Some residents alongside planned cycle routes are concerned
cyclists will actually be less safe on the roads.
Silverton St resident Tubby Hopkins said one design he had
seen for his street had a cycleway between the footpath and
parked cars and at risk from passengers opening doors.
Silverton St is included in the next stage of the routes to
be built, once the council had finished the contentious final
section of stage one.
That section - the St Clair end of Victoria Rd - sparked a
flurry of public debate last week after plans to build the
cycleway on the dunes was dropped in favour of an alternative
proposal to use the road.
Mr Hopkins said he and another resident had met council staff
to air their concerns and believed there might now be some
changes being made.
''In many cases I believe that more hazards will be created
for cyclists, vehicles and pedestrians than exist at
Transport planning manager Sarah Connolly was in Adelaide
yesterday for a cycling conference but senior traffic
engineer Ron Minnema said he did not think a decision had
been made on Silverton St.
''I can assure you safety is definitely looked at and in fact
is a very big thing for us. The last thing we want to do is
build anything and actually increase the risk because that is
not our objective.''
Council safe and sustainable travel co-ordinator Charlotte
Flaherty said organised rides were being conducted around the
new routes to show people how to use them safely.