In response to calls from local traders, a weekend road closure allowing an expansion of outdoor dining on Peel Street will begin from tomorrow.
Renewal SA in partnership with Adelaide City Council will also improve lighting and street amenity to ensure Peel Street remains one of Adelaide’s pre-eminent laneways and destinations.
The decision to undertake a weekend closure of Peel Street for three months follows the success of a three-month trial between November 2014 and February 2015 that allowed traders to expand their business through outdoor dining.
The changes are the first steps towards a long-term plan to enhance Peel Street.
Peel Street will be closed to traffic from 10:00am each Thursday until 6:00am the following Monday, beginning on Thursday 3 November and continuing for approximately three months through to the end of January 2017.
Since the trial weekend road closure in 2014-15, Renewal SA and Adelaide City Council have continued to monitor the operation of Peel Street and worked closely with traders.
Traders have requested a new road closure to coincide with the summer months. This will enable expanded outdoor dining and create a better experience for pedestrians during the busiest days of the week.
The previous trial closure saw a 30 per cent increase in pedestrian traffic on Friday lunchtimes and a significant reduction in pedestrian-car incidents.
During the timed street closures, there will be no on-street parking in Peel Street. Vehicles travelling to the private car park will still be able to enter and exit from Currie Street.
Quotes attributable to City of Adelaide Minister John Rau
Since the State Government helped bring Hub Adelaide to Peel Street and introduced small venue licensing, Peel Street has been transformed from an under-utilised laneway into one of Adelaide’s most popular spots, supporting more than 150 new jobs.
We have worked with traders in Peel Street to strike the right balance between vehicle traffic for business purposes and creating a safe area for pedestrians and patrons of the street’s venues, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
In partnership with Adelaide City Council, we are also looking to commission artistic installations in Peel Street that will act as a further drawcard for the area.
Quotes attributable to The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese
Since the first small bar in Peel Street, Clever Little Tailor, opened in 2013, we have seen a huge change in the way that this space operates and the number of people visiting the street has risen dramatically.
It’s great to see one of our flagship laneways thriving and, with up to 68 per cent more pedestrians walking through the street on a Friday night in 2015 compared to the previous year, the closures will help us to create an even safer and more welcoming environment.
Along with initiatives such as waiving this year’s outdoor dining fees for many operators, this closure is another project that will add to the vibrancy of our city’s al fresco scene.
Quotes attributable to Kaffana owner Peter Vujic
Closing the street to traffic will be great for all the bars and restaurants in Peel Street because it allows for a more vibrant, cosmopolitan place where people can sit and spend time.
This is an opportunity to have more outside seating on weekends, creating a festive vibe and atmosphere where people can sit down, relax and enjoy themselves. It will also help attract more people to Peel Street, benefiting local traders.
Quotes attributable to Chihuahua Bar owner Ross Stanley
We have been open for a couple of years now, and the planned closure of the street to traffic has encouraged us to invest in opening up the front of our building onto the street.
We are looking forward to the opportunities that come along with the warmer months and the road closure to get more people out enjoying the street and to welcome more of them into our bar.