City bikeway funds should still be spent in cycling

The state’s peak environment body has called for the $3 million State Government funding earmarked for the now-scrapped East-West Bikeway to still be spent on cycling works in the CBD.


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24 March 2021

City bikeway funds should still be spent in cycling

The state’s peak environment body has called for the $3 million State Government funding earmarked for the now-scrapped East-West Bikeway to still be spent on cycling works in the CBD.

“Scrapping the East-West Bikeway is a deeply disappointing outcome after years of frustrating debate,” Conservation SA Chief Executive Craig Wilkins said.

“If the Council is short-sightedly walking away from this project, then the State Government should still spend the money on increasing bike travel through the city, rather than return the funds to general revenue.

“The need for safe cycling infrastructure is still there, and the money should be spent in other ways that will encourage more people to jump on their bike.

“It’s frankly ridiculous that a separated bikeway seemingly cannot be built in Adelaide’s wide streets when other cities make it happen, delivering all the enormous benefits that come from more cycling including less congestion, pollution, greenhouse emissions and noise, and better health,” he said.

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