What's proposed: Bicycle NSW CEO Omar Khalifa says the RTA has indicated it may build a cycleway similar to what’s seen on Hogbin Drive.
What's proposed: Bicycle NSW CEO Omar Khalifa says the RTA has indicated it may build a cycleway similar to what’s seen on Hogbin Drive. Trevor Veale

Cycleway review for Pacific Highway

THE wheels are rolling for a Northern Beaches cycleway to be built alongside the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.

Lobby group Bicycle NSW, local bicycle user groups and residents have met with the Roads and Traffic Authority at Moonee.

Project manager for the upgrade Bob Higgins gave the community assurances that a cycleway similar to what is seen on Hogbin Drive may be factored into the highway upgrade.

Prior to the campaign, the RTA had proposed to build two metre-wide cycle lanes on the road shoulders of local service roads.

But now it has given a commitment to review the options looking at ways to improve the separation from the roadway.

Bicycle NSW CEO Omar Khalifa said overall it's a positive resolve.

“The RTA has given assurances that it will review the cycleway options for the highway upgrade, looking at the possibility of narrowing road lanes to allow for more room for cycle and pedestrian access,” Mr Khalifa said.

He said guide posts or rubble strips could also be installed to offer a clear divide from traffic lanes.

Prior to the meeting NSW Roads Minister David Borger arranged for the situation to be reviewed by the RTA at the community briefing.

Coffs Harbour general practitioner Dr Andrew Beattie, a supporter of the Coastline Cycleway in the 1980s, said now is the time for action. “To miss the current opportunity to complete the Northern Beaches Cycleway would be heartbreaking and a terrible legacy for the current and future population,” Dr Beattie said.



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