Hunter Street boasts City’s newest cycleway, and call for input on proposed Mayfield network.

Newcastle’s network of active transport options now has a Hunter Street Trial Cycleway project in operation.

The cycleway, between National Park Street and Worth Place, runs on both sides of Hunter Street, separated from the road and traffic.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Councillor John Mackenzie in the Hunter Street cycleway.

City of Newcastle received $525,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program to deliver the cycleway and trial a range of safety measures.

The project trials a reduction to one travel lane on each side of the road to improve pedestrian safety and allow for parking to be retained, a reduction in the speed limit to 40 km/h, and safe buffer zones with plastic bollards.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the community has been clear in stating it would like to see more dedicated bike lanes throughout the city.

Cycling is a genuine transport option for families, commuters and recreational users, which is why expansion and improvement of the cycleway network is essential and stands as one of the city’s Priority Projects,” Cr Nelmes said.

Cycling on Hunter Street could be considered daunting for less confident riders. The project provides cyclists more room and safety.

It’s important our cycleways and shared paths cater to all riding ability and this project achieves that. We hope it encourages more people to consider swapping their car for their bike when travelling around the city.”

Councillor John Mackenzie said cycling around the city is becoming increasingly popular, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During lockdown we have seen a massive increase in people dusting off their bikes and enjoying cycling.

We know the main impediment to cycling is safety, and separated cycleways like this one on Hunter Street provide the best safety and amenity for new riders,” Councillor Mackenzie said.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said he was glad to see new cycleway infrastructure in Newcastle.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the demand for more public spaces – and easy, safe access to it,” Mr Stokes said.

Whether it’s new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re committed to working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and once the pandemic is over.”

President of the Newcastle Cycleways Movement Sam Reich said he was supportive of the project and the measures being put in place.

We’re extremely pleased with the concept of the Hunter Street Trial Cycleway as global experience has shown that one-way, physically-separated lanes between the parking zone and the curb are the safest on-road infrastructure for bike riders, and provide greater safety and amenity for pedestrians on the footpath as well,” Mr Reich said

We have been advocating for this style of bike commuter safety infrastructure in the region for decades, and it’s gratifying that the concepts are now being seriously trialled.”

Delivery of the Hunter Street cycleway will soon be followed by completion of the first stage of the City Centre to Merewether Cycleway, which is a 1.1-kilometre shared path along Watkins Street, between Glebe Road and Merewether Beach.

All aspects of the trial will be considered as options for inclusion in the City Centre Revitalisation West End Stage Two development, which is currently in the detailed design phase.

Plan for Mayfield cycleway network – have your say.

City of Newcastle’s expansion of the city’s cycleway network seeks early consultation on a plan for the Mayfield area.

The project is investigating cycleways in Mayfield which link key locations and connect local cycleways with regional routes.

The initial consultation seeks feedback from the community on possible cycling routes and aims to get an understanding of what would encourage people to cycle in the area.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the City’s long-term goal is to improve accessibility for the community of Mayfield by building safe and attractive cycleways that cater for all ages and abilities.

We are planning cycleways that will link residential, commercial and key areas of activity, and connect with regional routes,” Cr Nelmes said.

We want to hear from residents, students and anyone who has an interest in cycling in our city, especially those who would use these new routes in and around Mayfield in the future.”

Deputy Mayor Declan Clausen said the area in focus includes key nodes of activity such as Mayfield’s commercial area, Steel River, Hunter TAFE, Waratah Station, Warabrook Station, and the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus via these stations.

Linking these key locations with cycle networks and pedestrian paths is a strategic objective of the City,” Councillor Clausen said.

Mayfield is experiencing growth with young families moving into the area and development occurring, so this early feedback will be crucial in shaping active transport plans for the suburb.”

To provide feedback visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au and share your thoughts via a short survey and interactive map, where you can comment on proposed routes and show us your preferences. This initial round of community engagement closes on Friday 1 October.

Feedback from engagement will be presented back to the community early next year and will inform staging of routes and development of concept plans, which are expected to be exhibited mid next year.

To find out more information visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au