Woolgoolga bike lane trial

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Council is about to trial a dedicated bike lane in Woolgoolga along Beach and Clarence streets with funding from the NSW Government’s ‘Streets as Shared Spaces Program’. The on-road bike lane will extend from Solitary Islands Way to Wharf Street and the trial will take place from July until December 2021.

During this pilot project, Council will monitor usage of the bike lane, ask the community for feedback on its effectiveness and ideas to make improvements to this type of facility. At the end of the trial period, all the information and comments provided by the community will be used to assess whether the bike lane should be retained and/or what changes should be made to make this work better.

End-of-trip bike facilities will be installed in an appropriate location adjacent to the existing off-street car park next to the intersection of Wharf and Beach streets. This will include e-bike charging docks that could be used elsewhere after the trial or installed permanently. Additional bike racks will also be installed.

Keep an eye out for QR codes along the bike lane later this year that will take you to a survey to capture feedback. The survey will also be published on this page later in the trial. We will also monitor how many people use the bike lane and if it increases over the trial period.

Why a bike lane? And why here?

When we ask our local community what they value most about the area, we consistently hear love of the natural world. We know our community values time outdoors in nature and their health and wellbeing, and everyone on the Coffs Coast should have access to more walking and cycling paths.

This project is informed by cycling network strategies identified in a draft Place and Movement Plan for Woolgoolga. The draft Woolgoolga Place and Movement Plan builds on the initiatives identified in the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan (WTCMP) which was adopted by Council in 2018 after extensive consultation with the Woolgoolga community. A dedicated bike lane network was one of the projects requested by locals who took part in the consultation. We have also been consulting with property owners along the route to prepare the design to best understand their needs.

You can get more information, including what this type of bike lane looks like, in the Documents and Images section of this page. There is also a section containing Frequently Asked Questions and a Question Board if you want to leave a question. The Frequently Asked Questions section will be progressively updated as needed.

For further information please contact Council's Project Liaison Officer, Andrew Smith on 02 6648 4671.

Council is about to trial a dedicated bike lane in Woolgoolga along Beach and Clarence streets with funding from the NSW Government’s ‘Streets as Shared Spaces Program’. The on-road bike lane will extend from Solitary Islands Way to Wharf Street and the trial will take place from July until December 2021.

During this pilot project, Council will monitor usage of the bike lane, ask the community for feedback on its effectiveness and ideas to make improvements to this type of facility. At the end of the trial period, all the information and comments provided by the community will be used to assess whether the bike lane should be retained and/or what changes should be made to make this work better.

End-of-trip bike facilities will be installed in an appropriate location adjacent to the existing off-street car park next to the intersection of Wharf and Beach streets. This will include e-bike charging docks that could be used elsewhere after the trial or installed permanently. Additional bike racks will also be installed.

Keep an eye out for QR codes along the bike lane later this year that will take you to a survey to capture feedback. The survey will also be published on this page later in the trial. We will also monitor how many people use the bike lane and if it increases over the trial period.

Why a bike lane? And why here?

When we ask our local community what they value most about the area, we consistently hear love of the natural world. We know our community values time outdoors in nature and their health and wellbeing, and everyone on the Coffs Coast should have access to more walking and cycling paths.

This project is informed by cycling network strategies identified in a draft Place and Movement Plan for Woolgoolga. The draft Woolgoolga Place and Movement Plan builds on the initiatives identified in the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan (WTCMP) which was adopted by Council in 2018 after extensive consultation with the Woolgoolga community. A dedicated bike lane network was one of the projects requested by locals who took part in the consultation. We have also been consulting with property owners along the route to prepare the design to best understand their needs.

You can get more information, including what this type of bike lane looks like, in the Documents and Images section of this page. There is also a section containing Frequently Asked Questions and a Question Board if you want to leave a question. The Frequently Asked Questions section will be progressively updated as needed.

For further information please contact Council's Project Liaison Officer, Andrew Smith on 02 6648 4671.

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    Is Council providing extra parking spaces in the Woolgoolga CBD to replace the parking spaces taken up with these proposed cycleways? The proposed parallel parking will about halve the number of nose-in parking spaces in Beach and Clarence streets. No longer will residents be able to park outside the shop of their choice that currently exisits.

    R0ckb0tt0m asked 7 months ago

    Good afternoon

    Council is drafting a Car Parking Management plan for the town centre as part of the Woolgoolga Place and Movement Plan. This is planned to be exhibited for community feedback later this year. To help develop this plan, Council has been monitoring car parking use in Woolgoolga over the last four years including detailed counts of existing spaces and the hourly use of these spaces to help understand regular parking patterns.

     The survey counts show there are about 450 spaces within a two to three-minute walk (about 200m) from the shops. At peak periods, normally around 10am, this is only about 70% full. Or, put another way, the majority of people who park at peak periods are within a 1-2-minute walk (100m) from the shops.

     The Car Parking Management plan also identifies where additional parking will be supplied as the town develops. This will be done consistently with the objectives of the town centre masterplan – recognising that streets belong to every person who walks, rides, plays and drives. We’re upgrading the streets so that everyone is welcome to enjoy them while continuing to provide for people that want or need to drive. The plan also includes measures to make best use of existing parking spaces using appropriate time restrictions and providing adequate accessible parking spaces.

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    Why put one in town when barely anyone uses the one on solitary island way ?

    Deborah Bohman asked 7 months ago

    The community has told us they want to access safer and more enjoyable bike riding. The aim of this bike lane is to create a safe, enjoyable, non-stop commuter-style bike link that can be used by everyone. This bike lane will help link West Woolgoolga and ultimately the bike lane on Solitary Islands Way with the beach and town centre.

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    How does this not create more congestion in an already congested space? How do you justify removal of so many car parking spaces so close to the town centre, when there is already a path suitable to ride a bike on? I am all for bike riding but not this bike lane idea, it will be a terrible “trial” and waste of money.

    Amiee Ryan asked 7 months ago

    The main spaces affected will be the marked angle spaces on one stretch of the north side of Beach Street between Boundary Street and Wharf Street which will become parallel spaces. This is consistent with the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan. While around 40% of the marked spaces will be removed, there is adequate available parking spaces available within 50m-100m of this stretch which have very low usage rates.

    Bike paths on verges that are shared with pedestrians (a ‘Shared Path’) are an important element in any walking and cycling network. However, in this instance the purpose of this bike lane is to create a safe, easy and non-stop commuter-style bike link between West Woolgoolga and the town centre where cyclists don’t give up their priority rights when travelling along Clarence or Beach Street.  A shared path along the verge cannot provide this type of non-stop commuter-style bike link but it can complement the bike lane by providing a more ‘local’ path network for both pedestrians and young children on bicycles.

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    Are the trees opposite the Police Station at the crossing and further down near the neighbourhood centre going to be removed? How many car parks will be removed?

    Dena asked 7 months ago

    The trees are not going to be removed as part of the trial. The bike lane treatment at these locations has been specifically designed to avoid removal of these trees. If the bike lane is converted to a permanent arrangement after the trial then we will investigate how to improve the bike lane at these locations including planting new trees if any of the existing trees were to be impacted by a permanent arrangement.

    The main spaces affected will be the marked angle spaces on one stretch of the north side of Beach Street between Boundary Street and Wharf Street which will become parallel spaces. This is consistent with the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan. While around 40% of the marked spaces will be removed, there is adequate available parking spaces available within 50m-100m of this stretch which have very low usage rates.

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    What will happen to residents driveway access? How will they safely exit their driveways onto the road? What happens to lose parking outside properties for the property owners/occupier? Will CHCC designate parking spots for residents only?

    Rate Payer asked 7 months ago

    Driveway access will operate as normal with drivers entering or exiting a driveway needing to give way to both pedestrians on the footpath and cyclists on the bike lane

    Parking spaces will have markings to indicate each individual space to make more efficient use of the space available. Allocation of the spaces will remain the same as current situation ie they are part of the public road reserve which means they cannot be exclusively allocated to any property.

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    With little evidence of usage by cyclists why is council effectively reducing car spaces required by the Neighbourhood Centre in Beach St especially when we have previously lodged submissions to increase parking.

    Rashmere asked 7 months ago

    Council has data on current cyclist usage along Clarence and Beach Street and we will be collecting more data after installation of the bike lane to help assess the impact on encouraging more people to ride. The community has told us they want to access safer and more enjoyable bike riding but some people don’t due to fears of personal safety and lack of confidence riding on streets. This protected type of bike lane feels safer and allows more people to ride instead of drive.

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    What are the pre identified and agreed metrics to define success of the trial and decision point for retaining or removing the cycle way ?

    Bruce asked 7 months ago

    The aim of this bike lane is to create a safe, enjoyable, non-stop commuter-style bike link that can be used by everyone. Assessing it’s success will involve consideration of a range of metrics and attitudes: – increases in the numbers of people using the bike lane as well as changes in age groups and gender profile of users; attitudes to perceived safety and ease of using the bike lane. Council will be conducting survey counts (before and after) and surveys of perceptions through the trial. 

    Council is also aiming to consult with the community on a broader plan for transport options for Woolgoolga towards the end of the trial – this plan (Woolgoolga Place and Movement Plan) will address walking and cycling networks, public transport improvements, car parking management, and future traffic improvement upgrades. The outcomes of all these processes will be used to assess the trial and what will be done post-trial.

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