The press releases have been coming thick and fast this week so I thought I'd post them up in one go.
1. Military Rd gets new bike lanes:
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will begin the installation bicycle lanes on Military Road between Bower Road and Dunstone Road, Semaphore Park next week.
The bicycle lanes to improve safety for cyclists will be operational once line-marking and signs are in place.
They will operate during peak traffic periods from 7.30 am to 9.00 am and 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm from Monday to Friday, in both directions.
2. Churchill Rd gets new bike lanes between Torrens Road and Regency Road.
The lanes will be installed between Avenue Rd to Castle Ave and Regency Rd to Albert St and are peak period lanes operating from 7.30 - 9am southbound and 4.30 - 6pm northbound. The aim of these new lanes are to fill in the gaps on Churchill and ensure consistency. There is a long letter with more info attached.
3. Greenway works - Improved safety near the Emerson Overpass for cyclists and pedestrians.
As part of the State Government’s Greenways project, pedestrians and cyclists will soon enjoy upgraded facilities near the Emerson Overpasswhich will make crossing South Road and Cross Road safer and easier.
The upgrade to the pedestrian and cyclist facilities seeks to improve safety, increase connections and provide off-road alternatives for cyclists to negotiate the intersection, including:
- modifications to the pedestrian and cyclist refuge islands at the intersection enabling increased space for pedestrians and cyclists waiting to cross over Cross Road.
- upgrading existing foot paths to shared walking and cycling paths.
- installing ramps leading up to the cyclist and pedestrian tunnel under Cross Road.
Works are scheduled to begin late April 2012 and are expected to be completed end of May 2012, weather permitting.
Due to work done on a new playground around the Bonython Park kiosk, the path by the kiosk will be closed for a few months, as will the bit of the Park Lands Trail from Port Road to the Torrens. Cyclists using the Park Lands Trail will be directed via Gaol Road instead. Release
It's being fixed now (I just went past) all will be revealed.
No picture? The suspense is killing me :)
That is gold, pure gold
Thanks Heather for putting words into action. Much appreciated :-)
Attached photos show amended painted line on Military Road for part-time bicycle lane (15 hours per week) less then 10% of real time. I hope all road users are paying attention to allow cyclists to merge with traffic in such a short distance prior to the roundabout. It appears that the short spaced dotted white line may indicate further amendments are still to occur, otherwise the lane would continue to lead directly in to the protruding traffic island.
I attended a conference where Bob Cumming (Road Safety Audits Pty Ltd) presented 'A bicycle friendly roundabout: Designing to direct cyclists to ride where drivers look'.
He recommends 50m merge area before roundabout location. So in the pictured example, confident cyclists might like to claim the lane much earlier. Supposed to cycle in bicycle lanes during operating times, but not compelled to when unsuitable.
More info from the presentation:
At a cross road 32 conflict points for vehicles. Only 4 at a single roundabout; 16 at a 2-lane roundabout. Vehicles slow down around a roundabout.
4% of reported injuries involve cyclists. 24% of these at roundabouts. 82% of these where entering vehicle strikes circulating cyclist. Roundabouts safer for vehicle occupants but not so for cyclists.
I think it would be unwise to enter that lane at all, using it will only prompt the drivers of motor vehicles to try and get past a cyclist before the roundabout- resulting in a squeeze for anyone re-entering the traffic flow. Safer option would be to take the entire lane, thankfully this is only a single lane roundabout.
Yes, that is how BikeEd (paid for by DPTI) teaches school students to manage a roundabout - scanback, if it's safe, then CLAIM THE LANE!
This is not an intuitive thing to do, therefore we really need to get the message out, to all roadusers, that this is the way for bikeusers to approach and travel through a roundabout. The line marking could make a big difference.
That's the second best laugh I've had this week. The first one was when "before" was posted.
Today's update. It appears that the alterations for the road markings to signify end of bike lane at Bower Road are now complete. The signage on pole depicts that the bile lane ends at a distance approx 50 metres south of the roundabout, the dashed lines then commence, enabling road users to turn left on to Bower Road (if they desire) and cyclists that have been utilising the bike lane to continue their journey north by merging with other road users, (with care of course). You may note the "black spot" funding sign in the second photo just to left of stobie pole.
David, thanks for the update.
I've just been through it - if you are continuing along Military Rd, just ignore the cycle lane and take the lane, its far safer that way. No motorist is going to slow before the roundabout because they see a cyclist in the cycling lane.
It does at least give motorists some visual cues to be more bike-aware I suppose…