Footpaths and cycleways

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Byron Shire Council currently owns and maintains 89km of footpaths and cycleways (shared paths), stairs and kerb ramps across the Shire.

We have prepared our first Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan and a new 10 year Bike Plan for the Shire.

These plans have been developed in collaboration with the community as part of our Walk Roll Ride project. We would like to thank everyone who took part in our online survey last year (over 900 people) and participated in our town and village workshops.

Your contributions were invaluable in identifying the critical pieces of infrastructure needed to help us plan for a safer and better connected network of footpaths and cycleways. 

1. Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores - new shared path

Project: a new shared path for Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores.
Timeline: works on Stage 1 (at the Orana Road end of Balemo Drive) to commence mid-May 2019.
Completion: scheduled for June 2019.
Council received NSW Government funding assistance through the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) Connecting Centres (Cycling Infrastructure) grant program towards construction of a new shared path on Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores.  Construction of Stage 1 of the new path - which covers approximately 900m of shared path – is set to get underway in mid- May, with completion scheduled for June 2019. 

Stage 1 works mainly impact on the eastern side of Balemo Drive,  where the new path will run along the road reserve. Gardens, vegetation, trees and some driveways may require works, removal or relocation to accommodate the new path.  While construction is underway, residents will be required to park on the street and there may be some disruptions to traffic during this time.

Council hopes to attract funding for Stage 2 of the new path in the near future and is committed to completion of the entire 2.5km of new shared path to increase safety, and improve connectivity in this area and with other shared paths in Ocean Shores as well as the parks, Ocean Shores Shopping Centre, Community Centre, Brunswick Heads bike path and Billinudgel. 

For more information, or to be added to the subscriber email list about this project, contact:

2. Byron Shire Bike Plan

Council is preparing a new 10 year Byron Shire Bike Plan that builds on the work of our previous Bike Plan.

In late 2018, we invited the community to participate in an online survey, to have a say on pedestrian and bike paths around the Byron Shire and what improvements could be made in the future.  

We also hosted a series of design workshops across the Shire to gather local feedback, expertise and ideas.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute to this process which has provided invaluable local insights into how our community uses the existing cycling networks and identifies areas for improvement. 

3. Byron Shire Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan

Council is preparing its first Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP).

This important document will guide Council's actions and work to improve availability, access, safety and connectivity on our footpaths over the next 10 years.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey and attended our design workshops held across the Shire in 2018.

The draft Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) and the draft Byron Shire Bike Plan will go to Council to be endorsed mid-year.  The documents will then go on Public Exhibition for further comments. 

4. About our footpaths & cycleways

Council currently owns and maintains 89km of footpaths and cycleways (shared paths), stairs and kerb ramps across the Shire.

Please click on the links below for paths in your area.