Wheels turning on draft for bike plan
COMMENT is being sought on a draft Bike Plan which aims to provide a cycling network for the local area, make cycling safer, improve cycling support facilities and encourage more people to get on their bikes.
The Draft 'Coffs Harbour City Council Bike Plan 2014 - 2019' goes on public exhibition for 28 days from Wednesday until December 17 for community feedback.
"Cycling is now considered an integral part of a modern transport system," said Anne Shearer, Council's Transport and Road Safety Officer.
"While the car is still the favourite way to get around in urban areas, the impacts of traffic congestion, pollution and noise are being increasingly seen as unwelcome. Cycling also has significant benefits for people's health and well-being, as well as being a rapidly growing recreational choice. Cycling is a great way to exercise for people and families who live 'time poor' lives."
The current cycle network in the Coffs Harbour area comprises 59 kilometres of 'off-road' shared paths, as well as some sections of on-road bike lanes.
The most recent addition has been the service road with a continuous cycleway that is currently being completed alongside the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade of the Pacific Hwy upgrade. This new section will
provide a significant improvement in cycling options between the Northern Beaches villages.
The Draft Bike Plan outlines a number of action plans to bolster cycling opportunities in Coffs Harbour including a list of proposed cycleways awaiting construction.
For more go to coffs harbour.nsw.gov.au/bike plan.