City bikeways

The city bikeways aim to deliver high-quality bike routes to encourage more people to travel by bike and create a more liveable city.

Project information

Bikeways provide a healthy transport option that is sustainable and economically viable. They are key to ensuring Adelaide remains one of the world’s most livable cities.

The City of Adelaide, in partnership with the State Government of South Australia, committed $12 million in funding to build two separated bikeways through the City and Park Lands: one from north to south and the other from east to west.

  • The North-South Bikeway will build on the existing Frome Bikeway and will connect the existing Rugby/Porter Bikeway in Unley to the Braund Road Bike Boulevard in Prospect.
  • The East-West Bikeway will not proceed following a decision of Council at its meeting on 23 March 2021.

In lieu of the East-West Bikeway we will progress a series of projects to improve links from suburban bikeways into the CBD. The projects include new shared use paths on South Terrace and in Kadlitpina / Rundle Park, lighting upgrades and four projects that improve the Outer Harbour Greenway for bike riders to access the city.

Cycling Infrastructure Projects

City bikeways will be a combination of the following:

  • Separated bikeways on busy streets give bike riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Shared paths in the Park Lands that are designed for people both walking and riding bikes.
    • These can be identified by street signs, and bike riders must always give way to pedestrians.
  • Quiet low-speed local streets where people riding bikes will share the road space with cars – traffic calming measures, trees and street greening will be used to encourage a feeling of safety for all road users.
Cycling Infrastructure Projects Map

Map projects:

  1. Lighting and path upgrade – Bonython Park
  2. Improve crossings at the two locations where the shared path crosses Park Land access roads (alongside Port Road)
  3. Improve the shared path connection on the northern side of Port Road
  4. Improve safety on the existing shared path at the car park entry on Port Road
  5. Install signalised bike and pedestrian crossings of North Terrace at George Street (western side of the intersection)
  6. Construct a new shared use path adjacent Fitzroy Terrace/Robe Terrace (Yam Daisy/ Kantarilla (Park 3) and Bragg Parks/ Ngampa Yerta (Park 5))
  7. Install signalised bike and pedestrian crossings of North Terrace at East Terrace (eastern side)
  8. Construct a new shared use path adjacent Dequetteville Terrace (Rundle Park/ Kadlitpina (Park 13))
  9. Construct a new shared use path adjacent Dequetteville Terrace (Rymill Park/ Murlawirrapurka (Park 14))
  10. Install lighting on the existing shared path on the northern side of Wakefield Road (King Rodney Park/ Ityamai-Itpina (Park 15))
  11. Construct a new shared use path adjacent South Terrace (Peppermint Park/ Wita Wirra (Park 18) and Carriageway Park/ Tuthangga (Park 17))

An award winning project

In October 2019 the City Bikeways Project (North-South Bikeway) received a National Award of Excellence in the Infrastructure category at the annual Australia Institute of Landscape Architect (AILA) awards.

"This is an exemplary project for remaking our cities" - Judges citation.

Benefits of a bikeway

Wider benefits of city bikeways include:

  • Greater liveability
  • Improved health
  • Less pollution
  • Reduced travel times and congestion
  • Better connected neighbourhoods and streets
  • A cheaper way for people to get around
  • A safer cycling network, attractive to less experienced riders

In addition to the many benefits that cycling in the city gives its residents, the local business also benefits from an increase in cyclist numbers. People who ride have more flexibility to stop and shop due to ease of parking, and cities with a larger number of cyclists are beginning to see the benefits of offering bike parking spaces.

The impact of bikeways in other cities have included:

  • Sydney: Double the number of bike trips was made across the city when 12.5kms of separated bikeways was installed in 2007
  • Calgary: Bike trips in and out of the city increased by 40% after 6.5kms of separated bikeway was installed in the city centre in 2015
  • Seville: This Spanish city now carries 7% of all city traffic after the installation of 140kms of cycling infrastructure

Stages

North-South Bikeway

  • Fitzroy Terrace - Medindie Road : Complete
  • Medindie Road - Kingston Terrace: Complete
  • Kingston Terrace – Sir Edwin Smith Avenue: Construction to commence in September 2021
  • Sir Edwin Smith Avenue – War Memorial Drive: Complete
  • War Memorial Drive – Victoria Drive: Design under consideration
  • Victoria Drive – North Terrace: Design under consideration
  • North Terrace – Rundle Street: Design under consideration
  • Rundle Street - Greenhill Road: Complete

Need more information?

If you have any questions please contact the City Bikeways Team:

8203 7203