Bicycle Network: Directory
Darwin Bike Plan underway
30 January 2013. Darwin City is developing a bicycle plan to guide the future of bike riding in the Northern Territory’s capital.
The Darwin Bike Plan will provide the city with an extensive bicycle network. It will plan for infrastructure, end of trip facilities, and behavioural change strategies.
All types of riders will be considered in the plan: those who ride for commuting, fitness, local trips, and recreation. The plan will also be an important element of Darwin City Council’s broader policies on transport, tourism, recreation, planning, and health.
In August last year Bicycle Network coordinated a two-day intensive Bike Futures seminar with key staff from Darwin City Council. Seemingly, the valuable lessons learnt are already bearing fruit with the creation of the Darwin Bike Plan.
The city has retain consulting firm Cardno to work on the plan.
The first stage of the project is underway, with a range of activities being undertaken to help inform the development of the Draft Bike Plan, including:
- A ‘saddle survey’ to review the current bike path network, bike usage, signage, crossing points and the condition of the current infrastructure
- Initial consultation with key stakeholders including bike user groups and related organisations
- An on-line survey to enable the community to have input on the development of the plan, and inform Council of their priorities and needs
This initial stage will be completed in the early months of 2014, with the findings informing the direction of the draft Darwin Bike Plan.
The draft Darwin Bike Plan will then be taken to the broad community for comment and feedback, before it is presented to Council for endorsement.
The Darwin Bike Plan is scheduled to be finalised by the middle of 2014.
Darwin City Council wants all interested parties to contribute to the new plan. An online survey is the first stage of the community consultation process.