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Adelaide City Council’s new by-laws put cycle parking in the firing line. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom.
The council floated changes to some of its by-laws, with the potential to impact a range of activites from the chaining of bicycles to placing leaflets on car windscreens and playing street cricket.
As imagined, the bicycle community was a little worried. Following concerns raised on the BikeSA Facebook page, Adelaide City Council posted this response:
“As a result of yesterdays article in the newspaper and subsequent media coverage, we would like to clarify our position: council has no intention of fining people for locking bikes to poles.The intent of the proposed by-law is to enable council to request bicycle owners to move their bike if it is parked dangerously and posing a risk to the safety members of the community, or has the potential to damage council or private property.
We have listened to feedback, and have modified the proposed By-Law to include "...where it may cause inconvenience or damage or access past the bicycle is limited..." to clarify council’s position. This is not about "fining" people, it's about community safety.Our Smart Move Strategy is about encouraging transport options, including cycling. We hope this clarifies any concerns people have.”
Phew... Councils should be encouraging cycling, not discouraging it.
“This is a sensible response from Council but it does highlight the fundamental frustration shared by cyclists that there is insufficient bike-appropriate parking across the city," explains CEO Christian Haag.
"If there was sufficient resources dedicated to this are riders would not have to chain their bikes to poles.”
Indeed we would!