How can we create a more walkable and cyclable city?

almost 4 years ago

After reading Discussion Paper 2 - Sharing street space, what do you think of our potential options for the future?

  • Greywig about 8 years ago
    There are some great ideas in this paper, especially those concerning cycling. If we want to increase the number of people getting around by bikes, it has to appeal to the majority of the population who at the moment do not ever use a bike. It needs to be different from what we have now. That means making it feel safe. Segregated lanes like those pictured in figures 12 and 13 on page 12 of the Discussion Paper are the way to do it.Also, the Street Type Spectrum on page 6 is brilliant. It is unnecessary to have a blanket 40km/h speed limit across the CBD. Some streets (shared spaces like Leigh Street) require an even slower speed limit while other (like West Terrace) can easily stay at 50 or 60 km/h.Totally agree with strategies 2.2 to 2.6. Same with rebalancing the streets and activating laneways.Allowing cyclists to mount the pathway in "hazardous locations" should arguably unnecessary if we have done the work to make a seamless network around the city.
  • Peter Lumb about 8 years ago
    I would like to see all the streets and lanes of (say) 7 meters or less become well calmed and greened shared use 10kph zones. Almost all these city streets include on street parking, and the current speed limit of 50kph for them is anachronistic. Cyclists, pedestrians and public transport need more space and priority in the city where private motor vehicles proportionally take up too much of the limited road resource, and discourage walking, cycling and public transport use. The city is unlikely to become more walkable and cyclable unless on and off street car parking is reduced, and unless buses and taxis are given greater access on streets like Grenfell/Currie Street (perhaps give buses and taxis a segregated 2 lines each way at all times, as they need to pull in and out from the kerb as well as travel past buses and taxis which are picking up or setting down passengers.The case for a 40kph limit on streets apart from lane-ways seems overwhelming. City streets are exceptionally complex and busy streets for many hours each day - more complex than suburban streets, and this complexity should mean a lower limit than in most suburban streets.I was impressed to read about the hyper city model. It appeals to me as a city resident.
  • IanBuckland about 8 years ago
    How about making the city and North Adelaide more pedestrian friendly by visually reminding drivers when they are crossing over a footpath at driveways to car parks and shops ? Paving these areas in a visually striking color or stencilling 'Give Way To Pedestrians' on the area may be the way to do it.Half the time, drivers seem to believe they have right of way over pedestrians.
  • scq7 about 8 years ago
    '…..a network of feeder cycle lanes from the inner rim suburbs, long-distance cycle routes (including the Greenways) from the middle and outer suburb.' – pg8, Discussion Paper 1 - Managing the network.ISSUE: Currently the feeder cycle lanes from the park land & linear park do not ‘plug in’ to the city cycle lane network effectively. The poor design of these key interfaces negatively impact cycling ‘flow’ & safety.EXAMPLE: Travel east on linear park path towards Pinky Flat.The issue is that it is difficult to go under Morphett St bridge & then loop back up to join the cycle lane on the bridge to cross the TorrensSOLUTION: Get on a bicycle. Follow the route in this example. Realise that a small extension of the path looping back up to the bridge, coupled with a change to the kerb configuration on the east side of the bridge, would allow safe entry to the cycle lane and continued cycling flow.LESSON: I am convinced that many people responsible for planning our transport network do so behind a desk & do not 'get down to the coal face' to experience these cycling infrastructure problems first hand. Collect all the examples from this excellent community engagement/feedback web site, get on a bicycle and visit every single site that is highlighted by the respondents - the problems and their solutions will sometimes be obvious & easy quick wins.