GREENWAYS PROJECT LOBBYING MESSAGE Edward@bikeadelaide I had the pleasure recently of attending the Bicycle Institute's annual general meeting. It is something I would recommend to others. Not only did it provide the opportunity to meet some of the regular names you see dotted around the place and put faces to those names, but it was also an opportunity to meet Colin Maher from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. A quick Google search of Colin reveals that he worked for Tri-Met in Portland for some years before taking up the position of Senior Planner in the Office for Cycling and Walking. As we all know, certainly by English-speaking standards, Portland is a bit of a success story when it comes to getting people to use alternatives to the car. Although it is a few years old now, there is a good video on Streetfilms that discusses the various measures the city has taken over the years (1). Colin gave a presentation about the State Government's Greenway policy (2). As the literature says, Greenways are quiet walking and cycling routes that go along public transport corridors and along rivers. The first and most well known is the Linear Park trail between Modbury and Henley Beach. Further routes are planned along the railway lines and waterways such as the Sturt River and Little Para River. Currently under construction is the Marino Rocks Greenway that follows the railway line between Marino Rocks and the city. It could be said that these are our version of the long distance higher speed routes that are slowly being introduced cross Copenhagen (3). They were introduced as a compliment to the existing grid of separated paths along main roads. In time, I would hope that we could say the same about our Greenways. I am sure that will come. 2
What is interesting is that based on DPTI's figures, these work, and are an illustration of the "if you build it they will come" rule. The first completed Greenway is the Mike Turtur bikeway that follows the tramline from Glenelg into the city. Since its completion, traffic has enjoyed an average growth of 16.2% (per year as I understand it). And importantly it has not coincided with a corresponding drop in traffic on any parallel route. The bicycle traffic on Anzac Highway has not changed. In other words, it was built and they did come. The most interesting part of Colin's talk was hearing about how he juggles the needs and wants of different stakeholders. In order to be able to provide a complete route, it is necessary for parts of the Greenway to be on the road. For example, just before crossing Marion Road, the Marino Rocks Greenway travels through side streets that have been blocked off to through motor traffic. They are clearly defined as part of the Greenway route by large bicycle stencils. Those roads are council administered roads and local ratepayers are entitled to their say about them. The same applies to the end of the Mike Turtur bikeway. It ends at the model railway shop on King William Road (Orient Express) and cyclists travelling into the city are then required to join traffic on King William Street. For some of the way, there are painted bike lanes but as we all know, they provide only limited protection. DPTI are on to that and one of the potential plans is a buffered bike lane - protected either by parked cars or a painted island (or ideally from my point of view a physical barrier). That in turn requires negotiation with Adelaide City Council and local ratepayers and businesses. It was quite eye-opening to me hearing Colin talk about how a few loud and vocal voices can change a plan. For example, in some council areas, speed bumps have been installed. You might think it would not be unreasonable for a local council to slow down traffic a bit in residential areas and perhaps to divert through traffic on to main roads. After all, it is not car registration that pays for maintenance on council roads, it is the local residents' rates that pay for it. 3
To his surprise, Colin has heard complaints about noise after the installation of speed bumps - apparently something to do with harsh acceleration between each bump. Gouge marks are another popular complaint. The message that came through is that if you support these types of changes, your voice is as valuable as the naysayers. A local resident may complain that a road being blocked adds one and a half minutes to their trip to Woolworths - a valid complaint - but that must be balanced against the voices of cyclists, pedestrians, schoolchildren and so on who say they welcome the change because it makes their journey that little bit safer. It is abundantly clear that Colin and the rest of DPTI value feedback. They have a limited budget and wish to use it wisely. Take the time to provide it whenever you can. Your voice makes a real difference to these things and as a consequence you have a say in the future direction of your city. That is the message I got. Keep on biking! Oh, and if any BISA member is interested in the Greenways project and how it might expand to something resembling the Copenhagen version, I would invite you to revive the conversation on Adelaide Cyclists about potential Greenways routes (4). (1). http://www.streetfilms.org/portland-celebrating-americas-most-livable-city/ (2).http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/infrastructure_projects/greenways_project (3). http://www.cykelsuperstier.dk/concept (4). http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/greenways-routes
THE BICYCLE INSTITUTE QUIZ NIGHT
Friday 13th September
Forget bad luck (it may never happen), forget about the Federal election (if only), come along and test your (bicycle) knowledge. Arrive from 6.30pm for 7pm start. Tables of (up to) 8 people. All sorts of surprises and prizes in store. BYO nibbles and drink. $15 per person, $10 concession. Look out for an upcoming flyer with more details, including how to book your seat/table. Itâ€™s at the Plympton Community Centre, 34 Long Street Plympton, home of the Bicycle Workshop (if youâ€™re doing poorly at the quiz, give your bike some love!)
TWEED RIDE ADELAIDE 2013 You are most cordially invited to take a ride back in time dressed in your finest tweed, riding on your finest steed. Pull your oldie out of the shed, dust off the cobwebs, oil your chain, dress your best, twirl those moustaches, pack your cucumber sandwiches and come to celebrate the love for tweed and the vintage bicycle. Photos by Peter Hill, 2012
This event is open to anybody and everybody who likes to dress up and have fun on a bicycle. We ride at a slow pace, so bring your family to explore wonderful historic Adelaide, stopping along the way for photographs, picnic and games. The ride will finish at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, to sample some fine ale. Meet at the Adelaide Town Hall, Sunday July 28th 12pm, leaving at 1pm. 5
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Fay Patterson ... Fay Patterson came late to cycling as a cyclist but early to cycling as a professional. Growing up on Mt Nelson (Hobart), Fay learnt to ride a bike at the age of 19. While still wobbly, she joined a group of friends on a trip to Cairns and the first mountain bike World Cup held in Australia – where Hans “No Way” Rey demonstrated his skills and a young local called Cadel Evans did well. She and a friend then toured and bussed back down the east coast to Melbourne, then home, where her sister was on her way to becoming a competitive force as a mountain biker. Graduating from engineering into the recession Australia ‘had to have’, Fay became the Bicycle Development Officer for Tasmania, which included representing the state on the (then) National Bicycle Committee. A planned trip to Europe was amended to include a side-trip to the 1997 Velo-City conference in Barcelona – a valuable experience for someone new to the field. Joining Adelaide City Council as its Pedestrian and Bicycle Planner in 1999, Fay added walking to her scope. In 2002, she moved into consulting with QED and projects such as designing the signalised crossings for the Mike Turtur Bikeway. Fay and husband Ian moved to Wollongong in 2005 to open an office for QED (after cycling from Brisbane to Melbourne on a tandem), preparing numerous walking and cycling plans for NSW councils. A European holiday in 2007 included the Velo-City conference in Berlin and cycling from Berlin to London, which was hosting the prologue of the Tour de France (as well as Ian and Fay’s first grandson). Fay and Ian returned to Adelaide from NSW in early 2008. 6
A 2010 trip through Germany and Holland took the form of a study tour of cycling infrastructure and demonstration projects in shared spaces, finishing in Denmark for the Velo-Global conference in Copenhagen. Fay is a long-time supporter of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Transport Institute of Australasia, preparing a PedBikeTrans e-news digest on and off for years, and has been involved in organising the Australian Cycling Conference series since its inception. Her paper Cycling and Roundabouts: an Australian Perspective led to a change in the Austroads guidelines and a subsequent research project. In 2012, Fay organised Adelaideâ€™s successful Bike Art Adelaide festival. She is a principal of Hub Traffic and Transport and writes fiction under the pen name Fay Lee.
... and Ian Radbone Ian learnt to ride on a woman's 28 inch step-through bike 50 years ago. (He was too small for a man's bike.) Most of the time since then he's been riding on a daily basis, but on a different bike. In the last ten years he's taken up cycling on a professional basis -- if that includes cycle planning as a consultant and then when working for Adelaide City Council. This started in 2003 with a review of cycling expenditure for the South Australian Government and a review of cycling's best practice for the Adelaide City Council. Fay's bio covers what's been done since. While Ian has always loved riding a bike, his passion now is for wonderful places to live in and how cycling can contribute to this.
Returning members to the Bicycle Institute of SA committee are: Jeremy Miller (chair), Katie Gilfillan (vice chair), Stephen Janes (treasurer), Nick Thomas (secretary), Angus Kingston, Alan Sanderson, Bonnie Dowling, Brian Jenkins. 7
A RIDE IN INDIA … AND A RIDE IN OMAN Tim Marriage In January I travelled to Hyderabad, India, on business. I’ve got an ambition to travel to more countries than my age so I thought I’d take this opportunity to bag a couple more. I found it was just as cheap to fly via Dubai and as such UAE and Oman would be achievable in the time I had. In India I was thinking it would be good to relive my cycle touring days on the subcontinent 20 years earlier. In my suitcase I had room for either my kids or my Dahon folding bike :
or I chose wisely and before I knew it, I was riding around Hyderabad. Hyderabad is a city in the south of India, 700 kms southeast of Mumbai. It has a population of around seven million (almost twice Sydney’s) and it’s also the sister city to Brisbane. I arrived in Hyderabad on the weekend. It wasn’t long before I ventured out to ride around the signature Hussain Sagar lake, and on to the outskirts of town to circumnavigate the 10km of crumbling city walls of the 13th century Golkonda Fort. It makes you appreciate old when construction began around 945 AD. It’s a great example of Mongol architecture. It was the seat of the Kingdom of Golkonda between 1518 and 1687.
Heading back to the centre of Hyderabad, chasing tuk tuks through the insane traffic to Charminar, “The East’s Arc de Triomphe”, where you get a great view of the local architecture and the insane traffic. I looked up the local cycling club and went out for their morning ride. Two laps round the lake on a Wednesday morning. The lake at dawn was wonderful. After the ride the club riders discussed their last monthly ride 100km out to the ‘forest’. They lamented that last time a group of sixteen of them rode out there, 7 contracted Malaria. I didn’t elect to go. Of course, the real reason I was in India was for work. That went well, and before I knew it I was on the overnight flight to Dubai. Arriving at dawn, my early start didn’t quite go as smoothly as I had hoped. I was held up for two hours in the UAE immigration queue while the arrogant officials were taking their time to process visitors. Getting my passport stamped, I dumped the suitcase with my work stuff in ‘left luggage’ and headed off into town to find the bus to the end of the suburban line, Ram El Shaed. Once at the Ram el Shaed, it was time to ride - but it turned out to be more challenging than I thought. I had planned to perhaps catch a taxi to the border, but none were immediately evident. My GPS maps didn’t load and I made wrong turns and miscalculations. Before I knew it I had spent more precious time before I found myself on the right highway and still had 40km to go to the border. I wanted to be at my destination of Khasab (dubbed the Norway of Arabia as it is surrounded by ‘fiords’) by dusk, another 45km from the border. It was Friday (the Sabbath), raining and with 40km winds. I was riding a folding bike with jeans (shorts are offensive) and sandals. Nothing for it but to put my head down and tail up through the not very inspiring highway to the border. Once I crossed the border into Oman, the scenery changed. It was much drier with sparse vegetation. I found it a magical sight looking across the Persian Gulf to Iran. Ominous signs were posted saying “take extra water” and “check your engine doesn’t overheat”. 9
Riding for 15km I stopped to get money and noticed my front tyre was getting a bit soft. I had a spare tube, and a new compact pump, but when I’d tried to reinflate it before, it’d let out more air than I put in. I decided not to risk pumping it up any more and pushed on. By the late afternoon I was getting nervous. Darkness was falling, I had another 30km to go and the wind was still against me. While the scenery was spectacular, with superbly maintained roads, low traffic and mainly hugging the coast, some tough hills were ahead. I made it to Khasab, tired and relieved, as the last light disappeared and settled into my hotel. I had a great night’s sleep then after a hearty breakfast, I was ready to face the world. The front tyre was still an issue. I tried to pump it up but snapped the valve stem off when I tried to inflate it with my new canister assisted compact pump. Resorting to my spare, I installed it carefully making sure I didn’t pinch it and pumped it up. The original stem was still stuck in the pump. I thought while I couldn’t open it up to retrieve it, it wouldn't be a problem. But when I pulled it off, I bent the stem of the spare and all the air escaped. Cursing and resigning to myself that my cycle touring was over and I’d be employing a local driver to take me to the border, I had one more try, and with the store of luck I’d stashed away, the stem bent back straight without breaking. I carefully pumped it up as much as I dared to what must have only been about 40 psi. I thought about my options. Would it be foolhardy to go out into the desert with a leaky front tyre and without a spare? Absolutely. Becoming stranded in a desert in Oman wouldn’t please my family, or work who expected me back on Monday. There were still some unanswered questions regarding the UAE re-entry visa too for which I couldn’t get a straight answer from the authorities. What was I to do? The friendly hotel staff pointed me in the direction of Khasab’s finest bike shop to see if there might be any other options. The shop didn’t have the widest selection, but I purchased a BMX type tyre with a woods valve. I knew this wouldn’t really work, but as a spare it offered me some security and it brought me a slender piece of hope. With a deep breath I set off. I figured I hadn’t come all this way not to ride so I would go as far as I could and then ride on the rim if I had to. 10
The weather that day was sensational and, again, the scenery was just stunning.
The front tyre was definitely softening so I didn’t risk stopping. By day’s end I’d made it to the border and thankfully through immigration without too much fuss. Continuing on to make my bus trip and my flight, before the tyre went down, I didn’t dare stop. All the time I was resting all my weight on the back tyre, feeling my way round corners on the 1-in-10 hills I’d struggled up the previous day. I was hoping the tyre didn’t roll off the rim, and waiting for the inevitable pinch flat. In the end I managed to ride 90km including wrong turns back to Ram el Shalam without it happening. Back in Dubai, I rode out of the bus station and to the airport and locked my trusty steed to a guardrail. I was sore, sweaty and windswept, but immensely proud of the things that could have gone wrong but didn’t. Proud of the achievements of riding a folding bike with a flat tyre up great hills, getting through a dubious border crossing and slogging along a lonesome highway. I showered and caught the metro into the glitzy malls while I waited for my early morning flight, happy in the knowledge that another couple of countries were in the bag.
RIDE AND TELL - IT’S READY TO ROLL! A 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!! Why? - 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 Feedback 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. 12
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 selfesteem 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. Bicycle parking 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.
13 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 â€˜bufferâ€™ 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.
14 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: http://www.smartmoveadelaide.com.au/assets/sma/Bike_Box_Etiquette_+_bi ke_signal_lanterns_20-5-13.pdf
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HOW TO USE A BIKE BOX Cyclists: When the traffic signal is red, enter the bike box from the approaching bike lane. Cyclists must stop behind the white stop line. When in the bike box, cyclists wanting to turn left or go straight on must keep to the left of the bike box. Cylists wanting to turn right must keep to the right of the bike box. Some intersections have a bike signal lantern provided. When the bike signal lantern is green cyclists can proceed to turn left, go straight on or turn right. Where no bike signal lantern is provided, cyclists must follow the traffic signals. When the traffic signal is green, proceed through the intersection as normal. Cyclists please be aware of motorists behind you making turning manoeuvres. Motorists: When the traffic signal is red, motorists must stop behind the white line behind the bike box. Donâ€™t stop on top of the bike box. Keep it clear for cyclists to use. When the traffic signal turns green, motorists and cyclists may
move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists please be aware and watch for cyclists in front of you. 16
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