The Port’s Bike Routes: Expressways aside, all of Port Adelaide’s roads are legitimate bike routes. Bikes belong on roads and are a valuable part of our transport system. And one of the great advantages of a bike is that it can go just about anywhere at minimal cost!
When we use our bikes for more strenuous exercise we usually want to go a bit faster, often closer to or at traffic speeds. This is why most fitness riders will choose to ride on our major roads – routes designed to take them longer distances at higher speeds.
However main roads can also require higher levels of skill and physical capability. Main roads also do not always provide direct access to shops, services, rail stations and other important trip destinations. And for many bicycle users – including children and older or less able folk – they can often feel (and be) unsafe and hazardous places to ride. So when we use our bikes for practical purposes – to get to shops, schools, work, to visit family etc – we generally want the most useful, secure and direct route possible. And when we’re just relaxing or sight-seeing we’ll often want a quiet and more scenic or interesting place to ride.
We need a ‘network’ that caters for all – that provides routes that suit our specific purpose, our inclination and gets us to our destination best efficiently and securely. This is what our the Port Adelaide/Enfield Bike Network and our ‘bike routes’ page is all about.
The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council is building a comprehensive Nike Network that aims to meet a wide range of cycling needs, capabilities, interests and destinations. To see a large-scale map of the Port’s Bike Network click here.