Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide City Council has abandoned plans to spend $5.8m on a new east-west city bikeway.
Elected members ended four years of controversy by voting 8-3 on Monday night 22nd March 2021 against a bikeway from West Terrace to Hutt Street up Franklin Street, into Gawler Place and onto Wakefield Street.
Staff proposed the dog-leg design late last year as a compromise following threats by property owners on Flinders Street to sue the council if they lost street carparks.
The council’s decision means a $3 million State Government grant towards the bike lane must be returned to the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.
Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said encouraging more cycling was a vital part of ‘integrated transport’.
“We are a capital city and I find it incredible that, in 2021, we cannot deliver a separated bikeway,” she said. “Whether we do it now, or in five years, it is the way of the future.”
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This article was first published in the Adelaide Advertiser.