Walking, Cycling and Better Streets

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Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this draft Strategy. This consultation has now closed and the project team are currently reviewing all feedback received. The project team will report back soon.

Council’s draft Walking, Cycling and Better Streets Strategy will help deliver new pedestrian, cycling and road safety improvements across the City.

The Strategy sets a framework for streetscapes that cater for the safety and convenience of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, people with disability.

After reviewing the draft Strategy you can provide feedback by commenting on the interactive map below or completing the survey. The survey provides you the option to answer questions on walking, cycling or both.

Consultation has been extended to 9 April 2021.


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Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this draft Strategy. This consultation has now closed and the project team are currently reviewing all feedback received. The project team will report back soon.

Council’s draft Walking, Cycling and Better Streets Strategy will help deliver new pedestrian, cycling and road safety improvements across the City.

The Strategy sets a framework for streetscapes that cater for the safety and convenience of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, people with disability.

After reviewing the draft Strategy you can provide feedback by commenting on the interactive map below or completing the survey. The survey provides you the option to answer questions on walking, cycling or both.

Consultation has been extended to 9 April 2021.


Click here to view interactive map in full screen

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    I notice the draft plan includes kerb extensions, refuges and narrower intersections designed to make road crossings safer for pedestrians (p35). Unfortunately these are high risk areas for cyclists, forcing them into the line of traffic with nothing but a painted bicycle on the road to remind drivers of their presence (the top right picture on p35 is a perfect example). Newcastle council has solved this issue by leaving enough space between the existing curb and the separated extension so a cyclist can safely pass between without having to weave in out of the flow of traffic. Can Lake Mac please adopt this strategy?

    Me2 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, thanks for the question. The draft Strategy specifies that provisions for on-road cycling, such as wider shoulders, cycle lanes, and intersection bypasses, should be included (where road widths permit) as part of other projects in order to achieve national road safety guidance. This includes provisions in the example scenarios you have described.

     A recent example of where we have been able to do it is Lake Street, Windale. Council required the developer of the Bennetts Green homemakers centre to construct this refuge. The same developer upgraded a refuge on South Street, and kerb extensions were not provided as they would block the cycle lane. 

    Council has also recently constructed a pedestrian crossing on South Street and Munro Street, Windale. This is to include green painted cycle lanes through the facility. Another example of where cycle lanes have been provided is the pedestrian crossing with kerb extensions on Warners Bay Road near Jonathon Street. Here the road width allows effective allocation to parking, marked cycle lane, and travel lane.

    Regards,

    The project team

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    Hi Team, love the strategy in general and thanks for the sustained hard work. I'm finding it difficult to locate budget allocations and clear funding lines. Also, do you have a range of projects ready to submit for any grants that appear (shovel - ready). Often the submission time is quite short and wouldn't allow you to pull together an application that hadnot been 'pre-made' so to speak. Kind regards, Christine

    ChrisAus51 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Chris, 

    Thanks for your question and interest in this project. The draft Strategy does not specify budget allocations. Rather, the document and supporting analysis provides Council with guidance on what we need to construct to meet our vision and goals. The strategy also acknowledges the NSW Government’s target for around 1 in 4 trips to be made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2056 for Greater Newcastle. Achieving this will require sustained investment in walking and cycling infrastructure and providing housing closer to jobs and services. 

    Using the prioritisation guidance contained within the draft Strategy, priority projects will be listed in Council’s annual Operational Plan and four year Delivery Program. Projects are completed in phases of  investigate, design, and construct and listed in the Delivery and Operational Plans. 

    Regards,

    The project team

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    Why not use an existing partial footprint rather than consider a thriving habitat for birds and countless animals to put in a bike and walking track. It would have to be a far better option economically, geographically as well as sensitive to the local wildlife. The existing path on Ocean Road is in very poor condition and needs to be upgraded for safety. A lot of people use it and a lot more would if it was upgraded.

    Nature lover asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Nature lover, thanks for your comment and interest in this project. We have interpreted that your question is about walking and cycling infrastructure improvements between Whitebridge and Dudley. The draft Strategy proposes an improved walking and cycling link between these areas, which may comprise a mix of shared path, low-speed shared streets, and footpath. Multiple route alignment options have been identified. Council is currently investigating these alignments. For more information on walking and cycling projects, visit: Walking and cycling - Lake Macquarie City Council.

    We encourage you to place your comments on the interactive map and by completing the project survey.

    Regards,

    The project team

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    Hi will the safety of walkers and children around coal Point including the school be taken into consideration? Currently it is unsafe for children to walk to school along coal Point road as there are no footpaths. However because these children after year 1 do not qualify for free bus transport they have to pay to catch a bus as it is unsafe to walk. Driving them to school creates even more vehicles and congestion around Coal Point public school. This has been an issue for many years and we are continued to be over looked each year in favour of other areas such as Speers Point. We pay high rates but for what? Our garbage collection? Kind regards Rachel

    RachelG asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Rachel, Thanks for your question and interest in this project. The draft Strategy aims to help prioritise places where demand for walking, assisted mobility and cycling is higher. The funding source for most new infrastructure is development contributions (funds paid to Council to build public infrastructure that serves new development), government grants and paths built directly by developers.

    Under draft Strategy, the area you describe around Coal Point would fall within our ‘active travel to schools’ focus area and ‘other citywide improvements’ focus area for pedestrian improvements. The draft Strategy identifies that we will work with the NSW Government to improve access to schools such as Coal Point over time and look to include path construction in road reconstruction projects to deliver significant cost savings to the community, which in turn can help fund the delivery of more path. The timing of future works will be subject to our prioritisation process described in the draft  Strategy, and priority projects will be listed in Council’s annual Operational Plans.

    We encourage you to place your comments on the interactive map and also complete the project survey.

    Regards,

    The project team