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The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have released the successful applicants of the Streets as Shared Spaces Grant Program, including some extra money for bikes across NSW. Overall more than $3 million will be divided between NSW Councils enabling them to create a better environment for bike riders within their area. 

There were 2 categories available and we’ve provided a summary of all the approved applications below.

Cycling Infrastructure

Category 1

Category 1 was for projects valued at up to $100,000 and must be delivered within three months of funding approval. 

City of Newcastle - $100,000 – Queens Wharf Cycleway Detour and Activation 

Reallocation of street space and reconfiguration of road for a 3m shared path connection route. Trial 30km/h speed limit. Pop-up library and temporary art installation activation.

Port Stephens Council - $99,300 – Nelson Bay to Little Beach Shared Path

Reallocation of street space for safe walking and cycling path, providing a safe route between the town centre and beach.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council - $99,700 – Share R Streets 

Reallocation of street for cycling, and space for activation: planter boxes, art installations, pop-up parklet and street furniture.

Wollongong City Council -  $39,325 – Pop-Up Cycleways

Pilot two new cycleways link with integrating art and greening initiatives that will provide cycling links between rail stations and significant foreshore areas.

Category 2

Category 2 was for projects up to $1 million and must be delivered within a year of funding approval. 

Ballina Shire Council - $100,000 – A Slow Path, Not A Fast Short Cut

A program of temporary works seeking to test a number of traffic calming elements and streetscape features aimed at improving safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists in, and around Park Lane over a trial period of 8-9 months. 

Bayside Council - $100,000 – Place Making - Russell Avenue, Sans Souci

A ‘pilot' trial opportunity to create community parklets alongside wide off-road cycleways where families feel safe to ride their bicycles - protected from traffic, whilst exploring local cafes before enjoying the paths and natural space of the Botany Bay’s foreshore.

Central Coast Council - $327,528 – Shared Zone and activation of The Esplanade, Umina Beach 

It will include  traffic calming devices, landscaping, seating, planter boxes, signage, pockets for active participation and suitable for all access and will improve access on foot or bike to key locations.

City of Newcastle Council - $525,000 – Trial cycleways on Hunter Street West End 

Involves trialling a range of measures along a section of Hunter Street between National Park Street to the west and Worth Place to the east. This area contains a major safety hotspot in need of activation.

Coffs Harbour City Council - $800,000 – Green Spine Pilot Project

Aims to trial a safe corridor for cycling and walking access along Coffs Harbour’s Harbour Drive during COVID-19. This project will be the initial phase towards two further phases which will test and resolve permanent place and movement interventions that adopt a safe systems approach at Harbour Drive’s major intersection. 

Ku-ring-gai Council - $398,000 – Gilroy Road Separated Cycleway and Turramurra Shared Path

Test the cycleway proposed in Turramurra Public Domain Plan. It will provide a safer cycling route for all ages and link open spaces, as well as providing a link from residential areas to the local centre and station away from higher traffic roads. It is envisaged that the wider paths and improved creek crossing will also benefit pedestrians. The selected route is relatively flat and can be made accessible for all. The proposed cycleway will link northern areas of Turramurra to the local centre, which have a relatively high propensity to cycling (from a Ku-ring-gai context).

Wollongong City Council - $470,075 – Pop-Up Cycleways

Several ‘quick win’ cycling connection types, enhancing opportunities for agile delivery of future cycling connections across the City of Wollongong. The 8km of new cycleway links proposed under this project differ from Council’s historical approach to investing in cycleways facilities that are mostly off-road. While this off-road cycling infrastructure is effective, it comes at a greater cost per kilometre and is unable to be deployed rapidly across the city.

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