Flat to Vale Trail

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Consultation has concluded

Exciting news!

Council has approved which route the Flat to Vale Trail will take, following community engagement.

The Flat to Vale Trail will be a shared-use path connecting the townships of McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale for families, riders, walkers, runners and tourists.

Council consulted with the community on two trail routes in October and November, and the preferred option was a 3.6 kilometre alignment located on the northern side of Pedler Creek.

The route crosses eight individual parcels of land, so council will now negotiate and finalise land access arrangements with these private landowners, before completing detail and progressing to open tender and construction.

BACKGROUND

Proposed McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat Trail

Currently there is no pedestrian or cycle connection between McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale. Those travelling between the townships must drive or share the 80km/hour Chalk Hill or Kangarilla Roads, with the latter identified as both a freight and tourism route. The pedestrian and cycling connectivity is unsafe and arguably non-existent. Over the years Council has received numerous requests to improve the cycling connectivity between the townships.

The proposed Flat to Vale Trail encompasses a 2.5m wide off-road shared use path and use of existing road networks between the townships and aims to significantly improve the pedestrian/cycling safety and connectivity. It will also strengthen and support Onkaparinga as a cycle-friendly municipality for locals and visitor alike. Further, the proposed Flat to the Vale Trial also connects to the Coast to Vines Trail in McLaren Vale, which provides regional off-road cycling/pedestrians connections to Willunga, Darlington and Hallett Cove, as well as public transport hubs along those routes. The Flat to the Vale Trail provides an opportunity to strengthen our region as a cycling tourism destination further supporting and enhancing the wine, food and tourism experience.

The Flat to the Vale Trail Community Group, landowners and staff have collaborated to identify the following alignments for consideration by the community and landowners. A significant portion of the trail is located with local commercial vineyards on the northern side and significant native trees and Pedler Creek on the southern side - a very attractive section of the trail.

Alignment 1 is 4.2km long and illustrated by the yellow line on the proposed McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat Trail map. It notably includes a segment in the northern Kangarilla Road verge as well as a road crossing at the Kangarilla Road/Foggo Road intersection. The eastern end of the path is located on Chalk Hill Road and is shared with the McLaren Flat Country Fire Service.

Alignment 2 is 3.6km long and is located on the northern side of Pedler Creek as illustrated by the purple line in the map. Alignment 2 also includes a crossing point over Foggo Road. Alignment 2 is shorter and more direct and does not divert via Kangarilla Road.

Alignment 2 is considered the preferred route.

Consultation has closed. We thank the many people who provided feedback.

Exciting news!

Council has approved which route the Flat to Vale Trail will take, following community engagement.

The Flat to Vale Trail will be a shared-use path connecting the townships of McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale for families, riders, walkers, runners and tourists.

Council consulted with the community on two trail routes in October and November, and the preferred option was a 3.6 kilometre alignment located on the northern side of Pedler Creek.

The route crosses eight individual parcels of land, so council will now negotiate and finalise land access arrangements with these private landowners, before completing detail and progressing to open tender and construction.

BACKGROUND

Proposed McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat Trail

Currently there is no pedestrian or cycle connection between McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale. Those travelling between the townships must drive or share the 80km/hour Chalk Hill or Kangarilla Roads, with the latter identified as both a freight and tourism route. The pedestrian and cycling connectivity is unsafe and arguably non-existent. Over the years Council has received numerous requests to improve the cycling connectivity between the townships.

The proposed Flat to Vale Trail encompasses a 2.5m wide off-road shared use path and use of existing road networks between the townships and aims to significantly improve the pedestrian/cycling safety and connectivity. It will also strengthen and support Onkaparinga as a cycle-friendly municipality for locals and visitor alike. Further, the proposed Flat to the Vale Trial also connects to the Coast to Vines Trail in McLaren Vale, which provides regional off-road cycling/pedestrians connections to Willunga, Darlington and Hallett Cove, as well as public transport hubs along those routes. The Flat to the Vale Trail provides an opportunity to strengthen our region as a cycling tourism destination further supporting and enhancing the wine, food and tourism experience.

The Flat to the Vale Trail Community Group, landowners and staff have collaborated to identify the following alignments for consideration by the community and landowners. A significant portion of the trail is located with local commercial vineyards on the northern side and significant native trees and Pedler Creek on the southern side - a very attractive section of the trail.

Alignment 1 is 4.2km long and illustrated by the yellow line on the proposed McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat Trail map. It notably includes a segment in the northern Kangarilla Road verge as well as a road crossing at the Kangarilla Road/Foggo Road intersection. The eastern end of the path is located on Chalk Hill Road and is shared with the McLaren Flat Country Fire Service.

Alignment 2 is 3.6km long and is located on the northern side of Pedler Creek as illustrated by the purple line in the map. Alignment 2 also includes a crossing point over Foggo Road. Alignment 2 is shorter and more direct and does not divert via Kangarilla Road.

Alignment 2 is considered the preferred route.

Consultation has closed. We thank the many people who provided feedback.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Let us know if you have any questions - we'll get back to you within 48 hours during the business week.

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    Why not utilise the Kangarilla Road verge both sides there is sufficient space for a bike track either side and would not require acquiring private land. This would leave the Chalkhill track for walkers . Bikes belong on or close to roads not encroaching on those who wish to take a quiet walk and not dodge or get run over by bike riders in a hurry

    John W asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Regarding a shared path in the Kangarilla Road verge, the alignments presented connect to the existing shared path that links the Coast to Vines Trail with the McLaren Vale Sports Ground.

    Initial investigations did explore a shared path along Kangarilla Road between the Coast to Vines and McLaren Flat. At that time it was identified that a large stormwater drainage swale extends approximately 750m east from the Coast to Vines Trail in the northern Kangarilla Road verge and thereafter the road verge drops of significantly for a further 100m. The swale and steep verge present significant construction barriers which are compounded due to them being adjacent Kangarilla Road and its sweeping bend. While the barriers are not insurmountable, it would be a significant cost to cap the swale (which may also require upgrade of the swale in some sections to support the capping), significant retaining and traffic management, in addition to the costs associated with construction of the shared path itself.

    While sections of the remainder of northern Kangarilla Road verge (east of 139 Kangarilla Road) could accommodate a shared use, several large/significant trees would need to be removed as the path approaches McLaren Flat as well as significant works (and possible land acquisition) adjacent the Blewitt Springs/Kangarilla Road intersection. 

    It is also noted that Kangarilla Road is a ‘State Road’ under the care and control of the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT). Therefore construction of any new roadside pathways require support from DIT to ensure they would not impact upon the primary function of the road which is for the movement of vehicles. Preliminary discussion with DIT about potential construction of a shared pathway along a portion of Kangarilla Road as part of the proposed Flat to Vale Trail did not reveal any major concerns on their behalf, however they did note the preference would be for the trail to be located along a different alignment that was not adjacent to a busy, high-speed road.

    Chalk Hill Road is a made road and thereby the community can access it by foot, bicycle and vehicle currently. Chalk Hill Road also presents an improved amenity due to its lower traffic volume and speed limit compared to Kangarilla Road.

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    I am a cyclist and a frequent user of the Shiraz trail, typically travelling at speeds of 15-20kph. I share concerned resident's frustration with the behaviour of the small minority of inconsiderate high speed users but my experience is that the overwhelming majority of cyclists using the track do so at appropriate speed and with due consideration for other users. The provision of safe cycling infrastructure encourages us to be active and provides a positive long term health benefit for the community. In my view it would be a mistake to allow the inconsiderate behaviour of a small number of people to jeopardise this community benefit.

    Lawrie asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback - your comments will be incorporated.

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    Alignment 2 is by far the best option but if alignment 1 should get the go ahead would it best possible to have a large buffer zone between the main road and the track preferably planted with plenty of trees and shrubs as a protective and aesthetic shield

    Barryt21 asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Your comments regarding alignment 1 are noted. If alignment 1 is progressed the design will be in accord with Australian Standards and Austroads guidelines and will be  influenced by factors such as available space, land boundaries, clearance areas, traffic speed and volume.

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    I also agree with Jill Rice's question in relation to doggy bag poles and rubbish bins. McLaren Flat is a very dog sociable area and additional council support for dog walkers would be appreciated. With all this work being centered around walking trails in the area, I have two questions: 1. Is there any possibility that the Council would consider developing a large fenced off dog park somewhere between the McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale. A park with maybe seating and dog agility activities and even a water pond for the dogs to play in. 2. Willunga Basin trails: Not sure who is responsible for the maintenance for these trails but the two walking trails on either side of Ingoldby Road (Blewitt Springs Road and Bagshaws Road McLaren Flat) are very over grown with vegetation and un-safe to walk through during summer. Will these walking trails be maintained anytime soon?

    Lisa B asked 7 months ago

    Your support for doggy bag poles and rubbish bins is noted.

    In relation to your request for Council to consider developing a large fenced off dog park somewhere between the McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale; the land along the proposed alignment(s) is private land or road verge and is thereby no suitable. Moreover, as part of our Open Space Strategic Management Plan 2018-23, Council approved a service level to provide three dog parks throughout the city. These include Symonds Reserve on Hamilton Road, Aldinga Beach (south) as well as Farm Reserve on Melsetter Road, Huntfield Heights (central) and Minkarra Park on Manning Road, Flagstaff Hill (north). As this is the endorsed service level, there are no plans to provide additional dog parks

    In relation to the Willunga Basin trails and maintenance for the walking trails on either side of Ingoldby Road (Blewitt Springs Road and Bagshaws Road McLaren Flat), while your comments are noted, it is outside the scope of this project and its engagement. We will forward your feedback onto our maintainance team. 

    Your comments regarding alignment 1 are noted. If alignment 1 is progressed the design will be in accord with Australian Standards and Austroads guidelines.

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    Great concept for Flat residents to access the Vale, but a lot of money without a broader plan of where the trail would extend to from the Flat - to enhance 'the wine, food and tourism experience'. Full value could be achieved by having tentacles or a ring to connect to accommodation and wineries throughout our region, similar to but an improvement on the Riesling Trail. Also, looking to the future, would there be provision for inserting charging stations for e-powered bikes and the like as these forms of transport expand in future? Further would there be provision for public amenities and maintenance at points along the trail? Doggy bags aren't really that useful for humans. Finally, how would you control motocross bikes using the trail as a raceway? There is already a small population causing nuisance in the area and a trail may provide an opportunity for these knuckleheads to expand their antisocial behaviour.

    Kram asked 7 months ago

    Our Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan (TCSMP) was endorsed in June 2017 after extensive community engagement. The TCSMP guides the development of our on and off cycling and trails networks and can be viewed , along with interactive maps, on our website https://onkaparinga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=b2a65a6411f4494ba3249b1d67dc962b 

    The TCSMP does identify the On-Road Recreation Cycling network which encompasses high demand routes for enjoyment, recreation, fitness, health, amenity and scenery. While it does not target on road sport cycling, it does include a series of loops that can be cycled individually or linked together to reflect user fitness, experience and confidence. Loops will be designated and signed and contained within the existing road network/reserve.

    In addition to the above, the City of Onkaparinga is working with other municipalities to investigate the Adelaide Wine Capital Cycle Trail. While still in the early investigation stage, it proposes a cycling network, including shared use trails, between the four major wine regions (Clare, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale) with the vision is to link the wine regions, incorporating 200+ cellar doors and over 500 tourism businesses, aiming to create a world-renowned cycle tourism experience for South Australia.

    No provision has been made for charging stations along the Flat to Vale Trail. However, as demand for charging infrastructure increases, it may be considered at key locations subject to available resources.

    Noting that public amenities (toilets) are available at the eastern and western end of the Flat to Vale Trail, no new public amenities are planned along the trail. 

    Bike maintenance stations maybe considered at the eastern and western end of the Flat to Vale Trail subject to available budget.

    Council meets with SAPOL regularly to discuss this and other issues. The situation will be monitored and SAPOL engaged where required.

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    The existing trail is ruled predominantly by high speed cycle riders often travelling at speeds in excess of 25-40km/hr (road speed). People on foot are given a low priority with regard to safety provisions, especially through the McLaren Vale township area. A number of accidents between walkers with small children and cyclists have already taken place over the years but these have been ignored by council. The few signs already in place warning cyclists of pedestrians are usually unheeded and ignored and the approach speed behind and the close passing by cyclists of unsuspecting pedestrians is alarming to many of the older citizens that use the trail. The increase in cycle traffic that this new proposal will now create is only going to exasperate the ongoing problem and sooner or later a serious accident will occur between cyclists and pedestrians.. A much stronger form of speed control (rather than just signage) for the 'cowboy' cyclists has to provided in the interest of safety and 'duty of care', towards pedestrians both young and the not so young, especially through the McLaren Vale township area. How is the council going to address this important issue ?.

    Concerned resident of McLaren Vale asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The proposed Flat to Vale Trail will be designed and constructed in accord with relevant Australian Standards and Austroads guidelines which include signage. Additional share the path signage will also be considered.

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    This is a good idea and I am wondering what the plans for Chalk Hill Road are, as in a bitumen path and where it will go. We live on Chalk Hill Road and would not want any trees removed for a path running to one side of the road! Also are you going to put doggy bag poles and a rubbish bin at the CFS station for all the dog poo bags? We have lots of people walking down our road now, picking up the dog poo in a black plastic bag and then throwing it into the long grass on the side of the road! Where are children able to cross safely over Pearns Road (Blewitt Springs Road) as it is very dangerous there?

    Jill Rice asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your Question.

    • No trees are planned to be removed along Chalk Hill Road. Only trees earmarked for removal along Chalk Hill Road at the Pedler Creek watercourse crossing.  The crossing point will be strategically placed to minimise tree removals and ensure any significant and regulated trees are protected.  
    • Chalk Hill Rd is a low volume and low speed road. Accordingly, the Flat to Vale Trail will encourage users to share the road space as they currently do. Subject to funding, Chalk Hill Rd may be tidied up and a seal applied. The existing wooden footbridge will be replaced with a wider structure suitable for pedestrians and cyclists as part of the works.
    • Dog poo bags will be considered as per your suggestion.
    • In discussion with key stakeholders, the current concept looks to improve signage around the CFS station carpark/driveway with the path then be located on the southern edge of this. Thereafter, it will be located in the eastern Blewitt Springs Rd verge for approx. 40m where it will cross Blewitt Springs Rd in line with the existing wetlands. We will also explore a reduction in a section of the Blewitt Springs Road speed limit to 50km/hr to accommodate this crossing point. 
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    Hello Can i please confirm that a Section of Alignment 1 passes through private property? Thank you.

    HelenM asked 7 months ago

    Good morning and thank you for your question.

    Sections of both Alignment 1 and 2 do cross private property. 

    These landowners have been involved in onsite walkovers and have provided feedback throughout the concept design phase. 

    All have provided in-principal support for the path to be on their land and staff are actively working with them to formalise the path corridor.