ADELAIDE City Council last week announced it has approved a ten year transport and movement strategy that seeks to make the city's streets safer, more connected and easier for people to use.
'Smart Move - The City of Adelaide's Transport and Movement Strategy 2012 – 2022' is a plan that aims to address transport issues of today while ensuring the city can meet future transport needs.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the Strategy is part of Council's 'One City, Many Places' vision to create a city where people want to spend more time.
"Smart Move is a long-term plan setting out a carefully balanced approach to transport that promotes choice. Whether it be by foot, bike, car or public transport, we want the city to be easy to enter and to get around," Cr Yarwood said.
Cr Yarwood said the Strategy addresses a planned increase over the next 30 years of at least 100,000 residents, workers, students and visitors traveling to and around the city every day.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon said the State Government would continue to work with Council to improve transport into and around the city.
"Encouraging more people to use public transport will go a long way toward easing congestion in the city. We're committed to providing commuters with an efficient and reliable public transport system and have invested more money than any Government to achieve these ambitions," he said.
The Strategy sets out plans to create streets that are greener, safer, well-connected and cyclist and pedestrian friendly.
Creating space for wider footpaths, more bicycle and bus lanes and activities such as outdoor dining and laneway bars all form part of the vision of the Strategy.
The Council said Smart Move directly links to the State Government's 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, the South Australian Road Safety Strategy and the National Urban Policy and shares many of the same ambitions as 5000+, and the Property Council's City of Lights and Make Adelaide Work campaigns.
"This is a new approach to transport and movement for Adelaide but one that cities all over the world are embracing. It proposes a range of measures to encourage behaviour change. If we only plan for cars, all we will get is a city with cars," the Lord Mayor said.
More information about 'Smart Move - The City of Adelaide's Transport and Movement Strategy 2012 – 2022', is available from the Adelaide City Council's 'Smart Move' website at <http://www.smartmoveadelaide.com.au/>.