The Adelaide City Council is Australia’s first local government founded in 1840. As the capital of South Australia the City of Adelaide is renowned as a clean, attractive and accessible city surrounded by Park Lands. Adelaide City Council is responsible for the delivery of efficient, safe and effective local government services to residents, business and visitors to the City.
Adelaide City Council + Cycle Aware
This project is directly relevant to Adelaide City Council (ACC) from a safety, accessibility and community perspective. The City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 aims to achieve a balance between transport options for the easy movement of people into, out of, and around the city regardless of which mode of transport they choose.
ACC has a target to double the number of people riding bikes into the city by 2020. To achieve this target Council, in partnership with the South Australian State Government, is investing $12 million in establishing connected and low-stress north-south and east-west bikeways in the city.
One of the challenges that ACC currently has, as more people are getting on their bikes to travel to and around the city, is improving safety for all street users, as well as ensuring that all street users understand the Australian Road Rules, particularly around bike rider and vehicle, and bike rider and pedestrian interactions.
Understanding what drivers are learning (or not learning) about these interactions, with the key aim of making the learning consistent at a national level, is considered to be fundamental to improving road safety – especially as the city bikeways network is developing. It is considered that infrastructure is only one ingredient to achieving a safe bike riding environment, with education and training being additional critical ingredients.
Adelaide City Council’s Representative on the Project Team
Tanya Bacic is the Principal Transport Planner at Adelaide City Council in the Strategy and Design program, and has been with Council since early 2011. Tanya is passionate about promoting and delivering sustainable and active transport networks and solutions. One of Tanya’s first projects working at Adelaide City Council in 2011 was delivering Council’s ‘Smart Move’ Transport and Movement Strategy, and ever since she has actively been involved in its implementation.
Tanya has been working in the field of Traffic and Transport for over 18 years in both the private and public sector, and has worked throughout Australia. Her main interests are sustainable and active travel, and creating healthy and safe cities for people.