Another question for BISA, or ACC readers..
For years I've ridden West along Sturt Street thinking that I was in a bike lane. Apparently I wasn't. All those white lines mean nothing.
I was surprised to see the new pedestrian safety island at the Little Sturt St intersection requires cars to drive in the supposed bike lane. When I actually looked there's not a single bike lane sign, or painted road symbol between Whitmore Sq and West Tce.
I've photoshopped the pretend bike lane purple to identify the space.
The corresponding lines on the Eastbound side at least give a clue to their purpose, having once had painted symbols, sometimes every 15-20 metres. You can see how unmissable they are now..
Again, no legal "bike lane" signs on this side.
My question may be rhetorical, but why even bother painting lines on the road if it confuses motorists and cyclists alike, and give cyclists a false sense of security that they're riding in a designated space when it turns out they're not?
It seems the near-miss side swipes I've had were, legally, probably at least partially my fault for not riding close enough to the left.
Ironically, I think that crossing island might be for bicycles. I can't see the sense in having a pedestrian crossing island there when (a) it is at a 4-way intersection, and (b) there is a crossing signal 50 metres west.
Ohh my lawdie Peter - you're right of course :-0
This morning I watched as two oversized school-mum trucks faced each other from Little Sturt and from Chatham. They tried to simultaneously turn right into Sturt Street and the near head-on blocked traffic in both directions while they each reversed out of the gap in the island.
Cover your eyes and pray...
I can't see the sense in having a pedestrian crossing island there when (a) it is at a 4-way intersection, and (b) there is a crossing signal 50 metres west.
I can, because (a) cross-streets are often where people want to cross a major street, (b) it's a legal place to cross as it is more than 20 metres away from a signalled crossing, and (c) they'll cross there anyway so you might as well make it safe for them.
I support the traffic islands there, which will help with making the city more walkable (making it possible to reduce school drop-off traffic) and have a traffic calming effect on Sturt St. I hope that it gets done properly, including the bike lane being diverted more towards the side and any car parks that conflict with the diverted bike lane being removed - perhaps changed to motorbike/scooter parks.
Making a city more walkable benefits everyone, because everyone is a pedestrian at some point - regardless of whether it is for the whole length of a journey, before/after using public transport or before/after parking their car/bike/motorbike/scooter/camel.
One can only hope that some repainting will accompany this latest development.
Yes, there are a lot of fake bike lanes (non signposted) in and around the city - the problem is they're often in the door zone/reversing zone, so it is not really practical to force cyclists to ride in them.
As for the purple, I think it looks great.
The islands have been put in to regulate (motor-)traffic in regard to the forthcoming contra-flow bike access in Chatham St (Little Sturt St already has this). Also, it will make it much harder for vehicles to cross from Chatham St to Little Sturt St (and vice-versa) or turn right from Sturt St; vehicles, other than bikes, going the wrong way in both streets have been a problem ever since the streets were made one way a few years ago (and that was about 20 years after we (the residents and business owners in LSS, without exception) asked for one-way traffic). Vehicles doing U-turns in this intersection have been a problem, with a few collisions and many near-misses.
As part of the job, the ACC took the opportunity to improve pedestrian access, including 4-way fully-compliant crossings. (Previously only 7 ramps (=3 1/2 crossings!), not all compliant.
I assume that the location of the painted lines will soon be changed.
I agree that the bike lane signage is rather poor. (It may be legally compliant, as there is a bike lane sign at the commencement of the lane in Morphett St at Gilbert St.)
(I am a local of 44 years residence, and, somewhat unusually (from a historical perspective), the ACC did consult us, and has kept us reasonably well informed, including advance notice of times/dates of particular parts of the job.)
BISA (by Katie) did contact the ACC about Sturt St after seeing the first protruding constructions.
The ACC reply was that the work is to put in garden beds and pedestrian refuges for the safety of pedestrians, including students from Sturt St Community School. The existing bike lane (so ACC recognised it as a bike lane) is to retain the 1.5 metre width. There will be a re-alignment of the traffic and bike lanes on the southern side to provide the space for the refuges, so some line marking will need to be changed.
So the outcome as I see it? It will be better for walkers. For riders, it looks like the bike lane will be closer to the back of the parked cars. Using Carrington and Sturt Streets to cross east-west has been the most spacious route to ride (my favourite way in the CBD). It will be more cluttered now, I'll be interested to see how it goes when work is completed.
I went past tonight. There are dotted lines indicating the bicycle lane will continue around the traffic island, more or less how I've indicated in this (very poor) edit of snappy_don's photo. (And a similar thing on the other side of the road). It looks like both the car and bicycle lanes will be pretty narrow at that point though.
If council's putting in a north-south bicycle route through there, there is a problem a couple of blocks north that Lowe Street (between Gouger and Wright Streets) is one way. Add a contra flow there and it might be a reasonable alternative for those who want something quieter than Morphett Street.
The old lines were scrubbed off about 8:00pm tonight. There will still be a buffer between the parking bays (which have been made shorter) and the bike lane.
Lowe St is to have bike contra-flow. This was one of the outcomes of the consultation for the whole project, which included the Chatham St contra-flow.
There are alternatives to using Morphett St. E.g. From Sturt St going north: Gray Ct, Claxton St, Marlborough St, Morney St, Crowther St to Waymouth St then to Light Square. No traffic lights, no stop signs.