I ride with the THOP guys, and am a big supporter of cycling.
I have been the Elected Councillor for The Park Ward in Mitcham Council for the past 2 years, and am standing again in the current election.
In that time, I've fought for and won a new Blackwood Masterplan.
I'll continue to fight to ensure Glenalta, Hawthorndene, Belair and surrounding suburbs are not forgotten by Mitcham Council, and to ensure that the Blackwood and Belair townships receive much-needed improvements to services and infrastructure.
I'll also work to protect the Mitcham Hills from bushfire risk, reduce council rates, revitalise Blackwood, and protect our environment and open spaces.
I'm a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I have the skills and background to get the best from Council for the Mitcham Hills.
Do watch out for the postal ballot on Monday 20th October, and consider me with your vote!
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So what are you specifically wanting to do or are actively doing to increase the modal share of bike riding and walking in your area? Things like reducing shortcutting, segregating roadway users along major routes, improving the Grange/Sussex Tce intersection and properly treating Sussex Tce for segregated infrastructure to make it into an important bike link, creating similar significant routes to the schools in the council area, lobbying for a better routes to and from the Blackwood/Belair area down the hill towards Mitcham and towards Marion. Lobbying for separated bike facilities and bridges over the new St Rd Freeway zone. Installing proper separated bike infrastructure down Shepherds Hill Rd to the hospital and uni, similarly down Ayliffes Rd for similar reasons. Lobbying for a bike route parallel to the train line down the hill (best gradient route and picks up Eden Hills Primary) and initiating proper school routes for primary school aged children.
C'mon, we all look forward to what our candidates have the intestinal fortitude to put in their campaigns.
I voted in support of fully funding the Mitcham Trails, for use by cyclists.
I voted in support of a motion for Mitcham apply to be a start or finish location for the Tour Down Under.
I am very willing to have the ideas you suggested above explored, and would happily move a motion for them to be looked at, with feasibility studies.
Trails:- Good. MTB riders would love to have more trails.
TDU:- MEH! Spend your money and effort in your local area to build a legacy of infrastructure rather than a one day flash in the pan. Evidence shows that the UCI events such as these don't increase the cycling levels of the general populous.
A suggestion: invite known vendors/reps of e-bikes and e-bike equipment to do regular weekend or Thursday/Friday sessions at the shopping centres. Maybe get the council to purchase 5 - 10 good quality e-bikes that can be booked for 24 hour trials. Make sure they are fitted with baskets or racks for shopping. I know that recumbent or upright trikes with e-assist could also prove to be of an interest. E-bikes help to flatten out the hills.
The other thing is to invest in wayfinding signage when you have a bicycle route worked out.
Hi Dave M,
I assume you are speaking about matters which are specifically regarding cycling?
One example, is I raised the matter of the unhelpful amount of tree foliage and bark on the roads in the hills, which was a real difficulty for cyclists. This led to an investigation that our contracted firm was not sufficiently performing, and a review quadrupled the level of cleanup on the hills roads.
I am consistently fighting for the prioritisation of footpath and road improvements in the hills.
I'm happy to consider further concerns put to me by cyclists, if you have some?
I can empathise with your comments, however I'd be interested to hear what solutions you might to remove gradients?
I'm not going to speak hot air - I don't have all the answers, but I am willing to hear possible solutions, and you can be sure I will vote on council for matters that a cycle-friendly! Not everyone will do that.
To see for yourself would be the best option. Make sure your brakes are in perfect order and then ride the track down to Lynton Station. The train will take you back to Belair. On the way down, contemplate the terror of being on a ridiculously steep slope faced by a right angle bend at the bottom. Have a look around and admire all the empty space that could have been used by the original path builders to fit in a couple more switchbacks. Then you'll understand the issues that cyclists have with the path.
Hi Dave M,
I do actually ride to work from time to time, so thanks for the affirmation. It has become more difficult since I drop the children at school these days. So the car is essential I'm afraid.
Glad you mentioned fixing Blackwood, as the proposer of the successful bid to generate a new MasterPlan for Blackwood, I am proud of my focus on this issue. I'm afraid you won;t get action without a plan in the real world.
I missed just one meeting whilst in the US for work, but if you looked through the records you would see that I am one of the best attenders not only at Council Meetings but a Briefings also.
Well thats certainly an innovative idea, though I'm afraid a blanket 25 km/h limit across the city is not feasible in the reality of life today.
If you have some other ideas which would have at least the slightest possibility of implementation, let me know.
40km/h is totally feasible on most non-arterial roads. Just ask Unley council.
Tim, I'm sorry, I have to chip in here. A car is NOT essential to drop the kids off at school. Take a look at cycling culture in Copenhagen and even other areas in Adelaide. Adult bikes can have tag along bikes, ute bikes. Electric assist cargo bikes.
The issue is that the car is seen as the easiest option and this mentality is stopping forward thinking in cycling infrastructure design.
The way forward is to work with people to develop cycling confidence to look at good way finding route markers and to promote an active community.