Why we need high visibility green zones in the Morphett Street bike lane.

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Comment by Simon Lownsborough on March 31, 2011 at 23:07
well snapped don. Situation demonstrated.
Comment by P'An-Tau Jiricek-Scott on September 10, 2010 at 11:43
The really visual thing I noticed is the wear on the paint lines where the tyres constantly cross into the bike lane. There's two very distinct points where the white line fades. Just proves how much it actually happens.
Comment by heather on September 7, 2010 at 0:47
Road Repair, the pictured corner in Glenelg looks awful. (I saw your photo elsewhere.)
A cyclist could be sandwich paste between a vehicle and stobie pole.
Have you measured the bicycle lane width on the corner? It looks less than 1.2m which is the bicycle operating envelope width given by Austroads. This could give you more ammunition to ask, not for green paint, but the solution in Duthy Street, Unley, where the bicycle path temporarily detours through the footpath.
Let me know how your lobbying progresses.
Comment by heather on September 7, 2010 at 0:40
This all started when someone posted about a new green bicycle lane in Adelaide.

I thought, just what I want on the eastern side of Morphett Street, where cars cut the blind corner between Hindley and Currie Streets. The ACC responded to my request that the road was straight here and did not fit the guidelines for coloured bicycle lanes. So I inspected the eastern side of this long bicycle lane which starts at Fitzroy Terrace and ends at South Terrace. Found some more cyclist safety issues. Started a discussion on AC and Snappy Don kindly did the video (at a different corner). I was amazed when I saw that it was even worse than I thought.

A few people have now emailed ACC. If you have issues on this long bicycle lane, especially on the western side which I did not critique, now is the time for you to contact ACC.
Comment by Jonathon G on September 6, 2010 at 23:12

I regularly ride through this square and laughed at the sheer volume of cars, buses, vans and trucks cutting that corner. They just keep coming, LOL.
Comment by snappy_don on September 2, 2010 at 10:34
Thanks Sophia
My feelings exactly.
I'm not trying to do a "current affair'' beat-up on this, but words alone didn't come close to demonstrating the danger in this corner. Even after I'd filmed and edited this myself, seeing those close-ups of wheels running across the gutter turned my stomach. And it can be so easily improved...
Comment by Sophia MacRae on September 1, 2010 at 20:21
Hi Snappy Don

Leaving the content and the message of your video completely to one side for the moment - I would like to comment on the production.

It is striking to see how the effective use of media (images, music, editing, text) can really increase the impact of a message, by touching not only the head, but the senses and the inside emotions. It may not always have the effect you hope for, but it definitately has more of an effect than simple words.

Bicycle advocacy would benefit from more use of creative media, to get our messages out to many people via many different channels, and different idioms (literal, verbal, visual, musical, emotional, rational, the whole spectrum!)

Thanks for putting this together.

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