Happy new cycling year to you all! January again has seen Adelaide host the Australian Cycling Conference. BISA was one of the conference sponsors, and two of our members attended both days. The Tour Down Under was in full swing, and I was again struck by what a great cycling destination South Australia is. As we enter the Adelaide festival season, many people will choose to ride a bicycle to various venues instead of driving a car. Adelaide’s summer nights become alive with bicycles, a measure of a true cycling city, with everyday transport catered for on two wheels.
Recently, while trawling through images on the photo blogging / social networking site Flickr http://www.flickr.com/
, I came across an image of a sign from Portland, Oregon in the US. It said something like – “Portland will be the Copenhagen of North America”. I think that this was attributed to the Mayor of Portland.
This got me thinking. What would it take for Adelaide to lay claim to a similar vision?
To create a cycling culture that has a unique Adelaide flavour, one that is focused on our climate, topography and urban form. A cycling culture that encompasses both the functional use and utility of the bicycle as an everyday transport option and the recreation and fitness pursuits that have bought so many to cycling in recent years.
The Tour Down Under has put Adelaide on the map as a cycling destination. What we need to do is capitalise on this exposure and create an everyday cycling culture that operates all year round.
There is also the potential to (re)create South Australia as a world-class cycle touring destination. With wine regions so close to the city, distinct peninsulas environments, the South East, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges, we have the opportunity to create more trails, cycling links, and travel experiences for both local and interstate visitors. Adelaide and South Australia has the potential to be the premier Australian cycling city and destination. The Bicycle Institute has campaigned over many years to make this vision a reality.
I would encourage those interested in this future to become involved with BISA and be part of the voice of cycling in South Australia.
In the next few months we are actively planning both the Ride of Silence and our Annual General Meeting. Both these events will be held on Saturday May 22nd. It is envisaged that the Ride of Silence will be held in the morning then we will head the AGM venue for lunch and the meeting. We are seeking volunteers to make both events a success.