ADELAIDE City Council will partner with the State Government to deliver $12 million in funding to transform the city experience for bike riders with the largest single investment in cycling infrastructure in the city's history.
Council will match State Government funding of $6 million to deliver north-south and east-west bikeways in the city, investing in new cycling infrastructure and streetscape improvements that will create connected, high quality routes, with completion anticipated for 2019.
The north-south route will connect Frome Bikeway from Pirie Street through to the River Torrens, encouraging students of the new City High School on Frome Road to travel by bike through safer and well-connected city routes.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the joint initiative will create and extend dedicated bikeways through the city to encourage more people to cycle.
"These important north-south and east-west routes aim to provide high-quality routes that cater for the needs and abilities of all levels of bike riders and link inner metropolitan bike routes with key destinations in the city," Mr Mullighan said.
The co-funding will also provide $1 million to begin a point-to-point city bike share scheme, with a future vision for this to expand into the adjoining suburbs outside the city.
The Adelaide City Council and the State Government will work to identify a key east-west cycling link to create a connected network from Kent Town to Mile End, delivering new high-quality cycling infrastructure and streetscape improvements.
Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese described the funding as the single largest investment in cycling infrastructure in the history of the City of Adelaide.
"The project substantially improves the current design of Frome Street and extends and delivers a long overdue point-to-point bike share system in the City of Adelaide," Cr Haese said.
"The further development of bikeways routes strongly aligns with Council's objectives to deliver priority walking and cycling routes and to work with Federal and State Governments to provide appropriate infrastructure and promote sustainable transport options."
It is intended that Council's funding will support a consistent cycling experience along the entire bikeway, including reshaping the design of the current section of the Frome Bikeway to enable two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in both directions during peak hour while maintaining separation for safety.
Consultation will be undertaken with businesses, residents and property owners adjacent to the bikeways to ensure that the designs complement and enhance on-street activation, and broader public consultation will invite feedback from the city's community.