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Active transport

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Active transport

Capitalising on the strong active transport use within Greater Newcastle, there is an opportunity for trips within centres as well as trips less than 10km to be made by walking or cycling. We will support the development of networks to make sustainable transport a real travel choice as part of the Walking and Cycling Program. Funding within this Program supports infrastructure as well as behavioural change programs and bicycle parking.

Using the bicycle plans developed by Greater Newcastle’s Councils as well as the Newcastle CycleSafe Network, we have developed a regional bicycle network to support travel by bicycle across Greater Newcastle. Figure 46 shows the existing and proposed regional connections. We will work with local councils to deliver cycleway improvements to support a Greater Newcastle Regional Bicycle Network.

The greater density of residential and employment land uses within NSW’s Global Gateways and Satellite cities (i.e. Greater Newcastle, Wollongong and Gosford) presents a greater opportunity to increase sustainable mode shares compared to other regional areas. The availability of robust evidence on travel patterns (via Household Travel Survey data) also enables monitoring of performance throughout the day in these areas.

Newcastle CycleSafe Network

The Newcastle CycleSafe Network is a community led vision to complete a family-safe regional cycleway network connecting destinations across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It is supported by TfNSW, NRMA, University of Newcastle, Heart Foundation, Bicycle NSW, The Tom Farrell Institute and the Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc.

The network corresponds with cycleways identified in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Council bike plans. It includes 90 kilometres of existing paths and proposes 140 kilometres of new facilities connecting schools, shops, work places and other destinations. The aim is to make walking and cycling a viable alternative to car travel by targeting trips less than two kilometres for walking and trips less than 10 kilometres for cycling.

The Regional Bicycle Network for Greater Newcastle identified in this plan includes the CycleSafe network and extends the network out to Maitland, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay.

Newcastle eBike On Demand Service

We have put in place an on demand eBike (electric bike) pilot service in the metro core of Greater Newcastle.

Nineteen docking stations with 100 eBikes and helmets have been installed in various locations for customers to pre-book, collect and ride at a time and place that suits them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The trial allows users to take short trips using a fleet of public bicycles distributed within a physical or digital network. It includes a self-serve, charging station, lightweight power-assisted bikes for people with all levels of fitness and ability, a user-friendly web platform and intelligent fleet management.

The e-bikes are securely locked and automatically charged in the docking points.

More information is available at https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/ways-to-get-around/on-demand-public-transport/newcastle-ebike-on-demand-service

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