Newcastle's bike riding network has received a boost with works finalising on a 1.1km shared path along Watkins Street, Merewether, linking Glebe Road, The Junction, with Merewether Beach.
The 2.5m-wide shared path is the first stage of the City Centre to Merewether Cycleway project and features new and upgraded crossings making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and upgrades to drainage.
The $3.1million project was brought forward last year after receiving a funding boost under Newcastle's COVID-19 stimulus capital works budget. The NSW Government also committed $600,000 to the project under the 2020/21 Walking and Cycling Program.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the delivery of this significant cycleway project demonstrates City of Newcastle's commitment to cementing Newcastle's reputation as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city.
"This 1.1km shared path is a demonstration of the City's commitment to ensuring Newcastle continues to be a city which promotes and encourages active transport options," Cr Nelmes said.
"Improved cycleways are a top priority for our community and I know this new link will be enjoyed by residents, commuters, students travelling to the nearby schools and those visiting this beautiful part of Newcastle.
"City of Newcastle will now commence planning for the second stage between the CBD and The Junction as part of the overall City Centre to Merewether Cycleway."
This follows the recent completion of separated cycleways on Hunter Street, and plans for further cycleway developments on University Drive and at the Warabrook Wetlands.
Image and quotes from www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au.