Government

South Australia boosts cycling infrastructure with new $2m state bicycle fund

This initiative, coupled with the River Torrens to Darlington T2D Project, aims to bridge gaps in Adelaide’s bike path network, fostering safer and more accessible cycling routes.

The South Australian Government has announced the establishment of a new State Bicycle Fund to help improve the state’s cycling connections. This initiative, coupled with the River Torrens to Darlington T2D Project, aims to bridge gaps in Adelaide’s bike path network, fostering safer and more accessible cycling routes.

The State Bicycle Fund, with a commitment of $2 million, is set to empower local councils to develop new bike paths and enhance existing ones. This funding will support a variety of projects, including the installation of shared-use paths, safer road crossings, wayfinding signage, and other road safety enhancements.

A total of 27 projects across 20 councils will benefit from this funding, with a notable 38 percent allocated to regional areas. Additionally, about 10 percent of the fund is reserved for design-only projects, helping councils prepare for future funding opportunities.

Among the funded council projects are noteworthy initiatives like the $200,000 grant to the Copper Coast Council for constructing a 760-meter shared use path on Coast Road, and the $35,000 allocated to the Alexandrina Council for new wayfinding signage along the Encounter Bikeway. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield will also receive $20,000 for designing improved cyclist crossing facilities.

In collaboration with the City of Mitcham, the State Government is enhancing active travel links in local streets between St Marys and Clarence Gardens as part of the Flinders to City Bikeway. This 4km stretch will see upgrades such as improved crossings and cycling lanes. Similar improvements are planned in all five council areas along the 10.5km T2D Project alignment, aiming to provide safer active travel options during and after the T2D Project’s construction.

The South Australian Government and the City of Mitcham have jointly funded these $1.5 million upgrades. The Flinders to City Bikeway project has already commenced and is expected to be completed by mid-late 2024.

Tom Koutsantonis, MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, stated “The State Bicycle Fund, in conjunction with projects connected to T2D, will see significant improvements to existing bike paths across the state,” he stated. He further highlighted the fund’s role in supporting local councils to develop safer and better bike paths and crossings.

Nadia Clancy, State Member for Elder, expressed her excitement about the investment in active transport, underscoring the importance of safe cycling options, saying “It’s so important to support safe cycling options and this partnership will achieve just that.” Similarly, City of Mitcham Mayor Heather Holmes-Ross noted “Providing alternative active travel options for our community is a big part of our commitment to accessibility, wellbeing and reducing climate impacts.”
 
“Works to complete this link through City of Mitcham are now being progressed, with a Dorene Street section in St Marys recently implemented, and remaining sections currently being designed.”

More News

To Top