The rail trail currently runs from Oakbank to Mount Torrens, a distance of 16km. The 6km extension will facilitate Birdwood as a destination for cyclists. Birdwood is a pretty town in the Adelaide Hills with its number one attraction being the National Motor Museum, a huge collection of restored motor vehicles of all types.
Deputy Mayor Nathan Daniell says completion of the bikeway is an important step towards recovery in the region and supports the wider strategic vision for cycling in the Hills. “The Amy Gillett is incredibly popular and I’m certain this final stage will be well utilised by both our local community and tourists visiting the Adelaide Hills.”
Stage 1 of the Amy Gillett Bikeway Rail Trail from Oakbank to Woodside was built by the State Government in 2010 on the rail corridor. Stage 2 to Charleston and Stage 3 to Mount Torrens were then constructed but since 2014 work on the remainder of the planned bikeway has stalled. The proposed Stage 5 would continue the bikeway from Birdwood to Mount Pleasant.
The bikeway is named in honour of cyclist Amy Gillett who was tragically killed in 2005 during a training ride with the Australian women’s cycling team.
Rail Trails Australia thanks the federal government for this funding and notes the efforts of federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie who has been a long-time supporter of the rail trail.