North-South ‘Active’ Cross City Links


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What is a north-south ‘active’ cross city link?

During the development of Smart Move, The City of Adelaide’s Transport and Movement Strategy 2012-22 one of the main barriers identified to people walking or cycling is lack of direct, safe and connected north-south routes through the city. Currently there are 11 east-west main routes compared with 5 north-south routes.

The city does however have an expansive set of low trafficked, low speed north-south local streets and laneways. It was recognised that if these links could be upgraded and integrated into Council’s walking and cycling networks the walkability and cyclability of the city would be improved, and a low-stress alternative for people wanting to walk or ride a bike would be found.

The north-south ‘active’ cross city link network is shown below. The current projects to improve these links include:
  • Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street.
  • Willcox Street.
For further background information on this project please view the sections on the right-hand side.
View the News Tab below for updates on each project.

What is a north-south ‘active’ cross city link?

During the development of Smart Move, The City of Adelaide’s Transport and Movement Strategy 2012-22 one of the main barriers identified to people walking or cycling is lack of direct, safe and connected north-south routes through the city. Currently there are 11 east-west main routes compared with 5 north-south routes.

The city does however have an expansive set of low trafficked, low speed north-south local streets and laneways. It was recognised that if these links could be upgraded and integrated into Council’s walking and cycling networks the walkability and cyclability of the city would be improved, and a low-stress alternative for people wanting to walk or ride a bike would be found.

The north-south ‘active’ cross city link network is shown below. The current projects to improve these links include:
  • Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street.
  • Willcox Street.
For further background information on this project please view the sections on the right-hand side.

  • Compton, Russell and Owen Street

    over 4 years ago

    Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street form a key north-south ‘active’ cross-city link between Gouger Street at the Central Markets and South Terrace, as well as forming part of Council’s Bikeways Network.

    Improving the quality and safety of walking and cycling infrastructure along these streets is part of Council’s strategy to increase the number of people who walk and ride in the city, whilst maintaining good vehicle access and on-street parking for residents, businesses and visitors.

    Following feedback from the public consultation undertaken in November and December 2013 and consideration of the Adelaide Design Manual (aka Urban Design Framework)...

    Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street form a key north-south ‘active’ cross-city link between Gouger Street at the Central Markets and South Terrace, as well as forming part of Council’s Bikeways Network.

    Improving the quality and safety of walking and cycling infrastructure along these streets is part of Council’s strategy to increase the number of people who walk and ride in the city, whilst maintaining good vehicle access and on-street parking for residents, businesses and visitors.

    Following feedback from the public consultation undertaken in November and December 2013 and consideration of the Adelaide Design Manual (aka Urban Design Framework) adopted by Council in 2014, the design has been revised and the detailed designs are currently being finalised.

    The Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street cross-city link will cater for safe two-way (contra-flow) cycling and help to improve the pedestrian experience. Accessibility standards will be improved through the upgrade of kerb ramps and crossing points and Wright Street, Gilbert Street and Gouger Street will feature attractive landscaping.

    The designs use components consistent with Council’s recently endorsed Adelaide Design Manual, which aims to create high quality and sustainable public domain outcomes.

    There have been a number of improvements to the project since the consultation in late 2013, with the main changes including:

    • Widening the Gouger Street central median to four metres between the Gouger Street UPark signalised intersection and California Street to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing. The median will also include new street trees and new bike parking.
    • Improving safety at the UPark signalised intersection by removing the existing lane merges on both sides of the intersection, and providing a dedicated left turn on the western approach and a dedicated right turn on the eastern approach into the car park.
    • Installing a continuous footpath across Compton Street at Wright Street to improve safety and amenity for pedestrians and contra-flow cyclists.
    • Installing footpath extensions and new kerb ramps at both Wright Street/Russell Street and Gilbert Street/Russell Street intersections to improve safety and crossings of the east-west streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
    • Installing water sensitive urban design (WSUD) garden beds at Wright Street/Russell Street and Gilbert Street/Russell Street intersections. This has been implemented as a trial and will be part funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Water Sensitive Urban Design demonstration sites funding grant.
    • Improving South Terrace/Owen Street intersection for pedestrians and cyclists by upgrading kerb ramps, providing a central median refuge and footpath extension on the south-west corner to slow down vehicles entering Owen Street.

    Other minor design items to note include:

    • Motorcycle parking currently in Owen Street will need to be relocated onto South Terrace, on the west side of Owen Street. This will result in the loss of one on-street parking space (two hour area parking, Monday to Friday 8am-6pm).
    • The existing garden areas at both ends of Owen Street (at South Terrace and Gilbert Street) will need to be removed to cater for the intersection improvements noted above.
    • A continuous footpath was initially proposed across Compton Street at Gouger Street, and is now not included.

    View a map of the changes by clicking here.

    The project was presented to and endorsed by Council in September 2014, and designs have been finalised. The project commenced construction in early May 2015 at South Terrace, and will continue to move north along the corridor to Gouger Street. Owners/occupiers adjacent to the project will be notified of the works prior to construction commencing. Check out photos of the contraction here.

  • Little Sturt and Willcox Street

    over 4 years ago

    Little Sturt Street and Willcox Street forms part of a key north-south ‘active’ cross-city link between Grote Street (adjacent to St Mary’s College and a number of local businesses) and South Terrace at the Princess Elizabeth Playground. It also forms part of the City of Adelaide’s Bikeways Network.
    Improving the Little Sturt Street and Willcox Street link to the Park Lands is an outcome of the partnership between Adelaide City Council, the Sturt Street Community School and the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) through the Way2Go program.

    The Way2Go program promotes and educates schools (staff, parents and children)...

    Little Sturt Street and Willcox Street forms part of a key north-south ‘active’ cross-city link between Grote Street (adjacent to St Mary’s College and a number of local businesses) and South Terrace at the Princess Elizabeth Playground. It also forms part of the City of Adelaide’s Bikeways Network.
    Improving the Little Sturt Street and Willcox Street link to the Park Lands is an outcome of the partnership between Adelaide City Council, the Sturt Street Community School and the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) through the Way2Go program.

    The Way2Go program promotes and educates schools (staff, parents and children) on safer, greener and more active travel for primary school students and their communities. More information on the program can be found http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/way2go. Consultation on the project was undertaken in late 2013.

    The community was asked to provide feedback on the proposed walking and cycling improvements to Little Sturt Street and Willcox Street including:

    • Installation of street art.
    • Permitting two-way (contra-flow) cycling on the one-way Little Sturt Street including supporting infrastructure and signage.
    • Widening of footpath on the east side of Willcox Street between Red Lane and Vinrace Street.
    • Installation of a pedestrian wombat crossing (raised pedestrian crossing) on Gilbert Street.

    Strong community support for the project was received, with over 80% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing. Following the consultation, in May 2014 the street art and two-way cycling elements were installed along Willcox Street and Little Sturt Street. Further design work on the Gilbert Street wombat crossing however highlighted significant stormwater implications, making its installation cost prohibitive. It was therefore agreed between Council and DPTI to install a pedestrian zebra crossing, similar to that installed in Pirie Street (adjacent Exchange Place).

    A design has been developed in collaboration with DPTI to ensure the safety of all users, and has incorporated the narrowing of carriageway using landscaped kerb extensions to reduce the crossing distance, calm traffic and improve the public amenity. As per the initially proposed wombat crossing, the zebra crossing will also result in the loss of four parking spaces along Gilbert Street – which is critical to ensure good sight lines between pedestrians crossing and motorists. All residential permit parking spaces will be retained or relocated slightly.

    The local community located in the vicinity of the new proposed crossing will be consulted (inform) in mid-2015. The plans can be found here.
    The project is expected to be constructed in late-2015. Owners/occupiers adjacent to the project will be notified of the works prior to construction commencing.

    The widening of the Wilcox Street footpath is planned to be undertaken in the 2015/16 financial year, however this will depend on Council’s Annual Business Plan and Budget process. The project is being part funded by DPTI’s Way2Go program and Council.