The Revitalising Newcastle team today released the Newcastle City Centre Cycleway Network Strategy, which shows how a well-connected cycleway network can operate alongside light rail to enhance the benefits of the revitalisation program underway and make Newcastle an even more liveable city.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has listened to questions raised by the community about how light rail could integrate with cycleways in the city centre.
“This Strategy provides a solution for a cycleway network in Newcastle’s city centre that suits the needs of busy commuter cyclists, as well as families and recreational cyclists,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Cycling is an excellent way to get around, keep fit, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.
“We want to attract more people to take up cycling by making it a viable travel option, for either an end-to-end journey or to connect with public transport hubs.
A major east-west spine would connect Hunter Street in Newcastle West to King Street in Newcastle’s city centre, with north-south links to key locations.
The proposed cycleway network would provide new connections to key locations including Newcastle Interchange, University of Newcastle NeW Space campus, the Civic precinct, Marketown, Queens Wharf, Newcastle’s beaches and the East End.
The Cycleway Network Strategy also identifies that end of trip facilities, such as bike racks, lockers, showers and change rooms are important investments to make cycling more attractive, and flags the possibility of attracting bike share schemes to Newcastle.
Revitalising Newcastle Program Director Michael Cassel said “The NSW Government is delivering significant improvements to transport infrastructure and services, with Newcastle Transport overhauling bus and ferry services in 2018, and light rail services starting in early 2019”.
“Improved public transport is vital to the ongoing vibrancy of the city, and it should be complemented by active transport networks that would give Novocastrians more travel choices than ever before.
The strategy was developed in collaboration with Newcastle City Council, which has a clear vision for Newcastle’s future as a connected city and identifies opportunities for Council to consider as they plan for future active transport networks in our growing city.
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