Public transport and more active modes of transport are linked to greater health and wellbeing.
Unless you are self-isolating due to illness, or are required to stay home in quarantine, it is still safe to use public transport (e.g. trains, buses, trams, taxis, ride-hail services) and to walk or cycle for getting around your community at this time.
Public transport is an essential service that many community members rely on to navigate our cities and communities, and to access schools, workplaces and other essential services. Protecting passengers and frontline transport workers from risk of infection is always paramount. Transport authorities have engaged expert taskforces, and public transport operators have stepped up cleaning schedules across all public transport modes. Adelaide Metro transitioned to a cashless system in March 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Guidelines for drivers and passengers of public transport
The Australian Government has offered guidelines for drivers and passengers, which have been applied throughout SA public transport services.
Active transport includes activities such as walking, cycling skating and scootering, all of which are great forms of physical activity. Being physically active is great for our physical and mental health. The wellbeing benefits from active modes of transport could be even greater at this time of reduced movement across the community.
For those who are fortunate to live close to services and facilities, more people are enjoying local shopping, less car traffic, better air quality and less noise in their neighbourhoods.
Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling for transport has been shown to promote health and reduce conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. Walking and cycling are also some of the best ways to still get the 30 minutes of physical activity that we need each day. Remember to maintain 1.5m distance between you and other people during active travel like cycling, walking or scootering, limiting stops, and practising good hygiene.
Commuters in the North
For active commuters in the North, an addition to South Australia’s active transport network was recently opened – the first section of the new shared-use path that runs alongside the Northern Connector Motorway between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges (opened on Saturday 18 April). The name of the path is Tapa Martinthi Yala, meaning "pathway to embrace today" in the Aboriginal Kaurna language.
This first stage is approximately 7.3kms and will link to the existing Stuart O’Grady bikeway which runs alongside the Northern Expressway. Once complete, the new Tapa Martinthi Yala will connect to both the new Port River Bikeway and the Gawler Greenway, creating approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide.
To enhance the look and feel of train stations, tram stations and rail corridors for travellers and neighbouring residents, the ongoing Rail Care Program is focusing on station care, public art, greening, and general amenity and place-making. This program involves and provides support and coordination to the many volunteer groups contributing to the program.
For more on active transport, try out the Cycle Instead Journey Planner for Adelaide on your PC, tablet or smartphone, an interactive tool that helps you plan your cycling trip using a variety of options that consider fitness, confidence level, road conditions and speed of travel. Trails SA also provides a detailed list of cycling trails in SA.