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Woolgoolga separated bike lane
Woolgoolga to trial separated bike lane

The town of Woolgoolga on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales is set to trial a new gold standard on-road separated bike lane with physical protection from parking and traffic lanes.

The dedicated two-lane bike path will be installed along Clarence and Beach Street later this month as a major feature of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan

The Masterplan identified a pleasurable and easy route for people to get to the beach, shops or work and improves overall road safety in the town centre by encouraging safer speeds along Beach Street.

The bike path will be installed between the existing pedestrian pathway and on-street parking spaces on the northern side of the roads.

The path will open as a pilot program, temporary in nature and quick to construct. During the pilot project from July to December 2021, the council will monitor usage of the bike lane, ask the community for feedback on its effectiveness and also for ideas to make improvements.

When open, riders should keep an eye out for QR codes along the bike lane that will take them to a survey to capture feedback. 

At the end of the trial period all the information and comments provided by the community will be used to assess whether the bike lane should be retained and/or what changes should be made to make this work better.

“This pilot project forms part of a key cycling link between West Woolgoolga and the town centre and will help us see how well this type of bike lane can help both children and adults cycle to school, to work, to the beach and town centre,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.

The council has been consulting with property-owners along the route throughout the design phase to best understand their needs, as well as local community groups.

End-of-trip bike facilities, including e-bike charging docks, will be installed appropriate locations along the route. 

The bike lane design is based on best practice guidelines for providing safer and more convenient places to ride bikes in urban areas, and has considered successful working examples in many other Australian cities and urban locations.

The bike lane is funded through the state government's Streets as Shared Spaces program.

You can learn more at the council's 'have your say' website.

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