Cycleways are a key part of Newcastle's transport network, now more than ever. Getting people out of cars and onto their bikes is good for the environment, reduces congestion, increases fitness and encourages social connections.
That's why City of Newcastle has made expanding and improving the city's network of cycleways one of its four priority projects, with a focus on providing high standard facilities such as off-road paths that connect key destinations. The Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan, adopted by Council in 2012, outlines our plans for expansion and upgrade of the network, in addition to actions for advocacy, promotion and education.
This is what we're working on right now:
Broadmeadow to Newcastle West cycleway
This project involves design and construction of the cycleway from Broadmeadow to Newcastle West.
Construction of the cycleway from Beaumont Street to Selma Street has been completed. Investigation of options to improve the final section of this route (namely the section over the Donald Street Bridge) is underway.
Maud Street, Waratah - University to City Centre Cycleway
Construction of mid-block signals on Maud Street and design of shared path in rail corridor.
This project involves design of a shared pathway on Chinchen Street between the Scholey Street rail bridge and the proposed traffic signals at Clyde Street and connections to Maitland Road and Chatham Road.
A proposal for mid-block signals on Maud Street between Prince and Vera Streets, Waratah and other changes to calm traffic in the vicinity of the cycleway was exhibited from mid-July to mid-August 2017. Modifications to the proposal were made following public exhibition. Council approved installation of mid-block signals in December 2017 and construction is expected to start in 2018/19.
Chinchen Street Islington - Scholey Street to Maitland Road and Chatham Road to Chinchen Street
The concept plan
for the proposed shared pathway and traffic control signals at the intersection of Chinchen and Clyde Streets, Islington, was on exhibition from 24 September to 22 October 2018.
Funds have been allocated in the 2018/19 financial year to progress design of the traffic signals and shared path connections and commence construction of the signals.
Clyde Street level crossing
We partnered with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to implement cycle safety improvements at the Clyde Street railway level crossing in Islington/Hamilton North.
ARTC have now shifted the eastern boom gate foundation and we have realigned the kerb and gutter approaching the level crossing from the north. This has relieved the existing pinch point at the level crossing by widening the road to provide a dedicated cycle lane across the railway.
Road resurfacing for impacted sections of road, new line marking and removal of two trees to provide adequate line of sight for motorists is expected to be completed in 2018/19.
Previously when approaching the level crossing along Clyde Street from the north, the road narrowed substantially and cyclists were required to merge with vehicle traffic. Although motorised vehicles passing cyclists are, by law, required to allow a distance of one metre to the cyclist in speed zones up to 60km/h, instances of near misses, verbal abuse of cyclists and other incidents have been reported.
This upgrade is consistent with longer term plans for construction of a shared path on the eastern side of Chatham Road and Clyde Street, connecting the east-west cycleway at Griffiths Rd/Chatham Rd to the University to Newcastle City route at Chinchen Street.
Glebe Road at Park Avenue traffic signals
This project involves design and construction of traffic control signals at the intersection of Glebe Road and Park Avenue.
This project is not part of the cycleways program but will have significant benefits for cyclists once complete.
More information is available on the project webpage
Richmond Vale Rail Trail
This project involves preparation of an environmental assessment and concept design for the complete 32km pathway including the Shortland to Tarro pathway. The Richmond Vale Rail Trail proposal covers development of a 32km shared pathway from Hexham (Newcastle LGA) to Pelaw Main (Cessnock LGA) along a former rail corridor with historic features wherever possible and some minor roads and other routes where the rail corridor is no longer feasible.
Concept design complete. Review of documents in progress.
More information is available on the project webpage
Shortland to Tarro cycleway
This project involves detailed design of a 3-3.5m wide shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway approximately 8km in length between Shortland and Tarro on the HWC pipeline alignment.
Investigation of connection from King Street to University in progress.
University Drive - Blue Gum Road to Regal Cinema
This project involves detailed design and construction of the missing link from the recently constructed shared path through the former tramway corridor west of Blue Gum Road, to connect with the University cycleway.
Concept design complete.
Merewether to Newcastle City Centre
This project involves design and construction of a cycleway on Corlette Street from Laman Street to The Junction and on Watkins Street from Glebe Road to Merewether Beach. Scope includes preparation of a traffic model to test scenarios for a bike boulevard on Corlette Street.
A design has been completed and a traffic study to assess the impacts of the proposed bicycle boulevard on Corlette Street undertaken. The next steps involve referral of potential traffic changes for consideration by the Newcastle City Traffic Committee and community consultation.
Newcastle Inner City Bypass overbridge to Mordue Parade
This project involves detailed design and construction of a cycle route from the Newcastle Inner City Bypass overbridge near William Street, Jesmond, to the existing R5 (Wallsend to Newcastle City Centre) cycleway near Mordue Parade, Jesmond.
Concept design in progress.
John Hunter Hospital to Wallsend - shared path
This project involves design of connections from Newcastle Inner City Bypass (Rankin Park to Jesmond) JHH Interchange to Elermore catchment.
Cycleways education and promotion
This project involves promotion and education for cycling in the Newcastle local government area in accordance with Section 5 of the Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan (2012).
Cycle skills classes were conducted and continue to be scheduled; the second edition of the Newcastle cycleways guide and map has been printed and distributed; work on a cycling benefits campaign undertaken and a cycle safety campaign is being implemented in 2018/19.
Cycleways investigation and development
This project is to undertake feasibility and planning investigations for cycleways projects for future delivery.
Feasibility studies initiated in 2016/17 are near completion. Studies scheduled for 2017/18 have not commenced.
This project involves the design and installation of directional (wayfinding), destination and educational signposting on both on-road and off-road cycle routes throughout Newcastle LGA.
Please note: Consultation is usually undertaken at the concept design phase, should approval of changes by the Newcastle City Traffic Committee be required. Progression of these projects is dependent on funding.