Safer Bike Lanes

Adelaide is a city that has mostly flat terrain and consequently bicycle lanes are quite popular. However, unlike cities elsewhere that put them between the pedestrians and parking lane, in Adelaide they have put them between the cars parked at roadside and the traffic. Helps big trucks to suction bike riders into the traffic itself or parking drivers to open car doors into the path of unsuspecting cyclists.

Many drivers blithely park with apparent impunity in bicycle lanes that are against the curb – even when signs restrict that in peak hours.

Furthermore, there are places on very busy main roads, such as near the Gepps Cross Home Center, where a bicycle lane cuts out owing to a momentary road narrowing for a hundred or more meters. Surely such black spots ought get priority remediation? Do you have a bike black spot database?

Safer, continuous bike lanes might encourage more folk to actually commute by bicycle and positively influence motor traffic density.

I wonder if BikeSA or the RAA is advocating improvements in how Government authorities plan, fund and implement roadworks to improve bike lanes along the above lines? What publicity, advocacy and media strategies are undertaken to maintain Government commitment to such improvement?


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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