Bike Network and Action List

Between August and October 2018, we asked the community, via a survey, online mapping tool and through a community event, how we could improve the Bikedirect network in the City of Charles Sturt, including improving safety, access, convenience and comfort for people riding bikes.

(Bikedirect is a network of bicycle routes across the Adelaide metropolitan area that was developed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to encourage cycling)

What we heard

During consultation, we had 156 people complete the survey online, 222 engaged with our interactive online map and we got to speak with over 70 people at our fun and interactive open day in September 2018.

We received many great suggestions to improve infrastructure, facilities, connections and wayfinding and promotional activities.

The community told us that every street should be safe for riding and that riding should be considered upfront in every project as a priority, not an afterthought.

Bike Network Action List

We have compiled all the feedback into an Action List containing 5 key themes:

1. Make Improvements to Strategic Bicycle Routes and Link Routes to Each Other
2. Improve Safety and Access for Bike Riders on Local Roads
3. Improve Safety and Access for Bike Riders on Paths
4. Work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for Improvements to Bike Riding on the Arterial Road Network
5. Improve Facilities for People who Ride Bikes

Implementation of the actions in the ACTION LIST will improve safety of bike riders in Charles Sturt and encourage more people to choose bike riding as a form of transport or recreational activity.

Whilst these actions are strategic in nature, we have received many location specific suggestions which we have retained on file for our future reference and to help prioritise works.

Charles Sturt Bike Network

In addition to improving safety on every street, we have developed a Charles Sturt Bike Network.

In each section of the City, we have identified a key route through the local street network to specifically improve safety for less confident riders and those that prefer quieter routes. Many of the streets that are included on this Bike Network are already quiet with low traffic volumes, however we would like to develop a set of design principles that can be applied on a street-by-street basis. Over time, we hope to provide a network of “safe streets".

As we make changes to our Bike Network streets, we will continue to work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to ensure that our network and the State Governments Bikedirect network are complimentary and aligned where appropriate. This Charles Sturt Bike Network is not intended to replace the Bikedirect network.

Get involved and provide your comments on our Charles Sturt Bike Network and Action List!

Consultation is open until 5pm Monday 8 July 2019

For a hard copy of the Bike Network, please contact us to have one mailed out.

Between August and October 2018, we asked the community, via a survey, online mapping tool and through a community event, how we could improve the Bikedirect network in the City of Charles Sturt, including improving safety, access, convenience and comfort for people riding bikes.

(Bikedirect is a network of bicycle routes across the Adelaide metropolitan area that was developed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to encourage cycling)

What we heard

During consultation, we had 156 people complete the survey online, 222 engaged with our interactive online map and we got to speak with over 70 people at our fun and interactive open day in September 2018.

We received many great suggestions to improve infrastructure, facilities, connections and wayfinding and promotional activities.

The community told us that every street should be safe for riding and that riding should be considered upfront in every project as a priority, not an afterthought.

Bike Network Action List

We have compiled all the feedback into an Action List containing 5 key themes:

1. Make Improvements to Strategic Bicycle Routes and Link Routes to Each Other
2. Improve Safety and Access for Bike Riders on Local Roads
3. Improve Safety and Access for Bike Riders on Paths
4. Work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for Improvements to Bike Riding on the Arterial Road Network
5. Improve Facilities for People who Ride Bikes

Implementation of the actions in the ACTION LIST will improve safety of bike riders in Charles Sturt and encourage more people to choose bike riding as a form of transport or recreational activity.

Whilst these actions are strategic in nature, we have received many location specific suggestions which we have retained on file for our future reference and to help prioritise works.

Charles Sturt Bike Network

In addition to improving safety on every street, we have developed a Charles Sturt Bike Network.

In each section of the City, we have identified a key route through the local street network to specifically improve safety for less confident riders and those that prefer quieter routes. Many of the streets that are included on this Bike Network are already quiet with low traffic volumes, however we would like to develop a set of design principles that can be applied on a street-by-street basis. Over time, we hope to provide a network of “safe streets".

As we make changes to our Bike Network streets, we will continue to work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to ensure that our network and the State Governments Bikedirect network are complimentary and aligned where appropriate. This Charles Sturt Bike Network is not intended to replace the Bikedirect network.

Get involved and provide your comments on our Charles Sturt Bike Network and Action List!

Consultation is open until 5pm Monday 8 July 2019

For a hard copy of the Bike Network, please contact us to have one mailed out.

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  • Why do bicycle lanes have quite different hours of operation? I drop my daughter off at Nazareth school on Crittenden road at 8.50am and then cycle to work along Crittenden road, Grange road and Manton street. Along my route, all cycle lanes are only operational from 7-9am. Inevitably cars begin parking in the cycle lane from approximately 8.45 am. Hence, the cycle lanes are never clear when I am using them and safety is a big concern. Yet, along Findon road the cycle lane hours extend for much longer both in the morning and evening. Is it possible to have the cycle lane hours extended along Manton St and Grange road?

    glyn chidlow asked 12 days ago

    Thanks for your question. We will advise our parking control officers of your report of parked vehicles. The bicycle lane operation times on all of these roads are determined by the State Government Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.  We heard many requests to alter bicycle lane operation times throughout our consultation, so one of our actions contained within the Action List under the main heading “Work with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for Improvements to Bike Riding on the Arterial Road Network” is to “Review bicycle lane operation times (e.g. inclusion of school hours and weekends on some routes)”. We will make sure these roads are included on our list of requests to pass on to DPTI. 


  • Why don’t you extend the grange bike track up to either side of the Tennyson dunes on the public land straight away and then when the consultations about the dunes section is decided the rest will be a lesser cost and then at least you could take children up to it.

    Fazz asked 2 months ago

    Hello. We have been trying to pursue this, however Councils decision was overturned by the Supreme Court, meaning the matter needs to be revisited. The Tennyson Dunes Conservation Park is the responsibility of State Government. Council has been trying to extend the Grange bike track on public land from Terminus Street up to Bournemouth St adjacent the southern edge of the Tennyson Dunes Conservation Park and will continue to pursue this but must revisit a number of matters following the Supreme Court decision.

  • Is it OK to ride bikes on the narrow path around the lake, if so who has the right of way, pedestrians with or without dogs and small children or bikes travelling at speed?

    colleen balmforth asked 2 months ago

    Hello, Bicycle riders of all ages are permitted to ride on any footpath unless a ‘no bicycles’ sign is present.  Bicycle riders must exercise due care and consideration for pedestrians and other path users.  Bicycle riders must give way to any pedestrians, including pedestrians on wheeled recreation devices (such as children riding scooters), keep to the left unless impracticable and sound a bell / warning if necessary to avert danger. 


  • When will the coast park be completed from Grange north to Third Street?

    frustrated walker and cyclist asked 11 months ago

    Hello, 

    Council is in the process of finalising an environment report that considers the condition of the flora and fauna between Terminus and Bournemouth streets. Concurrently it has again been taken to court by CPEG but this time on its revised Public Consultation Policy, something that Council believed should be amended following the previous Supreme Court decision. Until the public consultation policy is effectively resolved Council won’t be able to consult on the Coast Park pathway alignment. This is a significant frustration to Council who remains  committed to an Australian standard shared use path that is accessible to all in this location and continues to work towards that objective.


  • In relation to the CS Bike Network: what does it mean for a street to be included in the network? Will any dedicated funding be attached to a street’s identification as an important asset for cyclists? Will requested improvements for cyclists on non network streets be addressed? Will non-Aus Standard bike parking facilities still be approved by Council and will all bike parking still be placed unprotected in the rain?

    Bicycle user asked 2 months ago

    Hello,thank you for your questions.  

    What we’re proposing is that when these particular streets are due for reconstruction, we would treat them differently than other streets and in most cases that would mean investing more money into making them safer. We plan to develop a set of design principles that we could select from, and each street would be considered on a case-by-case basis for the opportunities it presents. In addition, by adding this network to our Asset Management Planning tool, these streets may be resealed more frequently than other streets to ensure they remain smooth.

    It doesn’t mean that we won’t be considering the safety of bike riders on every other street, it’s just that these streets would be identified, perhaps branded and treated to be particularly safer.  Certainly requests for improvements on other streets will be given consideration also.

    Contact us via email (to the side of this page) about the location of the non-standard bicycle rails and any locations you have in mind for shelter over bicycle rails for us to consider. Thank you.

  • Does The City of Charles Sturt have any plans to reduce the vehicle speed limits on suburban streets to say 40 Kms per Hr as some other councils have done (such as Unley) to make the streets more "people friendly" and much safer for residents to walk and ride to their destination . Thank you.

    Peter Davis asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  We agree that 40 km/h Area Speed Limits on local streets improve road safety for all users and we have recently installed numerous new 40 km/h Area Speed Limits in addition to those that were put in place approximately 20 years ago in Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton and Woodville West .  You can see the areas that are (and shortly will be) 40 km/h on this map and more information about our 40 km/h project can be found here.

    It is our goal to implement 40km/h Area Speed Limits on residential streets throughout the City of Charles Sturt and we are working to implement more 40 km/h Areas which will assist to change driver behaviours on local streets.  As drivers adapt to the changes, we will review the effectiveness of the 40 speed limit and hope to gain further support from the community and Elected Members to roll out the 40 km/h Area in other areas. 



  • Are there any plans for the council in conjunction with the MAC to do an advertising campaign about the benefits of cycling, the rules for drivers, and to quote the stats that 90% of accidents occur to drivers being inattentive and/or aggressive? There is a huge misconception by drivers that cyclists are the issue but it isn't the case in the vast majority of cases. So much time and money is put into driving while under the influence etc, but I think time needs to be invested into safety for cyclists.

    Sarah E asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  This would be a great initiative, and we will include a driver education/cyclist safety advertising campaign within our action list.  We will discuss this with the MAC to seek their input and to determine the viability of a collaborative campaign.