A proposed $5.8 million bikeway through the CBD would leave the city with 170 fewer car parks, according to new designs being considered by the Adelaide City Council.

The new East-West route for cyclists travelling through the city would travel from Hutt Street along Wakefield Street, before turning right on Gawler Place and completing the route to the city’s west along Flinders/Franklin Street.

The ‘dog leg’ design was presented to the Adelaide City Council as the preferred option to avoid potential legal battles from businesses on Flinders Street, who threatened to sue the council if they lost parking spaces near their businesses.

But despite the compromise, motorists heading into the city could still find it harder to secure a park, with 170 spots earmarked to make way for the proposed bike route.

The design would see angle parking along the route replaced with parallel parking meaning fewer spaces available.

St Mary’s College, St Aloysius College and a number of businesses along the route would all see less car parking available as a result of the plans.

The plans are expected to be approved by councillors at the council’s next meeting on 15 December.

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