The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is a diverse, vibrant and historically significant urban municipality. There are a number of bike paths and routes throughout the Council enabling commuting and recreational cycling activities. Cycling has health and environmental benefits as a means of transport and recreation. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield Local Area Bicycle Plan 2015-2020 seeks to build upon the unique aspects of the Council and provide an integrated and sustainable transport system that will improve cyclist safety, increase the number of cyclists, connect communities and raise the status of cycling as an enjoyable and legitimate form of transport.
Free Bike Hire
Port Adelaide Enfield Council runs a free bike hire program which makes it quick and easy to grab a bike and go for a ride. There are three convenient locations in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield where you can hire a bike for free.
- Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre, 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide - Cycle around the Port’s State Heritage Area and the Waterfront Loop Path. Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week (except Christmas Day).
Please note BikeSA policy: when the Adelaide temperature is 38 degrees and over, bikes aren't available to be hired.
Maps and Journey Planner
The Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure DPTI (State Government) maintain a system of maps of cycling facilities over the whole metropolitan area called Bike Direct. These maps are comprehensive and show all cycling facilities across Council boundaries.
The Cycle Instead Journey Planner generates cycling routes using the Bikedirect network consisting of main roads, bike lanes, local streets, off-road paths and some unsealed paths. The tool allows the user to customize the route type to suit rider confidence levels and ability.
Local area bicycle plan 2015-2020(PDF, 7554.39 KB)
Cycling network - Short to medium term(PDF, 6348.13 KB)
Cycling network - Long term(PDF, 2381.19 KB)
Loop path map(PDF, 888.61 KB)
Cycling and the Law(PDF, 1248.95 KB)
Cycling on Footpaths
Cyclists of all ages are permitted to ride on footpaths. Cyclists and pedestrians have responsibilities and a duty of care to ensure safety. Interactions between pedestrians and cyclists on footpaths are subject to requirements under the Road Traffic Act and the Australian Road Rules. These include:
- A cyclist on a footpath must, if necessary to avoid danger, give warning (by bell, horn or other means) to pedestrians or others using the footpath.
- A cyclist must give way to pedestrians on a footpath.
- A cyclist must keep left unless impracticable to do so.
- A cyclist must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a pedestrian.
- In conditions of low light cyclists are required to display a white light on the front and a red light and reflector on the rear, so they can be seen by other road and path users.
Cyclists must ride their bicycle to the conditions of the footpath and use their duty of care for all users.
The new laws do not exempt cyclists from riding on a footpath where ‘Bicycles Prohibited’ signs exist. Bicycles Prohibited signs prohibit all cyclists including elderly and children. To report incidents of riding on prohibited paths please contact SA Police on 131 444.
The Port Adelaide Bicycle User Group ('PortBUG') is a local community group working with Council's, State Government & Port Adelaide communities to advance provision for practical, day-to-day bicycle use & transport. At their website you can stay in touch via their blog & Facebook pages & read about using your bike for everyday transport across the City of Port Adelaide Enfield area.
Outer Harbor Greenway
The Outer Harbor Greenway provides a safe, direct, continuous and attractive link from the city to Port Adelaide and the Lefevre Peninsula.
The 20km route begins at the River Torrens Linear Park in the Adelaide Parklands and connects to the Coast Park at Outer Harbor. It generally follows local streets fronting the Outer Harbor railway line, diverging from the railway through Port Adelaide across the Birkenhead Bridge.
Along the Outer Harbor Greenway, different painted logos called 'sharrows' have been used. A sharrow is a bicycle logo with two chevrons, or 'arrows', above it. These are placed closer to the centre of the street, unlike the standard bicycle logos which are placed next to the kerb. The sharrows are intended to position cyclists away from parked cars (away from the 'door zone'). Similar to standard painted bicycle logos, they too do not designate a particular part of the street for the exclusive use of people riding bikes nor do they affect parking or vehicle access. Refer to the Outer Harbor Greenway website for further information.
The Levels-City Bikeway comprises an 18km route from North Adelaide to Mawson Lakes. It traverses through several Councils, and through the City of Port Adelaide via Galway Avenue, Robert Avenue, Kent Avenue, Radford Avenue, Montrose Avenue and a path through State Sports Park. Major road crossings of this route are managed by DPTI who are currently preparing concept designs for the intersections of the Bikeway. The Grand Junction Road improvement for the Levels-City Bike Route has been completed.
River Torrens Linear Park
Originally established for flood mitigation in 1982, the River Torrens Linear Park (RTLP) has since been transformed in to a popular recreational and commuter off-road cyclist route. It also allows for easy cyclist access to the O-Bahn interchanges at Klemzig and Paradise, where bicycle lockers are provided. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is fortunate to have the shared path trail form part of its eastern boundary. The Torrens Linear Park was completed in 1997 and was one of the first major shared paths of its kind in Australia. No-one could foresee its future popularity, and it now carries high volumes of pedestrians and cyclists comprising commuters and recreational users.
Coast Park is a State Government initiative, in partnership with the six metropolitan coast councils to develop a continuous 70km linear park along the Adelaide coastline from North Haven to Sellicks Beach. Construction began in 1992 and more than half has since been developed, with completion expected in 2020.
Most sections of Coast Park comprise the following facilities:
- A shared pedestrian/cycling path or boardwalk.
- Benches and picnic areas.
- Toilets (some with change rooms and showers).
- Motorised vehicle and bicycle parking.
The cycle and walk loop path provides a 3.5km loop around the Port Adelaide Inner Harbour incorporating a shared use path, views of the Port River.
The loop path project has incorporated a number of additional upgrade works to areas around the Inner Harbour, including car park modifications, significant works to the surface and functionality of both Birkenhead and Jervois Bridges. The construction of the path was a joint project by Renewal SA and City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.