City Bikeways

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Building a greener more liveable city. Improving streets and delivering high-quality bike routes encouraging more people to travel by bike.

Background

Providing alternative transport options that are sustainable and economically viable is 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, has 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 route will be built on Flinders and Franklin Streets and will connect with the North-South Bikeway on Frome Street.

City Bikeways will be a combination of the following:

  • 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
  • Separated bikeways on busy streets give bike riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and 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.

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, 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 to offering bike parking spaces.

The impact of bikeways in other cities have included:

  • Sydney: Double the amount of bike trips were 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

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Fitzroy Terrace - Medindie Road 
Complete

Completed in 2016 the bikeway between Fitzroy Terrace and Medindie Road is a shared path designed for people walking and riding bikes. This is a common type of path in the Park Lands that can be identified by on street signage. Bike riders must always give way to people walking on shared paths.

Medindie Road - Kingston Terrace
Design under consideration

The design of the bikeway between Medindie Road and Kingston Terrace is currently under consideration.

It likely that an existing path will be upgraded to a shared path designed for people walking and riding bikes. This is a common path in the Park Lands that can be identified by on street signage. Bike riders must always give way to people walking on shared paths.

Kingston Terrace - War Memorial Drive
Design under consideration

The design of the bikeway between Kingston Terrace and War Memorial Drive is currently under consideration.

War Memorial Drive - Victoria Drive
Design under consideration and Albert Bridge improvements are to be completed as part of the construction.

The design of the bikeway between War Memorial Drive - Victoria Drive is currently under consideration.

Victoria Drive - North Terrace
Interim design under consideration

The design of the bikeway between Victoria Drive and North Terrace is currently under consideration.

The upcoming demolition of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital buildings adjoining the bikeway needs to be considered as we plan for construction.

For the Victoria Drive – North Terrace section of the bikeway we are developing an interim solution for the bikeway that is safe and functional while enabling the demolition works to continue unimpeded. 

North Terrace - Rundle Street
Interim design in development

The design of the bikeway between North Terrace and Rundle Street is currently in development.  

A major new apartment building, known as the ‘Adelaidean’, will soon commence construction on the western side of Frome Street between Tavistock Lane and North Terrace, and this needs to be considered as part of the construction of the bikeway. We are developing an interim solution for the bikeway that is safe and functional between Rundle Street and North Terrace until the full construction can be undertaken following completion of the ‘Adelaidean’ development. 

In March 2017 Council approved a design approach for this section featuring a separated bikeway and enabling two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction during peak periods, and on-street parking at all other times.

A separated bikeway will be constructed in this section that provides riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and pedestrians by a kerb.

Rundle Street - Grenfell Street
Construction commenced 22 April 2018

Construction commenced between Rundle Street and Grenfell Street on 22 April 2018.

In March 2017 Council approved a design approach for this section featuring a separated bikeway and enabling two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction during peak periods, and on-street parking at all other times.

A separated bikeway will be constructed in this section that provides riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and pedestrians.

Grenfell Street - Pirie Street
Complete

In March 2017 Council approved a design approach for this section featuring a separated bikeway and enabling two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction during peak periods, and on-street parking at all other times.

The separated bikeway in this section provides riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and pedestrians.

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Pirie Street - Wakefield Street
Construction will commence on 7 May 2018.

Construction commenced between Pirie Street and Wakefield Street on 7 May 2018 and will be complete by mid-August 2018. 

The existing bikeway was constructed in 2014. In March 2017 Council approved a revised design approach for this existing section featuring a separated bikeway and enabling two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction during peak periods, and on-street parking at all other times.

A separated bikeway will be constructed in this section that provides riders a dedicated lane separated from vehicles and pedestrians by a kerb.

Concept plans were shared with adjacent ratepayers in this section in February 2018.

Wakefield Street - Carrington Street
Construction complete

Wakefield Street - Carrington Street

Wakefield Street - Carrington Street
Construction complete

Carrington Street - South Terrace
Complete

Completed in 2014 the bikeway between Carrington Street and South Terrace comprises of mixed traffic streets appropriate for quiet, narrow roads where vehicle speeds are lower. On these streets bike riders share the road space with vehicles.

South Terrace - Glen Osmond Road
Complete

Completed in 2014 the bikeway between South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road is a shared path designed for people walking and riding bikes. This is a common type of path in the Park Lands that can be identified by on street signage. Bike riders must always give way to people walking on shared paths.

Glen Osmond Road - Greenhill Road
Complete

Completed in 2014 the bikeway between Glen Osmond Road and Greenhill Road is a shared path designed for people walking and riding bikes. This is a common type of path in the Park Lands that can be identified by on street signage. Bike riders must always give way to people walking on shared paths.

Flinders Street - Franklin Street
Route recommended and will proceed to community engagement

The route selection process for the East-West Bikeway considered three possible options: Pirie Street – Waymouth Street, Flinders Street – Franklin Street and Grote Street – Wakefield Street.

Council recommended Flinders Street – Franklin Street in September 2017.

Following this recommendation the City Bikeways team will proceed with design and community consultation.

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Hutt Street - East Terrace
Route recommended and will proceed to community engagement

The route selection process for the East-West Bikeway considered three possible options: Pirie Street – Waymouth Street, Flinders Street – Franklin Street and Grote Street – Wakefield Street.

Council recommended Flinders Street – Franklin Street in September 2017.

Following this recommendation the City Bikeways team will proceed with design and community consultation.

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