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Franklin Bike lanehits "No Through Road"
Adelaide City Council has voted against installing a separated bikeway across the CBD after years of deliberations.
The 8-3 vote taken at the last meeting, means the council will not have to spend $3 million dollars on top of the $3 million in State Government funding in order to complete the project.
The east-west bikeway would have gone along Franklin Street, Gawler Place and Wakefield Street, connecting with the Frome Street bikeway in the eastern side of the CBD.
The State Government funding was contingent on the council approving plans for the project by the end of the month.
The tight deadline led to a condensed consultation period last year that upset businesses and the Greek Orthodox community SA which has a church and a bingo hall on Franklin Street.
Both groups were worried about losing parking spaces.
Councillor Greg Mackie said consultation was lacking and the plan as it was would have created "enduring angst" in the community.
"We actually need a more fully considered, consulted and integrated approach to how we achieve a workable north-south-east-west [network]," he said.
Councillor Arman Abrahim-zadeh said like most councillors, he supported a bikeway but not in the location proposed.
"Itís the how and the what that we need to work out," he said.
The council decision came after lawyer Greg Griffin wrote to the council on behalf of businesses opposed to the bike lane.
"Everybody has had enough of this matter continually arising," he told ABC Radio Adelaide on Tuesday.
"No-one wants this bike lane. It will have a catastrophic effect in terms of businesses on Flinders Street."
Mr Griffin said the population of Adelaide was primarily suburban, meaning it was "very different" to European cities renowned for their bike paths such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
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