The Bicycle Institute of SA and Adelaide Cyclists are sponsoring a ride to celebrate our great city and promote better bicycle policies and infrastructure throughout Adelaide. This Community Ride to Celebrate Adelaide's Future spring ride is on Sunday 17th October starting at Whitmore Square for a 50min CBD sojourn and ending up at Botanic Park. Details and updates of the event and the route are available at the BISA website http://www.bisa.asn.au/ and the event here.
There are a number of great things about this ride, firstly we have Stephen Yarwood as our guest speaker. Stephen is running for Lord Mayor of Adelaide and among his policies for Adelaide is a pro cycling agenda which for us is something of a miracle to behold if it comes true. You can learn more about Stephen Yarwood at his website below.
Another great thing is that we are going to celebrate various spots in the city and spots which have vast potential for improvement. We have designed our route to showcase areas like Rundle St, and the River Torrens precinct, Gouger St and Renew Adelaide shops which are now springing up in previously vacant shops around Adelaide. We also highlight the places where we need improvement such as Hindley St, a street with glorious old buildings but needing of a new direction. The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval will also get a mention. If you are interested in keeping up with Renew Adelaide another fellow activist organisation, have a look at their website below.
Then the other great thing is that we are going to enjoy ourselves with this Spring ride celebration our of city with Spring Fashion prizes, Spring time music at the end, and a Spring BYO community picnic at Botanic Park for those who want to stay on and enjoy.
So BISA and Adelaide Cyclists really need your support on the day, we need a big turnout as the eyes of the media will be watching us. Download the flyer here and print it out or send it on to your friends to help spread the word. We want to demonstrate to decision makers that we want better bicycle infrastructure and we want Adelaide to be transformed into a cycling and pedestrian city, we're tired of cars having everything. Stephen Yarwood is already talking the talk and many other local government councillors and mayoral candidates from throughout Adelaide who share similar views on cycling will be in attendance for the ride as well. The local government elections for all of Adelaide will be held in November, they are not compulsory, but local councils have a great impact on our lives and we urge you to think about voting and voting for a cycle friendly candidate, you never know what could happen in your neighbourhood.
BISA committee member
PS - some of the above views are my own, but I'm sure widely held!