Last night was the first night I have had to ride home in the dark since beginning my commuting by bike and I took my usual route down King William Rd and turned right onto the bike path, not realising that there is NO lighting down that path. It was like riding into a tunnel with fuzzy edges and only the light of my small bike light to see by. It certainly slowed me down!
We need to talk to Unley Council and to the State Govt about getting some money put into this bike path to keep it up to date.
There are loose pavers and overgrown trees/bushes all the way along. It really is in a poor state of repair.
Comments? Suggestions? Other routes to take between the city and Mitchell Park at night?
THanks for this info Gemma. I was able to make contact with Matt at Planning SA and to get a contact from there (Charles Mountain) at Unley Council.
I have sent him the following e-mail requesting information (to firstname.lastname@example.org):
I am a member of the Adelaide Cyclists web group and one of the topics
we have been discussing (following a hairy trip I made after dark one
evening last week) is the West Unley Commuter Route and the lack of
lighting along that track.
It has come to our attention that the Unley Council received funding
for lighting to be installed along this vital commuter route mid way
through last year from Planning SA, but we are yet to see any work
commence along the path.
The question has been asked: when will this be happening?
So I am putting this to you (as the contact provided by Matt at
Planning SA) for clarification.
This issue has specific ramifications for me as I currently work at
Norwood and live at Mitchell Park and use this route daily. When
daylight hours are reduced in current months, I will need to change my
route, which will probably see me bypassing Unley Council altogether
and stopping at shops etc outside of your council area.
Thank you for your time.
Please be aware that your response will be posted to a public forum
for discussion and comment. "
I have only had an automated reply at this stage, but I will let you all know when I do get a reply from Mr Mountain.