Esplanade Bike Lane Scrapped

After months of back and forth, a decision to remove the controversial bike lane on Darwin’s Esplanade was unanimously supported at a Darwin Council meeting last night.

As it stands the bike lane sits between the curb and parked cars, leaving bike riders with no other option than to dodge opening passenger doors.

Back in October, the council opted to keep the lane, improving safety by adding a 500 millimetre buffer and widening it. Changes also included the narrowing of car parking spaces to 2.2m wide and the remove of car spaces around T-intersections.

Last night’s unanimous decision to scrap the Esplanade bike lane entirely will cost the council more than $10,000.

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim was one of five aldermen who back flipped on the lane, despite voting in support of a lane a month ago.

“It was clear to me that the community really didn’t understand the way the bicycle path should be working,” she said. “There was such a high level of discontent with the cycle path that I felt it was time to basically put it to bed.” Mayor Fong Lim told NT News. .

A future separated lane isn’t out of the question, with the council also voting to commission a report to look into alternatives.

Bicycle Network Chief Executive Officer Craig Richards said that it’s always disappointing to see the progress of facilities, paths and lanes for bike riders go backwards.

“It’s always disappointing to see bike lanes removed without a clear commitment to replace them with something better,” Mr Richards said.

Darwin has a great opportunity to become one of the world’s great bike cities so we welcome the council’s decision to prepare a report into a proper separated path along this iconic section of Darwin City.

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Position of Development Manager NT – Bicycle Network

Interested in a great job that will help the Territory become more cycle friendly?
Bicycle Network is advertising the position of Development Manager for Bicycle Network NT. Check out the link below

https://bicyclenetwork.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=1

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Urgent Closure of Midpul Bridge

URGENT NOTICE
Due to the discovery of power and water’s sewer lines running directly under a major pylon footing of the Midpul Bridge (cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Stuart Highway), the closure of the bridge and consequent rediversion of the existing cycleway has been postponed until further notice.
Engineers are currently working on the required works to divert the water and sewer lines.
The timing for the closure of the bridge for upgrade Is dependant on the timing of the rectification works and the new date for closure will be notified as soon as possible.
We do apologise for any inconvinience caused because of the delay.

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Ride to Work Day – Darwin

Hi All

Ride to Work Day is Wednesday 12 October.  Time to celebrate and encourage others to  ride for the first time.

In Darwin, check out the map or the travelling routes and meeting points for the Ride2Work Group Ride.

See 2016-ride2work-day-Darwin-poster

 

In Alice, join the Council breakfast on the Civic Centre Lawns between 6:30 and 8:30.  Free bicycle-powered smoothies are available.

See 2016-ride2work-day-alice-poster

 

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Bicycle NT and Bicycle Network join forces

Bicycle NT is joining forces with Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, Bicycle Network, in a move to further strengthen bike advocacy in the territory and advance bike riding nationally.

With Bicycle Network boasting more than 52,000 members, the merger between the two organisations will see Bicycle NT transform into Bicycle Network NT, strengthening its position locally while expanding Bicycle Network’s national reach and influence.

Bicycle Network CEO, Craig Richards, said the decision to merge was logical, with both organisations sharing a strong friendship as well as a vision to build a nation of bike riders.

“The merger is a really exciting time for both Bicycle Network and Bicycle NT as it opens up so many possibilities and further strengthens the voice of people who ride bikes,” Mr Richards said.

Mr Richards added that the newly formed Bicycle Network NT will provide a great platform to improve conditions for people who ride bikes in the NT, opening the territory up to stronger advocacy and the expansion of national behaviour change programs.

“NT boasts one of the highest cycling participation rates in the country, but there’s still plenty more that can be done to improve infrastructure and rider safety so that even more people can get active through bike riding.”

“We can’t wait to share our knowledge with the NT, expanding our successful behaviour change programs like Ride2School and most importantly, learn what has and hasn’t worked from the local bike riding community.”

Bicycle NT’s Clive Pesavento said that the organisation welcomes the expertise and resources that Bicycle Network will bring to the Territory.

“The merger will permit existing programs to be expanded and new programs initiated, which will benefit Territorians. It will also enable the new branch to be more proactive and respond to issues more effectively,” Mr Pesavento said.

Pedals NT Executive Officer Jason Bremmer also welcomed the merger while taking the time to thank Bicycle NT for their tireless work advocating for the Territory’s bike riders.

“Pedals NT welcomes Bicycle Network to the Northern Territory, strengthening advocacy for all Northern Territory cyclists,” Mr Bremmer said.

“The new ‘Bicycle Network NT’ will build on the work done by Bicycle NT and provide a strong voice for cyclists across the NT. Pedals NT is excited by the increased support this change will bring to the Territory cycling alliance and looks forward to working closely with Bicycle Network NT.”

Under the merger agreement, Bicycle NT will become Bicycle Network NT where Bicycle NT’s board will become a State Committee and will continue to monitor operations and local projects in the NT. Bicycle Network NT will also employ a staff member to be a key liaison with the committee.

Mr Richards said that with offices in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and now NT, Bicycle Network is strengthening its already strong representation of riders across Australia.

“This merger will definitely help us in our mission to improve the health of all Australians by getting even more people of all ages out on their bikes and active,” Mr Richards added.

“With bike riding more popular than ever, we’re well on our way to building a nation of bike riders.”

 

Supported by more than 52,000 members nationally, Bicycle Network is Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation. Through membership, advocacy, behaviour change programs and events, Bicycle Network strives to solve Australia’s physical inactivity crisis by making it easier for everyone to ride a bike. To find out more visit bicyclenetwork.com.au.

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Ride to Work Day – Alice Springs

Ride to Work Day is on 12 October this year. Alice Springs Town Council is hosting Ride2Work Day event on the Civic Centre Lawns between 6:30 and 8:30.  Free bicycle-powered smoothies are available.

See 2016-ride2work-day-alice-poster

By riding to work on October 12th, you’re showing your support for cycling in Alice Springs and joining over 40,000 cycling commuters nationally.

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Darwin Lord Mayor’s Summit and Survey

For Darwinians: Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim is holding a CBD Summit on 6 October with key stakeholders to identify positive actions to improve the vitality of the Darwin CBD. People are invited to contribute via a survey, which does not mention walkability or bikability.

Tell the Council that walking and cycling make a city vibrant and attractive by doing the survey here

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Register for 2016 Super Tuesday bike count

Super Tuesday bike count is on 6 September 2016 from 6-30 to 8-30. Counters are needed in Alice, Katherine, Palmerston and Darwin.

$50 going to your favourite charity or your membership to the Bicycle Network… Click here to register.

 

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NT Super Tuesday bike count results

Results of the NT wide bike count that took place in September are showing an increase in  riding in Palmerston, Alice and Katherine but a decrease in Darwin.

In comparison to the other regional cities counted this year (riders per hour/10,000 residents) Alice, Palmerston, Katherine and Darwin are again the highest of the 14 locations counted!

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New bike path for Alice Springs

A new 5 kilometre path from Blain St to the Alice Springs Desert Park and then on to Flynn’s Grave is going to be built as part of the Alice Springs Paths Connectivity Project.

The 2.4 metres wide concrete pathway will take visitors “cross country” on parts of the greater area of the Alice Springs Desert Park. Currently visitors can access only the core area of the Park. The new path opens up areas that have previously been reasonably inaccessible. The path will provide beautiful open views of the MacDonnell Ranges. Read More »

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