Community to shape Newcastle’s transport network

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Parking and cycling plans across Newcastle are set to receive an update thanks to the many changes that are occurring across the city.

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.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the refreshed plans would respond to the ongoing transformation of the city and the potential Newcastle had 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,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

The city’s existing cycling and parking plans were created more than five years ago.

The council stated that, since then, there has been substantial changes beyond its control, including the removal of inner-city parking and changes to the region’s public transport system.

It adds that, through updated plans, it will prioritise the delivery of quality transport infrastructure within its area of responsibility, while continuing to advocate for the best possible integrated transport outcomes.

Draft plans are intended to be publicly exhibited during November.

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