Launched! A Bike Park for Adelaide’s CBD cyclists
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood continued their campaign to enliven our city streets by launching a Bike Park in Hindmarsh Square this morning, February 2nd.
The free facility for cyclists, located in the south-west corner of Hindmarsh Square, will be open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday until the end of March 2012. It offers secure bike storage, showers, toilets and cloakroom, maps and information, as well as food and coffee.
An initiative of Bicycle SA, the hub also will provide an extra outlet for the free Adelaide City Bike Hire as well tables and chairs to let cyclists, and others, relax under Hindmarsh Square’s shady trees. The Bike Park will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Cyclists can use the service occasionally or every day.
The Bike Park is a pilot project, which is part of the State Government and Adelaide City Council
program Splash Adelaide, which is aiming to bring more activity to city streets.
“We want Adelaide to be a healthy, energetic and vibrant community and providing a hub for people
who commute by bike will encourage people to be part of that,” Mr Weatherill said. “Along with outdoor dining, cinema, food vendors and street closures, the Bike Park is designed tomake the centre of the city an enjoyable place to spend time.”
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said it was great to see city activation pilot projects appearing all over
the city. “It’s a good way to experiment with what can work in our city spaces and a sign of cross-government
commitment to cycling and reducing red tape.”
During the festival season the Bike Park will be linked with cultural and artistic activities. Bicycle SA CEO Christian Haag is encouraging Adelaide workers to make use of the Bike Park to demonstrate the long-term need for end of trip facilities for the growing number of commuting
“We want to build a strong community around this temporary facility,” Mr. Haag said. “The more people that use the Bike Park over the next two months, means the more we can advocate for permanent facilities.”
Other Splash Adelaide projects currently happening around the city include:
- ‘Shangri-La in the City,’ hosted by the Saldechin Tearoom
- Activation of North Terrace, with outdoor workshops, cinema and more
- Leigh Street ‘Alfresco Fridays’ with increased outdoor dining and road closure from 12 noon
- The East End Association’s ‘Summer Fridays’ centred around Ebenezer Place
- Adelaide Ballzup – Giant water balls on either the River Torrens