Connecting Adelaide

I’m a commuter cyclist and a recreational cyclist. As a recreational cyclist I like to ride early in the morning when there are less cars or out into the Adelaide Hills/along the coast on the weekends.

As a commuter cyclist and someone who likes to help motivate other people to cycle I tend to be a bit of an advocate for safer roads and better cycle pathways.

Recently I was in Sydney and stumbled across a really great cycle pathway. It was separated from the road, it was dedicated and it was two way. There were also sections where you could exit and enter the cycleway.
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My vision for the future of cycling in metropolitan Adelaide is to see a representative from each metropolitan council being a member of a planning organisation. This organisation would exist to perform the following tasks:

  • ensuring that cycle pathways are connected between council areas, so that the transition is seamless
  • standardised sign-age across councils
  • the establishment of some well lit high-speed cycling highways that are car free, with a fast surface and no pedestrians
  • community consultation for cycle route planning
My commute from the city to home takes me through Adelaide City Council, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council, Burnside Council and Campbelltown Council, all in a 10 km commute. The route that I take home is roughly like this:
I’d like to see these councils talking to each other and having a better understanding of how people travel between council areas. I’d like to see better communication and positive change. I’d like to see more people cycling more often.

2 comments

  1. Hey Katie, We’ve got some of those separate bike lanes in Melbourne – they’re so good to ride on and not have to worry about traffic. They’re known as Copenhagen lanes. Here in Japan, most people ride on the footpath with their granny bikes and only serious mountain bike riders and kids wear helmets. It works, somehow!

  2. Lee Brown says:

    Susanne, people riding on the footpath in Japan only “works” if you’re willing to consider 3 deaths a year and 10,000 injuries an acceptable toll for putting cyclists and pedestrians together on the footpath.

    I’m pleased to see that Japan has finally woken up to the fact the bicycles belong on the road. The more cyclists reclaim the streets the safer the streets become for all cyclists (and fewer old grannies get bowled over by salarymen on mamacharis!)

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