PA/E Bicycle Strategy – Challenges & Solutions: The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council Area extends West-to-East across a broad section of North-Western Metro Adelaide. It is a very large ‘post industrial’ area that presents significant challenges in providing equitable access to healthy & sustainable transport. The Port Adelaide/Enfield Council has adopted a Bike Network development plan, 2015-20 (see above and in higher definition here) aimed at addressing some of the challenges facing bicycle 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.
Personal transport costs are continually rising & significant residential areas on Le Fevre Penninsula & located in past industrial precincts are now seen as highly vulnerable. Main roads are also increasingly congested with personal transport – especially that associated with new residential developments – now 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 vehicle 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 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 and the ‘bicycle boulevards’ on the Outer Harbour Greenway. Off-Road Bikeways are particularly important for PA/E residents as most of our main roads require that bikes share road space with heavy vehicles! Some of the Ports dedicated bike facilities are detailed on other pages under this heading.