Walking SA welcomes the infrastructure improvements to the Wood-Weller Bikeway proposed by the City of Unley.
As the peak body for walking in SA, covering both walking for recreation and transportation, Walking SA fully supports the proposed initiative, and consider it in alignment with our stated mission to get more people walking more often. For reference, we have attached to this letter our recently released 2023-2025 strategic plan, which includes the new addition of a walkability pillar.
We have reviewed the concept design plans for the project and in general, consider the proposed design to be sound and well considered. Whilst we acknowledge that the project focus is mostly on improving conditions for people riding bikes, we support the creation of new shared crossings of Northgate Street.
More specifically, we would like to offer the following minor comments and suggestions on specific aspects of the design where we feel that walking outcomes could be improved:
Location 1: Wood Street to just east of Victoria Avenue
Acknowledging the desire lines for people walking from/to Victoria St would not be as well serviced by the proposed Northgate St midblock crossing, has the potential for an additional or alternative crossing at the intersection Victoria/Northgate been considered?
Location 2: King William Road intersection and Heywood Park Improvements
Prominent and legible wayfinding signage should be considered between Northgate Street and Whistler Avenue to inform route choice between the bikeway and King William Road. The concept design documentation does not make it clear if this is currently included in the project or not.