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Enews Headlines - 10 July 2013

HOW DOES NEW MOTOR VEHICLE LEGISLATION AFFECT BIKE RIDERS
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$500,000 OF BIKE IMPROVEMENTS: NORWOOD, PAYNEHAM & ST PETERS CYCLE STRATEGY
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BARRIERS TO CHILDREN CYCLING: BIKE SA POLL
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RIDING IN THE BUS LANE
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LOVE YOUR RIDE MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY
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SECURE CBD PARKING
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ST JOHN LAUNCH TAILORED MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID COURSE
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10,000 BIKE HIRES AND 7.6 MILLION CALORIES BURNT
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GRAND-SLAM #4: MAKE YOUR RIDE COUNT IN STRATHALBYN
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THE DREAM OF THE CAR IS OVER
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NEW RULES FOR ELECTRIC BIKES
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BELAIR SHUTTLE ENDS THIS SATURDAY 
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RIVER BANK PRECINCT REDESIGN 
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Roadworks

BEACH ROAD INTERCHANGE - CHANGES TO TRAFFIC CONDITIONS

From late June 2013, traffic will be diverted onto the new northern lanes of Beach Road and across the duplicated bridge to allow works to progress on the southern side of Beach Road. The new eastern on/off ramps will also be constructed at this time.

Traffic will continue to operate one way in each direction on Beach Road through the interchange and speed restrictions will be in place. The existing western on/off ramps will remain open to traffic.

Construction of the new shared use path will also continue and pedestrians and cyclists will continue to access or exit the existing shared use path at Columba Street or Beach Road. 

These traffic arrangements will remain place until late November 2013, at which time the next stage of Beach Road interchange works will commence. Details of these works will be provided closer to this time.  

If you have any questions regarding these works please call 1300 626 097 or by email SEDenquiries@bajvsed.com.au

RIVERBANK BRIDGE DETOURS - CLOSURE OF RIVER WALK
The river walk near the Festival Centre is currently closed during for construction of the new footbridge. The path is expected to reopen February 2014. The shared path on the northern side of the Torrens is also closed.

Users are being directed around the construction zone with advance warning and directional signs in place on both sides of the river. Cyclists are asked to dismount when approaching the front of the Festival Centre.

Click here to view the site map.

For more information about the Riverbank redevelopment, click here.

SOUTHERN EXPRESSWAY ROAD WORKS - MAJORS ROAD
The $407.5 million duplication of the Southern Expressway will deliver an 18.5 km multi-lane, two-way expressway between Bedford Park and Old Noarlunga by mid-2014.

From 13 March 2013 Majors Road bridge, that crosses the existing Southern Expressway, will be closed to traffic whilst the bridge is extended to accommodate the duplicated Expressway. This bridge will reopen in November 2013.

Click here for more information, plus further information about the reopening of Seacombe Bridge.

Regular Enews

Upcoming events:
25 August - Grand Slam Challenge Series #4 - Strathalbyn
19 - 26 October - Annual Tour - Kangaroo Island - SOLD OUT
3 November - Amys Ride SA - Flinders University - Adelaide
24 November - Gear Up Girl SA - Elder Park - Adelaide

Free Rides Programme - proudly supported by RAA
Each year, over 1,500 organised rides are delivered as part of Bike SA's free Rides Programme.
Download the current Free Rides Programme here

RAA Ride of the week

30/30 Beach Streak - Thursday 11 July

6:00 PM, Henley Square, Henley Beach.
Start at 6:15 pm.

Join the 30kph average
for 30km or the 35kph average for 30km
graduates (40kph often).

Refreshments at the Adelaide Sailing Club, West Beach,
afterwards.

Call Dean 0402 816 741

2013 Bike Maintenance Courses now open:

Advanced Bike Maintenance 14 July 2013
Basic Bike Care: 13 August 2013
Comprehensive Bike Care 17 August 2013
Gears and Brakes:10 September 2013 

Click to download the 2013 registration form.

Enews stories

HOW DOES NEW MOTOR VEHICLE LEGISLATION AFFECT BIKE RIDERS 

New legislation will affect cyclists involved in accidents that are seeking compensation. 

In order to understand the legal talk, Andersons Solicitors have outlined exactly what this new legislation means in their LawTalk Blog. They believe that Government has "created an entirely new" and "unnecessarily complicated system" of assessing claims. Make sure you read about the new changes.

If you're member of Bicycle SA, you can sleep in peace. You'll have the security of third party and personal accident insurance, whether you're riding for work, for fun or for training, seven days a week anywhere in Australia and NZ. Not only do you get insurance but you'll also save money in bike stores and on Bike SA events and activities. Members also receive a free first interview and 10% discount on a range of legal services including vehicle accidents with Andersens Solicitors.

Not a Bike SA member yet? Join the Bike SA community here.

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$500,000 OF BIKE IMPROVEMENTS: NORWOOD, PAYNEHAM & ST PETERS CYCLE STRATEGY 

We need your support for an important cycling plan, which could see up to $500,000 spent on improving cycling routes across three Adelaide councils. 

The council-wide bike strategy, prepared by consultants InfraPlan in partnership with Bicycle SA, proposes about $500,000 of work to improve cycling routes. (You can read about it on AdelaideNow.)

What's in the plan? The work includes a bike boulevard along Beulah Rd to connect Burnside Council's bike super-route with the city, and a super-route from Church St, Marden, to Second Ave, St Peters. Improved bike lanes are planned for Eighth Ave, St Peters, Richmond St, College Park/Hackney, The Parade, Norwood, Osmond Tce, Norwood, and The Parade West, Kent Town.

The plan also recommends reducing speed limits along popular cycling routes, installing traffic calming devices and better signage, reconfiguring roundabouts and improving crossings at main roads and council boundaries. Establishing a community advisory group and education programs to improve attitudes towards cycling have also been suggested as part of the plan.

The 2011 census found that almost 1400 NP&SP residents ride their bike to work. The council, which is yet to allocate any funding to the work, will release the strategy for public consultation this week.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is seeking your comments on the plan which has been developed to improve the safety of cyclists, and to encourage more people to get on their bike. To download a copy of the draft plan and for details on how to provide feedback, please visit the council website. You can also drop into Bike SA to look at a hard copy of the plan. 

The community's feedback, and your feedback to this draft strategy is vital as none of the recommendations are guaranteed to pass. 

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CHILDREN RIDING TO SCHOOL POLL 

Do you have children? Do you let them cycle unaccompanied? Help Bike SA by answering some questions in an online poll.

We're currently running a poll to uncover what are some of the biggest barriers to children cycling. Even though South Australia has the highest level of children on bikes in Australia, we believe that there can always be more done to help improve conditions.

If you live in South Australia and have children, please complete this online poll. It will only take a few minutes.  Forward it on to any friends you may have that would also be interested so that we can collect as much information as we need. 

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RIDING IN THE BUS LANE 

Priority bus lanes copped some bad press last week, being blamed for slower commute times for drivers. 

RAA's senior mobility manager Mark Borlace is quoted as saying "If the performance of these lanes is indicative of how they are going to be and the Government doesn't improve public transport, then we should go back to the status quo (and remove them). These bus lanes don't appear well planned and we don't want to see any more rolled out." (Make sure you Read the Advertiser story here.)

For cyclists in the city on a bike the priority bus lanes can present a clearer, easier space to ride devoid of other vehicles, except of course buses and traffic turning left. Clearly commuters and other cyclists benefit from safe and separate infrastructure that allows them to get from A to B without risk of coming into conflict with inattentive drivers. While priority bus lanes may have a marginal affect on driver travel times, they support the efforts to get more people out of cars and onto public transport, or, in our case, onto bikes. And more often than not, riding a bike across the CBD is a lot quicker than driving.

Find out about more about commuting by bike on our website.

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LOVE YOUR RIDE: EXCLUSIVE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY 

Adelaide's most widely distributed cycling magazine will be published this October. Have a chat to us if you want your business to be a part of it.

The next edition of Bike SA's Love Your Ride magazine will be issued with all copies of The Advertiser on Friday, October 11. This 24-page colour magazine will be full of stories written by The Advertiser journalists covering a range of cycling topics, from bike lanes and health benefits, to cycle-friendly communities and tourism. The magazine finds its way to over 494,000 readers, reaching over 70,000 people that regularly get on their bike.

The next Love Your Ride will be packed with features relevant to people contemplating getting that old bike out of the shed as well as to those who ride every day. Bike SA will also distribute copies through bike shops and cafes around Adelaide. If you or your business would like to use this unique opportunity to promote your activities, then email michael.bridge@bikesa.asn.au or call 8168 9999. You can read earlier editions of Love Your Ride on the Bike SA website.

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SECURE CBD PARKING

Want to park you bike in the CBD but are worried about it getting stolen? Adelaide City Council has installed new secure bicycle parking. 

As part of the Bicycle Action Plan, Adelaide City Council has installed secure bicycle storage facilities at several of the city UParks. New to UParks is Secure Bike Storage available in an enclosed cage area with individual lockers for your gear. Situated at UPark on Rundle and UPark at Central Market these cages are accessible using a swipe card and the lockers are lockable although the locks are not provided. Situated at UPark on Wyatt and UPark at Light Square these cages are accessible using a swipe card and the lockers have key locks with key supplied.

These facilities cost $30.00 per month. Alternatively, bike cage facilities are available at UPark Topham and Wyatt at a cost of $21.66 per month, per cage. Cages are accessible using a swipe card. Similarly, bike lockers are available at UPark Rundle, Central Market, Gawler Place and Wyatt at a cost of $15 per month. Bike lockers are accessible using a key. All UParks continue to offer the use of free, undercover bike racks for cyclists. Cyclists will however need to provide own security i.e. bike lock. For specific information about each location, visit the Upark Website and click on the parking location you'd like to use. If you have any questions about reserving a space, call 8203 7203. 

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ST JOHN TO LAUNCH TAILORED MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID COURSE

There's a new first aid course out there exclusively for Mountain Bike Riders. Bike SA members receive a more than 10% discount.

After identifying the growing popularity of mountain biking in South Australia, and the risks involved with off road riding, St John Ambulance SA has launched the first mountain bike specific first aid course designed for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers. Mountain biking injuries often occur in isolated areas with minimal first aid equipment available, and that's why St John first aid trainer Simon Goodwin has designed the course to be as realistic as possible.

"The environments where mountain bike accidents happen are far removed from a warm, carpeted, classroom floor, and the situation can rapidly overwhelm the person providing first aid because it's nothing like the environment where they learnt their first aid skills." Simon said.

"The St John mountain bike specific course is delivered in a realistic mountain biking situation and setting. We expect this will lead to greater retention of skills, and the confidence to deal with life threatening injuries in a remote environment where medical support could be hours away."

About the Course: Extreme Sports FA - Mountain Bike - HLTFA302C

This two-day course is designed to equip those individuals who use Mountain Bikes as an employment tool or social activity that takes them to isolated areas, with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply ongoing care, over a prolonged period of time, to an ill/injured casualty.

  • Price: Bike SA Members $255 (normally $285)
  • Next course: 27 & 28 July
  • More information:  Visit their website or book now on 1300 360 455 to receive the Bike SA member price.

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10,000 BIKE HIRES AND 7.6 MILLION CALORIES BURNT 

Adelaide's City Bikes have been making headlines in the past couple of weeks. Tourists are indeed flocking to the scheme.  

Adelaide City Bikes is a successful partnership between Bike SA and Adelaide City Council, the City of Charles Sturt and the City of Unley, offering free bikes, locks and helmets all day, every day. The scheme has featured a lot in recent press including making the front page of the City Messenger. Bike hires are up almost 50% (10,000 hires) and the scheme is ripe for expansion. 

For a snapshot of the facts and figures check out this infrographic we made. 

If you want to come in and rent an Adelaide City Bike, click here. 

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GRAND SLAM #4: MAKE YOUR RIDE COUNT IN STRATHALBYN 

It may be mid-winter but there's no denying the days are getting that little bit longer. Time for a 'Grand Slam' ride. 

Everyone who's willing and able is welcome to participate in the next Grand Slam ride on Sunday 25 August. Mark it in your diary now and prepare for the challenge, which is to ride one or both of the unique 75km loops, starting and finishing in Strathalbyn. The loops will showcase some of the best of the Fleurieu, from the climbs around Macclesfield to the flats around Finniss.

Don't forget that the Heart Foundation supports the Grand Slam Challenge Series and there's a great opportunity to make your ride count even further by helping to raise funds. Click here for more information including some great fundraising incentives courtesy of AvantiPlus.

Find out more and register for the Grand Slam series here.

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THE DREAM OF THE CAR IS OVER

Is the dream of the car over? According to Monash University, it may well be. 

Petrol prices are soaring, parking prices are on the up and cars aren't getting any cheaper. Conversation has plugged a fascinating piece about our love affair with the automobile and how despite big advertising, our obession with cars in Australia might just be coming to an end.

"These days, driving a car is sadly neither exciting nor liberating. More frequently it is mundane, unproductive and frustrating," writes Jason Thompson from Monash University.

We suggest you read his article and make some comments.

Feel free to join in the conversation with Bicycle SA on Twitter and Facebook. We'd love to hear what you think. 

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NEW RULES FOR ELECTRIC BIKES 

Electric bicycles may be set to boom 

Electric bicycles could be set for growth in South Australia, with legislation to be introduced this year to increase the maximum power of the motor-assisted cycles from 200 watts to 250 watts.

Bike SA had a chat to the media about the new legislation which we think is good news.

"It will bring Australia more into the international market - more on a par with the European Community," said Bike SA's CEO, Christian Haag.  

Read the full story at InDaily.

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BELAIR SHUTTLE ENDS THIS SATURDAY

The free shuttle along the belair rail line will end this weekend. We hope cyclists have enjoyed the free service.  

Bike SA's delivery of the Transport Deparment's free shuttle between Mitcham and Blackwood for passengers and bikes will end this Saturday, with the Belair rail line set to re-open from Sunday. Read the Messenger story here.

For more information about the rail service contact 1300 311 108 or www.adelaidemetro.com.au

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RIVER BANK PRECINCT REDESIGN

Make sure those that ride their bike along the riverbank precinct aren't forgotten.  

Plans are out for Adelaide's Greater Riverbank Precinct. Until July 31, you can provide your feedback online here.

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