David Bowler
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Latest AdelaideNow motorists v cyclists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Maher Sep 4. 99 Replies

Turning bus hazard on Frome st bikeway

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Bowler Jul 13. 5 Replies


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David Bowler replied to rossmg's discussion Holden Hill "Up Grade"
"While extending the north east bound bike lane is a good step, more needs to be done.   While heading down hill towards the city on NE Rd is not too bad before Sudholz, if you have to stop at the lights, you then have to compete with the…"
David Bowler replied to rossmg's discussion Holden Hill "Up Grade"
"The biggest hazard on NE Rd is the Windsor Hotel which juts into the middle of the road forcing cyclists to do a zipper merge with the traffic.  It is a serious accident waiting to happen and I have been lobbying for the government to fix it,…"
David Bowler replied to pete davis's discussion How to ruin a perfectly good bike lane
"It is probably not to bad riding in the main traffic lane going down hill as your speed is closer matched to the cars, but you really don't want to be sitting in the middle of the traffic lane while crawling up the hill."
David Bowler replied to Paul Jorgensen's discussion Extend Frome Street Bikeway
"The difference is that even when the freeway only went from Crafers to Mount Barker and in fact even before there was any freeway at all, there was a road that ran all the way from Glen Osmond to Tailem Bend that all drivers would use, whereas for…"
David Bowler replied to Paul Jorgensen's discussion Extend Frome Street Bikeway
"While I see your argument for building in stages, cycling infrastructure is a bit like a bridge that enables a cyclist to get between two points, but a bridge built in lateral stages is of no use to anyone until it is completed.  A better…"
Dec 14
David Bowler replied to heather's discussion ACC shared path closures in the group Adelaide BUG
"To be fair large cycling events like TDU cause significant temporary road closures."
Nov 17
David Bowler replied to CMorgan's discussion Singing songs to yourself when cycling?
"When hill climbing "It's a Long Way to the Top if you want to Rock'n'Roll. "
Nov 16
David Bowler replied to Michael Murray's discussion Helmet with cyclist's registration number on it ...
"No need to cover the number plate with your hands as you go through the red light camera, just turn your head and smile for the flash.  Of course if you are checking behind you that the lane is clear before turning, it could be confusing for…"
Nov 13
David Bowler replied to Bicycle SA's discussion Anybody have any Helmet Cam Footage Adelaide?
"This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TYJXXo9_2s posted to AC by Simpson shows why disappearing bike lanes can be so dangerous"
Nov 11
David Bowler replied to heather's discussion Start mourning for cycling infrastructure: Yarwood loses Lord Mayoral election
"While Stephen Yarwood obviously made an impact as a cycle advocating Mayor, I presume that ultimately these decisions would be made by the whole council and if that is the case,what is the make up of the new council going to be in relation to being…"
Nov 8
David Bowler replied to heather's discussion Start mourning for cycling infrastructure: Yarwood loses Lord Mayoral election
"The failure to extend the bikeway at least as a bike lane would be the biggest tragedy in all this.  It is a pity this was not done origonally so the benefits of continuous cycling infrastructure could be realized"
Nov 8
David Bowler replied to James's discussion The actual Citizen's Jury report! Ermagherd!
"Actually riding on footpaths is something they might go for as it would not cost them anything. "
Nov 6
Graeme H replied to David Bowler's discussion How have any cyclists in Australia survived?
"Here's the links to the relevant articles on the Canstar Blue site: http://www.canstarblue.com.au/vehicles/two-in-five-drivers-experience-road-rage/ and this one under the slightly inflammatory heading of "Should cyclists be allowed on the…"
Nov 4
Graeme H replied to David Bowler's discussion How have any cyclists in Australia survived?
"No, I've done neither of the above. I was a flippant comment for which I will now consider myself thoroughly chastised. "
Nov 4
Rob Wood replied to David Bowler's discussion How have any cyclists in Australia survived?
"Just because something doesn't match your expectations doesn't mean it is incorrect or irrelevant. Have you tried to obtain information about the survey and how its data was obtained? What exactly are the studies actual short comings? have…"
Nov 4
Graeme H replied to David Bowler's discussion How have any cyclists in Australia survived?
"Probably about as valid, reliable or relevant as the surveys on Family Fued...."
Nov 4

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A couple of wins for cycling infrastructure

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 23:54 7 Comments

I am pleased to say that a couple of long standing issues for cyclists along my route to work have been addressed in the past couple of weeks:


Firstly, the "loading zone" outside Vale Park Primary School along Ascot Ave which had times conflicting with the bike lane has finally had the morning loading zone times removed.   On a good day, I can be doing 60km along this stretch, and so to have cars parked in the bike lane was not good, but until now the drivers had a defense.  …


When is a bike lane not a bike lane?

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 21:30 4 Comments

Ans. When it's an "Advisory Treatment".

Call me naive and gullible, but I always considered that when there was a painted line separating cars and bicycles with bicycles stencils painted at regular intervals along the bicycle side of the line, that this was a designated bicycle lane. Not so.

On my way home today, I stopped to take some photos of the road works on Walkerville Terrace and I guy form the Department of Transport in a suit (as opposed to the guys in orange… Continue

Adelaide Drinking Fountains

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 23:18 4 Comments

While many of us carry water when we go for a ride, not everyone does and sometimes they need a drink and sometime we run out and need to top up. Often all we want and need is clean fresh water, but it can sometimes it can be hard to find somewhere we can access it. To that end, I thought I would start a google map where people can plot drinking fountains/bubblers around the city which can be used by cyclists and other people in the community be able to easily find where they can get a drink of… Continue

Right of way for cyclists in relation to left turning vehciles.

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 0:11 10 Comments

Back in April I wrote to the Transport Minister regarding some concerns I had in relation to the lack of protection SA law provides to cyclists. I have finally received a response from the acting minister, Paul Holloway, and thought some of the information was worth sharing. My main concern was that my understanding of the law was that cyclists must give way to vehicles turning left in front of them even when in a bicycle lane. The Minister advised that under Rule 141 of the Australian Road… Continue

Challenge Tour Entries Open

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 16:58 4 Comments

I see entries for the 2011 Challenge Tour are now open. The route will be from Norwood to Strathabyn which is a little disappointing since we did Norwood this year and the Norwood council seems to be anti cycling actually ripping out bike lines while most progressive councils are adding in new ones. I would also have expected a bit more fan fair and an appearance by Media Mike to announce the route.

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At 21:23 on December 9, 2010, Dale V said…
Bike looks like what I'm after. I can offer you $120 for it. Let me know if you're interested.
At 13:09 on December 9, 2010, Dale V said…
Hi David, I was wondering, could you please send me a picture of your Scorpion? I may be interested in buying it.
At 20:09 on August 30, 2010, heather said…
Hi David. I emailed Walkerville Council re Walkerville Tce and got a reply which raised other cycling hazards. I have posted my second email to the council at discussion councils-need-reminding-of-cycling-facilities. It would be great if you also contact the council. If you want a copy my first email, and their reply with attached plan, please let me know. May help you in writing to council.
At 23:30 on April 5, 2009, Gus K said…
G'day. Thanks for joining. It's a small group at the moment but I reckon with the number of cyclists in Adelaide it should grow, It is totally non profit no motivating interests except love of bikes.

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