CALLS have been made for the shared northern cycleway to be widened, particularly at Bulli, with claims that the coastal path has become so popular that it now poses a danger to cyclists and pedestrians.
Wollongong Greens Councillor, Mithra Cox is calling for the pathway to be widened to include a dedicated pedestrian lane.
“The coastal share path is one of Wollongong’s finest assets,” Cr Cox said.
“We have all been appreciating it, especially during this lockdown.
“Last weekend it was so crowded, it was chaos. It’s time to add an additional lane for pedestrians only, so that they can enjoy walking without fear of being run over.
“An area of the path at Bulli is about to be reconstructed – but despite my best efforts to get this section widened, it will only be constructed to the existing two lane format.
“What we build now needs to be fit for purpose for the next 30 years. And the path isn’t going to become less popular.
“For older people, kids and anyone with mobility issues, it feels unsafe to have bikes racing past you on all sides.
“At the point when the path is being reconstructed, we should be building it like we have next to Stuart Park, where there is a 2 way cycleway plus an additional lane for pedestrians only.
“Some areas of the path have even developed ruts in the grass next to the path because there are so many people using it,” Cr Cox said.
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