Thursday, May 30, 2024

Better bikeways at heart of Adelaide

Works have this week commenced on the final stage of the City of Adelaide’s North-South Bikeway on Frome Street, continuing the bikeway that runs through the heart of the city.

The works – between Albert Bridge to Victoria Drive and North Terrace to Rundle Street – form the final section of the North-South Bikeway and will result in a continuous north-south cycling route through the city for people of all ages and abilities to use. 

The completed route will connect Unley in the south through the city to Prospect in the north, the East End, Adelaide Botanic High School, the university precinct, Lot Fourteen, the Adelaide Zoo and North Adelaide. 

Annual cycle counts show that the North-South bikeway is one of the busiest cycle routes in Adelaide. The number of cycling trips on Frome Street has increased significantly in 2024: up 130 per cent from 2022 levels, with a weekday daily average of 700 people using the bikeway. 

City of Adelaide Council staff have been working closely with stakeholders to help prepare for the works which are expected to be completed in October. 

The project will deliver:

  • Approximately 1km of separated bikeway and 550 metres of updated footpaths;
  • Additional trees, street furniture and low-level garden beds;
  • New footpath lighting between Albert Bridge and Victoria Drive;
  • New road lighting between Albert Bridge and Victoria Drive;
  • Renewed road surfaces between Albert Bridge and Victoria Drive and North Terrace and Rundle Street;
  • Upgraded stormwater between Rundle Street and North Terrace.

The latest work is part of a $12 million joint project between the Council and South Australian Government to deliver more bikeways and cycling infrastructure throughout the city and Park Lands. 

Lord Mayor, Jane Lomax-Smith said Council was committed to delivering high-quality cycling routes.

“We know that bikeways encourage more people to travel by bike and that’s great news for our city,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Safer cycling infrastructure will help us to meet our residential and economic growth targets and, in addition, the environmental and health impacts of cycling are obvious. 

“We also know that building bikeways in the city is not always easy and can be challenging, so I thank the State Government for its ongoing support and thank Council for its perseverance.” 

Member for Adelaide, Lucy Hood said that people are increasingly looking to cycling as a mode of transport if it is faster, more convenient and safer. 

“The South Australian Government continues to invest in improving safety for people who ride bikes for economic, environmental and social benefits,” said Ms Hood. 

“A lack of safe infrastructure is one of the main barriers to people using active travel. Bikeways make cycling safer for riders of all abilities and encourages more people to hop on their bikes and choose this sustainable, cost-effective, healthy mode of transport. 

“Completing the North-South Bikeway will provide a protected and convenient way to cycle across the city, and I thank the City of Adelaide for their work to deliver this important piece of infrastructure.” 

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