THE shared cycle and pedestrian path near Bulli Surf Club and Sandon Point will be widened to improve safety.
Calls were made for Wollongong City Council to widen the shared northern cycleway, with claims that the coastal path had become so popular that it now posed a danger to cyclists and pedestrians.
A section of the pathway at Waniora Point, Bulli was earmarked for reconstruction, and despite calls by Greens Councillor, Mithra Cox to have it widened, Council planned to rebuild it in the existing two lane format.
Cr Cox said on some weekends the pathway had become 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,” she said.
“For older people, kids and anyone with mobility issues, it feels unsafe to have bikes racing past you on all sides.”
Cr Cox said after huge community feedback, Council have now decided to have the popular pedestrian and cycleway route widened at Bulli. The congested pathway will be widened to 4.8m with separated pedestrian and cycle paths at Waniora Point, near the children’s playground, and to 3m at Sandon Point, where it will continue to be a shared route.
“I’m pleased to say that after lots of feedback from the community, (Council) staff have had another look at the design (and decided to widen the path),” Cr Cox said.
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Thank you Mithra for pushing for this widening. Reconstruction will be expensive and will take several months.
In the meantime when it is busy many cyclists use the back streets especially between Woonona and Sandon Point. Safety along Carrington Rd and Trinity Row could be greatly improved if a few sections of shoulders were widened, with bike logos on the road and “Watch for Bikes” signs.
This would be inexpensive and could be done easily now to provide an immediate safety benefit.
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