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.

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
  • Mixed traffic lanes on quiet local streets and separated bikeways on busier streets encourage a feeling of safety
    • On these streets, bike riders will share road space with cars

An award winning project

In October 2019 the City Bikeways Project 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. 

Read the full award nomination and judges citation on the AILA website. 

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


North-South Bikeway

  • Fitzroy Terrace - Medindie Road : Complete
  • Medindie Road - Kingston Terrace: Complete
  • Kingston Terrace – Sir Edwin Smith Avenue: Design under consideration
  • 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