Bicycle NSW was thrilled to see pop-up cycleways being built across NSW last year as a way to encourage more people to utilise bikes through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regional city of Goulburn was even set to get their very own. Transport for NSW wanted to ensure that all across NSW, bike riders were benefitting from the pop-ups, not just metropolitan areas.
The Goulburn pop-up would connect Hume Street and Finlay Road with off-road shared path infrastructure to provide a designated path for bike riders. As a state funded project, the money was fast tracked in order for the local bike riders and town to benefit.
Unfortunately, this fast tracking meant the pop-up was constructed in the road reserve rather than the road verge, as suggested by the local council. Now, the cycleway is being removed from Hume Street road reserve due to knock back from the local community.
In the meantime, Goulburn Mulwaree Council continues to plan building the cycleway on the verge, once the work can be funded.
“It’s great to see more cycleways popping up across NSW, however councils and the government really need to hear from bike riders. It’s your voices that really have an impact so more cycleways can be built,” said Bicycle NSW CEO, Alistair Ferguson.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council will construct the cycleway on the verge once the funding is available, hopefully within the next 12 months.