Adelaide, Australia: A “twenty-minute city”

Adelaide was designed in 1836 by Colonel William Light. The grid layout, with five squares in the city center and a ring of parks, makes Adelaide a mobility minded city. While it doesn’t exactly qualify as an especially public transit minded city, the benefits of Light’s design mostly cater to the driving population of Adelaide.
Adelaide has been consciously planned throughout all stages of its growth, with multi-lane roads and a very navigable grid layout existing in the plan from the beginning. In the 1960s, the Metropolitan Adelaide Transport Study Plan was proposed in order to research ways to accommodate the future growth of the city. This involved the building of new freeways, expressways, as well as upgrades of the existing public transport system.
The Adelaide Metro is the transport system that caters to the Adelaide metro area, and because the city is centrally located on the Australian continent, it functions as a hub for different routes throughout the continent. However, Adelaide’s main accomplishment when it comes to mobility is its dedication to easy road transport. It is known as a “twenty-minute city” with commuters being able to travel from the edges of the city to the center in around 20 minutes.

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