I had a long conversation with Kelly Henderson on the weekend. A former President of the Parklands Preservation Society, Kelly is known as taking a fairly uncompromising stand on protecting the Park Lands. We probably need such people, to balance those who just see it as unexploited real estate.
But Kelly wanted to talk to me about cycling. She thinks the Frome Bikeway has created a backlash and has made life more frustrating for motorists, e.g. the right turn bans have made life harder for parents who want to drop kids off at school. For this reason she wants the bikeway "reviewed". She also opposes the shared use paths in the small parks next to Gilles and Carrington St. She describes these as "illegal". Unfortunately they are also necessary to enable cycling from the south parklands to Frome Street.
She's opposed to the Council's plans to allow two way cycling down the Margaret St corridor in North Adelaide.
I imagine none of this would appeal to cyclists!
On the other hand she does support a cyclists' path alongside Greenhill Road. More interestingly, she says that the use of the service road on the eastern side of the railway lines by cyclists would be a great idea, because it would bring back to Parklands land that was pinched by the railways when the Adelaide to Glenelg railway was built. (The photo is of the service road south of the Hilton Bridge.)
It's nice to know we could probably get support from the Parklands Preservation Society if we decided to campaign for this.
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