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Making Adelaide safer for cyclists

Posted by Craig Leverenz on 15 May 2014

Adelaide City Council has been working hard to create a City where people of all levels of cycling ability feel that they can cycle safely, and to make cycling the most convenient form of transport for local trips.

The Frome Street Bikeway, running from the South Park Lands to Pirie Street, is part of an important north-south bike route. It forms part of the Smart Move ’Safe Cycling’ Bikeways network implemented by the Adelaide City Council. Eventually the bikeway will be extended as far as Fitzroy Terrace creating the first continuous bike route through the city in the north-south direction.

The bikeway will connect some of the City’s key destinations including the University of Adelaide, the East-End shopping and entertainment precinct, The Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Box Factory Community Centre, The Adelaide Himeji Garden, The Park Lands Trail and connecting bike routes in and out of the city.

The newly opened bikeway has divided commuters, delighting cyclists for making their journey safer, but frustrating motorists who say the removal of an extra lane for traffic is making congestion worse.

As this new facility becomes operational, there is a well-timed cycling conference being held here in Adelaide. Velo-city is the world’s premier international cycling planning conference. The four day event offers delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.

The Master of Ceremonies is Adam Spencer - bike enthusiast, comedian, radio host, mathematician and author - at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Tuesday 27 until Friday 30 May 2014.