David, the journalist also told me that there will be a cycling story in the Messenger next week. However, it will be about Walkerville Terrace only.
You have gazumped Prospect BUG about what is currently happening on the much longer Churchill Road where there are many trucks and higher traffic speeds. I have been trying since Sep-2009 to get the authorities, with some help from the media, to recognise that there is major problem happening in Prospect. When I saw the Aug-2009 plans, I forecast that there would be no safe space left for cyclists on freight route Churchill Road. Finally proof now when some of the 'upgrading' is done. Trying to get a Road Safety Review before millions spent on Churchill Road, making it less likely that the plans will be modified for cyclist safety. Several times I have done media releases without the Messenger following it up. Finally the Messenger said they were interested after I encouraged Rachel Sanderson, Member for Adelaide, to do a 'grieve' in Parliament. Simultaneously the Messenger were given the Walkverville Terrace story and Prospect cyclists gazumped. The Messenger said space to concentrate on only one cycling story.
It hardly seems fair considering that I tried to help with Walkerville Terrace (refer to earlier discussions on AC forum), helped with Unley Council and Adelaide City, and reported cycling hazards around the Adelaide Greater Metropolitan Area. But cyclists do not try to help Prospect BUG. So I have been left to do 16 months of intense work on my own, and when I desperately need help during the final hours, AC cyclists are not supporting me.
There is much info at Prospect BUG, including several photos which show how Prospect Council and the State Government design cycling lanes on freight routes, plus how VicRoads has been doing it better for the last five years. Do I need to refresh AC cyclists' memories with some of the photos here? Plus remind them that cyclists need to help the Adelaide cycling community. Approved by the State Government so similar arterial road 'upgrades' may be coming to a road near you.
I am sorry if the coverage of the Walkerville Terrace issues has drawn attention away from coverage of Churchill Rd. When the journalist contacted me as a result of blogs I had posted on this site to do a story on the cycling issues on Walkervile Terrace, I saw it as a positive thing that they were going to do a story drawing attention to a situation where cycling infrastructure was being downgraded on a significant cycling route. It had certainly not occurred to me that it would be drawing attention away from issues in other areas. Also when I was asked if there was anyone else I suggest they speak to in relation to the story, I did in fact refer her to yourself.
Heather, your advocacy on cycling issue is much appreciated and I hope whatever gets published draws attention to the significant hazards being created by any councils that downgrade critical cycling infrastructure such as is proposed for Churchill Rd.
Interesting that the journalist found the story through AC Walkerville discussions that would include my name; that she could have read my Prospect BUG discussions; that you referred her to me.
For years The Messenger wanted my stories, including in February when they approached me for a photo of my 'keep bicycle lanes' T-shirt after a Messenger employee saw me collecting the cycling petition. After the photoshoot and interview, they dropped the story. It appears they had realised that the Labor Party would not appreciate it, after publishing in January that three Labor party members supported the Prospect Road changes, ie Federal Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis, then State Member for Adelaide Jane Lomax-Smith and Prospect Mayor David O'Loughlin. Finally The Messenger appeared momentarily interested again after Rachel Sanderson, current Liberal Member for Adelaide, did a 'grieve' in Parliament.
David, with your new information, I surmise that you did not draw media attention away from Prospect cycling hazards. That The Messenger is selecting what will become public knowledge through their papers.