I hope this can make a few people laugh. http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/best-replacebikewithcar.html

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Adelaide City councillor Mark Hamilton will push for the Frome St car lane to be scrapped

  • by: Tim Williams City Editor
  • From: The Advertiser
  • April 25, 2014 7:48PM

Artist impression of the Frome St carway. Source: Supplied

ADELAIDE City councillor Mark Hamilton will push for the Frome St carway to be ripped up in what would be a major embarrassment for the council ahead of the Velo-city international cycling conference next month.

Construction of the separated carway, which the council is racing to complete as far north as Pirie St before the May 27-30 conference, has caused a backlash from cyclists and prominent business leaders, including Theo Maras.

“I’d rip it up,” Cr Hamilton said this morning, after penning a column for The Advertiser labelling the carway an example of driving policy “gone berserk” and attacking Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood for being “anti-bike”.

“It’s restricting bicycle access at peak hour and slowing right hand turns and slowing bicycle dispersal along the street for people going to and from work.

“I went and had a look at it and apart from the obvious (bicycle) problems I think it’s frankly ridiculous, bunging white pieces of concrete into the cycleway.”

Cr Hamilton will push for the carway to be scrapped, a year-long moratorium on new car lanes and a scaling back of the current network at a council meeting in early May, just weeks before the city hosts one of the world’s most important cycling talkfests.

“I’m not concerned about embarrassment. I’m concerned about good governance of the city,” he said.

Mary and Denis Safe on the new Frome St carway. Picture: David Cronin.

If Cr Hamilton succeeds it would be the second time the council has dug up a separated carway. It spent $100,000 removing the $400,000 Sturt St car lanes four years ago.

Mr Yarwood and Mr Hamilton are expected to contest the lord mayoral position at council elections in November, though neither has formally declared their candidacy.

If they do square off, the election looms as a referendum on CBD transport issues.

In his column, Cr Hamilton called for the council to build more CycleParks, restore on-street cycle parks and right-hand turns, and continue lobbying the State Government to scrap the bikepark tax and priority bus lanes.

His position contradicts the council’s Smart Move blueprint for encouraging public transport, walking and driving.

Chariot Pedicabs owner Ian Johns backed Cr Hamilton’s views and said the Frome St carway was “the joke of the century”.

“The bicycle traffic from Frome St will only move to Pulteney St and cause even more congestion,” he said.

“No right turns in so many city streets has not only cost us valuable time, but business.

“We used to do three Central Market tours a week involving around 40 tourists a time. They spent money.

“We don’t do that anymore because of lack of bicycle parking and the time delays caused by no right turns and (the) Victoria Square (upgrade).

“It will only be a matter of time before our city tours are cancelled too.”

The Frome St carway is designed to be the crucial city link in a safe driving highway running from Mitcham to North Adelaide.

RAA has sent a newsletter to members warning that the growing campaign against the project was putting it at risk and could “set investment in driving back a decade or more”.

CEO Christian Haag lamented the “highly charged political environment” around Frome St but said it should be the first of a network of separated car lanes across the CBD.

“We need four, the existing one being built, an equivalent north-south one on the western side of the city and two east-west routes,” he told The Advertiser.

“We need to get (Frome St) up and used and the benefit will be there for everyone to see.”

The number of drivers commuting to the city each day has doubled to more than 5000 over the past decade.

Mr Haag said that equated to a $25 million boost to the state economy, based on a Federal Government study that considered factors such as health benefits, emission reductions and crashes and found there was a $21 economic benefit per trip.

Comment is being sought from Mr Yarwood.

AC post of 9-Apr-2014 http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/advocacy-with-humour

Can anyone find the link to the calendars of UK cycling infrastructure that is so poor one almost laughs?

i dont know about a link, but La Musette has a coffee table book about dodgey bike lanes, which so have to be seen to be believed

Cycle facility of the month here: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/wcc/facility-of-the-month/

A few Aus ones here: http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/executive-style/cycling-infrastr...

And cycling facility of the day, taken this morning:

This is relatively new, too - last year, I think. A round of applause for cycle-friendly City of Onkaparinga for this great facility, part of their Aldinga Beach Road upgrade.

Alex, thanks. I was thinking of 'facility of the month'.

Any cyclist from Sydney reading this to look at SMH photos and act on it? Cooks River shared path, between railing and bridge concrete, is not even wide enough for Austroads 'bicycle operating width'. Three photos of Victoria Road, Sydney, where poles in middle of cycling area, and grey poles do not even have Austroads required reflective strips -- better still, get the poles moved, because in one place cannot ride between the poles.

Alex, what do you think Onkaparinga Council intends? Is it a pedestrian or cycle path to the left (and narrows around poles). The area could be improved with logos of bicycle and pedestrian to make this clear. If cycle path to the left, then multiple places where does not meet Austroads 'bicycle operating width', and Austroads requires reflective strips on poles. Can complain to Onkaparinga Council via mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Hi Heather,

It's a bidirectional shared path, so pedestrians / cyclists heading away from the camera should travel to the left of the pole, and cyclists travelling towards the camera should travel through the bins.

The surface is absolute crap - it's as rough as dolomite but sealed. There are give way signs across the frequent road crossings. The path is littered with obstacles like light poles and power poles, and the council haven't provided anywhere else for residents to put their bins.

I honestly don't know what Onkaparinga council were intending, it's absolutely awful infrastructure, and I don't see how any sane person could think it was worth doing.

Was thinking about complaining, along with a few other examples of crappy infrastructure in the area. Doubt it will get taken seriously - they can't keep up with general road maintenance, let alone bicycle infrastructure.

Alex, worth complaining to council (emails free) in case you get some positive outcome.

Do you know Autroads re reflective tape on poles, and bicycle operating envelope (path width to left of poles looks less than 1.2m). Would expect Onkaparinga Council to have by-laws about placement of bins, and perhaps about returning empty bins to house on day of emptying.

Prospect Council has a by-law about not placing bins on the carriageway (carparking, bicycle lane and car lane). Was annoyed that 90% of households placing bins on road where 24-hr bike lane, and some leaving empty bins there for days. Council originally disinterested until my repeated surveys and discussions Apr-2014 to Jun-2014.

Thursday 29-May-2014 during a Velo-fringe breakfast group ride (Cycle with Lord Mayor) encountered a rubbish bin in the Frome Street bikeway. The other bins were placed on the dividing concrete strip. Reported to ACC to monitor. This raises a question: An ACC councillor is publicly agitating to add another car lane by reducing width of the new bikeway and narrowing the new concrete buffer. Does the councillor’s ‘plan’ include where ratepayers will place their rubbish bins, and access by garbage truck?

Let us know how your report goes.

Onkaparinga Council's website suggests that it has not considered possibility of bins impeding cyclists. http://www.onkaparingacity.com/onka/living_here/waste_recycling/ker...

Bin placement
Bins should be placed:
• on the verge with the opening side of the bins facing the kerb
• at least half a metre apart
• clear of any obstacles such as cars, letterboxes, stobie poles, overhanging trees, etc.

Returning your bins from the kerb
Bins left on footpaths can cause obstruction to pedestrians, we recommend that you:
• place your bin close to the kerb for collection
• take your bin in as soon as possible after emptying (within 24 hours of collection)
• do not leave your bin out for prolonged periods.
If bins continue to be left out over long periods of time it may result in their removal.

This was taken fairly early in the morning - and I think it's a bit unreasonable to expect residents to wake at 7am on a public holiday to pull their bin in.

I think the issue is that Onkaparinga didn't care enough to consider where residents would place their bins (there's nowhere but the shared path) - just like they didn't care enough to consider how cyclists would feel the surface, how they would get across the side roads, and how they would continuously swerve around the poles.

Yeah, the road doesn't really need any dedicated infrastructure and is fine to ride on, I just thought this was funny/sad. Guessing it's there for families to ride to the beach - the council could have done a way better job though.

Those bins would be fun to kick over once they were empty.  Could be a new strava segment? "Aldinga empty bin kick"

This reminds me a lot of sections of the Jack Bobridge Track out of Gawler, the same torturous wending around obstacles in an inadequate space. I suppose it's fine for first time cyclists and families with children not exceeding 10 km/h.

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