BOWDEN'S first pedestrian and bike friendly streets have officially opened, with Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and part of Gibson streets opening for full public use last week following the completion of stage one of the roads and parks works.
The streets feature high quality pavements, landscaping, street furniture and artwork, provide opportunities for socialising and rest and encourage pedestrian and cycle friendly vehicle speeds of 25-30 kilometres per hour, with parking limited and generally on one side only.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the new style of street design has no curbs and offers a more open feel to encourage a mixture of uses and prioritise pedestrians and cyclists within Bowden, which is 2.5 kilometres northwest of Adelaide's CBD and being developed as a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly precinct.
The Bowden development is South Australia's first large-scale, integrated urban development and aims to deliver more than 2,400 dwellings for approximately 3,500 new residents over 15 years. It is located at the north-western edge of the Adelaide Parklands on the former Clipsal and Origin industrial sites.
According to the urban design guidelines for the 16 hectare site, Bowden is to be the flagship walkable neighbourhood in metropolitan Adelaide, creating:
- A sustainable and commercially feasible walkable neighbourhood;
- A project that is flexible, capable of adapting to changing market and demographic conditions;
- Expertise in streets, parks and development that is transferable to other infill sites locally and nationally; and
- A project that will lead the market and expand the range of dwelling types currently on offer in Adelaide.
Housing and Urban Development Tom Koutsantonis said the project has delivered streets that support walking and cycling and create safe and healthy neighbourhoods, adding that "Bowden is being developed as a 'people first' precinct with a promise to deliver a unique and vibrant community while embracing existing culture."