Brighton Road bike lane

08 April 2014

The state government recently announced that it will install bicycle lanes on Brighton Road, from Jetty Road, Glenelg, through to Clubhouse Road, Seacliff Park.

The bicycle lanes on this section of Brighton Road will operate from 7.00 am to 10.00 am in the morning and from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the afternoon. While I am supportive of better cycling infrastructure around the state, I strongly believe that the hours of operation for this bike lane are too long.

The state government recently announced that it will install bicycle lanes on Brighton Road, from Jetty Road, Glenelg, through to Clubhouse Road, Seacliff Park.

The bicycle lanes on this section of Brighton Road will operate from 7.00 am to 10.00 am in the morning and from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the afternoon. While I am supportive of better cycling infrastructure around the state, I strongly believe that the hours of operation for this bike lane are too long.

Preventing people from parking on Brighton Road for seven hours each day will negatively impact small businesses that front Brighton Road, many of which do not have designated parks nearby. At a time when the state's economic situation is bleak, we need to be doing everything we can to support our small businesses, rather than hindering their ability to trade!

I drive up and down Brighton Road every day and I know that peak traffic periods on this road are particularly intense around the times we would know as 'rush hour', from 7.30 am - 8.30 am and from 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm. If the aim of the bicycle lane is to create a clear way at times of peak traffic, I support this. But why extend this so far into business hours?

Another point is that a good network of bike lanes exists in Adelaide known as Green Ways. These extend through suburban side streets from the southern suburbs through to Adelaide, often following main transport corridors such as the Seaford rail line and the Glenelg tram line.  These are safer riding corridors which are much quieter, greener and likely to provide a much more pleasant journey than on a main arterial road such as Brighton Road.

Many small business operators have contacted me about this matter and I am more than happy to take up their cause. I have written to the Minister for Transport raising these concerns and you can download a copy of the letter here.

My position
I support better cycling infrastructure, but question whether Brighton Road is a safe place to cycle with or without bike lanes. Further, I believe that the proposed hours of operation for these bike lanes are over-the-top. A better option, which would be acceptable to small businesses, would be to have cycle lanes installed and operate them one way (north in the morning, south in the afternoon) between 7.00 am and 9.00 am and between 5.00 pm and 6.30 pm.