PA/E Bike Plan – Challenges & Solutions: In December 2014, the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council endorsed their new Local Area Bicycle Plan, 2015-2020, covering all of the large sector of North-West Adelaide within the council area. The Council adopted the Plan (see above and in higher definition here) to address some of the challenges facing bike use as well as those facing Active Transport more generally, specifically:
- very significant projected increases in heavy vehicle traffic over the next 5 years
- limited provision for cycling & walking access to shops, services, schools & recreation
- close proximity of homes to industrial areas & heavy vehicle traffic
- major barriers presented by main roads and rail lines
- areas of unused ‘reserve’ under the control of state government & national agencies.
Transport Equity: It’s significant that many of the residents of Port Adelaide/Enfield experience significant material & social disadvantage. Access to safe, healthy & affordable transport to get to school, work & recreational activities is a major equity & social issue, particularly for children, youth & the aged.
A Positive Cycling Future: Despite these challenges the PA/E Council Area is already a great place to ride for recreation, health, day-to-day transport or as a tourist or visitor. Several long-distance dedicated bicycle routes – largely separated from either roads or commercial traffic – allow bicycle users to travel safely, efficiently & enjoyably. The PA/E Bike Plan 2015-20 will provide more of these dedicated routes over the coming years!
Bike-Friendly Main Roads: Most – but unfortunately not all – main roads in the PA/E Council Area now have on-road painted bike lanes. Such roads allocate specific space for bicycle use. Some of these lanes are ‘timed’ (usually operating 7-9am and 4-6pm) & some are ‘full time’, policed by both SAPOL & Council staff.
Alternatives to Main Roads: Council and the State Government recognise that bike lanes don’t suit every traffic situation and every main road. Some roads are simply not wide enough to safely accomodate ‘mixed traffic’ – cars, trucks and bikes (Causeway Road is an example).
On these main roads the Bike Plan aims to provide residents and visitors with alternative dedicated bike routes & off-road bike paths:
- ‘shared-use pathways’ (SUPs)
- ‘bikeways’ (often reserved kerb-side ‘bike space’ on footpath pavements) &…
- traffic ‘quietened’ local roads, often marked with ‘sharrows’ to indicate shared zones and linkages between adjacent roads.
Examples of these dedicated routes include:
- the Coast Park
- off-road bikeways along Semaphore Road
- the ‘bicycle boulevards’ on the Outer Harbour Greenway
- new shared use pathways on Causeway Road.
Off-road paths are particularly important for PA/E residents as many of our main roads require sharing road space with heavy vehicles!
Hi-Resolution Maps: Picture’s are worth a thousand words! We have obtained hi-resolution pdf copies of the Bike Plan’s main maps, ‘expandable’ down to street level – see below. You can open online or click the download button to copy to your computer as a pdf. Use ‘Command’+/- to enlarge or reduce. ‘Grab and move’ works to scan across the map as do the arrow buttons. They work on tablets or phones too!
Got a Question? The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has designated Engineer Zak Valiff as as the primary contact person for Bike Plan-related queries. Zak advises that he is best contacted via the PA/E Council’s Customer Service email address. Please address cycling-related emails ‘Attention: Zak Valiff’.