Cycling in the city

Cycling is a great way to get around in Adelaide, either as a daily commute, or just getting from A to B.

Before you start

So you’ve decided to get the deadly treadly out of the shed and ride to the city. Congratulations. But before you set off, make sure you do the following:

  • Get your bike serviced. Check the brakes and tyres, grease the chain and make sure the seat and handlebars are at the right height and secure. You’ll want your commute to be as smooth and comfortable as possible.
  • Brush up on your road rules. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users. Here is a great guide to cycling and the law
  • Plan your wardrobe. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear spandex, but light, breathable fabrics may be more comfortable and white or bright colours will help you to be seen. If riding at dusk/night make sure you have working lights on your bike, a reflective vest may help you to be seen on the road.

Plan your trip

Cycle Instead is an interactive journey planner for your bike trip. It shows the bike network across metropolitan Adelaide so you can quickly choose the most direct and comfortable route for your journey, using secondary roads, bike lanes, shared paths, greenways and bicycle boulevards. 

If you'd rather plan your own journey, see the preferred on-street cycling routes below.

Securing your bike

You’ve invested in a bike you’ll want to keep it safe. There are several steps you can take to protect your bike:

  • Use a high-quality lock such as a D-lock.
  • Have your details engraved on your bike or use a UV pen. SA Police often offer this service at community events.
  • If you want to secure your bike undercover, consider utilising the paid bike lockers at UPark car parks across the city. They include a storage locker for your gear. Alternatively, they offer free bike parking on a first-come basis. You’ll need to bring your own lock. Find out more on the UPark website.
  • You can also secure your bike on the street. You’ll find cycle racks across the city for short-term use with your own lock. You can also secure your bike to poles or fences (if they are public property), but be careful not to obstruct traffic or damage the structure.

Pump and repair stations

The City of Adelaide has installed pump and repair stations across the city, so you can fix a flat and be back on your bike in no time. The stations have a range of tools including bike pump, Allen key, screwdriver, chain breaker, wrench and shift spanner.

Pump station location:

  • City of Adelaide Customer Centre, 25 Pirie Street.

Repair and Pump station locations:

  • Kurranga BMX Tracks, near the corner of Greenhill and Unley Road.
  • Corner of Carrington Street and Regent Street North, near the start of the Frome Bikeway.

End of trip facilities

If your workplace doesn’t have facilities to store your bike and to freshen up after your ride, don’t worry, there are several end of trip facilities available throughout the city. Facilities and charges vary, so shop around.

  • Myer Centre Car Park, Level 2
  • U City, 43 Franklin Street, Adelaide
  • University of Adelaide, North Terrace (for student and staff use only)

The cycling community

Adelaide is fortunate to have a very active (pun intended) cycling community that welcomes newcomers.

The Adelaide Community Bike Workshop is a non-profit organisation that can help you get your bike rolling smoothly or put you on a bike for the first time. Their workshop volunteers offer tool loan, pre-loved bike parts and a wealth of information.

Bike SA is another great non-profit organisation that promotes all types of cycling, hosting a number of rides and events throughout the year.

There are also a number of annual cycling community events held in Adelaide throughout the year you can get involved with: