PortBUG News: New PREXY Bikeway announced…


Dedicated cycling and walking track planned to connect Gawler to Port Adelaide…

From Ashleigh Pisani in the Northern Weekly Messenger yesterday, September 25 (and thanks to DPTI for the alert!)

‘CYCLISTS will soon be able to travel “safely” from Port Adelaide to Gawler on a dedicated cycling and walking track. As part of the $885 million Northern Connector project, the State Government has announced it will extend the proposed shared-use path from Gawler to Port Adelaide.

The new off-road path will connect the existing path off Eastern Parade in Port Adelaide to the Northern Connector path. It will run side-by-side with the Port River Expressway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Once it is up and running, cycling on the Port River Expressway between Port Adelaide and the Superway will be banned.

Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the shared-use path would provide a safe route for cyclists between Port Adelaide and Gawler. He said the new path would reduce traffic congestion and travel times for both cyclists and motorists.
“The shared-use path will provide a safe, attractive and direct alternative to the current bike lanes on the Port River Expressway,” he said.’

Note: This article refers to the ‘PREXY’ bikeway that PortBUG got wind of a few months ago and reported in a previous blog post. We are told that it is fully funded and will be built as part of the Northern Connector Project. It will connect to the new Northern Connector Bikeway as well as the Gawler Greenway so it will provide connectivity to Salisbury as well as Gawler and to suburbs along the way such as Mawson Lakes etc. There are already many commuters (as well as sports and recreational cyclists) that travel between these adjacent suburbs and Port Adelaide daily and this new bikeway will meet a long-standing need for secure connectivity in the North-Western sector of Adelaide! This bikeway should of course have been built when the Port Expressway was constructed – it’s been featured in the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Plan since 2015 and it’s great news that DPTI have taken up the challenge to build it! Messenger link here.

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