Sung to the tune of ‘Look what they’ve done to my song, ma’.
Please help to stop this ‘upgrade’ which is happening now.
Approved by the State Government so a road near you may be next.
On Ride to Work Day a cyclist was killed on freight route Port Expressway.
Will 'upgraded' Churchill Road be the next freight route where a cyclist dies?
A Prospect Council document states that motorists are afraid to park on the street, due to heavy vehicles and speeding traffic. Hence extended footpaths and indented parking bays. But why should cyclists then be expected to cycle closer to heavy vehicles and speeding traffic? Aren't cyclists people also? Why is property of parked cars given higher priority than cyclists' lives?
Look at the photos and tell me if you agree with a Prospect Council document that it will be safer for cyclists. These five photos were taken by Kristina Barnett on Wednesday 22-Sep-2010 around 9.30am. The location is Churchill Road, at an offset intersection with bikedirect route Myrtle Street to the east (before) and bikedirect route Belford Avenue to the west (after).
The photos show Churchill Road in the process of being ‘upgraded’, in keeping with the Prospect Masterplans of Prospect Council, and approved by the Department of Transport Energy & Environment (DTEI) and the Department of Planning. This arterial road is within six kilometres of the Adelaide CBD, is a busy commuter route and a freight route, and is under the control of the State Government of South Australia.
Do you agree with Prospect Council that it will be safer for cyclists?Photo 1, eastern side, looking south, the ‘before’. The wheel of a bus impinges on the edge of the wide bicycle lane (to be removed soon).
Photo 3, western side, looking north, the ‘after’. The bus would be even closer to the cycling area, if the bus allowed clearance to its right for turning vehicles.
Photo 4, western side, looking south, the ‘after’. A large truck leaving no space for cycling. Further south are two approaching trucks. Indented parking bays are visible in the recently extended footpath. Near the new kerb is the white line that was the edge of the bicycle lane.
Photo 5, western side, looking south, the ‘after’. Another large truck leaving no space for cycling. Further south is an approaching truck. Indented parking bays are visible in the recently extended footpath. Near the new kerb is the white line that was the edge of the bicycle lane.
Churchill Road Masterplan October 2009
“The character of The Churchill Road corridor is dominated by its primary use as a freight route, with a large number of heavy trucks, fast flowing commuter traffic… The Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) on this road is approximately 22,000 vehicles per day at the Torrens Road entrance and increases to 27,900 vehicles per day north of Regency Road (Reference DTEI data) … Motorists are afraid to park on the street due to heavy vehicles and speeding traffic.”
Prospect Council implies that the ‘upgrade’ will improve safety for cyclists.
Churchill Road Makeover Begins, 23-Aug-2010
Director of Special Projects said, “ … provide indented car parks, safer bike lanes … improve road safety for all users of this very busy road corridor”.
Note that there are many recommendations to leave a minimum of one metre when overtaking a cyclist. Austroads 2009 states: Due to the side ‘wind’ force exerted on bicycle riders from heavy vehicles, roads should be designed to provide satisfactory clearances between the bicycle envelope and the vehicle. The recommended minimum clearance is one metre when the truck is travelling at 60 km/h.
The main reason given for not cycling is it is unsafe.
Community Survey – Cycling Behaviour
Q: If you currently don’t ride a bicycle, what are the reasons why?
A: Feel unsafe riding on main roads 78.6%
From the State Government policy Safety in Numbers, A Cycling Strategy for South Australia 2006-2010: Market research shows that many people choose not to cycle because they perceive cycling to be unsafe – so the challenge lies in improving not only safety for the existing cyclists but the perception of safety for those not currently cycling. Whether cycling for recreation or transport, safety is a barrier to getting more people to take up cycling.
Prospect Council, with the approval of the State Government, has similar ideas for arterial Prospect Road. See the Prospect Road Masterplan.
From 4-Sep-2009, as coordinator of Prospect BUG, I have contacted many authorities, informing them that narrowed Churchill and Prospect Roads will increase cyclist hazard. For example, submission to Prospect Council, Prospect Director of Environment & Planning, all elected Prospect Council, Coordinator of the Prospect Masterplans, Patrick Conlon Minister for Transport, Jane Lomax-Smith when State Member for Adelaide and Minister for Tourism (think TDU), all State Ministers, Kate Ellis as Federal Member for Adelaide and Minister for Sport, Anthony Albanese Federal Minister for Transport who launched road safety campaign of A Metre Matters, DTEI's Office of Cycling and Walking, a planner at DTEI, and several media. I collected a petition signed by 3,433 cyclists, left it at the office of the State Minister for Transport on 11-Aug-2010, but he is 'sitting on it'. Still cyclist safety is ignored.
I ask that you read a recent post at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/bicycleblackspoteradication/f...
Carl, interesting comment, and thanks for trying to keep cyclists safe. Some people dislike cyclists but are yet to realise that hitting a cyclist would result in tedious legalities, financial repercussions, even loss of licence.
If you read the full post on Prospect BUG on AC web at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/bugprospect/forum/topics/look...
there is quote from council document dated 2 years ago. That motorists afraid to park on Churchill Road due to heavy vehicles and speeding commuters. So council persuaded SA Government to agree to narrow this commuter and freight route, and force vulnerable cyclists closer to the trucks. The design does not comply with Austroads in that trucks unable to leave one-metre clearance when overtaking cyclists. In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, now designing separated bicycle lanes. $1m of pavers laid 10 years ago were ripped up to relay new pavers while narrowing the road. Council will not change these new pavers, so only hope is to install a very visible separator between bicycle and travel lanes where no car parking.
Many times council has erroneously stated that 'upgraded' road safer for cyclists. Despite me informing Prospect Council, DTEI and Government Ministers otherwise before plans finalised.
In Sep-2011 I gave story to Indaily. Please read link below where council again reckons that Churchill Road is safe for cyclists. This week I forwarded the following to the City North Messenger.
Prospect Road Traders continue to publicly state that they do not want cyclists on Prospect Road. (Reported several times by Messenger over last 10 years.) Although Messenger has reported that traders welcome TDU to make money.
Council about to spend thousands on TDU (for traders not cyclists) yet my repeated requests for $100 bicycle parking outside Coles and PO ignored. My first submission was when shopping mall was in planning stage, about 2004.
Read this. http://www.indaily.com.au/?iid=53939#folio=001
Heather, Coordinator of Prospect BUG (Bicycle User Group)
Are you in a position to contact the Messenger on Monday and confirm from a truckies view?
Journalist Lisa Bachmayer, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 8130 0110
This makes interesting reading for sure, obviously in my position I have to be careful what I say but I am more than happy to give you feedback from a perspective that no one else could! I spend more time driving on these roads that anyone else would! I can tell you just about every pot hole in the Prospect council! Happy to help you out! Pm me (if you let me know where you are I can stop and we can have a chin wag when I pick up your bin!)
I used to be a passionate cyclist when I lived in QLD, wide roads, awsome bike lanes, Bike trails that you could ride on for hours. Came to adelaide and the interest waned due to too many near misses. Just getting back into it now, but with trepidation.
I will say it is only a matter of time before there is an accident on Churchill or Prospect Rd (you won't have to wait long) perhaps if you let the council know you have done the background on their accountability and you will be notifying any future accident victims of the councils liability. (Just a thought) Money talks!
The theory is they want to reduce traffic however at the moment the choice is Churchill, Prospect or Main Nth and at 8.00am they are all a nightmare if you are heading into the city (South Rd is a joke due to roadworks)
You know what's funny, I was driving down Prospect road the other day and saw the sign about the TDU and I laughed my head off! I thought now "That's hpocrisy" Happy to take the Cyclist's money and happy to kill them too! (Sorry said too much now!!)
carl, nice to hear from you. you could help by recording exactly where you see the potholes, and other cycling hazards. need to be precise cos at the moment i cannot go out and confirm. then i will report to pertinent councils and authorities. last month prospect council finally fixed a cycling hazard that i had repeatedly reported to director environment & planning (cycling) since 4-sep-2009. some other councils where i do not pay rates fix hazards promptly, even thank me.
i contacted council, councillors, dtei, transport minister and other mps before and during churchill road changes, expressing my concerns about forcing cyclists closer to heavy vehicles on a freight / commuter route. i quoted austroads and a liability statute.
did you read the indaily link above. i let the journalist know that council will spend much money on tdu stage. but not re-open bikedirect edgeworth street to cyclists, implement the prospect bike plan first drawn up in 1994 (about $10,000) or spend $100 to install bicycle parking outside a shopping mall and po.
the organisation prospect road traders was quoted again as saying they did not want cyclists on prospect road. but they support the tdu, according to the messenger. do they want money from cycling tourists for one day of the year, but no business from local cyclists for the whole year.
It's interesting that the council have taken this attitude because in other ways they are ahead of the game in many ways, certainly in their waste management, we have touch screen computers in the truck and we can give them real-time feedback. Every bin is computer chipped so they know when and where it was picked up. Now that I have read your post I will be looking more vigilantly with cyclists in mind. I will log it on the computer as well as let you know when I see potential hazards. If I complain about a tree it is usually trimmed within a few days.
thanks carl. let me know if you see cycling hazards outside of prospect and i will report these also. you could start a discussion on bug that is only about hazards. might encourage others to report promptly, rather than belatedly let me know during next contact.
Got one for you straight away! Gallipoli Drive in Regency park (the brand new road) They have made this beautiful new road with cycling lanes but just after the roundabout heading sth there is a parking bay (Note: with transport company just accross the road as well as a lunch bar) so guess what there are always B doubles and Semi's parked there and they take up most of the cycling lane, I travel this road six times a day and it is only ever clear at 6;00AM when I head out in the morning, such a shame as the bike lane has its own path to avoid the roundabout and could have kept going past this parking bay on the inside as there is more than enough room, this was obviously designed by a non cyclist. Maybe you could drop the PAE council a note as this would actually be a "very" easy fix. If you pop down and have a look you will see what I mean.
I work in the PAE area every now and then maybe 6-7 hours a week.
Will keep you up to date.