Someone must be doing something right:
Now bring on the crazy story comments. I think this might be a good one to stack with positive comments.
The Glenelg tram overpass would never have been built except for the strong cycle lobby group. The government wanted to do it on the cheap and just have a pedestrian crossing. The turn out to the meetings was overwhelming.
Its a happy coincidence the RAA released their latest city-bound congestion survey today
Obviously the bike is quicker than the car for even more city-bound traffic.
Surely the RAA must realise along with everyone else in the 21st century that driving into the city to work must be the most stupid thing to encourage.
Meantime the bus-based public transport system in Adelaide is caught up in the same congestion.
Congestion won't be solved by building more roads - as has been proven everywhere in the world.
On the other hand, giving busses, bikes and pedestrians priority in the traffic light system would be a cheap and effective solution. It won't reduce congestion though. Nothing will.
The RAA has let road users down badly over the 30 odd years that I've been a member. Their attitude has been that they are there to represent car drivers and as such, have only considered things from the car driver point of view. It's time they abandonned that obscene focus and looked at what's best for all road users, especially as that usually results in improvements for car drivers by default.
Well, after all, one of the "A"s in RAA stands for Automobile so their bias should hardly be unexpected.
I am a member of the RAA and I ride a bike.
I was also a motorcyclist (and instructor) who was interested in the ongoing road safety debate and fight, and was often disgusted by the RAA attitude that only cars mattered. Originally, they looked after all road users but as the car became 'king', so their focus narrowed. Maybe it's not so bad now but as you can see, the bitterness engendered by past efforts remains.
Here is the press release from the minister's office. Another collection of stats is on the Cycling Facts page of the SA Gov website here.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
ADELAIDE – THE CITY FOR CYCLISTS
Almost 9,500 people now cycle in and out of the CBD daily – an increase of more than 50 per cent
over the past five years.
Counts conducted by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) between
7am and 7pm each October (a typical weekday), have shown an increase from 6,153 cyclists a day in
2006 to 9,443 in 2011.
Minister for Transport Patrick Conlon said the large number of cyclists entering and leaving the
CBD everyday further strengthened Adelaide’s reputation as a cycling city.
“The State Government is passionate about cycling and the ways in which we can improve safety and
connectivity, while promoting its health benefits,” he said.
“Adelaide is an ideal city for cyclists. The increase comes as no surprise considering the
improvements and extensions the State Government has made to the metropolitan bike network.
“Whether or not you choose to ride, everyone enjoys the benefits of cycling as fewer cars on the
road means reduced congestion and pollution.”
In the past five years, the Bikedirect network’s dedicated shared-use paths, bicycle lanes and sealed
shoulders have expanded by 76 per cent.
In 2006, Adelaide had 604km of shared-use paths, bicycle lanes and sealed shoulders on the Bikedirect
network. This has now grown to 1,062km in 2011.
However, Mr Conlon said more development is needed to improve cycling infrastructure across
“The total network includes marked bicycle lanes on arterial roads, improvements to local streets for
cycling, the inclusion of paths in major projects and purpose built walking and cycling paths,” he
“Projects such as the Northern Expressway and the Glenelg Tram Overpass incorporated cycling
and walking infrastructure, with purpose built paths like the Mike Turtur Bikeway.”
For more information on cycling trends in Adelaide and South Australia, visit:
I am starting to become a Pat fan.
Interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald Today.
Not sure why the RAA changed to the NRMA for everywhere except South Australia, but they still have the same advertisements and other things.
They've been anti cycling for a long time, but today they recommended more Cycleways.