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There are long term plans for Grenfell Street that do not include cyclists. Expect the footpaths to be widened, the travel lanes removed, and the only other space for 'bus only' lanes. Will explain in a moment.
After you have read this, please make a submission to ACC on Moving Adelaide: the City of Adelaide Integrated Movement Strategy 2012-22 by 5pm Friday 8 June 2012.
Explain how you want the long term plans for Grenfell Street to include a bicycle lane down what is now the median strip. You will find the ACC link on an Adelaide BUG post, which also explains that a cyclist-pedestrian actuated crossing is needed for Fitzroy Terrace. ACC wants the inner ring route “strengthened” to encourage private cars to detour around the City, rather than through it. So add to your submission a request for bicycle crossing lights here, between bikedirect Braund Road and the shared path in the parklands.
More info and the link to ACC IMS is posted on Adelaide BUG at
Anyway, back to the topic of Grenfell Street. Will not name the people sources. Last year I saw a concept plan with the footpaths widened and 'bus only' lanes. I explained to ACC that cyclists need a lane, like when I enter the city from the north via Montefiore Road and Currie Street. The latter could end up for buses only continuing onto Grenfell Street. Told that I could cycle Pirie Street which I vetoed, due to the cycling areas within the dooring zone and the street too narrow to dodge into the travel lane to escape.
Last week I visited ACC and introduced myself as the coordinator of Adelaide BUG. Asked to view the Grenfell Street plans to be installed in Jul-2012. Two large sheets (bigger than A4 and A2) so not easy to copy but staff volunteered that I could not have a copy because still a draft. Some details to be finalised with stakeholders and DPTI. Spoke to another person while at ACC.
The majority of public buses pass through the intersection of Grenfell Street and King William Street, either east-west or north-south. Have asked Adelaide Metro to provide some figures. Bus drivers generally do not like mixing it with cyclists (not news to me) and a wish to keep cyclists out of Grenfell Street that will become a major bus route. Earlier concept plans showed Grenfell Street as a pedestrian area with outdoor cafes. Will admit that not much room during peak hour on the current footpaths for pedestrians to wait for buses. The installation in Jul-2012 will be shared bus lanes that cyclists can use, but we are not wanted there.
Told again that cyclists could use Pirie Street (which I vetoed again) or North Terrace. I often avoid cycling O'Connell Street (next to parked cars) and King William Road (near the Torrens Parade Ground and many buses moving into and out of bus stops). Instead cycle Jeffcott Road, Montefiore Street and Currie Street. I avoid Hindley Street with broken glass and distracted drivers, and anyway comes to an end at Rundle Mall before I reach the bicycle parking in Gawler Place. If I cycle south and cross over Morphett Street Bridge, then disjointed method to get from eastern side to western side, before cycling south towards North Terrace. I do not like cycling North Terrace near the casino, taxi stand and rail passengers. Previously told that not enough room to install bicycle lane here now that a tramline on North Terrace. So I want future plans to include bicycle lanes in Grenfell Street where now a median strip, when Grenfell Street becomes pedestrians and buses only.
Another veto for Pirie Street. Gawler Place would need contra-flow lanes to get cyclists to and from the bicycle parking and Rundle Mall. Needed anyway so another thing for cyclists to recommend in their Integrated Movement Strategy submissions to ACC.
ACC wants to decrease private cars in the city and one way to do this is to increase public transport usage. Grenfell Street is used by many bus routes (see the attached file) and the number of buses are expected to increase. You probably read that bus companies have been running late which does not attract passengers. Giving buses priority here is expected to speed up buses. If this achieves an aim of shifting 10% of car occupants onto buses, then the roads into the City might be better for cyclists.
Shared bus lanes will not solve the continuous complaints about the Grenfell Street footpaths being to narrow for the number of bus passengers during peak hours. So a long term plan is the widen the footpaths. To achieve this, travel lanes for private vehicles will be removed and the shared bus lane will become 'bus only'.
You realise that Pirie Street is not the best for cyclists. It could be made better by removing all car parking -- can you imagine the uproar? But Gawler Place is not two-way between Pirie and Grenfell Streets for cyclists to get to and from Rundle Mall. This would be the time to add separated bicycle lanes in the centre of Grenfell Street. Potential to be even better for cyclists with no mixing with buses or other vehicles.