My comment related to a particular intersection, or road segment. What has happened with it?

We have retained all comments on file, which will help us to locate improvements and to prioritise works.Keeping the action strategic and all-encompassing will help us to deliver more for our community. For example, an action to improve a poorly aligned ramp where the Grange Lakes path crosses Beach Street would lead to an infrastructure improvement in that location.  However an action as per below:

1.1.1.  Improve access for riders at ramps and road crossing points (including consideration of riders of cargo bicycles) by reducing the angle of turns where possible

Will enable us to improve ramp alignment at any locations that are identified (in addition to the ones we received on the social pinpoint mapping tool), as well as to consider this in future projects that are yet to be constructed.

What is happening with Coast Park Path?

Council is in the process of finalising an environment report that considers the condition of the flora and fauna between Terminus and Bournemouth streets. Concurrently it has again been taken to court by CPEG but this time on its revised Public Consultation Policy, something that Council believed should be amended following the previous Supreme Court decision. Until the public consultation policy is effectively resolved Council won’t be able to consult on the Coast Park pathway alignment. This is a significant frustration to Council who remains  committed to an Australian standard shared use path that is accessible to all in this location and continues to work towards that objective.

Why are there less streets on the Charles Sturt Bike Network map than there are on the Bikedirect map?

We wouldn’t be able to invest in improvements on all of the Bikedirect streets because there are too many, so our Bike Network is a list of strategic streets where we plan to invest in cycling improvements.

The Charles Sturt Bike Network is a network of strategic local streets that have been chosen for their low traffic volumes, as well as links to safe crossing points and off-road paths, road and /or verge width as well as links to schools, reserves, strategic cycling routes and major destinations. The envisaged users of these local strategic routes are less confident riders, those preferring low traffic routes and those who may not ride a bicycle yet.

What happens with the Bikedirect Network?

The Bikedirect network will remain, alongside our Bike Network.  As we make improvements to streets, we will review whether any changes to the Bikedirect Network are appropriate and propose these changes to DPTI.

The Bikedirect Network is a network identified by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), to help people navigate using their preferred riding conditions and is used on their Cycle Instead Journey Planner found on their website. The ‘secondary roads’ and ‘off road paths’ that are suited to riders who prefer low traffic routes are in most cases council assets. The secondary road routes within the City of Charles Sturt were chosen for their directness and links to the arterial road network, however they have varying traffic conditions and street design.

Don’t we already have a “Walking and Cycling Strategy” and a “Transport Plan” containing actions, why do we need another list?

The project began as a review of the Bikedirect network.  One reason for the review is that we are moving toward integrating our bicycle network into our road planning, so that the streets that are important from a riding perspective are clearly identified to aid in decision making.  Identifying these streets will help us to assign appropriate asset renewal time frames, and also to decide whether the streets should be reconfigured / improved when they are due for reconstruction.  Given the influence that the bicycle network would have on local roads using this method, we wanted to ensure that we have the network right. 

In reviewing the network, we have received many suggestions for infrastructure improvements, that we have compiled into an Action List. There is some overlap with other strategies. This Action List will complement actions in other strategies, and we have aligned these actions to our Transport Plan.

When will these actions be completed?

During future financial years, the actions will be delivered through our road reconstructions, sustainable transport budget, and by staff as part of their everyday work.