Community and stakeholders to help shape City’s integrated transport network

09 Sep 2020

City of Newcastle is renewing its parking and cycling plans in response to the many changes that are currently occurring as part of the unprecedented development happening across the city and changing travel patterns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent community engagement on cycling in Newcastle heard from almost 2,500 people, highlighting a continued strong interest in the development of infrastructure to support a safe, accessible and connected cycling network in the City.

City of Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Declan Clausen, said the refreshed plans will respond to the ongoing transformation of the city and the potential Newcastle has to continue the shift to active transport, including walking and cycling.

“Our community’s vision is for Newcastle to have safe transport networks and services that are well connected and convenient, and where walking, cycling and public transport are viable options for the majority of our trips.

“Research consistently shows that walking, cycling and public transport are better for the environment, better for our physical and mental health, and better for revitalising our local centres.

“We have a track record of delivering quality transport infrastructure, including new cycleway that connecting missing links within the City, the operation of the popular Park and Ride shuttle service from Hunter Stadium prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the delivery of improved parking as part of our local centre upgrades across the City.

“Newcastle has some great facilities, but we know there is more that needs to be done to make riding and walking our preferred transport choice. We want walking, cycling and public transport to be viable options when planning trips, particularly the short trips we take which are close to home,” Cr Clausen said.

City of Newcastle Director Governance, David Clarke said the updated plans would be grounded in community consultation and include a joint focus on both cycling infrastructure and parking.

“Early engagement with key stakeholders will commence this week.

“We know that parking is a key component of the transport picture and is also an important part of our streetscapes.

“Properly planned and implemented parking arrangements help us achieve the aspiration for more active transport as well as contribute to the revitalisation of both our city centre and local suburban centres.” Mr Clarke said.

The City’s existing cycling and parking plans were created more than five years ago. Since that time there have been substantial changes beyond the City’s control, including the removal of inner-city parking and changes to the region’s public transport system.

Through its updated plans, the City of Newcastle will prioritise the delivery of quality transport infrastructure within its area of responsibility, while continuing to advocate for the best possible integrated transport outcomes, recognising that a number of actions are outside the City’s control.

Draft plans are intended to be publicly exhibited during November.