Cessnock’s Cycling Strategy is on track

Cessnock City is one step closer to becoming a bicycle friendly community after the draft Cycling Strategy was adopted by Council

Cessnock City is one step closer to becoming a bicycle friendly community after the draft Cycling Strategy was adopted by Council.

It creates a vision for a safe, attractive and accessible cycleway network improving the community’s connections with key destinations and encourages residents of all ages to use their bicycle for recreation and everyday transport.  

The recommendations are based on a comprehensive cycling facilities audit, community and stakeholder consultation, industry trend analysis and consideration of local environmental, economic and social influences.  

“This is a great opportunity to integrate bicycle friendly infrastructure into future capital works, making riding safer and more enjoyable in our local area”, Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said.

“Council looks forward to building inter-agency relationships to assist with infrastructure and resource opportunities with Roads and Maritime Service, Community Groups and Local Schools,” Cr Pynsent said.

Serving as a guide for the Pathways Program the strategy will aid future capital works programs and will sit with other strategies to inform decisions.  

$60 million worth of cycleway infrastructure has been identified to satisfy the strategic objectives and will be allocated on a priority basis as resources allow.  

Council will rely on partnerships with Roads and Maritime Service, community groups and local industry to achieve the detailed actions and attract funding for priority projects.  

The strategy also details key actions for education programs, advocacy for cycling and community events such as bike week.  

To view the Cycling Strategy please visit Council’s website http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/sport/plans