Sounds great but speed limits down to 25Km/hr? I don't wanna be mean to cars precisely but that certainly (tongue in cheek) garners "up yours" points. Nonetheless, I can ride up Beulah Rd at 30Km/hr on my push-bike let alone down! I'd hate the whole thing to be clamped at 40 or under and get pinnged on my pushy. Not that I can do 70 down there frankly, but I'm sure some can and that would be a 45 klick over infringement - not good :-/
The 40 km/hr streets through the Unley council area seem reasonably tame, at least on the wider streets. Perhaps that would be an appropriate limit for Beulah Rd.
Also, I like the 40 reminder signs on the rubbish bins in Unley etc.
Rugby Street, Malvern, is a fair example of what can be acheived. The speed limit in the area is 40km/hr. The street is blocked to motor traffic (heading south from Maud St) at Frederick St, Cremorne St (passage for bikes has been provided past/through the school), Wattle St, Fisher St, and Cross Rd. While there are places where it could be improved, this is a good start, and should be commended. Other councils would do well to copy this, with improvements.
(Rugby St continues south over Cross Rd, almost to the Mitcham Shopping Centre.)
As I live on the upper end of Beulah Road 25 km/h is fine by me from a purely selfish perspective. Life has been a lot more pleasant since they put in the roundabouts and got rid of the boy racers so this should make it even better. But 25 km/h is going to irritate the rat runners and the Pembroke parents running late for drop-off.
Bike boulevards aren't supposed to allow motor vehicle thoroughfares. The only exception is motor vehicle storage, public transport and emergency vehicles.
Some of what is described here is pretty radical including cutting through car traffic as Doddsy says:
Bicycle boulevards use a variety of traffic calming elements to achieve a safe environment. For instance, diverters with bicycle cut-outs at mid-block allow motorists to enter the block in order to park or otherwise access a property, and allow cyclists to continue to the next block as well, but do not allow motorists to continue. Typically, these modifications are thought to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety as well as encouraging bicycling.
That would be lovely so I can go to the parade quite easily and some eastern suburban.
But the speed limit is a bit ridiculous since most daily cyclist can do 30 km/h and bicycle doesn't have speedometer.
(Even my road bike still doesn't have any computer =_=; )
A bicycle boulevard would not primarily be for current riders who are already commuting and surviving. It's to encourage others out of their cars and on to bikes. For that low speed limits are needed. If current riders are not prepared to show some patience, support the concept and the new riders who we hope will take to it, then Adelaide will continue as it does now. Personally, I have no faith that people in Adelaide (and elsewhere in Australian cities) are capable of that. But I've got to do something while I'm still here ...
I submitted this comment to Adelaide Now on Friday 3-Aug-2012 at 9.56am. Thanks Michael Murray for improving my words.
Bicycles belong on the road, registration free!
Misinformed motorists should download the file Info_Sheet_5_Bicycles_belong_on_the_road.pdf from the Cycling Promotion Fund website .
Like most adult Australian cyclists, I have a driver's licence (know the road rules) and own a registered and insured car. But choose mainly to cycle and leave the extra space for you!
For too long cyclists have subsidised motorists. Four road projects for vehicles totalling nearly $2 billion being paid for with my taxes as well as yours are the Port River Expressway ($19.4M) , the duplication of the Southern Expressway ($445.5M) , the South Road Superway ($930M)  and the Northern Expressway ($564M) .
I reckon that AC members Doddsy and Michael Murray had comments posted on Adelaide Now. My comment was not published. Perhaps the paper does not like facts, when emotions can keep the cyclist vs motorist debate going.
Patience, my comment got posted (eventually, no. 26), they take their time to moderate the comments. Have another look tomorrow.
@Heather - Well it is AdelaideNow, aka "TheAdvertiser" and they do seem to like misinformation and an unbalanced view of current affairs. The SundayMail as well, great example of their story on "Dooring" the other day :-/
FWIW, there are actually quite a few number of pro cycling comments with that story - viva la bike!