Council looks to the future on bikeways

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Last week Adelaide City Council launched an investigation into extending the Frome Street Bikeway from Pirie Street to the River Torrens. The investigation will also look at potential improvements to the existing Frome Street Bikeway (Carrington to Pirie Street) but in a win for cyclists, a majority of Councillors ruled out any major redesign.

Motions and amendments

Substantive Motion

Councillor Abiad amended the recommendation he put at Committee and instead moved the following motion:

“Recommendation 10.12

Recommendation for Committee Item 19 for Council Consideration – City Design & Transport Program – Frome Bikeway – Outcome of Independent Evaluation [2014/04052] [C]

That Council:

  1. Receives and notes the Frome Street Bikeway Independent Evaluation report – Part 1 included as Attachment E to Item 19 on the Agenda for the meeting of the Economic & Community Development Committee held on 23 June 2015.
  2. Receives and notes the Frome Street Bikeway Independent Evaluation report – Part 2: Off-Peak parking Only Design Option, included as Attachment F to Item 19 on the Agenda for the meeting of the Economic & Community Development Committee held on 23 June 2015.
  3. is committed to the retention of the separated bike ways;
  4. Endorse the Administration to proceed with the planning, design and costing of measures to improve and maximise the benefits of the Frome bikeway from Carrington Street to Pirie Street, comprising of:

4.1.      applying the Adelaide Design Manual with considerations and allowances for a future whole of street approach;

4.2.      improved safety for all users;

4.3.      a better flow of vehicle traffic during peak and off-peak times;

4.4.      optimisation of parking on Frome Street and surrounding areas;

4.5.      green surface treatment of the bike lane through signalised intersections;

4.6.      re-shaping some traffic islands;

4.7.      replacing bike racks at Ifould Street with landscaping; and

4.8.      improved greening and general landscaping in the area.

  1. Endorse the Administration to proceed with the planning, design and costing of options for the continuation of the Frome bikeway from Pirie Street to the River Torrens comprising of:

5.1.      applying the Adelaide Design Manual with considerations and allowances for a future whole of street approach, including greening; and

5.2.      the adoption of learning from Stage 1 Frome Street Bikeway and the associated independent evaluation report.

  1. Requests an overarching traffic and economic analysis between Carrington Street to the River Torrens and the immediate surrounds be commissioned to assess safety, traffic and parking improvements.  That the analysis also investigates and considers the opportunities and constraints associated with the State Government’s O-Bahn City Access Project, Royal Adelaide Hospital redevelopment and the announced High School.
  2. Endorse the development and implementation of an awareness campaign for all road users, as outlined in Attachment E to Item 19 on the Agenda for the meeting of the Economic & Community Development Committee held on 23 June 2015.
  3. Request that the planning, design, costing and broader analysis report outlined above be presented to the relevant committee no later than 30 Sep 2015to allow consideration and endorsement for wide public consultation prior to final consideration and presentation of the consultation results to Council.
  4. Noting the pending Royal Adelaide Hospital site redevelopment, the O-Bahn City Access Project, as well as the recently announced High School, requests the Lord Mayor and CEO to seek funding and planning assistance from the State Government and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and seek that our administration work collaboratively with the Minister’s office for future improvements of the Frome Street Bikeway.”

Amendment

I sought to amend the motion by replacing Point 4 above, with the following:

“Recommendation 10.12

Recommendation for Committee Item 19 for Council Consideration – City Design & Transport Program – Frome Bikeway – Outcome of Independent Evaluation [2014/04052] [C]

  1. Endorse the Administration to proceed with the planning, design and costing of measures to maximise the benefits of the Frome bikeway as recommended in the Independent Evaluation, comprising of:

4.1       green surface treatment of the bike lane through signalised intersections;

4.2       re-shaping some traffic islands; and

4.3       replacing bike racks at Ifould Street with landscaping.”

Meeting Outcome

My amendment sought to make the improvements advocated in the expert report and then focus on the future. This would have ensured that there was no redesign of the existing seperated bikeway and avoided commissioning yet another report into Frome Street. While my amendment was narrowly defeated (by just 1 vote), a majority of 6 Councillors told the meeting they would not support any major redesign of Frome Street. Indeed, the proposal to specifically look at returning Frome Street to four lanes of traffic in peak times as originally suggested was not in the motion put to Council. It may however be included as an option put to Council for consideration in the next report.

Council will now receive another report in September looking at options for further improvements to the existing bikeway and its potential for expansion. My view remains that we should heed the advice of the expert evaluation: make the minor alterations the experts proposed  and then focus on the future roll out. I remain strongly opposed to any major redesign and believe this would represent a waste of ratepayers’ money.

Media

The Frome Street debate was the subject of some media commentary. Here are some of the highlights:

Anthony Templeton, ‘New Investigation into Frome St Bikeway,’ The Advertiser

– ‘Cyclists Fight to Save City Bikeway’, Channel 7 News

– Bension Schubert, ‘Frome Street Bikeway Overhaul Unlikely,’ InDaily

– ‘Spoke in the Wheel for Bikeway Plans,’ Channel 7 News

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