Feedback sought on cycleway plan along Princes Highway between Fairy Meadow and North Wollongong

FEEDBACK is sought by Wollongong City Council on a draft design for a shared pathway along the Princes Highway, between Fairy Meadow and North Wollongong.

The NSW Government is working with councils to fund and deliver cycleways and shared paths alongside regional and state roads, including the Princes Highway. Council is also working with Transport NSW to upgrade existing traffic lights on these routes to improve crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed shared path along the Princes Highway will help link existing shared paths and cycleways, as well as future shared paths that are already planned.

Council’s acting director of infrastructure Joanne Page said the aim of the project is to connect Fairy Meadow to North Wollongong.

“This new proposed shared path links to the existing paths that connect North Wollongong Station to the University of Wollongong, the Innovation Campus and the Coastline Cycleway along Montague Street,” she said.

“At the same time, this project will also set us up for the future, as we’ve identified that a shared path will eventually be built along Elliots Road, to connect the Fairy Meadow village centre to the coastal cycleway.”

Businesses will also be contacted to discuss how the proposed shared path can integrate with the footpaths outside their premises.

Construction for this section of the shared path is expected to begin mid-2022, after Council’s review of community feedback and the consideration of a final design.

“Access to good cycling infrastructure such as shared paths, are an important way we can make our communities more accessible for everyone. Shared paths are great for pedestrians and cyclists and offer convenient transport routes for people travelling in and around their community,” Ms Page said.

“We want to encourage more members of our community to feel confident to ride a bike, regardless of their level of ability. Not everyone is comfortable riding a bike on the road with traffic, so shared paths and cycleways are a solution that everyone can make use of.”

Feedback closes 5pm Monday, November 15, 2021 at Our Wollongong website.

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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