The One Millionth Rider Pedals The Mike Turtur Bikeway
19 Aug 2015
Recently the one millionth bike rider has clicked over on the Mike Turtur Bikeway, wheeling it in as South Australia’s busiest cycling commuter route into the Adelaide’s CBD, with a top of 1000 riders per day.
The Bikeway provides a 19 kilometre route of shared path, local roads and safe road crossings – including an overpass of South Road – and stretches from the city to Glenelg located alongside the Glenelg Tramline. Public art, wayfinding signs, landscaping, bicycle parking and tools enhance the area for locals and riders alike.
The Bikeway was named in honour of Michael Turtur OAM in 2010. Michael Turtur is an Olympic Gold medallist in the 4000m pursuit at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, double gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, former South Australian Institute of Sport Cycling Coach and has been the Race Director of the Tour Down Under since its inception in 1999.
The investment to Mike Turtur Bikeway over the years forms part of the State Government's commitment to improve cycling infrastructure in the City and outer suburbs. Getting more people riding bikes also creates safe communities and healthy neighbourhoods.
An automated bicycle logger located just west of King William Road has been in place since 2008 to record the number of bikes travelling in each direction every 15 minutes on the Bikeway.
It has been reported that the busiest hours are in the mornings between 7:45 to 8:45am, and evenings between 5:45 to 6:45pm, with the majority of travel occurring between 6:30am and 10am, and 4pm and 7pm. The most popular days for cycling are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The development of the Mike Turtur Bikeway has been a combined effort between the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and local councils.
The 2015-16 State Budget announced a $6.5 million investment in cycling for bike boulevards and greenways.
For further information on cycling routes, including Mike Turtur Bikeway visit http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/major_projects/greenways_project