In December 2014, the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council endorsed their new Local Area Bicycle Plan, 2015-2020.
PA/E Bike Plan – Challenges & Solutions: The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area extends West-to-East across a broad section of North-Western Metro Adelaide. The Council has adopted a Bike Network development plan, 2015-20 (see above and in higher definition here) to address some of the challenges facing bike use & Active Transport:
- increasing commercial & heavy vehicle traffic
- limited provisions for cycling & walking
- close proximity of industrial areas
- barriers presented by major roads and rail lines.
Many of the residents of Port Adelaide/Enfield experience significant material & social disadvantage, including generally poorer health outcomes across key respiratory, cardiac and other disease measures. Access to safe, healthy & affordable transport is a major equity & social issue, particularly for children, youth & the aged.
The Port’s main roads are increasingly congested with personal and commercial traffic, especially vehicles associated with new residential developments which are increasingly competing directly for roadspace with industry & heavy vehicles.
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!
Most main roads in the PA/E Council Area now have on-road painted bike lanes. These roads are maintained by DPTI & are designed to ‘allocate’ a specific road space for bicycle use. Some lanes are ‘timed’ (usually operating 7-9am and 4-6pm) & some are ‘full time’, policed by both SAPOL & Council staff.
However the Council and the State Government recognise that bike lanes don’t suit every traffic situation (see Causeway Rd above). The Bike Plan aims to provide PA/E residents and visitors with dedicated bike routes & off-road bike paths:
- ‘shared-use pathways’ (SUPs)
- ‘bikeways’ (reserved ‘bike space’ on footpath pavements) &…
- traffic ‘quietened’ local roads (often marked with ‘sharrows’ to indicate shared zones.
Examples of these dedicated routes include the Coast Park, off-road bikeways along Semaphore Road, the ‘bicycle boulevards’ on the Outer Harbour Greenway and soon-to-be-completed shared use pathways on Causeway Road. Off-road paths are particularly important for PA/E residents as most of our main roads require sharing road space with heavy vehicles! Some of the Ports dedicated bike paths are detailed on sub-pages under this heading.
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. On a tablet or phone fingers work fine too!
Key Initiatives in the Proposed Network: There are some very significant additions & changes proposed in the new Network. Some are ‘large scale’ projects & immediately obvious, others less so but still significant. More detail here.
More Information? 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’.