Newcastle cyclists will soon move through the gears on a new route as the first stage of a $3.1 million project races along.
Construction has begun on the development of a cycleway linking Merewether Beach to Newcastle City Centre.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes praised the project as an investment in cycling infrastructure, which will help further increase cycling’s popularity in Newcastle.
“Expansion and improvement of the cycleway network is one of the city’s priority projects,” Cr Nelmes said.
“Improving and expanding Newcastle’s cycling network is also an important investment in the future of our city, in line with the adopted Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan.
“The start of construction is an important step towards the completion of the overall city centre to Merewether Beach cycleway project, which will provide a first-class route between the inner city and one of our most popular beaches.”
The first stage will provide 1.1km of bi-directional pathway that is 2.5 metres wide, along the eastern side of Watkins Street and the northern side of Coane Street.
The project received partial funding from the State Government’s Walking and Cycling Program.
It includes improvements at intersections and storm drains, and a water capturing system for re-use in garden beds, as well as raised crossings for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
Councillor John Mackenzie expressed his excitement at the project’s progression.
“The community has been very clear in stating that improved cycleways are a top priority and I know this link will be enjoyed by residents, commuters and those visiting this great part of Newcastle,” he said.
“I am happy to see works starting and will be watching and following the project with interest.”
Visit City of Newcastle’s website for more information and updates on the cycleway’s construction.