28 Aug, 2021

Bikeway improvements to roll out across the city

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Cyclists will enjoy better access and safer bikeway connections across the city with the roll out of 11 new projects in a partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Adelaide.

An extension to a $12 million funding deed, made up of a $6 million contribution each from Council and the State Government, will enable the City of Adelaide to continue work on the North-South bikeway while improving links from suburban bikeways into the CBD.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the Marshall Government was committed to working with the City of Adelaide to improve cycling infrastructure.

“The Marshall Government and the City of Adelaide have developed 11 new projects that will benefit cyclists, including shared use paths on South Terrace and in Rundle Park, lighting upgrades and four projects that will fill in missing links on the Outer Harbour Greenway,” Minister Wingard said.

“Also planned is an additional signalised crossing on North Terrace at the East Terrace intersection to improve connections to the Park Lands Trail through Botanic Park.

"When the City of Adelaide didn't progress an east-west bikeway across the CBD, Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson, quickly approached me to ensure the funding we'd committed wouldn't be lost.

“It's a great outcome that we've been able to reallocate the funding to deliver multiple bike projects across the city.

“These safer and easier to navigate bike paths and connections will help encourage more people to hop on their bike and give riding a go.

“Cycling offers great health outcomes as well as benefits to the hip pocket and it’s good for the environment too.

“We’re aiming to double the number of people cycling for their everyday trips by providing a safer network for cyclists to get from A to B.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the City of Adelaide to progress these projects that will improve the network and help bike riders of all levels feel comfortable using pedal power to get around.”

State Government: Gemma Coombe 0415 175 716 | City of Adelaide: Ashleigh Pisani 0448 096 108

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor, said the projects would benefit cyclists accessing and riding in the city.

“This is another excellent example of the ongoing partnership between the City of Adelaide and State Government,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Council has worked its way through options to make it safer for people to access the city by bike, and these are projects that will deliver exactly that.

“At a time when we’re encouraging more people to return to the CBD, these paths and connections are a much-welcomed addition and I look forward to work getting underway. “Projects like the signalised crossings can help encourage people to feel safer about jumping on a bike.

“It’s this type of investment in safety, along with projects like shared path upgrades and lighting, that I’m sure will see more people choose to ride in and out of the city.”

Member for Adelaide and Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said she was thrilled this partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Adelaide would result in 11 worthy projects.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s $6 million injection to the CBD is a huge win for Adelaide residents, tourists and South Australians who commute in and out of the city every day,” said Minister Sanderson.

“When the East-West bikeway did not proceed, I formally wrote to Minister Wingard to ensure the CBD would not lose this dedicated funding and the end result is fantastic.

“I welcome our investment to help fund a vast array of projects including new bike lanes and lighting for safety – it’s not only good news for commuters but will support vital jobs during construction.”

The first project, to install enhanced signalised crossing facilities for people walking and riding bikes across North Terrace at George Street, is set to start construction later this year.

The other projects include:

  • Safety Improvements at car park entry on Port Road
  • Lighting and path upgrades in Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27)
  • Two zebra/wombat crossings on the shared path adjacent Port Road at entry points into Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27)
  • A shared path connection adjacent to Port Road near the Thebarton Police Barracks
  • Path lighting on shared path in King Rodney Park / Ityamai-itpina (Park 15) (north of Wakefield Road)
  • Shared use path adjacent Fullarton Road and Dequetteville Terrace (Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14))
  • Shared use path adjacent Fitzroy Terrace/Robe Terrace (Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla (Park 3) and Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta (Park 5).

For further information, please visit cityofadelaide.com.au/citybikeways

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