STOP PRESS: The PortBUG understands that the OHG will be open from Queen St, Croydon all the way through to the Adelaide Parklands in early March, 2018. See recent blog posts for details.
Origins: Establishing a long distance, ‘low stress’ City-to-Port Bicycle Route – away from arterial roads & linked to the Outer Harbour rail corridor and local bike networks – has long been on the agenda of the Port Adelaide Bicycle User Group. Our focus really started to come together with a way-finding ‘saddle survey’ we undertook in 2005 & a subsequent illustrated proposal for ‘The Port-City Green Travel Corridor (‘The GreenLink’) – which we provided as an illustrated booklet to the PA/E Council & to Patrick Conlon, the Transport Minister of the day. This booklet identified the route’s potential as well as some of the specific challenges involved.
In cooperation with the Bicycle Institute of S.A. we recommended that the GreenLink route development be incorporated into an overall Adelaide Greenway Network plan. An initial Network Plan was then published in SA’s 2006 ‘Safety in Numbers’ bicycle strategy (2006-10). PortBUG’s GreenLink proposal was also adopted as a major focus for the Port Adelaide/Enfield Council’s first Local Area Strategic Bicycle Plan (2008-12).
Labour State Transport Minister Pat Conlon was particularly interested in cycling & had his own vision for a Greenway Network across Adelaide. In 2010 the S.A Labour Party published a ‘Greenways and Cycle Paths Policy’ to stimulate local government agendas. A more detailed vision for Adelaide’s Greenway Network subsequently appeared in SA’s ’30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide’, also linked to the Governments sustainable transport, housing, health & economic development policies.
Route: The State Government’s proposed route for the Outer Harbour Greenway – particularly between the City and Port Adelaide – follows the Outer Harbour rail reserve & PortBUG’s original 2005 recommendations. The route is not on the rail reserve itself but follows the rail alignment on nearby pathways, adjacent local roads & on public parklands where available. The PortBUG had originally recommended this ‘local road’ approach to:
- minimise costs
- get the route established quickly & then…
- assist further refinement over time.
Funding: In 2010 Premier Rann announced a four year funding package of $12M for the city-wide Greenway Project (2010-13) with initial work focussing on Greenways to the south of the CBD & to Glenelg.
In late 2012 the Dep’t for Planning, Transport & Infrastructure informed the BUG that the Outer Harbour Greenway would be ‘next on the list’ and indeed, its development started to take shape over 2013. Development has largely been driven by the State Government’s transport department (DPTI) with responsibility gradually devolving to the two Councils involved (City of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide/Enfield).
New Infrastructure: New infrastructure includes:
- a steel bridge installed by the Charles Sturt Council (Rosetta Street)
- four brand new bicycle and pedestrian activated (BPA) road crossings (Semaphore Road, Cheltenham Parade, Woodville Road and David Terrace)
- several hundred metres of new shared-use pathway (SUP), at Rosewater, Woodville, St Clair & Bowden
- new bike/pedestrian overpasses at Chief St & South Road
- many new ramps, short linkages & crossing access pathways
- new lighting at Rosewater, St Clair & Rosewater
- consistent advisory & destination signage along the route.
Rebuilding and resurfacing of existing pathways has occurred at several points including Alberton & Rosewater & at the new St Clair rail station. Some ‘bike friendly’ active rail crossings have been installed (these greatly facilitate bike access to the Greenway & also improve crossing safety for people using mobility devices & wheelchairs). Significant Greenway access has also been provided by the Port Renewal Authority’s new pathway around the Harbour Loop & across the Birkenhead Bridge.
Completion: In early 2017 additional works complete most of the Northern sections of the Outer Harbour Greenway by providing off-road bike path linkages to join up local roads. We understand that current planning is also focussed on provision of safe and efficient Greenway linkages through the waterfront precincts in the Port where major new building developments are underway.
At the City end of the OH Greenway the Torrens-to-Torrens project at South Road will provide a bikeway overpass over South Road alongside the new rail overpass. This will be a major step towards completion of the Greenway as a continuous and effective off-road cycling route to and from the City.
The remaining sections (between Chief Street and Park Terrace) will be completed as part of the Torrens Junction Project (which will bring the Outer Harbour Rail line under the freight route and create a new station precinct at Bowden) & an additional DPTI pathway & bridge project between Edward & Chief Streets. It is anticipated that these new bike routes will be open by early 2018.