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 Newcastle City Council 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. Modifications to the proposal were made following public exhibition. Council approved installation of mid-block signals in December 2017 and construction is expected to occur in late 2017/18.
Chinchen St Islington - Scholey St to Maitland Rd and Chatham Rd to Chinchen Street
Concept design of the Chinchen Street signals and shared paths on Chinchen Street and Clyde Street has been completed. Resolution of design issues in progress.
Clyde St level crossing
This project involves design and construction of cycle facilities in the vicinity of the level crossing at Clyde St, Islington.
In response to community requests, safety improvements at the level crossing at Clyde Street have been investigated and scheduled for implementation in the first quarter of 2018. The proposed measures, which will relieve the current pinch point at the crossing, are consistent with longer term plans for a cycleway on Chatham Road and Clyde Street connecting the east-west cycleway at Griffiths Rd/Chatham Rd to the University to Newcastle City Centre route at Chinchen Street.
Glebe Rd 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. Concept design is near finalisation.
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
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 Dr - Blue Gum Rd to Regal Cinema
This project involves detailed design and construction of missing link from recently constructed shared path through the former tramway corridor west of Blue Gum Road, to connect with University cycleway.
Concept design completed.
Merewether to Newcastle City Centre
This project involves design and construction of 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; map of Newcastle cycleways has been printed and distributed; and work on a cycling benefits campaign undertaken. Reprint of cycleways map to be scheduled.
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 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.