King William Road Bikeway - Bike Facility Consultation

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Photo of shared path adjacent King William Road showing two bike riders on the road and one on the path, plus cars passing.

13 October 2020

We are seeking feedback on two options for improved bike infrastructure along King William Road. These options, available here, apply to a 300m section of King William Road from the ‘bend’ near number 27 King William Road to Greenhill Road. Each option will have some impact on traffic flow, bus stop locations, and parking, so it is important we obtain feedback from a range of stakeholders to inform decision making.

Background

The Mike Turtur Bikeway, and its continuation along King William Road, connect into the Adelaide Park Lands and CBD. It is one of the most popular off-road bike routes and carries up to 1000 bike riders per day, including commuters and recreational users, who are typically experienced riders confident mixing with vehicles.

There is currently a shared use path along the western side and a southbound bike lane. However, there are a number of clear deficiencies that mean that the existing arrangement is not appropriate for all types of riders. The City of Unley aim to encourage all types of bike riders to feel comfortable using our street network.

To achieve this along this section of King William Road, we have considered a range of alternative options. These options provide streetscape improvements that encourage less experienced riders as well as maintain efficiency for confident riders who use this section of road everyday. Further information on our design intent and design standards is available here.

Options

An extensive process has already been undertaken to develop the two options presented in the attachments. We started by understanding who we are designing for, and what existing road functions we need to maintain (such as limiting additional delay to traffic, limiting loss of parking and maintaining bus services). We also liaised with the City of Adelaide to ensure that design options link with Peacock Road.

The challenge was trying to fit everything we wanted in the limited space available, which we quickly learnt was not possible. The options developed balance the existing functions of the street with improved bike facilities to encourage greater community use.

Option 1 provides a northbound separated bike lane with a physical buffer between bikes and traffic, as well as an improved southbound bike lane with a combination of physical buffer and painted buffer. The goal of this option is to improve the on-road bike facilities so they meet the needs of less confident bike riders, as well as everyday commuter bike riders who typically prefer to stay on the road.

Option 2 focuses on widening and improving the off-road shared path along the western footpath. A 4.0m width shared path will provide continuation for the Mike Turtur Bikeway along the tram line. A shared path may not be used by more confident bike riders who prefer to ride on the road, but will provide a high level of comfort for less confident bike riders.

Providing Feedback

We need community feedback to understand your preference of the two options as well as any comments you have on particular aspects of the designs. This feedback will help us update the concepts and choose a preferred option. Subject to feedback, a further report will be presented to Council summarising the community’s comments and putting forward a preferred design. The design will then be finalised for future budget consideration.

To provide feedback, please complete the survey below by Wednesday 4 November 2020.

For additional information and to discuss the project, please contact us by email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au, or by phone on 08 8372 5111.


City Design Team

City of Unley

13 October 2020

We are seeking feedback on two options for improved bike infrastructure along King William Road. These options, available here, apply to a 300m section of King William Road from the ‘bend’ near number 27 King William Road to Greenhill Road. Each option will have some impact on traffic flow, bus stop locations, and parking, so it is important we obtain feedback from a range of stakeholders to inform decision making.

Background

The Mike Turtur Bikeway, and its continuation along King William Road, connect into the Adelaide Park Lands and CBD. It is one of the most popular off-road bike routes and carries up to 1000 bike riders per day, including commuters and recreational users, who are typically experienced riders confident mixing with vehicles.

There is currently a shared use path along the western side and a southbound bike lane. However, there are a number of clear deficiencies that mean that the existing arrangement is not appropriate for all types of riders. The City of Unley aim to encourage all types of bike riders to feel comfortable using our street network.

To achieve this along this section of King William Road, we have considered a range of alternative options. These options provide streetscape improvements that encourage less experienced riders as well as maintain efficiency for confident riders who use this section of road everyday. Further information on our design intent and design standards is available here.

Options

An extensive process has already been undertaken to develop the two options presented in the attachments. We started by understanding who we are designing for, and what existing road functions we need to maintain (such as limiting additional delay to traffic, limiting loss of parking and maintaining bus services). We also liaised with the City of Adelaide to ensure that design options link with Peacock Road.

The challenge was trying to fit everything we wanted in the limited space available, which we quickly learnt was not possible. The options developed balance the existing functions of the street with improved bike facilities to encourage greater community use.

Option 1 provides a northbound separated bike lane with a physical buffer between bikes and traffic, as well as an improved southbound bike lane with a combination of physical buffer and painted buffer. The goal of this option is to improve the on-road bike facilities so they meet the needs of less confident bike riders, as well as everyday commuter bike riders who typically prefer to stay on the road.

Option 2 focuses on widening and improving the off-road shared path along the western footpath. A 4.0m width shared path will provide continuation for the Mike Turtur Bikeway along the tram line. A shared path may not be used by more confident bike riders who prefer to ride on the road, but will provide a high level of comfort for less confident bike riders.

Providing Feedback

We need community feedback to understand your preference of the two options as well as any comments you have on particular aspects of the designs. This feedback will help us update the concepts and choose a preferred option. Subject to feedback, a further report will be presented to Council summarising the community’s comments and putting forward a preferred design. The design will then be finalised for future budget consideration.

To provide feedback, please complete the survey below by Wednesday 4 November 2020.

For additional information and to discuss the project, please contact us by email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au, or by phone on 08 8372 5111.


City Design Team

City of Unley

  • We need community feedback to understand your preference of the two options as well as any comments you have on particular aspects of the designs. This feedback will help us update the concepts and choose a preferred option. Subject to feedback, a further report will be presented to Council summarising the community’s comments and putting forward a preferred design. The design will then be finalised for future budget consideration. 


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