Have Your Say: Encounter Bikeway Realignment

7th October 2021
Council has developed three options for improving the Encounter Bikeway from Hindmarsh Road to the Council boundary.

The Encounter Bikeway is a 31.5km multi-purpose trail that follows the spectacular coastline between Victor Harbor and Goolwa. It is a popular attraction on the Fleurieu Peninsula and provides a premier coastal riding and walking experience to the community.

The City of Victor Harbor is seeking feedback on proposed options for realignment of the Encounter Bikeway from Hindmarsh Road to the Council boundary.

Realignment options

The need to improve the trail section between Hindmarsh Road and the Council boundary has been identified on several occasions, including in the City of Victor Harbor's Bicycle Strategy (2016) and in correspondence from the community. Some of the key issues noted include: difficult cycling conditions east of Hindmarsh River, a ‘problematic’ section of the bikeway at Kleinigs Hill, and counterintuitive use of residential streets between Kleinigs Hill (Adelaide Road) and the Council boundary.

Council has developed three options for improving the Encounter Bikeway from Hindmarsh Road to the Council boundary. These options aim to improve both safety and enjoyment of the Bikeway, and future-proof the iconic attraction so it can be utilised for many years to come. You can read about these options in detail by downloading a Summary Fact Sheet at www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au.

Option 1 - Follow coast-front roads and reserves
This option will see the Encounter Bikeway stay high on top of the rail corridor cutting, utilising a combination of the coast-front secondary road network (Olivers Parade, Hayward Street and Hayward Court) and coast-front reserves.

Option 2 - Follow the rail corridor
This option utilises the rail corridor from Investigator Carpark to Hayward Street before climbing the cutting at the Hayward Street beach access steps and following coast-front secondary streets (Hayward Street and Hayward Court). It then descends back to the rail corridor at the Hayward Court beach access stairs.

Option 3 - Retain the existing alignment with improved treatment
This option utilises the secondary road network for the entirety of the project area.

The outcome could also be a combination of options as there are many points where the alignments cross-over each other.

Have your say

The community is encouraged to share feedback on this project by completing the online survey at www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au. Hardcopy feedback forms can also be collected from the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor).

The survey will close at 5pm on Friday, 12 November 2021.

The City of Victor Harbor will be also hosting several community drop-in sessions. These sessions are an opportunity for the community to talk about the realignment options with Council's project team and share feedback in person.

Saturday, 23 October 2021
Encounter Bikeway, Hayward Court
7:00am - 9:00am and 11:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday, 6 November 2021
Encounter Bikeway, Olivers Parade
7:00am - 9:00am and 11:00am to 1:00pm

For more information about this project, visit www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au