Bicycle Institute of SA


Bicycle Institute of SA

BISA is a voluntary, not-for profit association that exists to advocate for a safe and pleasant cycling environment in South Australia. Established in 1974, BISA has been a strong advocate for cyclists in South Australia for over 30 years.

Location: Adelaide
Members: 63
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2016

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Adelaide City Council can get developers to maintain the Frome Bikeway, but not its own staff

Started by Ian Radbone, BISA committee Aug 3, 2016. 0 Replies

Notice that the Frome Bikeway is blocked from Carrington to Angas?  This is while ACC is doing footpath repairs.Cyclists are told to dismount - along the road, I guess.  They haven't even cut the speed limit while this is happening.  The Bikeway has…Continue

AGM report: new chairperson and move to free membership agreed

Started by Gus May 15, 2014. 0 Replies

Last night's AGM yielded some significant changes to the Bicycle Institute. In short we would like announce and welcome new chair Ian Radbone and extend our gratitude for the work Jeremy Miller has done in his long tenure as chair. Thankfully Jeremy…Continue

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Community grants for safer, greener, more active travel

Started by heather Feb 13, 2012. 0 Replies

The department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is offering grants for groups and organisations to deliver small scale projects that promote safer, greener and more active travel choices. Projects can focus on improving road safety, getting…Continue

cycling conference & call for abstracts of papers

Started by heather Dec 28, 2011. 0 Replies

WOCREF 2012 (World Cycling Research Forum) will be held at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands on 13 & 14-Sep-2012.The Call for Abstracts for papers and presentations is released from the organiser and convenor Stu Clement with…Continue

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Comment by Gus on October 10, 2013 at 14:09

The Bicycle Institute made a feedback submission on behalf of our members to the Adelaide City Council on their plans for second stage of the Frome Street Bikeway. Thanks to committee members, especially Fay and Ian, for their work.

You can download and read the document here.

The council are seeking feedback on Stage three. Do you have an opinion? Let us know.

Comment by Gus on September 9, 2013 at 11:50


There are still some tables free for the Bicycle Institute 'Wheels of Fortune' quiz night this Friday at the Community Bike Workshop, Plympton.

$15 a head. Form a team of 8 (or so) and book in ASAP. The Bicycle Institute advocates for better and safer cycling in SA.

We'd love to see you there.

Comment by Gus on June 26, 2013 at 13:12

The Winter edition of Pedal Update is now online for reading (embedded above). Members will get theirs in the mail soon.


Comment by Gus on April 11, 2013 at 15:34

The latest edition of Pedal Update is out now.

Read it online here (or embedded above) or members can expect theirs in the mail soon.

Comment by Gus on April 11, 2013 at 13:15

Notice: Bicycle Institute, SA annual general meeting

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th May at 7pm at the Conservation Council, Level 1, 157 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

Members and other interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

The thoughts, experiences and concerns of our members are welcome at any time.  These can be presented at the AGM, or our normal monthly meetings (let us know you’re coming to a monthly meeting), or by contacting the committee.

Chair                        Jeremy Miller            

Vice-chair                 Katie Gilfillan             

Secretary                  Nick Thomas              

Treasurer                  Stephen Janes           

Membership            Bonnie Dowling        


Committee               Angus Kingston         

                              Alan Sanderson        

                              Brian Jenkins             

                               Sophia MacRae         


Comment by Gus on October 8, 2012 at 20:04

The November 2012 of Pedal Update is available to read online. Hard copies will be mailed out in the next week or so.

Comment by heather on July 19, 2012 at 13:58

Title: Analysis of infringement data from fixed red light and speed cameras at signalised intersections in South Australia
Authors: Mackenzie JRR, Kloeden CN, Hutchinson TP (2012)
Abstract: Safety cameras are installed at some signalised intersections in South Australia. They photograph vehicles that enter the intersection after the signal has changed to red, or that exceed the speed limit by more than a selected amount. Infringement data at 21 safety camera sites in metropolitan Adelaide was used to track how disobey red light and speeding infringements changed during the first year of operation. It was found that both speeding and red light running decreased over time after the installation of a safety camera. Red light running decreased slowly over time, while speeding fell more rapidly. For the more serious levels of speeding, there was a more rapid fall in infringements during the first few weeks and a slower decline thereafter. Based on this, safety cameras appear to generate a worthwhile improvement in driver behaviour. The fact that continued reductions are seen during the first year of operation suggests that some learning on the part of drivers is occurring.
Go to for link to download.

Comment by stephen on May 5, 2012 at 19:03

This excellent article was recently published on the institute of public affairs website.

Australia's helmet law disaster's-helmet-law-disaster

"The Institute of Public Affairs is an independent, non-profit public policy think tank, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom."

Bike riding is in many countries a safe and important part of everyday transport but when you are forced to wear a helmet under threat of sanctions it puts more people into cars who may otherwise have ridden.

When you don't have helmet laws, many more people will ride - this is a video taken by some tourist in Germany for example notice there is less motor traffic and many people on bikes so it reduces motor traffic, pollution and congestion, saves allot of parking space and pedestrians and bike users are safer because  less people are driving.

People who are worried can wear a helmet if they want but they must recognise that other people should have the right to free choice without without the threat of sanctions.
It is by denying other people their rights that it actually makes it more dangerous for not only yourself but also everyone else including pedestrians , motorbike and scooter riders and other motor traffic.

Another example of this effect - around 170 pedestrians are killed each year by motor transport in Australia. People riding bicycles are not hurting other people yet are discouraged by helmet laws. The extra resultant motor traffic is likely  killing dozens of extra pedestrians and even some bike users every year because they discourage people from riding with uncomfortable and unnecessary mandatory head wear and therefore they drive instead even when riding is a perfectly good alternative for so many short journeys. In this case it is quite likely that the student probably lives near the school - they drive because the do-gooders nanny state laws discourage usage of the bicycle for transport.

Comment by heather on April 26, 2012 at 17:28

ACC seeks comments on its Integrated Movement Strategy 2011-2012.

More info at

Comment by Gus on March 28, 2012 at 22:32

The latest edition of Pedal Update is available to read online and, if you are a subscriber, printed copies with your complimentary copy of Treadlie Magazine will be in the mail in the next week.



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