New cycle partnership for the Barossa

A new cycle initiative is set to boost the number of people riding for work and leisure in the Barossa.

The Bike Friendly Barossa partnership between Barossa Council and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is geared around converting would-be cyclists into regular riders.

Barossa Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services, Joanne Thomas, said the project aims to increase the uptake of cycling and maximise use of the Barossa Cycle Hub and shared use path network.

“We hope to see people making a conscious change and choosing a bike where practical for work and other common trips such as shopping and school drop off,” said Jo.

“Council can provide support by removing the obstacles that prevent people from cycling and giving people the opportunity and confidence to choose a bike over a car.”

The range of initiatives includes:

•developing bike friendly businesses in town centres

•holding workshops and mentoring for “new or rusty riders”

•developing a cycle culture in Barossa workplaces

•hosting come ‘n’ try events at the Barossa Cycle Hub.

“We have a small but enthusiastic working group that feels passionately about getting more bums on bikes and encouraging the use of our cycling infrastructure,” she said.

“We’d love to hear from anyone in the community who can contribute their energy or experience to help us achieve this goal.”

The project is expected to take 18 months to complete. Interested community members can contact Susie Roehr on 8563 8444 or email sroehr@barossa.sa.gov.au.

This project is supported by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.