Committee endorses new Bike Plan
Cyclists will be in a spin with news that Council’s Engineering and Works Committee has endorsed a plan for $400,000 in improvements to Albury’s bike network.
The Engineering and Works Committee tonight endorsed the final AlburyCity Bicycle Plan 2014-19, which outlines a range of projects to connect cyclists to the Jelbart Park Sporting Precinct, Lavington Swim Centre and Mirambeena Community Centre. The East Albury Trail will also be extended from Old St John’s Road to Table Top Road. This path will link cyclists to nearby housing estates and the Thurgoona Community Centre.
The AlburyCity Bicycle Plan 2014-19 will be presented to the 23 June Council meeting for full endorsement. The projects will be jointly funded by AlburyCity and Roads and Maritime Services over the next five years.
Engineering and Works Committee Member and cyclist Cr David Thurley said that Albury is a cycling city and investment in the long term future of the network was needed.
“Albury has approximately 45 kilometres of off road cycleways spread across the city. Most of the trails are flat, shared pathways that allow cyclists to access a range of services,” he said. “This plan outlines a number of improvements that will make it easier and safer for cyclists to commute to key city locations.”
“Cycling is the third most popular activity in Albury. 22.9% of residents would choose to ride a bike than do anything else. This is a significantly higher participation rate when compared to the New South Wales state statistics which has cycling listed as the sixth most popular activity at 7.7%.”
The 2014-19 Albury Bike Plan has been developed based on community consultation undertaken throughout 2013. Cyclists were invited to a series of community workshops and more than 2,000 people responded to a city-wide survey.
“The survey showed that 76% of Albury’s cyclists alter their routes specifically to use the bike path network,” Cr Thurley added. “74% indicated that there are not enough bike tracks in Albury. It’s a sign that cyclists enjoy the network but we need to invest in extensions that adequately link the east and west of our city.”
“This plan will achieve that, while ultimately encouraging people to leave the car at home for short trips and consider riding a bike instead.”
The Draft AlburyCity Bicycle Plan was placed on public exhibition in April 2014, attracting three submissions.
Proposed works until 2019:
- Construct 850m of off road path on the Riverina Highway connecting Old St John’s Road to Table Top Road.
- Widen the existing off road path on the northern side of Union Road between Yarramba Crescent and Dick Road to 2.5m.
- Widen the existing off road path on Dick Road between Union Road and Nowland Avenue to 2.5m.
- Construct a 400m path on the northern side of Nowland Avenue from Dick Road to Moore Street.
- Widen the existing off-road path on the eastern side of Moore Street from Nowland Avenue to Kaylock Road to 2.5m.
Council will also complete an audit of bike parking facilities to eventually offer more secure parking options for the city’s cyclists. Council will also continue to create more on-street bike lanes.