Archive for November 15, 2011

Connecting Adelaide

I’m a commuter cyclist and a recreational cyclist. As a recreational cyclist I like to ride early in the morning when there are less cars or out into the Adelaide Hills/along the coast on the weekends.

As a commuter cyclist and someone who likes to help motivate other people to cycle I tend to be a bit of an advocate for safer roads and better cycle pathways.

Recently I was in Sydney and stumbled across a really great cycle pathway. It was separated from the road, it was dedicated and it was two way. There were also sections where you could exit and enter the cycleway.
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My vision for the future of cycling in metropolitan Adelaide is to see a representative from each metropolitan council being a member of a planning organisation. This organisation would exist to perform the following tasks:

  • ensuring that cycle pathways are connected between council areas, so that the transition is seamless
  • standardised sign-age across councils
  • the establishment of some well lit high-speed cycling highways that are car free, with a fast surface and no pedestrians
  • community consultation for cycle route planning
My commute from the city to home takes me through Adelaide City Council, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council, Burnside Council and Campbelltown Council, all in a 10 km commute. The route that I take home is roughly like this:
I’d like to see these councils talking to each other and having a better understanding of how people travel between council areas. I’d like to see better communication and positive change. I’d like to see more people cycling more often.

Significant trees

I’m a new resident in the Hartley electorate (as of the 20th of October) and I live in Magill.

My landlord has had a development application approved (last year) to have a significant tree removed. When I applied to the real estate agent to rent this house there was no mention of the fact that the tree would be cut down.

This tree is a magnificent multi branch weeping fig with a circumference of over 4 metres. I cannot believe that the Campbelltown Council has approved the removal of this tree and I can’t believe that the real estate agent did not mention this at the time of application. I have received notice this morning that the landlord wishes to have the tree cut down this coming Saturday. According to Consumer and Business Services landlords have an obligation to ensure that the tenant is given reasonable peace, comfort and privacy whilst living in the property. I believe that the removal of this tree will mean that there is not reasonable comfort or privacy as the tree is on the north face and street side of the property and provides important shade.

Why is there nothing that I can do about this?