Stobie Pole Art

We’ve had great feedback about the recently installed artwork on Stobie poles around the estate. They have been installed on poles in Oaklands Road, near the junctions with Beauford Avenue, Pethick Terrace & Melanto Terrace, on Chambers Street near Whittier and on Minchinbury Terrace opposite the railway station. The project took a lot longer than anticipated and cost more too but we think the effort was worthwhile. There have been suggestions that we should do more and even that residents might like to sponsor a pole.

Some time ago we floated the idea via our quarterly newsletter, asking for feedback and ideas. Dez Clark who had only been living locally for a short time volunteered his assistance and came up with concepts based on photos and input from the committee. Here are some of his concept drawings and the final artwork. These had to be trimmed to fit the poles which are tapered and believe it or not, different sizes.

Here are pictures of the artworks in place:

Each panel has a QR code and when a mobile device scans the code, it creates a link to this website.

Dez Clark works for Vale Signs, the company that produced the final artwork and the laminated panels. The panels were affixed by our President Fred Hill and Vice-President Robert Riggs.

We acknowledge the support of the City of Marion which assisted the project with a generous grant.

Minchinbury Terrace Road Markings

Many residents have queried the markings on the Minchinbury Terrace roadway particularly in respect to cyclists.  We asked the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure. A brief summary of the DPTI reply follows:

The symbols painted along Minchinbury Terrace are sharrows (shared lane markings). These are relatively new road markings in South Australia, intended to position cyclists away from parked cars, where doors often open.

There is nothing in the Australian Road Rules which addresses behaviour on roads marked with these sharrow symbols, so the ordinary rules apply.

The purpose of the sharrows on Minchinbury Terrace is to assist cyclists with:

  • lateral positioning on roads with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of being hit by an opening door of a parked vehicle.
  • lateral positioning on roads that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side in the same direction.
  • navigating a designated bicycle route.

These sharrows are also intended to:

  • Alert road users that they are on a designated bicycle route.
  • Alert road users of the lateral location cyclists are likely to occupy within the roadway.
  • Encourage safe passing of cyclists by motorists.

Your efforts to educate your local community in the interest of road safety are appreciated and I wish you all the best with it.

Don’t you just love that last line? All the sharrows seem to have achieved is to encourage cyclists to ride down the middle of the road. The full text of the DPTI letter, should you wish to read it, is here.

If you want to read something that makes a bit more sense, read this article. It’s American, but that’s where Sharrows came from!