Adelaide’s Busiest Cycling Route – “Missing Link” to be Completed

 MTB_aerial perspective
Oh yes. This is good news. One of the biggest “Missing Links” along the Mike Turtur Bikeway is finally getting completed. 

The Federal Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher and South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan announced that expressions of interest will be called to separate the rail corridors at the Torrens Junction and adjacent road and rail level crossing on Adelaide’s Inner Ring Route.

So what does this mean for the 1,000 cyclists who use the Mike Turtur Bikeway each day? Good news. The Torrens Junction works, Stage 2 of the overall project, will feature the construction of a new pedestrian and cycling overpass at Goodwood to complete the popular Mike Turtur Bikeway, Adelaide’s busiest cycling commuter route to the city.

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An aerial view of the planned works

This infrastructure will eliminate the need for cyclists to dismount in order to use the underpass at the Goodwood train station. That means a faster and safer journey for all, which in our experience means more people taking the opportunity to jump on their bikes and leave the car at home.

And for those who would enjoy better access to the station by bike and to then jump on the train, it’s also going to be a positive. (PS If you think undercover bicycle parking facilities would be a bonus, please let us know via email and we will pass on to the department).This jointly funded federal and state government project is to be applauded. It will resolve the biggest ‘missing link’ along this vital piece of Adelaide’s cycling infrastructure. Bike SA would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the transport department’s cycling planners who have been quietly beavering away on this high end infrastructure for some time.

To add a bit of icing on the cake, it turns out that these vital works are good for the economy as well, supporting about 212 jobs a year during construction.

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Christian Haag

Christian Haag is the CEO of Bicycle SA and while he doesn't wear lycra - he does ride a Mountain Bike.

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Let’s use our bike and leave our car at home. We’ll make a great contribution to create a brighter future for us and our generation. Start it right now!

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Now our turn South of Adelaide. Fleurieu Peninsula. Aldinga needs desperately safe bike tracks connecting the Coast to Vine in Willunga, to Aldinga and from Aldinga to Seaford railway. Also a safe crossing across South Road to Little road Please bike riders help us by writing to State and Federal to tell them .

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I agree with Bea – it’s time to put in a few cycle lanes in the Southern Vales. when I used to do a part time cycle commute from Aldinga to Noarlunga Station (would now be to Seaford station) the main road was dangerous (Commercial Rd / Old Coach Rd). It’s better now with car speeds at 80km/h, but still **** we desperately need cycle lanes alongside some of the key roads in the Southern Vales****. This is not only for commuters, but also to encourage recreational use by locals and visitors to the region.

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Add to that fixing the road between Mclaren Vale to Mclaren Flat, the extreme damage is causing me to ride out from the edge more than a metre in areas.

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Peter Schulze
May 19, 2016 3:29 am

This has been raised as part of the review of the Road Network Plan, City of Onkaparinga. Regrettably, its a DPTI road and advocacy for improvement is where the council’s role is. Council has managed to advance planning for a diversion of the Coast to Vines trail to the McLaren Vale oval, which I hope serves as an early stage in a separated path to McLaren Flat. In the mean time, send your views to mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au – subject Trail Network review.

Peter Schulze
May 19, 2016 3:36 am

Engagement has concluded regarding Old Coach Road upgrade, but worth still having input into the City of Onkaparinga Trails Network Review – send to mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au . Regrettably, Old Coach Road plan only envisages a shared path on western side, without provision for an on road bicycle lane on either side. I’ve advocated for this to be reconsidered. Cr Peter Schulze.

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Peter Schulze
May 19, 2016 3:24 am

Yep. City of Onkaparinga is presently reviewing Recreational Trails Network (regrettably engagement recently closed). Your views might still be able to be considered in you share mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au – subject Trails Network review. Cr Peter Schulze

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The massive loop on the city side looks very unnecessary, slow/annoying, and wasteful. Can anyone explain the concept? Is there more details anywhere? The South Road bridge is a good model, but more aligned transitions at the beginning and end would make it safer and more user friendly.

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It’s to allow people to go directly under the tram line through an arch to get the correct side of the line to access the crossing of Goodwood Road. No waiting for trains OR trams.

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Gotta be done otherwise they need to put a bridge over two roads upsetting local traffic flow and access.

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Dylan,
This will not be a bike only path. The loop is for disable access ramp lengths with the mandatory flat spots and there are stairs and two lifts to the platforms below. Don’t expect to be separated from pedestrians.

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Instead of a loop, the overpass could overpass the tram as well so that the ramp is on the south side. The spiral allows access to the Showgrounds too. Alternatively, a bicycle route could be developed on the northern/western side of the tram line right up to south tce. Very little vehicular and pedestrian traffic interaction all the way through to K-W St. The other advantage is wider road/pathways without too much effort to Greenhill Rd.

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Why does it have a roof over it ? extra $ $ $ $

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The roof is really a throw screen to stop people chucking stuff onto the tracks or electrification wiring. Absolutely essential to avoid people inadvertently electrocuting themselves – its 25,000 Volts.

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Why is there no tram stop there for train to tram transfers?????

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I think this is a great idea, if only there was a veloway included in the south road upgrade. What an opportunity missed.

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Chris simpson
May 13, 2016 8:00 am

The bike/pedestrian overpass is fantastic news. At last!! Thank you!!

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How ’bout something being done with the railway corridor from Gladstone to Laura, then continue on from Wirrabara to Melrose.
Would make for some very happy bike riders in the Mid North.

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I like riding along the Bikeway but obviously whoever plans these things doesn’t. The east side of Goodwood station the bikeway is south of the line and on the west side its on the north. Same as the descent on the western side of the south road crossing. Leads to a tram stop, stop, dismount, cross tracks, mount and carry on down to the Bay. (Or just get on the road and utilise that and cross at a road crossing). Then there’s the major inconvenience to cyclists, park users train users, when the construction starts. Needs to blend into the colour scheme of the new station and surroundings. Great idea for sure but should have been done before!

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Awesome. This prevents us from either having to go over the road and rail lines further south, or down through the no-ride zone underpass, which always feels like a possible stabbing will happen, when one enters the underpass 🙂 It also minimises the change of a faceplant into one of the bollards at the bottom of the steep incline.

It will be a pleasant and welcome change.

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No faceplant if you wheel your bike like you’re required to.

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The station underpass will be filled in once the new overpass access with lifts is completed.

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We desperately need more safe cycling in the south. Crossing South Rd at Aldinga is becoming increasingly difficult with havy traffic speeding past. , An underpass at Little Rd would be fabulous and the coming road upgrade is the time to do it! . Also there is no safe cycling access from Aldinga to Seaford Station.

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So if you’re riding from the Showgrounds, you’ll have to pass under the loop, then sharp U-turn and go back to where you were but on raised loop.
Will the under train line still be in use?
It seems odd that the family in the house under the loop is going to be happy with people walking/rolling just over their backyard…. hmmm private.

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Neil Titterington
May 17, 2016 7:01 pm

Hi Lee-Ann, that house has been trying to sell the corner plot of their backyard for the last couple of years. I noticed recently that the ‘for sale’ sign was gone, so I now assume that it was bought by the people running this project.

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The station underpass will be closed when the new overpass station access (shared with the bikeway) is completed, but the Leader St and Victoria St level crossings will still be open.

Pity the hydrology of the area doesn’t allow a more modern underpass incorporating both station access and the bikeway.

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This is great news – thanks to all involved and a good design. One query – what maintenance budget has been allocated for graffiti removal?

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Why is there no interchange with the tram line here?

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I really enjoy the article post.Thanks Again. Cool. Posner

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