Bicycle Network: Take Action
Adelaide City is responding to the bike boom, listening to riders, and committing the cash
Adelaide aims for double
18 March 2012. Adelaide aims to double the number of people cycling by 2022, according to its new Smart Move Transport and Movement Strategy.
This Strategy sets directions for creating great streets, not just as transport corridors, but as attractive places for people.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the Strategy is part of Council’s ‘One City, Many Places’ vision which aims to create a city where people want to spend more time.
“Smart Move is a long-term plan setting out a carefully balanced approach to transport that promotes choice. Whether it be by foot, bike, car or public transport, we want the city to be easy to enter and to get around,” the Lord Mayor said.
The Strategy sets out plans to create streets that are greener, safer, well-connected and cyclist and pedestrian friendly.
A desired outcome of the Strategy is ‘safe cycling’ where:
People of all levels of cycling ability feel that they can cycle safely
Cycling is the most convenient form of transport for local trips
Cycling to and from the suburbs is safe and convenient
Heart Foundation CEO Dr Amanda Rischbieth said: “Streets should be for people, with places to walk, cycle and with easy access to public transport to encourage our community to be physically active more often.
"With growing numbers of people struggling to manage their weight, the Heart Foundation welcomes all environments that support active living”.
Creating space for wider footpaths, more bicycle and bus lanes and activities such as outdoor dining and buzzing laneway bars is an integral part of the vision.
See also the 2011-13 Action Plan
Adelaide City gets rolling
24 September 2008. The City of Adelaide recently announced more than $3m in bike funding over the next three years.
The Council has focussed on four key areas:
- Bike lanes and trails – on street bike lanes (both primary and secondary routes) as well as Adelaide’s unique parkland trails
- Supporting infrastructure – on street bike racks, on street bike nodes (dedicated parking places on street), off street parking (self secured, secured and lockers), bike parks with amenities (showers/change areas)
- Free city bikes – free bike hire program
- Advocacy, promotions and education – council to play a leadership role for and commitment to cycling, advocating for cyclists and working with others
Bicycle SA has provided a range of advice to the Lord Mayor and Council over recent months and sees this announcement as a major step forward in realising Adelaide’s potential as a truly cycle friendly city.
Bicycle SA has congratulated the Adelaide City Council on this commitment and looks forward to challenging the state government to increase its State Bicycle Fund budgets.
Please write and thank the Adelaide Lord Mayor for this initiative.