26 March 2015 Bicycles are Go

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A newly adopted Bicycle Plan is already reaping rewards for the Coffs Harbour community with funding secured for two of its top-priority cycleway projects.

Council last night adopted the Bicycle Plan. Sections one and two of the plan present a snapshot of cycling and facilities in Coffs Harbour and the results of recent surveys and data collection. Section three outlines the objectives of the plan and an action plan for implementation.

The objectives of the draft plan are to plan and deliver a connected cycling network, improve cycling support facilities, make cycling safer and encourage greater participation.

Having a Bicycle Plan is also a prerequisite for the NSW Government to consider funding cycling projects from Council.

Transport for NSW has provided funding of more than $320,000 for Stage 1 of the Red Rock Road cycleway from Coral St, near the Corindi Public School, to the boundary of the Yuraygir National Park. This includes a concrete shared path which will also connect Yarrawarra to the school.

Funding of $165,000 has also been won for the construction of Stage 1 of the Lyons Road cycleway from the existing Pacific Highway cycleway to Rutland Street.

There was considerable feedback from the community about the draft Bicycle Plan and we have incorporated many of the ideas and issues raised into the final document,” Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said.

“Some of those submissions made us reconsider the basics to make sure that new and existing cycle infrastructure can handle all types of cycling setups such as bikes with trailers and handcycles.”

Now that the plan is adopted, Council will be contacting cycling interest groups, businesses involved in cycling and the wider community to garner members for a newly convened Bicycle Committee.

“The committee’s job will be to implement the actions outlined in the plan,” Cr Knight said.