Another day, another new bike lane and another release from DPTI... but it's all good.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
NEW BIKE LANES TO BE INSTALLED ON ARTERIAL ROADS
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will begin the installation of new bicycle lanes along Old Port Road and Main North Road in the coming weeks.
The new bicycle lanes will be installed at:
• Old Port Road, between Bower Road and Frederick Road, West Lakes
• Main North Road, between Mawson Lake Boulevard and The Grove Way
• Main North Road (western side), between Grand Junction Road and the State Sports Park, Gepps Cross
• Crittenden Road, between Findon Road to Grange Road
When installed most of the bicycle lanes will be operational at all times, excluding:
• Main North Road (western side) lane at Gepps Cross (only operational between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm each day).
• Crittenden Road, between Findon Road to Grange Road (only operational Monday to Friday (south bound) 7.00 am to 9.00 am and (north bound) 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm).
These bicycle lanes will provide a safer environment for cyclists by separating motor vehicle traffic from bicycle traffic. The clearly identified road space also increases driver awareness of cyclists’ use of the road.
They also play a part in improving the well being of the community by providing options for safer and more active modes of transport and increased use of alternative transport modes, like cycling, decreases traffic congestion and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The new bicycle lanes are expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting.
DPTI asks motorists are asked to take care when exiting and entering drive-ways, to check for cyclists when parking on the street and opening car doors and observe parking restrictions during operational hours.
The installation of bicycle lanes on arterial roads is an important component of the Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 and will help South Australia reach its target of doubling the number of cyclists by 2020, as identified in the State Government’s State Strategic Plan.
These works are funded by the State Government’s State Arterial and Black Spot Bicycle Lane Programs.
This is easily the highlight of my week! This covers almost my entire commute along Main North. The time frame for the western side of Main North isn't too much of a bother because from experience motorists tend to treat it like a bicycle lane at all times anyway.
Nice to know there's only a month left of daredevilness by the airport :D
For the record, the ones that aren't operational at all times aren't bike lanes. '
They are clearways.
Better off just painting the white line without the bike symbol.
Outside of clearway times the bike symbols give motorists the impression that cyclists are obliged to weave in and out of parked cars.
Doddsy surely a bike lane for 1.5 hours is better than a clearway. When it's a bike lane traffic (cars, motorbikes etc) can only use it under specific circumstances where as if its a clearway they can drive in it they just can't stop.
Or am I missing your point?
Replying to Jeremy: If you can legally park in it, its not a bike lane.
Cycling infrastructure is useless when its under parked cars.
But you can't legally park in a bike lane when it is operational. It's just not reasonable to make all bike lanes 24 hour operational. According to the DPTI release the majority of the new ones are 24 hour's tho.
Bike lanes are always operational at all times, Clearways are not. Thats the difference.
If its a clear way, we are better off without the bike symbol. All there should be is a line marking that leaves space the width of a bike lane to remind motorists not to drive in the gutter.
Don't be fooled by bollocks infrastructure. Hooray for another bike lane...
That's true but the average motorists doesn't take note of this and just sees a cyclist within what they think to be a bike lane.
As long as they do it right and police them!
Work mate got stung $225 or so for parking in a bike lane this week - he was trying to razz me but that sure back fired ;-) .. So I guess they do police them to some extent... BTW, great news on extra bike lanes - I'd like to see one (both sides) along Penfold Rd - Magill Rd to Kensington Rd as well. Lots of cyclists along that stretch.
They also police motorists for parking in clearways.
I quite often see people getting booked on Port Rd during the active bike lane times