Mike Turtur Bikeway - Boosting health and connecting communities
Take a journey on the 10km Mike Turtur Bikeway and find out more about this shared cycling and pedestrian path that connects Adelaide to Glenelg.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.
Cyclists now have a direct route from the heart of Adelaide to Glenelg following the opening of the final stage of the 10km Mike Turtur Bikeway.
The shared cycling and pedestrian path shadows the Adelaide to Glenelg tram line and runs through the north of Marion, connecting to King William Street in Unley and Brigthton Road in Glenelg.
The Marion Council area hosts 4.6kms of the bikeway from the Glandore tram stop on South Road to Maxwell Terrace, Glengowrie where it links to the neighbouring City of Holdfast Bay.
Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said the bikeway provided important health and recreation benefits by making cycling and walking easier and more enjoyable.
“The Mike Turtur Bikeway is a high quality route that promotes alternative forms of transport, provides fitness and health opportunities, gets cars off the road and connects communities,” Dr Lewis said.
“Rising fuel prices, change in climate and poor public health can all be tackled by walking and cycling.
“The bikeway is an important step in Marion becoming a walking and cycling community.”
The final stage of the bikeway was jointly opened by the City of Marion and the City of Holdfast Bay in November last year with an event at Glenelg East where it connects the two council areas.
Work on the Marion section of the route began in 2009 and cost $2.4 million with funding provided by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Dr Lewis said: “I’d like to thank our partners in State Government and the neighbouring City of Holdfast Bay for working with us to deliver this important project for our community.”
Extensive community consultation during the staged construction saw 30 pieces of community art installed, including life-size three dimensional steel ‘chain figures’ between Morphett and Cross roads, Plympton Park.
A series of two-dimensional figures have been installed along the fence adjacent to Morphettville Racecourse as well as large-scale bicycle badges featuring messages from the community.
The bikeway also links to a section of Sturt River Linear Park at Maxwell Terrace which was built by the City of Holdfast Bay to enable people to move easily between the two routes.
The Mike Turtur Bikeway forms part of the City of Marion Walking and Cycling Strategy.
The strategy supports City of Marion’s commitment to the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities Alliance and Healthy Communities initiatives.
- See a video of Christine Meijborg of Plympton Park riding the bikeway on YouTube.
- Visit Mike Turtur Bikeway for more information.
- A map of the bikeway is available on the Bikemap website.
City Limits Magazine
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