Premier Jay Weatherill has suggested re-branding South Australia:
-- 891 ABC Adelaide on Thursday 10-May-2012 http://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2012/05/premier-jays-plans-to-rebrand-sa.html
-- The Advertiser of Thursday 10-May-2012
-- Adelaide Now on Friday 11-May-2012 http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/travel/news/branding-south-australia-anew/story-fn3015fd-1226352715557
-- The Indaily of Friday 11-May-2012 on page 2 http://www.indaily.com.au/?iid=62849#folio=2
Heather asks: We have TDU plus AC members say the best state for cycling, when the beach and hills are so accessible and the weather mild. How about branding SA as the cycling state? What other cycling attributes? How would you promote us as the cycling state? What are the benefits?
Ive never had a drivers license. Ive lived in all the mainland capital cities in oz and Radelaide takes the banana cake every time.
Ive also lived around the world with my bicycle the last decade and still never found a spot as good in terms of weather, price, nature, trails, road, climbs, flat, training partners, racing, good shops, pollution levels, traffic volume etc.
We also have the easiest to watch bike race on earth. Ive been to France and watched a few TDF's and they are great but don't even come close to TDU in terms of spectator friendly IMHE.
I tell people that think Adelaide sucks to go ride 100 000km outside of Radelaide and then come back and share your opinion. ;)
I don't need to do 100,000km outside of Adelaide to notice the shortcomings. Nor to see the lack of merit in past claims of the past premier.
All I need to do is check out one or two other less distant capital cities.
Jingoistically claiming to be a leader, especially when far from it, is not advancing neccesary improvements in South Oz. Honest assessment followed by agitation is what is needed.
Yeah, Adelaide does have great cycling weather and flat terrain and other inherent advantages. Which is why you should be galled at the generally disappointing progress.
Just in case it is really important for you to know, yes - I have done 100,000km outside of Adelaide. It's no big deal and it doesn't really add that much to the credibility or otherwise of my contention. It is also irrelevant to a lot of riders as the nature of riding and the needs of riders are far broader than that.