Byron Shire Council is committed to reducing the number of cars in our towns, encouraging cycling and providing better cycling infrastructure. Planning this infrastructure not only helps us ensure that the facilities provided meet the needs of the community that use them, but also helps us attract state and federal funding to provide them.
Investigation and Concept Design
Byron Shire Council has recently endorsed a concept design for a continuous cycleway from Byron Bay (Browning Street) to Suffolk Park (Clifford Street). The concept design was one of the outcomes of The Byron Bay to Suffolk Park Cycleway Investigation, which was undertaken by a specialist consultant in collaboration with Council staff under the guidance of the Transport Infrastructure Advisory Committee (TIAC). The investigation considered a range of options, including but not limited to:
- a continuous single, on-road cycleway on both sides of the road;
- a continuous dual lane on the eastern side of the road; and
- a continuous dual lane on the western side of the road.
The investigation resulted in a preferred option concept design that was developed to be the best and most cost-effective option to connect Byron Bay to Suffolk Park.
The Byron Bay (Browning Street) to Suffolk Park (Clifford Street) Cycleway Investigation Report including the Preferred Option Concept Design was placed on public exhibition in late 2018 and there was an overwhelming response in favour of the proposed concept design. Council resolved to proceed with the preferred concept design as the basis for development of the Byron Bay to Suffolk Park Cycleway.
There were also a significant number of submissions requesting that the cycleway be named after Ben Donohoe, a well known local boy tragically killed in an accident in 2010 near the Roadhouse Café. Council resolved to name the cycleway after Ben in his memory.
Council’s resolution (Res 19-066) is available on page 20,https://byron.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/02/OC_28022019_MIN_984.PDF.
The Council report and appendices can be viewed at the following link (includes indicative plans of the proposed cycleway): https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Home/Tabs/Public-notices/Public-Exhibition-Byron-Bay-to-Suffolk-Park-Cycleway
The Endorsed Concept Design
The endorsed concept design consists of a combination of:
- provision of new shared paths;
- upgrade of existing shared paths;
- provision of new on-road cycle lanes;
- provision of new footpaths;
- upgrade of existing crossings; and
- provision of new crossings.
Progress and Funding
The Byron Bay to Suffolk Park Cycleway project as a whole is not entirely funded. The only section funded at this stage is the section between the Byron@Byron Resort and Clifford Street in Suffolk Park, which has been co-funded by Byron Shire Council and the Stronger Country Communities Fund (NSW Government). This section is currently undergoing detailed design for construction towards the end of 2019. We will have more information available on the progress of this section soon.
We will continue to work with State and Federal funding bodies to apply for any potential funding source that may be available to progress this project - watch this space for further updates!
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