Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan

Project status: review completed
Engagement: closed

Location: city-wide

Description

The City of Onkaparinga is developing a Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan (TCSMP) which will guide the delivery of trails and cycling projects into the future. The Plan reflects the diverse land, air and water based trail and cycling experiences that include:

  • Recreational cycling
  • Training and fitness cycling
  • Commuter cycling
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Recreational walking
  • Commuter walking
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Scuba and snorkelling
  • Hang gliding and paragliding

Background

The Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan has been informed through evidence based research and community engagement including:

City of Onkaparinga Recreation and Commuter Cycling Study

Through an evidence based approach including research, engagement and analysis, the Recreation and Commuter Cycling Study identified existing and future cycling market groups with Onkaparinga, the experiences they seek and major participation barriers for these groups. The Recreation and Commuter Cycling Study also identified key elements/factors/drivers that could be targeted to influence the growth of the markets and possible investment within the city. Key local and regional destinations and routes were also identified and a gap analysis completed.

The Recreation and Commuter Cycling Study was informed by:

  • Literature review
  • The Recreation and Commuter Cycling Survey (n=1,387)
  • Cycling related feedback from the Road Network Plan (review of cycling specific comments)
  • User data from mobile application such as Strava and mapmyride

It should be noted that the City of Onkaparinga Recreation and Commuter Cycling Study did not directly consider organised competitive sport cycling activities and/or infrastructure associated with these such as velodromes and criterium tracks. These activities form part of the Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Management Plan.

Trails Engagement

The general community and key stakeholders including relevant State Departments, Peak Bodies/Association and localised groups were engaged regarding our Trails Network between January – March 2016.

The Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan encompasses the planning principles:

Urban Cycling & Pedestrian Network

On the 25 October 2015 State Government introduced changes to the Road Traffic Act (Road Rules – Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014 which allow people to cycle on the footpath. This combined with the increasing costs of shared use path construction means that Council needs to prioritise how it delivers its integrated Urban Cycling and Pedestrian network.

Consequently, the Trails and Cycling planning principle identifies the Urban Cycle and Pedestrian service level as:

Shared use paths

Opportunities associated with Coast Park, the Coast to Vines and the Patrick Jonker Veloway will continue to be provided. Priority areas for shared path network expansion will be associated with east-west connectivity gaps that support movement to and from key commuter links and key destinations as well extended loops that provide connections to public transport, key destinations and opportunities for recreation.

Local footpath and road network(s)  

The local pedestrian and cycle opportunities will be facilitated primarily by the footpath and road network. Wider or otherwise enhanced footpath maybe provided, however this will be guided by the Footpath Levels of Service, specific centre or precinct planning projects, Streetscape Design Guidelines and urban renewal plans where relevant. On road cycling infrastructure will support the BikeDirect network and be considered where the traffic speed and volumes exceed that suitable for mixed traffic.

Cycling facilities for young people

The local footpath and road network will support the majority of cycling and walking movements for primary school students. However, additional facilities at and around primary schools may be considered where safety is a particular concern.

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NB Areas outside the council boundary and/or not on council land are not under the care and control or responsibility of the City of Onkaparinga

 

On Road Cycle Training Rides Network

A culture of on-road cycling has emerged organically in response to the Tour Down Under and community events such as Amy’s Ride. On-road cycling uses roads managed by Council and State Government and provides significant economic opportunities for the region via specific products targeting national, intrastate and local cycle tourism markets.

Fostering a cycling culture within Onkaparinga will provide economic benefits outside major events. Regular group rides are provided by bike shops, clubs and individuals. Group rides are fun, social recreation activities and consequently usually include stops at local businesses such as cafés and/or bakeries. A supportive cycling culture will strategically position Onkaparinga to attract and grow this market and thereby supporting local business.

The on-road cycling network maps present a loop network which enables users to tailor their ride to their skill, fitness and time availability. Users can undertake individual loops or combine loops to increase the distance and/or elevation climbed.

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NB Areas outside the council boundary and/or not on council land are not under the care and control or responsibility of the City of Onkaparinga

 

Trails Network

The trails network will focus on nature-based activities and experiences that encompasses both natural surface trails and speciality trails.

Natural Surface Trails

Natural surface trails enable the user to immerse themselves in nature and undertake a short or extended micro adventure depending on their experience, skill, fitness and time availability and include:

  • Hiking and trail walking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain bike riding.

Natural surface trails will use natural, low impact materials that reflect the local environmental context. Natural surface trails may be in the form of single or multi-use trails and incorporate isolated loops and/or connections to other trails expand the user experience across a variety of environments that may include:

Speciality Trails

Specialised trails utilise natural elements such as water, air and rock to access the experience sought by the user and include:

  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Scuba and snorkelling
  • Rock climbing.

While the provision of these elements is beyond the control of governments, we can support these trails experiences through the provision of supporting facilities and infrastructure around launch/landing zones.

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NB Areas outside the council boundary and/or not on council land are not under the care and control or responsibility of the City of Onkaparinga

 

Contact details

For further information regarding the Trails and Cycling network maps and their service levels, contact either Andrew Queisser or Geoff Norris on 8384 0666 at mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Supporting information

PDF icon png Recreation and Community Cycling Study (11.4Mb)
PDF icon png Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan (2Mb)

Maps

PDF icon png Urban Cycling & Pedestrian Network map (2.7Mb)
PDF icon png On-Road Cycle Training Network map (2.2Mb)
PDF icon png Trails Network map (2.9Mb)

Please click here to view the interactive map
 

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