We require advocacy when the evidence for change is not matched by policy commitment and where community demand is ahead of political action.
“To a politician, one letter is a complaint and five letters is public opinion” Professor Trevor Hilton
Bike Adelaide engages with local councils and state elected members particularly in transport, health, environment and treasury. We maintain relationships with Department of Transport and Infrastructure staff (DIT), leaders and Ministers and local council staff and respond to consultations for our members.
In the community we are building an army of local bike advocates in SA with Bicycle User Groups in local council areas. These on the ground riders know their area better than anyone (to see if there is a BUG in your local council area or for tips on how to start a BUG read on).
We aim to keep people informed and engaged about transport issues and share positive messages about cyclists in the media.
We believe it is important to collaborate with organisations with similar goals and philosophies (healthy, active, non-polluting communities).
Support the SA Bike Economy: Businesses involved in South Australia’s Bicycle Economy are joining the call, as our organisations involved in health, conservation, and bicycle advocacy. Invest in a quality bike network and support industry sectors that help create active healthy communities.
Our full submission to government is available here – supporting greater investment in cycling infrastructure
Map out a direct, connected, safe and pleasant cycle network for anyone aged 8 – 80 years and present this in State Cycling Strategy. Currently there is no bicycle plan or transport plan.
In the absence of a State Strategy Bike Adelaide is slowly aiming to map the network.
City Bikeways: Our team has put considerable advocacy efforts into the Frome St Bikeway, especially trying to get it finished. We have rallied bike riders to contact Councillors and talked with ACC staff about bikeway design options. Bike Adelaide also continues to liaise with the City of Adelaide on the East-West Bikeway. We are disappointed with the delays however look forward to future collaboration to get this project finished. Bike Adelaide believes the city needs a network of bikeways.
State investment: Increase cycle funding from 0.6% of the transport budget to 5% of investment expenditure (approximately $80 million each year).
State Bicycle Fund: This fund supports local councils with 50/50 funding for infrastructure projects. Bike Adelaide advocates for it to be significantly increased as an effective way to build a bike network. 20/21 funding was increased to $750,000. Our call is for $10 million each year.
LGA’s: All local councils to provide yearly funding to implement the networks set out in their Bicycle Plans, supported by applications to the State Bike Fund. This can occur with a yearly budget allocation e.g. $1 million, or with yearly budget bids as part of the budget process.
Social cost benefit analysis: Bike Adelaide advocates for changes to the existing Cost Benefit Analysis tools used to assess transport infrastructure in SA which exclude health, environmental and liveability costs and prioritise travel time efficiency. Examples of this applied are below.
Invest in cycling projects as an agile, effective economic stimulus: a US study found that 11.4 jobs are generated per $1 million invested in cycling facilities (compared to 7.8 for road projects).
What else is needed to create bike friendly communities?
40km local street speed limits: The cheapest and easiest way to increase safety on local streets. Children should feel safe to use the streets around their homes.
Bicycle parking and end of trip facilities: Enforce higher rates of bicycle parking in development plans and parking at destinations.
Better integrate public transport and cycling (last km access): Route upgrades and secure bike parking.
Bike carriage on buses and trains (free for travel in anti-peak direction)
Allow contraflow cycling on one-way streets
Enforce 1m passing laws using the ACT approach
Provide positive public messaging to support people who ride and encourage new people to cycle.
Helmets: Advocating for a trial of optional helmet use on bike trails and shared use trails. Bike Adelaide’s position on mandatory bicycle helmets.
These pages record some of the work Bike Adelaide has recently undertaken to improve conditions for bicycle use across Adelaide and South Australia.
Advocacy Work & Correspondence:
Recent and past cycling advocacy activities in support of cycling in SA are listed below.
|Month||Description||File (as pdf)|
|April 2021||Letter to Minister re State Bike Fund and Goodwood Bridge||Download file|
|April 2021||Submission National Road safety strategy||Download file|
|February 2021||Submission – East-West Bikeway||Download file|
|February 2021||St Kilda Shared use path letter to Salisbury||Download file|
|February 2021||Meeting request to Minister Wingard and Minister Speirs||Download file|
|January 2021||Comments on Chief Street Bowden redesign||Download file|
|February 2021||Feedback on the Crafers to Stirling Bikeway proposal||Download file|
|June 2020||Submission re. Mike Turtur Bikeway||Download file|
|May 2020||Submission re. bike link between Aldinga and WIllunga||Download file|
|April 2020||Coronavirus response: cycling initiatives||Download file|
|March 2020||Recommended engineering standards for road widening at intersections||Download file|
|March 2020||Submission re. widening of Magill Road/ Portrush Road intersection||Download file|
|December 2020||Advertiser article by Katie Gilfillan||Download file|
|October 2019||Response to consultation on upgrade of Port Road/ West Lakes Boulevard/ Cheltenham Parade intersection||Download file|
|September 2019||Response to consultation on Kroemers Crossing, Tanunda||Download file|
|July 2019||Submission re. draft Infrastructure Plan||Download file|
|June 2019||Discussion paper re. draft Infrastructure Plan||Download file|
|June 2019||letter to Minister Knoll re cycling expenditure||Download file|
|June 2019||email re. Outer Harbor Greenway safety improvements||Download file|
|June 2019||Submission re. Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project South Park Lands||Download file|
|May 2019||Letter to DPTI re. consultation||Download file|
|May 2019||email to Nadia Clancy re. AusTrack||Download file|
|May 2019||email to Nadia Clancy re. AusTrack||Download file|
|April 2019||Submission re. Military Road||Download file|
|April 2019||Letter to Minister Knoll re. Budget 2019-20||Download file|
|April 2019||Findings of Cycle Park and Ride Survey||Download file|
|April 2019||Proposal for west boundary railway route, ACC||Download file|
|March 2019||Bikeways are good for business||Download file|
|March 2019||Email to Lord Mayor re King William St south||Download file|
|March 2019||Email to ACC re. Councillor Donovan’s motion on bikeways||Download file|
|February 2019||Optimising the City South tram stop project||Download file|
|December 2018||Submission re. Integrated Movement Systems discussion paper||Download file|
|December 2018||A call for greater investment in bicycle infrastructure||Download file|
|December 2018||Media release: lack of investment harms small business||Download file|
|October 2018||Councillor Wilkinson’s call for “naked streets”||Download file|
|October 2018||Letter to Minister Knoll re. King William Street south||Download file|
|October 2018||Comments on planning assessment pathways||Download file|
|October2018||Submission re. Caroma site redevelopment||Download file|
|September 2018||Fay Patterson’s presentation to Transport Australia (audio)||Download file|
|September 2018||Letter to Minister Knoll re State Bike Fund budget cut||Download file|
|September 2018||Comments on draft State Planning Policies||Download file|
|August 2018||Email to NPSP on The Parade Masterplan Phase 3 by Fay Patterson and Ian Radbone||Download file|
|July 2018||Submission on the 20 Year Infrastructure Plan||Download file|
|June 2018||Comments on Marion Road Study||Download file|
|June 2018||Submission on The Parade Masterplan Phase 2||Download file|
|May||Letter to new Transport Meeting introducing BISA and seeking a meeting||Download file|
|April||DPTI response to our letter on audio-tactile linemarking||Download file|
|March||A scoreboard for the various parties’ election commitments||Download file|
|February||Call to parties for election commitments||Download file|
|February||Letter to DPTI re. impact of audio-tactile linemarking||Download file|
|January||Briefing notes for meeting with Road Safety Minister Chris Picton||Download file|
|December||Comments on Draft Adelaide Road Footpath and Crossing Master Plan (Victor Harbor)||Download file|
|November||Christmas email to Adelaide City Councillors||Download file|
|November||Email to ACC’s Daniel Bennett re. dockless bike share and mandatory helmets||Download file|
|November||Comments on Jetty Road Glenelg Draft Masterplan||Download file|
|August||Comments on proposed works at the junction of Main South Road and Hillier Road, Reynella||Download file|
|August||Email to Lord Mayor, re. east-west bike route||Download file|
|August||Comments to North Terrace tramway project team||Download file|
|July||Submission to Inquiry into the Regulation of Parking and Traffic Movement in South Australia||Download file|
|June||Response from ACC re Gawler Place, parking and Currie/Grenfell Streets||Download file|
|June||Open letter to Holdfast Bay councillors re. Jetty Road||Download file|
|June||Response from DPTI re. Main Road, Belair||Download file|
|May||Letter to DPTI re. Main Road, Belair||Download file|
|May||Letter to Lord Mayor regarding Gawler Place and review of on-street bike parking and Currie/Grenfell Streets||Download file|
|April||Response from Adelaide City Council re. access between River Torrens and City||Download file|
|April||Letter to Transport Minister seeking meeting re. North Terrace||Download file|
|April||Submission to Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council about proposed improvements to Ninth Avenue, St Peters||Download file|
|March||Submission to Port Adelaide Enfield Council about the options for allowing cycling past the Semaphore Palais||Download file|
|March||Email to DPTI regarding planned changes to Elder Smith Road, Mawson Lakes||Download file|
|March||Letter to Transport Minister seeking information about the implementation recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury into sharing the road||Download file|
|February||Letter to Adelaide City Councillors about the Frome Bikeway||Download file|
|February||Email to Unley Mayor and Councillors re Rugby Porter route||Download file|
|February||Email to Adelaide City Council staff re. bollards||Download file|
|February||Letter to the Transport Minister about access between the River Torrens and North Terrace||Download file|
|February||Letter to the Lord Mayor about access between the River Torrens and North Terrace||Download file|
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|November||Comments on the City of Unley’s planned improvements to the Rugby/Porter route.||Download File|
|November||Submission on the City of Campbelltown’s draft Bicycle Plan.||Download File|
|October||Letter to Minister Mullighan: complaint about the delay in announcing grants to councils for bike projects.||Download File|
|October||BISA submission to DPAC about the Capital City Policy Review (Design Quality) Development Plan Amendment||Download File|
|October||Our top 10 infrastructure projects||Download File|
|October||Submission on the River Torrens Integrated Strategic Asset Management Plan||Download File|
|October||What we would like to see in the State government’s bike strategy – update||Download File|
|September||Submission on the 30 Year Plan Update||Download File|
|September||Submission on the draft railway crossing strategy||Download File|
|August||Submission on the City of Charles Sturt’s Transport Plan||Download File|
|July||Comments on the Broadview, Enfield and Clearview (South) Local Area Traffic Management Study||Download File|
|July||Our proposal for a safer crossing of Regency Road for the Levels Bikeway||Download File|
|July||Grange Rd railway crossing safety upgrade Management Study||Download File|
|February||Fay Patterson’s ideas for Operation Moving Traffic||Download File|
|November||Comments on Braund Road bicycle boulevard.||Download File|
|June 2015||Comments on plans put out by the West Torrens Council for a university-based precinct north of Phillips Street in Thebarton. It includes Holland Street, which is an important cyclist link across the river.||Download File|
|26th May 2015||Comments to West Torrens council on plans to relocate Vintage Road closure, Underdale. Thanks to Fay Patterson for work on this.||Download File|
|26th May 2015||Letter from BISA Chair to Project Manager, City of Charles Sturt with comments on proposed street upgrade for Bartley Terrace, West Lakes. Thanks to Ian Smith & Fay Patterson for their assistance.||Download File|
|25th May 2015||Letter from BISA Chair to Minister for Transport and Infrastructure re: Bike Lanes on Portrush Rd||Download File|
|30th March 2015||Letter to The Minister re state bicycle strategy to replace Safety in Numbers||Download File|
|2nd March 2015||Letter to Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) re: Fitzroy Tce & Park Tce upgrade proposal. Comments best viewed with upgrade plans (here).||Download File|
|1st Feb 2015||Response from Adelaide City Council re: Frome St Bikeway and safety in Elder Park||Download File|
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|15th Dec 2014||Letter to Adelaide City Council re: Frome Bikeway and cycling safety in Elder Park||Download File|
|14th Oct 2014||Letter to Onkaparinga Council re: Willunga Foreshore Access Plan, Stage 5||Download File|
|14th Oct 2014||Cycling for the Environment, for Health, for Pleasure. A little background history for the citizens’ jury||Download File|
|26th Sept 2014||Letter to Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) re: Submission to Expert Panel on Planning Reform||Download File|
|12th Sept 2014||Email to DPTI re: Fullarton Rd upgrade||Download File|
|14th Aug 2014||Submission re: Greenhill Road Median Safety Improvements||Download File|
|18th July 2014||Reply from DPTI re: Beulah Rd Roundabout and Shared Path Fullarton Rd||Download File|
|1st July 2014||Email to Adelaide City Council re: Frome Bikeway, wayfinding signage||Download File|
|11th July 2014||Email reply from Adelaide City Council||Download File|
|24th June 2014||Reply to DPTI and Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council (NPSP) re: Fullarton Road at the Beulah Road, Rundle Street intersection||Download File|
|16th June 2014||Letter to John Rau MP, Minister for Planning re: Amy Gillett Bikeway: Stage Four||Download File|
|3rd Sept 2014||Reply from Minister’s Office re: Amy Gillett Bikeway: Stage Four||Download File|
|Date||Description||File (as pdf)|
|26th Aug 2013||BISA input into the Frome St Bikeway project (Carrington St to Pirie St) – sent to Adelaide City Council as part of the Community Consultation.||Download File|