well i will give it another try then. because at the moment its not fun. Although even a bad ride is better than a good day at work.
The Northern Expressway is to be connected to the Port River Expressway & South Rd by the Northern Connector. It also incorporates a rail freight route. Click here for some details. I can't see a timeline for the project so probably 5-10 years away, maybe longer after the national flood crisis.
I agree about the bike path - great when you are on it but the connections at each end leave a little to be desired. When I was out north at the end of December it looked like some work was being done on cycle lanes to connect the bike path with the Two Wells Rd and into Gawler - maybe some knows if this has been done?
UPDATE - just found the time-frames...construction to be completed by 2016/17, subject to funding. I think the funding might go north to re-build Brisbane. It also says that it will include a share pedestrian/cycle path to connect with the Northern Expressway path.
I'd say this Corridor of connectors to the Port River Express way and the Northern Expressway is more needed than the Super Waste oops Way they are building now from the Pt River Expressway to Regenck Park..
I remember a few Mths back, that there was a bingle on the Port River Express way, Cormack Rds were blocked as traffic diverted and then the trains slowing that road. I then took Grand Junction Rd to Geps cross. over 1 1/2 hrs to get home.
If i ride which i didnt that day usually takes me 35-45mins.
We waste Big money on projects that really arnt needed?????
Dean, I do not cycle your route but agree that it looks awful and unsafe for cyclists where it meets Pt Wakefield Road. If I travel north of Grand Junction Road, I use my car instead.
Building the extension of a freight route to Regency Park will one day benefit other cyclists. The plan is to gradually duplicate the South Road freight route, but overhead the current road. Then DTEI's OCW expects the old South Road will be converted into a route for local traffic (cars) and bicycles. At the moment, I avoid cycling much of South Road.
David, I sympathise because where the cycleway meets Port Wakefield Road looks disgusting from a cyclist safety perspective. The alternative of Main North Road is no better -- bicycle lane to the uni, then that disappears and the travel lane also narrows. When I travel north of Grand Junction Road, I drive, although my main transport is a bicycle.
The State Government's Cycling Strategy identifies that the main reason people give for not cycling is unsafe. Yet the government does not do enough to address this.
For example, a Prospect Council document recognises that commuter and freight route Churchill Road is a busy road: "Motorists are afraid to park on the street due to heavy vehicles and speeding traffic." So Prospect Council, with the approval of DTEI and the State Government, is currently narrowing the road with extended footpaths and indented car parking, and pushing cyclists closer to the wide trucks. Property of parked cars given priority over cyclists' lives.
Churchill Road has an intersection with Pym Street. The same council document states: "Pym Street is another vital link west over the railway line and is frequently used by heavy vehicles. Very busy and tricky intersection – sense of danger. ... The eastern end of Pym Street is not wide enough to allow a large truck to turn without using both sides of the road and subsequently some trucks have been mounting and damaging the footpaths and putting pedestrians at risk." What about cyclists who are even closer than pedestrians to the trucks?
What hacks me off is that in the past five years the Port Wakefield Road was rebuilt and the Port River Expressway was completed. Both of those should have had bike facilities suitable for 8 year olds installed as part of those projects. If they had spent that small number of millions along with the huge number of millions spent on those roads then we could have had a safe and fast link between the northern suburbs and Gawler.
Also, with all the work on the City to Gawler railway, why wasn't a bike path installed? That would have at least addressed the northern suburbs to city issue.
In short, I see a real lack of willingness by the government to grasp opportunities as they arise. They'd rather just whack in some white paint to make the "kilometers of bike lane" look good. Both the Port Expressway and Port Wakefield Road are examples where the SA Police have strongly criticised cyclists who have used the "bike lanes" provided.
Whilst I'm ranting. If a truck mounts the curb to make a turn, then whack a length limit on trucks which use that road. The trucking companies will need to pull the B Double into their yard and break down the load from containers to pallets. That seems much more reasonable than a girl walking her dog along a suburban Adelaide footpath being killed by a turning road train.