I ride with the THOP guys, and am a big supporter of cycling.
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Regarding that fence and gate (looking at Google Maps, I assume you mean between #40 and #42 Burnell Drive) - that looks like government land of some description. So what land acquisition would be required?
I'd hope times have changed. One problem is that when some people think "cyclists", they automatically think a large lycra-clad group. I suspect Burnell Drive would mainly attract commuters (who by and large ride alone and are quiet), because it'd be too narrow for a group ride of any size.
Yes that is council land and where I propose they allow bikes (currently walking only). The proposed land acquisition was further up the road (opposite centre way) and was designed to link to a more direct trail. It eliminated a steep narrow section of road at the base of Burnell.
"Leading" in council is slow, consultative and technical. Administration, and many Councilors, would love to find a feasible way to connect the hills, through Belair, to the plains with a sealed pathway. However (unlike Unley) we have steep terrain. When paths with a 15% gradient have been suggested for consultation, it has been widely rejected by cyclists. (To give you an idea New Belair Road is 9% at its worst). To get to the bottom of Burnell will require sections of 27% and 23% gradient. To create switch-back paths, will require around 30 switchbacks, just too much (impacting the area too greatly, and making the climb about 9 times longer).
I share your passion, and continue to provoke Administration, who are actively seeking alternative solutions.
Tim, I am not asking for a sealed path. I am just asking my local rep how we can get a small section of walking only trail converted to cycling trail? Nothing more, nothing less.
For the record I contacted all Councillors, I have the email support from 2, spoke to a third on the phone and am planning a meeting with a fourth. You were my local rep so thought it would be best to advance with you. I did also email you and the chief trails officer (who is currently on leave) at the time.
Tim, we're talking about dirt trails that already exist and are only asking that one section designated "walkers only" be re-designated to allow cyclists, and that the unfriendly gate at the bottom of Burnell Drive be removed.
Bump. I'd really like to hear a reply to this very modest request of Rob and Ruddager.
Another Councillor from another ward is actually raising a motion at this weeks council meeting. She rang me to discuss after the initial contact I made with Councillors and listened to what I had to say. Tim, can I assume to will be supporting it?
Just thought I'd post to express my concern about the plans for Blackwood roundabout. It's pretty unpleasant for cycling now, and a major division for pedestrians, but the "improvements" will make it worse. The larger size and wide lanes will increase traffic speeds, making crossing on foot harder. Cycling will become all but impossible for all but a hardy few.
I hope you can bring whatever influence you have to push for a re-think.
The roundabout is a DPTI project, and they ran the consultation, which has now concluded.
Further info will appear, but this is the latest: https://infrastructure.sa.gov.au/road_projects/blackwood_roundabout...
Can we please put "consultation" in the appropriate scare quotes? DPTI seem to be very bad at doing anything for cycling outside specific cycling projects these days...
You should invite the Marion mayor Kris Hanna to run some kind of leadership workshop for the Mitcham councillors.
He could tell you all about how the City of Marion stood up for their constituents and managed to get the Oaklands crossing grade separation project (a federal/state funded project) changed from an overpass to an underpass.
Somehow, I don't think they managed to do it by saying "not our job."
See my reply to Wayne below.