The Bike SA CEO, Christian Haag, takes a quick look at the 2016/17 state budget and what’s in it for cycling.
While there are only a few references for cycling specifically, here’s what we can glean from a quick overview for each relevant government agency.
Department for Environment
- Amend the management plans for seven metropolitan parks to allow for further development of visitor experiences in parks, including mountain bike riding, bush camping, horse riding and dog walking.
- An allocation across 2016-17 of $300,000 for Mountain Biking in the Mt Lofty Ranges (already announced)
Department of Transport
- A new ‘amalgamated’ annual program called Asset Improvement will replace the former programs, National Black Spot, National Minor Works, Rural & Remote, Responsive Road Safety, State Black Spot, Transport System Responsiveness, National Highway Upgrade, Public Transport Infrastructure Renewal (part), Rural Freight Improvement, Shoulder Sealing, Greenways, bicycle boulevards and a public bike share scheme, Rural Road Safety and Station Security and Amenity Upgrades. This will enable greater flexibility in providing funding for priority works.
- The key references in this area are “Shoulder Sealing, Greenways, bicycle boulevards and a public bike share scheme”. There is no statement of expenditure though.
- Continue the upgrade of existing train stations with new platform surfaces, improve station accessibility, install bicycle enclosures and improve lighting, shelter and amenity of the stations.
- North–South Corridor, Northern Connector — construction of a new 15.5 kilometre three lane motorway in both directions which connects the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway, including four major road interchanges and a 16 kilometre shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians which will connect to the existing pathway adjacent to the Northern Expressway.
- North–South Corridor, Torrens Road to River Torrens upgrade – construction of four kilometres of non-stop roadway, incorporating three kilometres of lowered motorway, between Ashwin Parade, Torrensville and Pym Street, Croydon Park, including intersection upgrades, an overpass for the Outer Harbor passenger rail line, and improved cycling and pedestrian facilities
- North–South Corridor, Darlington upgrade – upgrade of approximately 3.3 kilometres of the existing Main South Road between the Southern Expressway and Tonsley Boulevard including a lowered motorway, intersection improvements and enhanced cycling and walking facilities
- Goodwood and Torrens Rail Junctions upgrade — delivery of the remaining components of this project, which include:
- Torrens Rail Junction — grade separation of the freight and passenger lines at Torrens Junction, grade separation of the rail line at Park Terrace, relocation of Bowden Station and improved cycling and pedestrian access between Bowden and the Adelaide Park Lands
- Mike Turtur Bikeway — construction of a cycling and pedestrian bridge over the rail line at Goodwood, including Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant access to the existing Goodwood Station (as previously announced).
We will enquire with each agency and request some budget breakdowns so that we can see if any budgeted cycling priority projects have been identified.
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