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More pedal power for Islington cyclists

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With people focusing on their fitness and a healthy lifestyle these days, there could soon be one less reason to hop on a bike in Newcastle.

Labor plans to add another million-dollar cycleway in the city, this time at Islington.

If it wins government at the upcoming NSW Election on 25 March, the party will provide $950,000 to complete a separated trail.

The proposed route will extend from the Scholey Street Bridge and along Chinchen Street to Maitland Road, passing the high traffic areas of Newcastle TAFE and Islington Public School.

The current on-road path is well-used, making it dangerous for riders due to the large number of vehicles using the Clyde Street rail crossing and trucks servicing businesses in the area.

The concept has the backing of City of Newcastle (CN), too.

“Active transport is good for everyone,” Newcastle state MP Tim Crakanthorp said.

“But, it needs to be safe for people to use it.

“Anyone who travels through this area knows how busy it can get and the dangers that can pose, particularly with a school nearby.

“I’m thrilled that a Labor government will provide the funding required to separate this cycleway and improve these streets for everyone.”

NSW Shadow Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said the party supported better cycling and walking infrastructure throughout the state.

“That’s why a Chris Minns-led government will deliver this important upgrade at Islington to make it safer for local cyclists,” she explained.

“Communities across NSW deserve communities that are walkable and bicycle friendly.

“Active transport infrastructure shouldn’t be something that only gets delivered in Sydney’s east and north.

“The people of Newcastle deserve great walking and cycling infrastructure, too.”

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