Election and cycling: what's being offered and what shoud be offered?

What we are asking for?

BISA's 5 proposals to kick start growth in cycling in SA:
1. Invest $75 million each year for 4 years to fund priority cycle infrastructure
2. Complete SA bike riders’ Top 10 infrastructure priorities by 2022 (with councils)
3. Directly fund the Metropolitan LGA’s Cycling Strategy, and direct $10 million per year to local bicycle infrastructure
4. Commit a yearly budget to improve the safety of cyclists on DPTI roads
5. Delegate a DPTI ‘program’ to active transport. FUND it and REPORT on it

For all the detail, including why we came at $75 million, have a read of our letter to the political parties


What are your thoughts? Agree or have other ideas?

What have the parties committed to so far?


- have responded to our proposals and offered no support for any of BISA's 5 proposals. 

- Cycling - to increase bike cages at public transport stops. A group advocating for cycle park and ride has asked for $5.5 million. Labour has committed to invest $350,000.

 - Vehicles - Under Jobs not transport they have committed $1.3 billion investment for 7 grade separations of rail and road. Cost for one separation is approx. $200 million.

- Public transport - Committed to extend city tram network and reduce the cost of public transport

- Vehicles - will subsidise electric car purchases by removing rego and stamp duty for period of time

 - no complete cycling or transport policy released



- No response received yet

- Cycling - committed to 'the great Southern Railway' to connect Adelaide and Melbourne for tourism. No detail on the type of trail (looks like it travels on existing major roads?) however, very interesting it would include a access for bikes over the Goolwa Barages. Also Includes tourism loops in areas on the way that would help with local riding https://strongplan.com.au/policy/great-southern-bike-trail/. No costings provided.

- Cycling - Would support legislation to allow left turn on red light in certain circumstances

- Vehicles/Freight - Committed to develop business case to finish north/south corridor to gain Commonwealth funding. No costings provided however the Darlington upgrade cost $620 million, Torrens to Torrens $801 million. Would expect total for final 3 sections to exceed $3 billion.

 - Freight - Committed to develop freight corridor around Adelaide hills. Could help reduce truck traffic in the city, which is good for riders.

 - Vehicles - want to increase rural road speeds back to 110kms/hr where they have been dropped to 100km/hr

 - No complete cycling or transport policy released


The Greens

- have responded to our proposals and support all 5 BISA initiatives. They have also offered support after the election to help achieve these reforms.

 - have a costed cycle policy that includes a significant increase in funding to cycle infrastructure https://greens.org.au/sa/policies/cycling

 - have a developed transport policy https://greens.org.au/sa/policies/transport

 - have a developed walking policy https://greens.org.au/sa/policies/walkability

Dignity party:

 - Support our 5 proposals and are willing to meet to discuss post the election

SA best:

- responded and are committing to cycle infrastructure improvements in the Unley area. more info to follow. Also said they would ensure DPTI considers cycle needs in all infrastructure development. Will also push for the Mike Turtur bridge to be completed.

- cycling - has said he would support finishing the Amy Gillett bikeway 

- Vehicles - Improve Rural Roads -  Increase the share of arterial road maintenance budget to address the backlog of rural road repair and, in consultation with local authorities, reverse speed limit reductions on country roads. https://sabest.org.au/state-policies/renewing-our-regions

- No other transport policy released

More to come - still to work out all other parties contesting the election

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It is clear that despite everyday cycling for transport being one of the the ways of the future, modal shift will not occur without strong political leadership that has broader community support.

Cycling suffers from being seen as either recreational (MAMILs, kids in parks, cycleways) or a leftist culutral phenomena composed of fringe community members ( hipsters, old commies, rabid environmentalists, anti vaxers etc etc). The final group, as with the recently pulled WA TV ads, is various losers who have no access to a car. Sterotypes are unhelpful but undermine the take-up of sensible propositions and wishlists when there are strong vested interests maintaining the status quo.

As for this election, and the next term of government I think cycling will be a very low prioirity given the rise of non traditional parties. A couple of Greens in the senate might help in the short term.

i do have some ideas but i am naive with respect the advocacy situation, and prefer to email you

Feel free to flick through an email to Katie@bisa.asn.au. No need to be shy though. It's ok to be naïve and still have a go!

Thankyou Katie for illustrating where each party stands.. looking forward to seeing what develops.

Hi. I attended the political parties leader's forum at RiAus on 20 Feb. It was interesting and wide ranging. The Premier convinced me that SA is a significant leader in facilitating the delivery of renewable energy. SA is consequently significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Imagine if the Australian Government was on board.

If SA under Labor is a world leader in moving to renewables and CO2 reduction, SA is a world laggard, in reducing car dependence through increasing walking, cycling and public transport.

SA leads Australia in the proportion of journeys to work by car, and the proportion is growing.

At the RiAus leaders forum Premier Weatherill said several times words to this effect (I had no notebook).

'During my time as Premier 1000 km of bike lanes have been installed'.No details and nothing else from the Premier about cycling, and no promises. Could BISA ask the Premier

Where are these lanes, when were they installed, lanes of what quality and at what cost, how many additional people began to ride in the lanes, who funded these lanes? I'm thoroughly sceptical!!

The BISA proposals, challenge this vague non-sense by the Premier. BISA's asking for reasonable amounts of money to invest in the future of cycling and for that money to be directed at programs which will reduce car dependence, reduce CO2 emissions and improve health because electors can chose to leave the car at home at times, and use a cycle safely and conveniently. And BISA wants to see the data - measure it and report it.

Is Minister Mullighan the Minister who has done least for cycling in the last 20 years?

I know it is a State election and not just about Adelaide but perhaps (me thinks) there is a bit of inspiration to be found here http://www.ramboll.com/megatrend/feature-articles/when-necessity-sp... and related articles.

Obviously if the biggest problems to tackle is to get a tram turning right then it might take some time before the visions are in place.

Great article Ken...infrastructure to dream about in SA. Now if we were to take an evidence based approach...there's the evidence!

Queensland has an impressive 10 year vision for cycling, a 2 year action plan and they monitor progress every 2 years. http://blog.tmr.qld.gov.au/cycling/

Among other things they report 'More than $211 is invested in safe cycling and 444.6 kms of cycleways were created (over 2 years). How come the Qld state Labor government can get on with delivering what the SA Labor government can't?

Response received from the Labor party.

See link below. Includes no commitment to any of BISA's 5 proposals, and no commitment to any funding for cycling for transport.


I have written back to them with the following clarifying questions:

Dear Mr Mullighan,

Thank you for the Labor parties response to our proposals, including details of the investment made towards cycling by the party while in Government.

I have a couple clarifying questions before passing on your response to the community via our sources and through the media:

  1. Based on this response, am I correct in advising our members and the broader community that the Labor party does not commit to any of the 5 proposals put forward by The Bicycle Institute of South Australia?
  2. Am I correct in passing on that the Labor party has put forward $0 worth of funding for cycling infrastructure as part of it's election campaign? While Labor has committed $1.3 billion towards 7 grade separations, and cited some benefit to cyclists in your response, The Bicycle Institute believes this funding spent elsewhere, to improve cycling infrastructure in key areas of the network, could considerably increase cycling numbers and alleviating traffic congestion. Therefore the benefits to cyclists of this policy, ultimately aimed at increasing traffic flow, is negligible.
  3. In regards to the $12 million invested into Bikeways in Adelaide City Council area,  ($6 million from Labor in 2016) does the Labor party have any advice as to how it will proceed with Adelaide City Council with these projects if reelected? These projects have faced considerable threats over and over again. Money wasted ripping up perfectly good bikeway and still NOT ONE BIKEWAY FINISHED (FROME) and the second being INDEFINITELY STALLED by Adelaide City Council this month. Over this time it is Bicycle Advocates that have fought every step of the way to get these projects up, while the Minister has remained basically silent. In November when the East-West Bikeway was again threatened by a council vote rejecting consultation to all interested parties, the Minister was quoted as saying something along the lines of "well just tell us if you don't want the money". How will a future Labor Government fight to make sure these Bikeways are built?

Kind regards

Katie Gilfillan

Etc, Etc

Realised Peter, this doesn't include the small amount they have committed to cycle park and ride. What was the amount again? Is it $350,000?

How does $12 million equal $0?

I also don't share your opinion that grade separation has negligible benefit to cyclists.

$6 million was invested in 2016 by the state government for Bikeways in ACC, not for this election. The other $6 million was from council.

I agree it is nice to ride over or under a road, however, if you could spend $1.3 billion to promote cycling is this the way you would do it? That is BILLION!! Image what that would buy for bikes.

Hi Katie,

I know that I sound like a stuck record on these matters, but if the aim is to double cycling participation by 2020 or 2030 or whatever the date is, then:

A) the target is pathetic! Double what? 1.5% to 3% of daily trips? Ha!

B) spending on painted bike lanes on main roads is (almost) a complete waste of money! 

C) (and I know this will upset some) spending $6M (or $12M) on city CBD routes is mostly wasted as well! Just window dressing!


The vast number of potential new bike riders do not want to ride in bike lanes! Not when they get started anyway. Or as they get older (like me). The research from around the world universally tells us this. They would prefer to ride a combination of off-road (or physically separated) bike paths and occasional traffic-quietened streets. The Outer Harbour Greenway will be a prime example of this. The Government knows this stuff - they have been told of the evidence many, many times. It's disingenuous of them to simply keep quoting '1000 km of bike facilities' when 90% of this is just painted lines on main roads! The Premier is a prime user of off-road bike paths with his kids - he should be aware of this stuff!

And Adelaide is one of the world's largest cities in terms of geographic area - it ranks at about #36 (along with a host of others of about the same size). Why the continuous (and for me quite maddening) focus on the city square mile! It seems like the federal gov'ts 'trickle down' economics - 'build stuff in the square mile and the rest of Adelaide's 95x35km will follow suit'... complete B/S!!!

We must pin them down to answering specific questions such as (and these are just those that come to mind in my current somewhat 'riled up' state!):

- what will you be spending on extending Adelaide's Greenway/Major Bikeway Network - finishing what's been started (ie; Gawler Greenway, Onkaparinga Valley etc) and building new ones (eg; Gillman to Dry Creek East-West Greenway, Mersey Road Greenway along the Port River, Torrens Island Bikeway etc)?

- when will every bus and rail station and interchange in Adelaide have secure and convenient 'swipe card' bicycle storage facilities?

- when will you ensure that the Councils who have been willing to invest in decent Bike Plans will then receive appropriate annual funding to implement them instead of the current annual dribble?

Sam ('PortBUG, Loud & Proud')


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