Rachel Sanderson, Liberal Member for Adelaide, wrote to Patrick Conlon, Labor Minister for Transport on 17-Sep-2010 seeking a safer crossing for cyclists and pedestrians at the end of bikedirect Braund Road to cross Fitzroy Terrace. On 9-Dec-2010 the Minister for Transport replied, vetoing any improvement for cyclists trying to cross multi-lane Fitzroy Terrace which is also a freight route for large trucks. DTEI observed, as I have, vehicles stopped and obstructing the bicycle passageways, a breach of Australian Road Rules section 198. Painting 'keep clear' on the roadway to encourage drivers to obey the ARR and not obstruct cyclists was vetoed.
Fitzroy Terrace does not cater for cyclist safety on other counts. Or more accurate to say that DTEI and the State Government do not cater for cyclist safety on Fitzroy Terrace.
Adelaide, North Adelaide, Fitzroy Terrace with bicycle lanes. Cycling hazard of bicycle lane narrowed in 4 places. On the southern side of Fitzroy Terrace, between Prospect Road and Torrens Road. Locations hard to describe because no street numbers for parklands. Locations are associated with concrete protuberances into the roadway. Can be viewed using Near Map www.nearmap.com The bicycle lane width is about 1.4m wide, except in 4 locations. Location 1, bicycle lane width 0.98m which includes gutter of 0.22m, kerb height 0.22m. Location 2, bicycle lane width 0.91m which includes gutter of 0.22m, kerb height 0.29m. Location 3, bicycle lane width 0.68m. Location 4, bicycle lane width 0.83m. At location 4 the bicycle lane narrows before disappearing altogether. At location 4 I saw a large truck which would have left little room for a cyclist if the truck to the right of its travel lane. However, the truck wheels were actually in the the bicycle lane. I took the measurements on Saturday when less traffic and did not observe the tracking of other trucks. Note that Fitzroy Terrace is a freight route which many heavy trucks use, as I have observed in morning peak hour.
Average Annual Daily Traffic Estimates 24-hour two way flows at 18-Apr-2010
AADT commercial %
Fitzroy Terrace 42,000 1,800 4.5%
Where the bicycle lane narrows, it is less than Austroads width for bicycle lanes, and even less than the bicycle design envelope.
Disappointingly the bicycle lane disappears altogether where the cyclist needs it most, over the left slip lane, then reappears again.
Disappointingly there are no bicycle lanes on the northern side of Fitzroy Terrace. There is a long bicycle route with bicycle lanes, that includes Park Terrace, Robe Terrace, Walkerville Terrace, Stephen Terrace and Osmond Terrace, but road planners let down cyclists in Fitzroy Terrace. Cyclists need a bicycle lane on the northern side of Fitzroy Terrace, for their safety when so many vehicles and heavy trucks.
Disappointingly there is no bicycle lane (green-coloured needed) to help cyclists pass with some safety the left slip lane from Fitzroy Terrace into Prospect Road.
Disappointingly there is no bicycle lane (green-coloured needed) to help cyclists pass with some safety the double left slip lane from Fitzroy Terrace into Main North Road. I am very anxious when cycling here, and for good reason, when drivers cut cyclists off, and at some speed.
The more recent traffic count has the numbers increased to 47,500 AADT. So getting harder for cyclists to safely cross at the bicycle passageway.
On 14-May-2011 I reported to authorities that the bicycle lane on southern Fitzroy Terrace narrowed in a few places due to concrete protuberances. Here the bicycle lane was less than the minimum one metre width. By 3-Sep-2011 this had been remedied.
Learnt from DTEI that the traffic count for Fitzroy Terrace, as on their website, is out of date. Actually 47,500 vpd. Even more reason for the missing sections of bicycle lanes to marked. And a safer crossing for cyclists during peak times, at minimum 'keep clear' to be painted on the bicycle passageways to remind drivers not to obstruct these passageways, which is breaching ARR s. 198.
Yesterday I wanted to use the bicycle passageway to cross Fitzroy Terrace. Around 3.15pm and light traffic. A truck driver stopped back from the crossing to indicate for me to cross. Thanks. Most drivers obstruct this bicycle passageway (breach of ARR s. 198) so pleasantly surprised.
Reminds me that on 13-Mar-2012 I encountered an unattended public bus here. Parked a bit out from the kerb and in the bicycle lane. Obstructing the bicycle passageway and the service road / shared path. I wrote to Hon Chloe Fox MP, Minister for Transport Services.
Please respond to ACC's draft Integrated Movement Strategy, saying that you support its aims to decrease private cars in the CBD and increase Active Transport. However, at the same time it must be made safer for cyclists to cross the inner ring route to reach the CBD, e.g. bikedirect Braund Road across Fitzroy Terrace.
ACC wants to “strengthen” the inner ring route to discourage cars from entering the CBD. However, it will make it more difficult and less safe for cyclists and pedestrians, which in turn will discourage Active Transport and encourage more to drive into the city. When you respond to the ACC draft Integrated Movement Strategy, due 8-Jun-2012, please point this out. Info and links at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/adelaidebug/forum/topics/acc-...
Cyclists MUST have effective crossings where bikedirect routes intersect the inner ring route.
Of the bikedirect routes that cross the inner ring route into the CBD, Braund Road appears to be the only one without any lights. Remind the authorities that need an actuated pedestrian-cyclist crossing for safety. Many pedestrians cross here: walking to the City or North Adelaide; walk their dog in the park; attend the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. That is, Braund Road, Fitzroy, Prospect.
Fred Hansen might agree too.
Like a broken record, it’s got to be pedestrian friendly, you have to be able to get to the parkland and you have to be able to get over Port Road in way that makes you feel comfortable and safe. – Adelaide Review, Dec-2012, http://www.adelaidereview.com.au/article/472
The URA replaces the old Land Management Corporation (LMC) with elements of Housing SA and Defence SA . . . The URA replaces the old Land Management Corporation (LMC) with elements of Housing SA and Defence SA. – Adelaide Review, May-2012 http://www.adelaidereview.com.au/article/1510