The June Pedal Update has on the front a photo of Ninth Avenue, Bowden, as an example of a Council allowing contra-flow cycling using signs only.  (i.e. no bike lanes or kerbing at the ends of the street.

This is the text:

Here is an example of a narrow one-way street where cyclists are allowed to ride in the opposite direction (“contra-flow”) simply by the addition of a sign under the N0 ENTRY sign saying, “bicycles excepted”.  This is Ninth Street in Bowden, part of the City of Charles Sturt.  Unley and Hindmarsh Bay also have examples of contra-flow cycling supported by signs only.  Tell usif you know of other examples.

Whether Councils do this or not is up to them.  The only Australian guidance that we know of is provided by the NSW government’s Technical Direction: Signposting for contra-flow bicycle facilities. 

“If the road space is too narrow to permit a marked bicycle lane and there is good sight distance, motor traffic volumes and speeds are low and the road geometry does not present an unacceptable safety risk, the contra- flow movement can be provided by signage alone.”

Clearly, Ninth Street fits the bill – as do many other quiet residential streets in Adelaide. It’s time the other councils caught up.

 Does anyone know of contra-flow cycling using signs only in SA?  Someone suggested a bit of Seaview Road at Tennyson, but Google street view didn't show this.

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You've got your wish!  It seems Council made this bikes excepted on the weekend.  What's more it's the first time that they've done it with signage (and sharrows) only.  

The photo shows the usual (expensive) infrastructure at the start of Chatham Street, contrasted with the sign only at the start of Lowe Street.

So now Adelaide joins Unley, Holdfast Bay and Charles Sturt in providing contra flow cycling using signs only.  I think this is great news, as Adelaide has a lot of one-way streets.

Bank Street in the City from Hindley Street to North Terrace.  Also a shared zone with pedestrians and vehicles.  Peak hour pedestrian commuters from the train station are a bigger issue in the mornings when cycling down the hill contrary to the traffic flow.  The no ‘entry/bicycles excepted’ signs are on the light pole on the Macca’s corner on Hindley Street. 

Henley beach seafront, north of the jetty

That would be useful.  (We've ridden wrong way up there before they made it legal to do so.)  It must have been since the Google car was last there.

There's this little stretch of the Esplanade in Brighton-Hove:

One might argue that all one-way streets be opened to bicycle contra-flow.

My not very strong logical argument being that these days we are allowed to cycle on the foot-path and it is pretty easy to get on the foot-path when a motor vehicle approaches such that a cyclist would be sensible to get out of the way...

In Belgium (at least) local councils are required to make all one-way streets contra-flow, unless they can produce a good reason why a specific street shouldn't be.  

Yes, it's easier to avoid a car that you can see coming toward you than one from behind.

Ian, ever get the impression that some countries are more supportive of bicycle transport and cyclist safety?

Thanks Ian, a very interesting observation!


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