As you know, I announced in early September that Adelaide Cyclists would have to close. I'm really happy to announce that the site has been saved. The Bicycle Institute, SA will take over all of the site's operations from next month and I will retire to ride my bike. You can read more in a joint media release we just made.
Thank you all for your support. I can say that I was overwhelmed by it all and thank the Bicycle Institute for making their offer. It really is of benefit to them as a forty-year-old advocacy group and all cyclists in Adelaide to help make this an even better place to ride. More to come in the next week with a final signoff from me.
Site creator Gus Kingston announced in early September that due to several factors, including rising costs, the site would close.
The Bicycle Institute heard the community’s response to the announcement and concern that an important local network and voice for the cycling community in Adelaide would disappear, and has offered to take it over.
‘I am really pleased Adelaide Cyclists can remain online and I’m happy that the Bicycle Institute has recognised the role the site plays in cycling in South Australia’ says Gus Kingston
I was totally floored by the the support and positive comments I received from members, the community and politicians after I posted that the site was to close’ he said.
Adelaide Cyclists was created in March 2009 by Gus Kingston as a way of connecting cyclists in Adelaide. It has a signed up membership of over 4800 users and over 20,000 daily pageviews. It’s often quoted in the media and SA state parliament regarding issues around cycling.
The Bicycle Institute plans to continue the site as it is currently. They will use the site to support and connect with cyclists and gauge their opinions on cycling infrastructure issues as they arise.
‘The Bicycle Institute are really well placed to inject new life into the community and engage with cyclists in for a positive outcome for anyone who rides a bike in this city’ says Fay Patterson, Chair of the Bicycle Institute, SA.
‘This aligns perfectly with our goal of making Adelaide a better place for cycling as we have worked on for four decades,’ says Fay.
We at the Bicycle Institute are very grateful to Gus for establishing the site and running it over the past seven years. We’ll continue the site's tradition of catering for all cyclists,’ says Scott Sims, a Bicycle Institute committee member who saw the site's value and will assume the role of site administrator.
'It's important that such an important cycling site continues into the future’ he says.
For Gus Kingston it’s been a rewarding seven years involved with the Adelaide Cyclists.
‘I never realised how big the site would become when I started it in the living room with no members in 2009,’ says Gus.
‘At that time cycling was just starting its ‘new golf’ renaissance, Twitter was in its infancy and Facebook’s penetration was less than half what it is today.’
‘I’m immensely proud of the role it’s played in the Adelaide cycling community. Many friendships were formed, there was romance and even a few babies born via its members’ connections.’
‘Times have changed and Facebook’s dominance is hard to ignore but websites that are ultra-local, independent, not censored or controlled by mysterious algorithms are an important part of a community’s online presence.’
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