Notice of Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

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Transport Advisory Committee Meeting

 

 

A Transport Advisory Committee Meeting of Byron Shire Council will be held as follows:

 

Venue

Conference Room, Station Street, Mullumbimby

Date

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Time

9.00am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Holloway

Director Infrastructure Services                                                                                           I2016/627

                                                                                                                                    Distributed 10/06/16

 

 


CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

What is a “Conflict of Interests” - A conflict of interests can be of two types:

Pecuniary - an interest that a person has in a matter because of a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial gain or loss to the person or another person with whom the person is associated.

Non-pecuniary – a private or personal interest that a Council official has that does not amount to a pecuniary interest as defined in the Local Government Act (eg. A friendship, membership of an association, society or trade union or involvement or interest in an activity and may include an interest of a financial nature).

Remoteness – a person does not have a pecuniary interest in a matter if the interest is so remote or insignificant that it could not reasonably be regarded as likely to influence any decision the person might make in relation to a matter or if the interest is of a kind specified in Section 448 of the Local Government Act.

Who has a Pecuniary Interest? - a person has a pecuniary interest in a matter if the pecuniary interest is the interest of the person, or another person with whom the person is associated (see below).

Relatives, Partners - a person is taken to have a pecuniary interest in a matter if:

§  The person’s spouse or de facto partner or a relative of the person has a pecuniary interest in the matter, or

§  The person, or a nominee, partners or employer of the person, is a member of a company or other body that has a pecuniary interest in the matter.

N.B. “Relative”, in relation to a person means any of the following:

(a)   the parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, lineal descends or adopted child of the person or of the person’s spouse;

(b)   the spouse or de facto partners of the person or of a person referred to in paragraph (a)

No Interest in the Matter - however, a person is not taken to have a pecuniary interest in a matter:

§  If the person is unaware of the relevant pecuniary interest of the spouse, de facto partner, relative or company or other body, or

§  Just because the person is a member of, or is employed by, the Council.

§  Just because the person is a member of, or a delegate of the Council to, a company or other body that has a pecuniary interest in the matter provided that the person has no beneficial interest in any shares of the company or body.

Disclosure and participation in meetings

§  A Councillor or a member of a Council Committee who has a pecuniary interest in any matter with which the Council is concerned and who is present at a meeting of the Council or Committee at which the matter is being considered must disclose the nature of the interest to the meeting as soon as practicable.

§  The Councillor or member must not be present at, or in sight of, the meeting of the Council or Committee:

(a)   at any time during which the matter is being considered or discussed by the Council or Committee, or

(b)   at any time during which the Council or Committee is voting on any question in relation to  the matter.

No Knowledge - a person does not breach this Clause if the person did not know and could not reasonably be expected to have known that the matter under consideration at the meeting was a matter in which he or she had a pecuniary interest.

Participation in Meetings Despite Pecuniary Interest (S 452 Act)

A Councillor is not prevented from taking part in the consideration or discussion of, or from voting on, any of the matters/questions detailed in Section 452 of the Local Government Act.

Non-pecuniary Interests - Must be disclosed in meetings.

There are a broad range of options available for managing conflicts & the option chosen will depend on an assessment of the circumstances of the matter, the nature of the interest and the significance of the issue being dealt with.  Non-pecuniary conflicts of interests must be dealt with in at least one of the following ways:

§  It may be appropriate that no action be taken where the potential for conflict is minimal.  However, Councillors should consider providing an explanation of why they consider a conflict does not exist.

§  Limit involvement if practical (eg. Participate in discussion but not in decision making or vice-versa).  Care needs to be taken when exercising this option.

§  Remove the source of the conflict (eg. Relinquishing or divesting the personal interest that creates the conflict)

§  Have no involvement by absenting yourself from and not taking part in any debate or voting on the issue as if the provisions in S451 of the Local Government Act apply (particularly if you have a significant non-pecuniary interest)

RECORDING OF VOTING ON PLANNING MATTERS

Clause 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 – Recording of voting on planning matters

(1)   In this section, planning decision means a decision made in the exercise of a function of a council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979:

(a)   including a decision relating to a development application, an environmental planning instrument, a development control plan or a development contribution plan under that Act, but

(b)   not including the making of an order under Division 2A of Part 6 of that Act.

(2)   The general manager is required to keep a register containing, for each planning decision made at a meeting of the council or a council committee, the names of the councillors who supported the decision and the names of any councillors who opposed (or are taken to have opposed) the decision.

(3)   For the purpose of maintaining the register, a division is required to be called whenever a motion for a planning decision is put at a meeting of the council or a council committee.

(4)   Each decision recorded in the register is to be described in the register or identified in a manner that enables the description to be obtained from another publicly available document, and is to include the information required by the regulations.

(5)   This section extends to a meeting that is closed to the public.

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Transport Advisory Committee Meeting

 

 

BUSINESS OF MEETING

 

1.    Apologies

2.    Declarations of Interest – Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary

3.    Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meetings

3.1       Transport Advisory Committee Meeting held on 10 March 2016

4.    Business Arising From Previous Minutes

5.    Staff Reports

Infrastructure Services

5.1       Update of Bikeways Plan.................................................................................................. 4   

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                   5.1

 

 

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services

 

Report No. 5.1             Update of Bikeways Plan

Directorate:                 Infrastructure Services

Report Author:           Helen Waldron, EA Infrastructure Services

File No:                        I2016/626

Theme:                         Community Infrastructure

                                      Open Space and Recreation

 

 

Summary:

The adopted Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) is due for review.  The existing Plan is presented for Committee discussion and review.

 

  

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That Council note the Bikeways Committee is currently reviewing the adopted Bikeways Plan.

Attachments:

 

1        Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) , DM790722 , page 6  

 


 

Report

 

The adopted Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) is due for review. The existing Plan is presented for Committee discussion and review.

 

Council at its meeting of 9 June 2016 received submissions from the Ocean Shore community in relation to bike facilities in the north of the shire. The submissions were in response to a report in relation to ‘Infrastructure Works in the North of the Council Area funded from the Roundhouse Land Development’

 

The Transport Advisory Committee has been reviewing the plan and for some time and a review at this time will inform current proposals for works in the north of the Shire and assist with determining priorities for funding applications and correlation to the s94 Plan. 

 

Financial Implications

 

There are no financial implications in reviewing the Plan.

 

Grant funding may be available from NSW RMS

 

Byron Shire s94 Plan

 

Statutory and Policy Compliance Implications

 

N/A

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                    5.1 - Attachment 1

 

 

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Byron Shire Bike Strategy 
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Action Plan 
(Bike Plan)
Adopted August 2008
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Vision – “More Cycleways, More Cycling”

 

In delivering our vision, we believe that:

 

1.   Byron Shire provides a level of integrated cycle and pedestrian access opportunities across the Shire to provide for safe access and alternative transport options.

 

2.   Socially and environmentally responsible transport options are valued and encouraged to enable more people to live a sustainable lifestyle and to respond to the impacts of global warming and carbon emissions.

 

3.   The community benefits from healthier transport choices and that tourism opportunities are created and promoted by the high standard of facilities available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“More cycleways!”


Message from the Bikeways Advisory Committee

 

 

Bike Committee

 

(l to r) Terry Newling, Peter Sladdin, Cr Jan Mangleson, Shobhan Oliver, Simon Davis, Tina Petroff, Bernard Grinberg, Cr Peter Westheimer, Mayor Jan Barham, Robert Crossley

 

 

The members of the Bikeways Advisory Committee:

 

Mayor Jan Barham

Councillor Peter Westheimer

 

Councillor Jan Mangleson

 

Tina Petroff

 

Robert Crossley

 

Leone Bolt

 

Maggie Luke

 

Shobhan Oliver

 

Peter Sladdin

 

Paul Whyte

 

Bernard Grinberg

 

Simon Davis

 

John McKay

 

Terry Newling

 

Byron Shire Council recognises the importance of enhanced facilities for cyclists and has resolved to prepare a Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan).

 

Support for cycling is a key part of the NSW Government’s 25 year air quality management plan, Action for Air and of the National Greenhouse Strategy.

 

The need of the community to cycle through the urban and rural environment requires a safe and accessible bike network and careful consideration when planning our towns and villages.

 

Cycling is the most healthy, affordable and sustainable form of transport available.  It has the potential to significantly improve the quality of our towns and villages and improve the health of the community and environment while also saving the community money.  Increased bicycle travel contributes to the environmental quality of our streets and neighbourhoods by making them quieter and enhancing quality of life.

 

We encourage the community of Byron Shire to get out your bicycle and take advantage of our growing bike network.

 

As a community we face great challenges but we believe we have the capacity to work together to achieve the vision of a thriving and vibrant community.  We urge your support to help Council deliver a sustainable future for Byron Shire through the Bike Plan.

 

Each member of the Bikeways Advisory Committee gives up their time to attend meetings, research publications, undertake field surveys and contribute holistically to the development of bikeways across the Shire.

 

 

 

English Language School, Jonson Lane, Byron Bay


 Contents

 

1. Executive Summary. 1

2. Why Plan for Bicycles?. 3

3. Introduction. 4

3.1 Overview.. 4

3.2 Objectives of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan. 5

3.3 Aims of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan. 5

3.4 Scope of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan. 7

3.5 Existing Network. 8

3.5.1 Recent Council Achievements. 8

Table 1: Council Adopted 2003 Priority List for cycleway infrastructure. 9

Table 2: Achievements since 2003 in addition to Council adopted programme. 11

3.5.2 Recent Achievements by the Roads and Traffic Authority. 12

4. Funding. 13

4.1 Funding Sources. 13

4.2 Council 14

4.3 Roads and Traffic Authority. 14

4.4 Department of Planning. 15

4.5 Roads to Recovery. 15

4.6 Other 15

4.7 Byron Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan. 16

Table 3: Current Section 94 Programme and Funds – Bikeways – as at 1 July 2007. 17

5. Research. 19

5.1 Active Children. 19

5.1.1 Active Commuting to Schools – habits, levels of physical activity and influences on NSW Primary School Children 2002. 19

5.1.2 Active Kids – NSW Department of Sports and Recreation Active Community Guide  19

5.2 Guidelines. 19

5.2.1 How to Prepare a Bike Plan, RTA.. 19

5.2.2 Action for Bikes – Bike Plan 2010, RTA.. 20

5.2.3 NSW Bicycle Guidelines, RTA.. 20

5.2.4 Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practices Part 14 – Bicycles. 20

5.2.5 Australian Standards. 20

5.3 Council Strategic Plans. 21

6. Community Requested Facilities. 22

Table 4: Community Requested Facilities. 23

7. Action Plans 2008 – 2012. 34

7.1 Overview.. 34

7.2 Active Transport 35

7.2.1 Key Active Transport Issues. 35

7.2.2 Active Transport Strategies. 36

7.3 Non-infrastructure based Activities to Promote Active Transport 37

7.3.1 Cycling. 37

7.3.2 Walking. 37

7.3.3 Marketing and Education. 38

7.4 Actions. 39

Table 5: Non-infrastructure Based Action Plan. 40

Table 6: Infrastructure Based Action Plan. 49

Table 7: Division of lengths by town centre, or rural locations: 59

 

 

Byron Shire Existing and Potential Cycleways – Key to Maps. 60

Map 1: Mullumbimby Existing and Potential Cycleways. 61

Map 2:  Ocean Shores North Existing and Potential Cycleways. 62

Map 3:  Ocean Shores South Existing and Potential Cycleways. 63

Map 4:  Brunswick Heads North Existing and Potential Cycleways. 64

Map 5:  Brunswick Heads South Existing and Potential Cycleways. 65

Map 6:  Bangalow Existing and Potential Cycleways. 66

Map 7:  Ewingsdale Existing and Potential Cycleways. 67

Map 8:  Byron Bay West Existing and Potential Cycleways. 68

Map 9:  Byron Bay East Existing and Potential Cycleways. 69

Map 10:  Byron Bay South Existing and Potential Cycleways. 70

Map 11:  Suffolk Park Existing and Potential Cycleways. 71

Map 12:  Byron Shire Existing and Potential Intertown Cycleways. 72

Map 13:  NSW Coastline Cycleway. 73

Map 13a:  NSW Coastline Cycleway – Northern Alternative Routes. 74

Map 13b:  NSW Coastline Cycleway – Southern Alternative Routes. 75

 

Definitions & Glossary. 76

Reference Documents. 79

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                    5.1 - Attachment 1

1. Executive Summary

 

The Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) will facilitate the expansion of the existing network of bicycle facilities in Byron Shire.

 

In developing the Bike Plan a review of some associated documentation and design guidelines was undertaken.  Understanding the existing bike needs and demands is necessary to assess the appropriateness of existing facilities and any additional requirements.  It is also necessary to consider the potential to stimulate pedestrian and bike activities in the future and the issues this will raise when planning, budgeting and managing Byron Shire bike facilities.

 

 

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Byron Street / Butler Street Cycleway, Byron Bay

 

 

By reviewing the existing information on bike routes within the Shire and considering the current and future requirements, the Bike Plan lists actions to be taken in order to realise the full potential of intra-town and inter-town pedestrian and bike facilities.  There are two distinct action types, identified as:

 

a)   Non-infrastructure Based Action Plan

b)   Infrastructure Based Action Plan

 

The Non-infrastructure Based Action Plan lists actions regarding policy, marketing, education, tourism and matters requiring further investigation.  The Infrastructure Based Action Plan lists proposed new projects to be built over time as resources permit.

 

Each proposed new bike route will be subject to more detailed design and investigation than provided in this document.  The level of investigation and design will vary depending on the proposed facility.

 

The Bike Plan is a dynamic document that must reflect the community and the changes within it.  The community are invited to be involved in the ongoing development of this Plan.

 

The Bike Plan is based on extensive research, review of existing infrastructure and community consultation and will be referred to the Local Environment Plan (LEP), Development Control Plan (DCP) and Section 94 Contributions Plan process currently underway*.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision of secure bike parking is an important and much needed end of trip facility for all cyclists. See page 16 for Council’s preferred type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*More on Section 94 is on p16. More on LEP & DCP process is at: http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ 

2. Why Plan for Bicycles?

 

Byron Shire Council is committed to cycling, so it is important to ensure that cycling facilities across the Shire are effective and well-integrated.  A carefully prepared Bike Plan is a major step towards this goal.

 

The reasons for integrating bicycle facilities into overall activities will vary among individual Councils.  Byron Shire Council is seeking to improve equity, health and the environment within our community.

 

The key reasons for developing a Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan) include:

 

a)   more and improved bicycle facilities, which are important community assets that make a positive contribution to urban amenity and the use of public space

 

b)   improved road safety, because cyclists are vulnerable, legitimate road users who should be able to use the bicycle for transport and leisure without risking their personal safety or health

 

c)   Increased levels of cycling, which adds and strengthens social and community interaction

 

d)   a strategic and integrated approach which demonstrates Council’s vision and commitment to cycling and sustainability.

 

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From this………………

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to this.

 

River Street, New Brighton

safety improvements achieved for cyclists and pedestrians

3. Introduction

3.1 Overview

 

Byron Shire Council recognises that transport is a major issue for many within the Shire.  With limited public transport, most people rely on a vehicle or are restricted in their access to essential services and educational facilities.  As a result, Council has recognised the benefits that an integrated transport network could provide, hence the need for the development of a Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan (Bike Plan).

 

The Bike Plan is a comprehensive strategic and action plan that develops:

 

a)   the strategic framework for improved cycling in the Shire

 

b)   a non-infrastructure based Action Plan

 

c)   an infrastructure based Action Plan.

 

The strategic framework set out within this document clearly indicates Council vision and direction regarding the bike network and its future management and is based upon the identified needs of cyclists and review of existing bike network and facilities.

 

In doing so, the framework recognises the needs of different cyclists (commuter, recreational, child, utility, sporting or tourist) and the often competing demands they and other road users generate, including on and for limited road space, land use and funding.

 

The framework also recognises the role cycling has or potentially has in delivering sustainability, be it economic (tourism and trade), environment (less polluting) or social (health, community building); benefits which just as often need non-infrastructure activities (promotional materials and events, behavioural programs) to support the ongoing and proposed infrastructure improvements.

 

To this end, the non-infrastructure and infrastructure action plans will implement the vision, aims and objectives of the Bike Plan which will:

 

a) benefit and respond to the needs of end users and community

 

b) guide Council and other service providers and planning and engineering technicians by defining the most important issues to be addressed in its delivery and the development of an integrated transport network.

 

 

 

3.2 Objectives of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan

 

The objectives of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan are to: 

 

a)   retain, increase and improve cycling facilities

 

b)   consistently review cyclist needs

 

c)   provide a consistent standard of facilities for cyclists within the area

 

The Bike Plan will be used as a means to ensure that bike facilities are provided in a consistent and appropriate manner throughout the Shire and that they meet the needs of the different user groups.

 

3.3 Aims of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan

 

The Bike Plan, in seeking to provide safe, comfortable and connected bike travel for all users within the Shire, has established three broad aims:

 

1.   connected: linking more places and spaces via a network that facilitates accessibility for all cyclists

 

2.   integrated: ensuring cycling, as a form of both transport and recreation, is encouraged, legitimised and incorporated into an integrated transport system

 

3.   targeted: facilities that provide intra-town and inter-town routes that respond to user needs and complement specific groups, programs or works, such as ‘Safer Routes to Schools’, Local Area Traffic Management schemes, infrastructure upgrades, new developments and the like.

 

More specifically, in delivering connected places where people live, work and play by ensuring cycling offers a viable transport alternative and recreational option that responds to needs of end users, the Bike Plan will:

 

a)   increase the number of cycleways throughout the Shire

 

b)   increase the number of end trip facilities (e.g. secure bike parking)

 

c)   reduce car dependency and the impact of carbon emissions

 

d)   increase opportunities for community and social interaction and for the pursuit of healthier and more active living

 

e)   recognise the different needs of end users, in particular those more dependent upon cycling, including school students and those wanting to cycle for transport and recreation and support educational programs, including road safety.

 

f)    support the development of a series of cycleways and associated infrastructure that will serve tourism needs of cyclists in the Shire

 

g)   improve connectivity throughout the Shire

 

h)  install bicycle friendly grates for stormwater and gully pits for safety

 

i)    provide suitable linkages within townships and between towns, in particular schools, residential and activity centres

 

j)    promote and encourage community cycling events

 

k)   provide enhanced walking and cycling opportunities in natural areas, including the NSW Coastline Cycleway and an integration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Cycle Policy

 

l)    provide enhanced opportunities for cycling in rural areas, recognising that many residents use the road as shared space and safety and signage need to be upgraded

 

m)  provide education via detailing the needs of cyclists, the role of local and state authorities and existing and proposed facilities

 

n)  ensure that intrusion of other infrastructure and associated services, e.g. rubbish bins, signage, poles, mail boxes etc, do not impede the path of travel or a route’s capacity

 

o)   improve safety of cyclists by undertaking bicycle friendly road repairs and maintenance and keeping road shoulders free of gravel and debris

 

p)   integrate the Bike Plan into the Byron Shire Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and associated Development Control Plans (DCP)

 

q)   aim to link all schools to its nearest community.

 


3.4 Scope of the Byron Shire Bike Strategy and Action Plan.

 

The Bike Plan focuses on the following areas:

Intra-town bikeway links:

 

a)   Ocean Shores / New Brighton / South Golden Beach / Billinudgel

 

b)   Brunswick Heads

 

c)   Mullumbimby

 

d)   Byron Bay / Suffolk Park

 

e)   Bangalow

 

f)    Ewingsdale

 

g)   Ewingsdale to Byron Bay

 

Inter-town bikeway links connecting the above listed towns, including:

 

a)   Ocean Shores to Brunswick Heads

 

b)   Brunswick Heads to Mullumbimby

 

c)   Brunswick Heads / Mullumbimby to Ewingsdale

 

d)   Byron Bay to Bangalow

 

e)   Bangalow to Mullumbimby

 

f)    The NSW Coastline Cycleway

 

NSW Coastline Cycleway

 

The Coastline Cycleway is a NSW State Government project managed through the Department of Planning.  The Department provides funds to non-metropolitan coastal Councils to improve cycling facilities along the NSW Coastline Cycleway.

 

Councils can apply for a dollar for dollar grant for projects on the defined route.  Incorporating the Coastline Cycleway into the Bike network for Byron Shire is a key consideration.

 

For further details on this program see the NSW Department of Planning website: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plansforaction/coastlinecycleway.asp 


Roads and Traffic Authority

 

The RTA provides funds up to 50% of the project cost to assist Council to develop the local network.  Where an approved route exists along a State road, the RTA will fund the full cost of the project within the limits of their budget.

 

Further assistance is given in the development of the local and regional network as the upgrade of the Pacific Highway continues.  This is evident with the recent completion of the Brunswick Heads to Yelgun upgrade of the Highway.

 

3.5 Existing Network

 

The existing bicycle network across the Shire totals an approximate length of 57km, made up of:

 

On-Road

27km

Off-road

30km

 

In addition to these formal cycling facilities there are many kilometres of paved footpaths that can be used in accordance with the Traffic Regulations as cycleways, namely by persons that are or accompanying those under twelve years of age.

 

3.5.1 Recent Council Achievements

 

Council adopted a Byron Shire Cycleway Plan – Priority List in September 2003 (Council Resolution No 03-884).  The works programme from this list was identified as covering a period from 2003/04 to 2013/14 and at a total estimated cost of $935,225.  Table 1 below is that priority list with a current status report on each project.

 

In addition to the works listed in Table 1, a number of other projects were carried out during the period 2003 - 2008.  These projects were jointly funded by Council and either the RTA (including Roads to Recovery funds) as part of their cycleway programme, or the Department of Planning as part of the Coastline Cycleway project.  Table 2 lists these achievements.

 

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                               5.1 - Attachment 1

 

Table 1: Council Adopted 2003 Priority List for cycleway infrastructure

(Res No 03-884)

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Town

Facility

Location / Description

Status

Comment

1

Byron Bay

Shared path

Belongil Bridge to Bayshore Drive On-Road Option

Complete

 

2

Byron Bay

Shared path

Butler to Kendall Street OR Byron Street Road Reserve from Butler to Kendall

Complete

Byron Street Road Reserve from Butler to Kendall was constructed

3

Ocean Shores

Shared path

Balemo Drive  - #142 to Orana Road

Proposed

A shared path will conflict with resident driveways and road crossings.

4

Byron Bay

Shared path

Browning Street West

Proposed

Existing paved footpath and Culvert works are completed.

5

Mullumbimby

Shared path

Brunswick Terrace - Burringbar to Tyagarah Street

Complete

 

6

Mullumbimby

Shared path

Tincogan Street - Stuart to Station Street

Complete

 

7

Mullumbimby

Shared path

Tincogan Street - Stuart Street to Brunswick Terrace

Complete

 

8

Byron Bay

Shared path

Broken Head Road - Culvert to Everglades (west side)

Complete

 

9

Mullumbimby

Cycle Lanes / on-road advisory

Argyle Street - Manns Road to James Street

 

Complete

 

#

Town

Facility

Location / Description

Status

Comment

10

Byron Bay

Shared path

Kendall Street - Border and Childe Streets

Proposed

Subject to development proposals.

11

Bangalow

Shared path

Byron Bay Road - #7 to Playing Field Entrance

Proposed

Section from Snows Bridge to #7 completed.

12

Ocean Shores

Shared path

Strand Avenue - Bridge to The Esplanade

Complete

 

13

Brunswick Heads

On-road advisory

South Beach Road

Proposed

Subject to priority

14

Ocean Shores

Shared path

Kallaroo Circuit

Proposed

Subject to priority

15

Mullumbimby

Shared path

Pine Avenue

Proposed

Need to consider on-road mixed traffic route.

16

Mullumbimby

Shared path

Whian Street & River Terrace

Complete

 

17

Brunswick Heads

Shared path

Park St and Fawcett St - Mullumbimbi Street to Massey Greene Caravan Park

Complete

 

18

Ocean Shores

Shared path

River Street - Pacific Street to Ocean Avenue

Complete

 

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                    5.1 - Attachment 1

Table 2: Achievements since 2003 in addition to Council adopted programme

 

Town

Location

Facility

Programme

Ocean Shores

 

River Street – New Brighton

Shared Path - missing link

RTA / Council

 

Old New Brighton Road

 

Shared Path

RTA / Council

 

Shara Boulevard.

 

Shared Path

RTA / Council

Suffolk Park

Clifford Street and Alcorn Street

 

Shared Path & Mixed-traffic route

Coastline Cycleway

Byron Bay

Tennyson Street from Browning Street through Byron Recreation Grounds and a link from Lawson Street to the path along the Clarkes Beach frontage

 

Shared Path

Coastline Cycleway

 

Butler Street

Pedestrian bridge and concrete path to Somerset Street

 

RTA / Council

Brunswick Heads

Southern Pacific Highway Interchange to the Bowling Club

 

Shared path

Coastline Cycleway

 

Along both sides of Tweed Street

 

Bicycle lanes

Coastline Cycleway

 

Massey Green Caravan Park to Brunswick Valley Way at the Northern Pacific Highway Interchange

 

Shared path

Coastline Cycleway

 


3.5.2 Recent Achievements by the Roads and Traffic Authority

 

As a part of the Pacific Highway upgrade from Brunswick Heads to Yelgun, the RTA provided a number of bikeway facilities.

 

These included widened shoulders along both sides of the Highway to facilitate cyclists.  However, the main benefit to the local community is the work they undertook along the old highway, now known as the Brunswick Valley Way.

 

 

 

 

The RTA provided a safe means of getting across the upgraded Pacific Highway between Ocean Shores and Billinudgel.  The shared path is an easy ride over the Highway for adults and children alike

 

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The RTA works included:

 

a.   pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Highway from Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores to Billinudgel

 

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Part of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway provided for a shared path boardwalk connecting Brunswick heads with Ferry Reserve under the new bridges over the Brunswick River

 

b.   shared path and boardwalk alongside the Brunswick River and under the bridges linking Brunswick Heads with Ferry Reserve

 

c.   shared path along the eastern side of Brunswick Valley Way from Bonanza Drive to Shara Boulevard

 

d.   access ramp linking Brunswick Valley Way to Old New Brighton Road

 

e.   shared path from Brunswick Heads (northern interchange) along Brunswick Valley Way to the Ocean Shores Sewage Treatment Plant access road.

 

 

 

 

Part of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway provided for a shared path along the Brunswick Valley Way in the Billinudgel / Ocean Shores (north) area

 

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4. Funding

4.1 Funding Sources

 

There are a number of funding sources available to Council for the development of cycleways across the Shire.

 

Upon adoption of this strategy Council aims to:

 

a)   seek state government funding for the installation of bike facilities at railway stations, recreation facilities, shopping centres and major community facilities

 

b)   seek opportunities with the Australian Greenhouse Office for the provision of cycleways as a greenhouse reduction program

 

c)   seek funding for the establishment of a Byron Shire Bike Ride

 

d)   seek road safety project grants from the NSW Government to deliver programs for cycle facilities

 

e)   investigate Australian Industry grants for the delivery of cycling and access infrastructure for the promotion of Byron Shire tourism.

 

The current established options for funding include the following.

4.2 Council

 

Council currently provides funding for cycleways from the following sources:

 

a)   rates revenue – $120,000 per year from the current 2008/09 Management Plan

 

b)   Section 94 Developer contributions – varies according to contributions received

 

c)   Roads to Recovery (R2R) – 10% of the total grant over the four year period of the programme, totalling in excess of $190 000 for the current 2005 – 2009 programme

 

As well as these funds directed specifically to cycleways, Council’s footpath restoration budget contributes to improvements for cyclists which is currently set at $60,000 for the 2007/08 budget year.

 

Further to these capital works, all funds allocated towards the maintenance and rehabilitation of local roads provides benefits to cyclists across the Shire.

 

4.3 Roads and Traffic Authority

 

The RTA provide up to 50% of funds for approved facilities on the local road network in accordance with an adopted Bike Plan.  They will provide up to 100% of funds for cycleways along State Roads.

 

In recent years the RTA has provided up to $40,000 per year but this can vary according to the facility proposed by Council.

 

From time to time the RTA has provided Council with additional funding when the availability of funds becomes known late in the financial year.  If Council has been able to find the funds to match the RTA offer, then the grant has been taken up and additional facilities beyond those programmed have been built.

 

 

4.4 Department of Planning

 

The NSW Government, through the Department of Planning, provide up to 50% of funds to non-metropolitan Coastal Councils for the development of the Coastline Cycleway.  Council allocates 10% of its four yearly AUSLINK Roads to Recovery allocation to match the grants supplied by the State Government through the Department of Planning.

 

4.5 Roads to Recovery

 

The Federal Government’s Auslink Roads to Recovery is a rolling programme of funding provided directly to Local Councils across the country to improve local roads.  The programme provides for Councils to allocate funds towards cycleways that lie within the road reserve.

 

For the past two (4 year) programmes, Council has allocated 10% of the funds specifically for the construction of cycleways.  This amount exceeds $360 000 towards cycleways across the shire.  Predominantly (but not totally), these funds have been used by Council for the development of the NSW Coastline Cycleway as its 50% contribution to the matching funds offered by the State Government.

 

Council is committed to the ongoing allocation of 10% of future Auslink Roads to Recovery programmes towards the development of cycleways across the Shire.

 

4.6 Other

 

Other sources of funding for cycleway infrastructure and other non-infrastructure related cycling activities may include:

 

a)   Crown Reserve funds for facilities within Crown Reserves managed by Council

 

b)   works carried out by developers under conditions of development consent

 

c)   Department of Education and Training for the promotion of walking and cycling to schools programmes

 

d)   Department of Health to promote more active and healthier lifestyles within the community

 

e)   Australian Greenhouse Office for the provision of bikeways as a greenhouse reduction programme

 

f)    Aus Industry grants for the delivery of cycling and access infrastructure for the promotion of Byron Shire tourism

 

g)   AUSLINK Black Spot programme for road safety improvements – projects may not necessarily relate to cycling accidents but improvements can be made that provide a benefit to cyclists

 

4.7 Byron Shire Council Section 94 Development Contributions Plan

 

The objectives of the Section 94 Plan are to outline Council’s requirements for contributions for the construction of cycleways to connect pathways which are required to be provided as part of development consent.

 

The Section 94 plan only accepts contributions in Byron Bay, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores/New Brighton/South Golden Beach and Mullumbimby.  These contributions are expected to meet some of the requirements for the proposed extension of existing cycleways and for future cycleways to improve facilities for the existing populations and to provide for additional population demands.

 

A developer’s contribution is based on the extent to which the new development will impact on existing infrastructure.  So in many cases a Section 94 contribution has to be matched by Council.  For example if the Section 94 percentage is 35% then Council has an obligation to find funds for the project up to 65% to allow the project to proceed.

 

 

 

 

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Secure bike parking is a key end of trip facility, lack of which can deter cycling. The above two examples are currently Council’s preferred type however actual use is dependent upon a variety of factors, including demand, type of use, site space and area. Additional consideration is the coastal environment, with preference for an appropriate grade of stainless steel suitable for the local conditions.

 


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Table 3: Current Section 94 Programme and Funds – Bikeways – as at 1 July 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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5. Research

5.1 Active Children

 

The following documents have been reviewed to provide an understanding of the latest policy and research regarding commuting and physical activity for children.

 

5.1.1 Active Commuting to Schools – habits, levels of physical activity and influences on NSW Primary School Children 2002

 

Objectives: To identify travel patterns as a component of physical activity and the influences on habitual travel patterns among school children in NSW and the implications for public health initiatives.

 

Reference:

http://www.cpah.health.usyd.edu.au/pdfs/2003_primary_school_children.pdf

 

5.1.2 Active Kids – NSW Department of Sports and Recreation Active Community Guide

 

Objectives: To examine the benefits of children participating in physical activity, the amount of physical activity children should undertake and how to encourage physical activity in children.

 

Reference: http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/publicat/detail.asp?pub=46

 

5.2 Guidelines

 

There are numerous guidelines for providing pedestrian and/or cyclist facilities.  In general the guides used are those produced by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) as well as Australian Standards.

 

5.2.1 How to Prepare a Bike Plan, RTA

 

Objectives: To examine the relevant issues in preparing a bike plan and suggest useful resources that can help simplify bike plans.  The guide provides a three-stage framework with simple to follow steps to ensure that all aspects required for a bike plan are incorporated appropriately.

 

Reference:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/trafficinformation/downloads/bicycimpro_dl1.html

5.2.2 Action for Bikes – Bike Plan 2010, RTA

 

Objectives: To outline a wide range of actions for bikes that can be taken to help make cycling a viable travel alternative and to promote cycling.  The actions aim to improve facilities for cyclists and make it safer to cycle.

 

Reference:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/downloads/freeresource/stockno4286.pdf

 

5.2.3 NSW Bicycle Guidelines, RTA

 

Objectives: Guidelines designed to assist road designers, engineers and planners to design and construct high-quality bike transport facilities for the people of NSW.  It provides technical assistance on a range of conditions.  The guidelines should be read in conjunction with Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practices Part 14 – Bicycles and Australian Standard AS 1742.9 – Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Part 9 Bicycle Facilities.

 

Reference:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/doingbusinesswithus/downloads/technicalmanuals/nswbicyclev12_i.pdf

 

5.2.4 Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practices Part 14 – Bicycles

 

Objectives: To provide guidance to road authorities, engineers, planners and designers involved in the planning and development of cycling facilities.  The guide is intended to provide the basis for national uniformity in planning and design for bike use.

 

Reference:

http://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/script/Details.asp?DocN=AR0000006_1004

 

5.2.5 Australian Standards

 

In addition to guidelines there are a number of Australian Standards that are relevant and must be considered when developing bike facilities.  These have not been reproduced here, but a list of standards considered in the development of this report is outlined below.

 

Reference: http://www.standards.org.au/

 

·    AS 1428.1 Design for access and mobility – new building work;

·    AS 1428.4 Design for access and mobility – tactile ground surface indicators;

·    AS 2890.1 Parking facilities – Off-street parking;

·    AS 1743 Road signs – specifications;

·    AS1744 Forms and letters for roads signs;

·    AS 1742.10 Manual of uniform traffic control devices- pedestrian control and protection;

·    AS 1727.2 Manual of uniform traffic control devices – general use;

·    AS 1158 Lighting for roads and public spaces;

·    AS1158.4 Lighting for urban roads and other public thoroughfares;

·    AS 1742.13 Manual of uniform traffic control devices – local area traffic management;

·    AS 1742.7 Manual of uniform traffic control devices – railway crossings; and

·    AS 2890.5 Parking facilities – On-street parking.

 

5.3 Council Strategic Plans

 

Council has an obligation to the community to plan for the present and for the future.  In this regard the key strategic document by which Council operates is the Management Plan.

 

The Management Plan describes the strategic intent of the Council and provides a management tool for its achievement. The Management Plan has at least two major components:

 

a)   the Strategic Component - synthesises all the elements and considerations which together allow council to formulate its strategic direction

 

b)   the Operational Component - describes how council will achieve its strategic intent

 

The Management Plan can be viewed on Council’s web site at:

 

http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Publications/ManagementPlan.aspx

 

Other Policies, studies and strategic documents that inform the development of cycling facilities across the Shire include:

 

·    Community Safety Plan

·    Local Environment Plan

·    Rural Settlement Strategy

·    Bangalow Settlement Strategy

·    Brunswick Heads Settlement Strategy

·    Byron Bay & Suffolk Park Settlement Strategy

·    Mullumbimby Settlement Strategy

·    Social Plan

·    State of the Environment Report

·    Tourism Management Options Report

·    Plan of Management for 249 Ewingsdale Road

 

These documents can be viewed on Council’s web site at:

http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Publications/

 

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Butler Street, Byron Bay, pedestrian and cyclist bridge

 

6. Community Requested Facilities

 

Table 4 below lists all of the routes and facilities that were suggested by members of the community during the development of the Bike Plan.

 

The list includes all routes proposed by the Bikeways Advisory Committee during Bike Plan meetings.

 


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Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                               5.1 - Attachment 1

Table 4: Community Requested Facilities

 

ID #

Facility

Location / Description

Status

Comment

Bangalow

1

Shared pathway and bikeway

Snows Bridge to Sportsground along northern side of Byron Street

Partially complete – up to proposed access for new sports fields.

Needs to be extended to Bowling Club.  Will also provide a link to Feros Village.

 

2

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Station Street to Rankin Drive across Railway land

Proposed

Subject to State Rail approval for a level crossing.

3

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Reading Bridge to Rifle Range Road along Lismore Road

Proposed

Subject to RTA and State Rail approval – will encroach onto state rail land.

4

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Sports Ground to showground and Rankin Drive

Proposed

As for #2 above.

5

Shared pathway and bikeway

Rifle Range Road from viaduct on Lismore Road to Raftons Road and Robinson Street (north)

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan.

6

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Byron Street from Snows Bridge to Ashton Street

Proposed

Existing paved footpath.  Difficult to widen due to level of path above road level.

7

On-road bikeway shared with traffic

 

Ashton Street and Deacon Street to Lismore Road at Readings Bridge

Proposed

Traffic counts and speed assessment required to determine suitability of mixed traffic facility verses off-road facility through the park.

Brunswick Heads

8

Shared pathway and bikeway – South Beach

Through Venture Park from Torakina car park to Surf Club.

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

9

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Tweed Street via The Terrace to Park Street and to the southern side of Fingal Street to Banner Park

Proposed

Could be sign posted as a mixed traffic route since completion of Coastline Route through Brunswick Heads.

10

On-road bikeway shared with traffic

 

Along Lane 7 (between Fingal and Booyun Street) from Tweed Street to Park Street

Proposed

Unnecessary since completion of Coastline Route through Brunswick Heads.

11

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Pacific Highway to Fawcett Street

Complete

 

12

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Bayside Way through Crown Reserve to Sports Fields linking to facilities at Coastline Cycleway

Proposed

Subject to NSW Lands Department approval.

13

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Kingsford Drive to Excelsior Circuit

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

Byron Bay

14

On-road bikeway shared with traffic

Along Cowper Street through to Browning Street

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

15

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Butler Street from Byron Street to “emergency” rail level crossing.

Partially Complete – Byron Street shared path to Somerset Street

Remainder subject to priority in Bike Plan  Also noting that the crossing enters private land on the town side of the rail corridor

16

Bikeway

Along abandoned rail corridor from Cemetery Road to Bayshore Drive

Proposed

Subject to State Rail

17

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Bayshore Drive from Ewingsdale Road to Rail crossing.

Complete

 

18

Shared pathway and bikeway

 

Along Lighthouse Road from Brooke Drive (The Pass) to Lighthouse.

Proposed

Subject to Byron Headland Trust.

 

19

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along Wentworth Street / Gordon Street / Burns Street from Arts Factory to Butler Street

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

20

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along Cowper Street from Recreation Grounds through Sandhills Estate to Lawson Street

Complete (gravel track)

Upgrade subject to future Sandhills development

21

Shared pathway and bikeway

Bay Street from Main Beach Car Park to Middleton Street

Complete

 

22

Improvements to Bangalow Road cycleway

Between Byron Bay High School and Iron Bark Avenue

Complete

Maintenance issues addressed as they arise

23

Crossing facilities for the Bangalow Road cycleway

Bangalow Road between Browning Street and Seaview Street

Proposed

2007/08 programme for upgrading crossings and signage.

24

Crossing facilities for the Bangalow Road cycleway

Bangalow Road at Cemetery Road

Proposed

2007/08 programme for upgrading crossings and signage.

25

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Bangalow Road along Browning Street to Jonson Street and to RSL

Partially Complete

Concrete path subject to widening.  Required enlargement of culvert completed by development.

26

Crossing facility

Shirley Street / Ewingsdale Road near Kendall Street

Proposed

Subject to cycleway along Kendall Street to Belongil.

27

On-road bikeway shared with traffic

Kendall Street from Shirley Street to The Esplanade

Proposed

Partially subject to development proposals.

28

Public access through resort development

Broken Head Road – Byron @ Byron Resort

Proposed

Subject to concurrence of land holder.

29

Improve access to cycleway

Bangalow Road - access to cycleway through South Byron STP and Tallow’s Creek to Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park.

Complete

 

30

Shared pathway and bikeway

McGettigans Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Balraith Lane

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

31

Shared pathway and bikeway

Balraith Lane from McGettigans Lane to Steiner School

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

32

Shared pathway and bikeway

Ewingsdale Road from McGettigans Lane to Bayshore Drive

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan and forms part of the Coastline Cycleway

33

Shared pathway and bikeway

Ewingsdale Road from McGettigans Lane to Pacific Highway

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan and forms part of Coastline Cycleway

34

Shared pathway and bikeway

William Flick Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Hall.

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

35

Shared pathway and Bikeway

Internal Ewingsdale access from Hall on William Flick Lane to either Avocado Cr or Plantation Drive.

Proposed

Subject to future development proposals and assessment process.

Mullumbimby

36

Shared pathway and bikeway

Tincogan Street from Station Street to Federation Bridge

Complete

 

37

Shared pathway and bikeway

Station Street from Tincogan Street to Argyle Street

Complete

 

38

On road cycle lanes

Argyle Street from Station Street to Manns Road

Complete

 

39

Shared pathway and bikeway

Pine Avenue from Riverside Drive to Main Arm Road

Proposed

Area past the soccer fields does not provide room for an off-road facility.  Consideration needed of on-road mixed traffic route.

40

Shared pathway and bikeway

Station Street from Argyle Street to Fern Street

Proposed

Existing concrete paving along much of the length of this road.

41

Shared pathway and bikeway

Fern Street from Station Street to Jubilee Street

Proposed

Consider mixed traffic route.

42

Shared pathway and bikeway

Main Arm Road from Pine Avenue to Coolamon Scenic Drive

Complete

 

43

Shared pathway and bikeway

Main Arm Road from Chinbible Avenue to Pine Avenue

Complete

Except for a short section (approximately 70m)

44

Shared pathway and bikeway

Left Bank Road from Jubilee Avenue to Tuckeroo Avenue

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

45

Cycleway

Left Bank Road from Tuckeroo Avenue to Steiner School

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

46

Shared pathway and bikeway

Primary Routes into town along Main Arm Road from Chinbible Road to town centre

Complete

 

47

Shared pathway and bikeway

Primary routes into town along Jubilee Avenue from Left Bank Road to town centre

Complete

 

48

Shared pathway and bikeway

Primary Routes into town along Argyle Street from James Street to town centre

Complete

 

49

Shared pathway and bikeway

In Azalea Street from western end of existing path to entry of Coolamon Villa

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

50

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along River Terrace from Burringbar Street to Mullumbimby Swimming Pool

Complete

 

Ocean Shores / New Brighton / South Golden Beach

51

Cycle lane

Along Rajah Road

Proposed

Standard sized Cycle lanes not possible over much of Ocean Shores.  Consideration needed for on-road mixed traffic route

52

Cycle lane

Along Orana Road from northern end of Rajah Road to Wirree Drive

Proposed

As above.

53

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along Orana Road from Wirree Drive to The Strand (bridge over Marshalls Creek)

Complete

 

54

Shared pathway and bikeway

Primary routes The Esplanade, River Street and Kolora Way to Redgate Road

Partially complete

All but Kolora Way is in place.

55

Shared pathway and bikeway

Primary routes Old New Brighton Road from Kolora Way to Pacific Highway

Complete

 

56

Cycle lane

From Kolora Way along Shara Boulevard to the Ocean Shores School

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

57

Shared pathway and bikeway and bridge widening

Along eastern side of Kolora Way between Redgate Road and Old New Brighton Road

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

58

Cycle lane

Along eastern side of Kolora Way between Old New Brighton Road and Shara Boulevard

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan but should consider off-road facility due to existing road width

59

Shared pathway and bikeway

From Rajah Road through Ocean Shores shopping centre, over Creek and to North Head Road

Not Proposed

Involves boardwalks and track through Nature Reserves. NPWS advise that a boardwalk and cycle path in this location is not supported and not permissible due to its negative environmental impacts and inconsistency with environmental legislation.

 

60

On road facility shared with traffic

Along Balemo Drive full length from Orana Road to northern end at Pacific Highway

Proposed

Consideration of off-road shared path – conflicts with numerous driveways and a number of road crossings.

61

Cycle lane

Along Orana Road from Balemo Drive to Reka Way

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

62

Cycle lane

Along Warrambool Road from Rajah Road to Orana Road

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

63

Cycle lane

Along Orana Road from Warrambool to Rajah Road

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

64

On road facility shared with traffic

Pacific Esplanade from Helen Street to Gloria Street and to Beach Avenue

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

Suffolk Park / Broken Head

65

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along western side of Broken Head Road between Beech Drive (north) to “Byron at Byron Resort”

Proposed

Subject to future development proposals.  Also note existence of parallel facilities.

66

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along western side of Broken Head Road between Beech Drive north and south (roundabouts)

Proposed

Subject to future development proposals.  Also note existence of parallel facilities.

67

Cycle lane

Full length of Beech Drive

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

68

Shared pathway and bikeway

Along old road reserve between Suffolk Park and Broken Head via Beach Road

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

Inter-town Routes

69

Cycle lanes

Along Bangalow Road from Bangalow at the sports field to Byron Bay

Proposed

Alternative route along rail corridor

70

Cycle lanes

Along Woodford Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Kennedy’s Lane (old Pacific Highway)

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

71

Cycle lanes

Along Mullumbimby Road from Argyle Street to Gulgan Road and to Tweed Street to Bayside Estate in Brunswick Heads

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

72

Cycle lanes

Along Gulgan Road from Mullumbimby Road (Uncle Toms) to Pacific Highway (south) to Tyagarah

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

73

Cycle lanes

Along Myocum Road from Ewingsdale Road to Mullumbimby

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

74

Cycleway

Along Railway corridor from Byron Bay to Mullumbimby.

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan and subject to State Rail concurrence

75

Cycleway

Along Railway corridor from Byron Bay to Bangalow

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan and subject to State Rail concurrence

76

Cycleway

Along Railway corridor from Mullumbimby to Billinudgel

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan and subject to State Rail concurrence

77

Cycleway

Along “old sand mining track” between Belongil and Brunswick Heads

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

78

Cycleway

Dedicated cycleway parallel and separate for the full length of the upgraded Pacific Highway.

Proposed

Subject to RTA upgrade of Pacific Highway

79

Cyclist warning signs

Along significant rural road routes used by cyclists

 

 

 

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

Village Centres

80

Shared pathway and bikeway

Federal Park – Park Gateway to Pre-school (400m)

 

Complete

 

81

Shared pathway and bikeway

Federal Park - Pre-school to Roses Road (400m)

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

82

Shared pathway and bikeway

Federal Park - Roses Road, cul de sac to Park Gateway

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

83

Upgrade existing kerb ramps

All village centres – Billinudgel, Main Arm, Federal, Goonengerry

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

84

Cycle Lanes

Federal, Billinudgel, Main Arm

 

Proposed

Subject to priority in Bike Plan

 

 


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Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                    5.1 - Attachment 1

7. Action Plans 2008 – 2012

 

7.1 Overview

 

In addition to physical actions (i.e. the construction of facilities), administrative or policy based actions must be considered.

 

The Bike Plan has been established to guide principles for improving and developing active transport facilities as part of the integrated transport network in the Byron Shire.

 

Opportunities may arise to undertake actions as part of other projects, with unforeseen funding or by parties other than Council, and this will change the priority for affected actions.  Such opportunities will not be suppressed because they are not outlined within the Bike Plan.

 

A review of the Bike Plan will be undertaken during the 2008 – 2012 term of Council.

 

The form and costs of some actions will also change over time as other factors are taken into account.  For example, site specific variations for the construction of facilities vary considerably.

 

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Enjoy a ride along Butler Street to the Byron Bay markets

 

A general overview of the Action Plans follows:

 

a)   development of maps of Council’s existing and proposed network

 

b)   establish and maintain an information page on Council’s Bike Network via Council’s website

 

c)   investigate the establishment of bike training parks and available funding from the Department of Sports and Recreation, the RTA and the Department of Education and Training and involve the local police and sporting groups

 

d)   provide awareness and training programmes to Council staff (planners and engineers) regarding the importance of including active transport considerations into their work

 

e)   improve signage to notify of cyclist activities on significant rural roads at key locations (ie squeeze points)

 

f)    promotion of cycling and walking for school children by Council

 

g)   the progressive implementation of facilities identified through an active transport network prioritisation process

 

7.2 Active Transport

 

The focus of active transport in the Shire is on encouraging more walking and cycling trips (non–car trips) and the integration of active transport into the transport network.

 

With the exception of the town centres, the existing pattern of low-density development (particularly separation of town centres and rural residential development) is generally not supportive of active transport.  This in turn reinforces dependency on private motor vehicles, adds to the long-term costs of private infrastructure and reduces the capacity of active transport systems to be easily established as part of development.

 

There is a need to ensure equitable active transport is provided for in the entire Shire community in appropriate locations.  Social equity issues such as affordability, meeting the needs of people with disabilities, costs to society and safety are all important considerations.

 

7.2.1 Key Active Transport Issues

 

Key active transport issues within the Shire include:

 

a)   some active transport facilities are available, but gaps exist meaning they are not currently able to service all trip types

 

b)   quality of paths, absence of key links and lack of end-of-trip facilities and perceived safety impact on the attractiveness of cycling and walking

 

c)   an absence of transport options for people who cannot access private vehicles and/or the public transport system due to disability or location

 

7.2.2 Active Transport Strategies

 

Four strategies have been developed to address these issues within Byron Shire:

 

a)   promote and facilitate non-car travel in the region as a viable transport alternative

 

b)   plan and regulate the delivery of active transport facilities in the Shire

 

c)   provide appropriate infrastructure to support active transport facilities in the Shire

 

d)   integrate planning for regulating and providing active transport policies and infrastructure into Council’s planning and development systems.

 

 

 

 

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Byron Street (west) to Ewingsdale Road

7.3 Non-infrastructure based Activities to Promote Active Transport

7.3.1 Cycling

 

Cycling has certain advantages over other modes of transport, such as the car or bus.  It has wider environmental and health benefits and lower costs.  It can offer more direct, convenient and shorter travel options than public transport or private vehicles.  The topography of coastal areas within the Shire is generally conducive to bike travel within townships.  However, topography in the inland centres and between some centres is not as conducive to bike transport.  This, coupled with existing use and the climatic factors, highlights the need to provide for and promote bike travel.

 

Encouraging regional cycle tourism also has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to Byron Shire.

 

7.3.2 Walking

 

Walking is suited to short distance commuter and convenience trips, trips to access public transport, and trips for recreation and tourism purposes.  Byron Shire has a range of schools and education centres as well as community facilities that are conducive to promoting walking as a mode of transport.

 

 

 

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Brunswick Terrace, Mullumbimby.

Cycleways are not just for cyclists!

7.3.3 Marketing and Education

 

Marketing and education can play an important role in improving awareness and patronage for a pedestrian and bike network.  Initiatives to increase walking and cycling and the acceptance of active transport as a means of transport within the Shire can include:

a)   policy development - to encourage integration of active transport planning into Council activities

 

b)   promotional information – development of maps and web site information on the pedestrian and bike network within the Shire

 

c)   educational facilities – development of cycle training park for children within the Shire

 

d)   TravelSmart – a community-based program that involves groups and organisations in activities that encourage more use of public transport, walking and cycling.

 

 

 

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Road safety awareness
Cyclists share the road and they are entitled to be there!

 

A number of other activities that promote and enhance cycling in the Shire, include:

 

a)   strategic planning, including future land use and development

 

b)   promotional activities, including community, workplace and school events

 

c)   promoting school travel schemes, e.g. TravelSmart, School Travel Plans

 

d)   promoting and facilitating non-car travel in the region as a viable transport alternative.

7.4 Actions

 

The following tables present the actions for the ongoing implementation of the Bike Plan, in two distinct ways:

 

a)  Non-infrastructure Based Action Plan (Table 5)

 

b)   Infrastructure Based Action Plan (Table 6)

 

Implementation of these actions will occur progressively as part of Council’s annual works programmes and subject to the availability of funds.

 

Table 7 shows the division of the lengths of proposed cycleways by town centre, or rural locations.

 

Bike WeekNRTWD_rondel_Low_res

 

 

 

Events such as Ride to Work Day and NSW Bike Week are examples of non-infrastructure based actions that anyone can participate in.

 

 

To get yourself or your workplace registered for Ride to Work Day visit www.ride2work.com.au

 

 

 

Details on NSW Bike Week are found by searching ‘bike week’ on the RTA website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au


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Table 5: Non-infrastructure Based Action Plan


5.1 Policy

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

1. Whole of Council Approach

a)    Existing policies are regularly reviewed to ensure:

i the policy reflects changes to relevant legislation and/or design standards and guidelines,

ii all policies (new and existing) consider the needs of cyclists

iii checklists are developed where possible to streamline implementation

iv encouragement of active transport planning into Council activities

AMS

Council

Ongoing

b)    Ensure all plans and strategies consider cyclists and inclusion as an integral part of their rights as legitimate road users

Council

Ongoing

c)     Implementation of actions in the Bike Strategy and Action Plan are reported to Council annually and action plan updated accordingly

AMS

Important

2. Grants

a)    Continue to source grant funding to implement strategies in the Bike Strategy and Action Plan

AMS

Critical

3. Maps

a)   Continually up-date maps and make them available to the community on the web site

AMS

Important

 

b)   Provide professionally produced hard copy maps at key locations around the Shire and make them freely available to the community

AMS

Important

4. Maintenance

a)  Ensure the increasing cycling facility assets are adequately funded with annual increases in real terms to the Operating Budget

Council

Ongoing

b)  Develop mechanisms for receiving customer complaints specific to cycling with timely responses to issues raised

AMS

Ongoing

c) Improve the intervention levels and levels of service to facilitate timely responses to pro-active and reactive responses to maintenance needs

AMS

Important

5. Capital Works – Roads Programme

a) Include the provision of road shoulders along a length of road that is subject to reconstruction/rehabilitation with due consideration been given to:

i the limits of available budgets

ii environmental constraints

iii the aims of the proposed project

iv the needs of cyclists

Council

AMS

Beneficial

6. Government owned / controlled land

a) Investigate the possible future use of government controlled land for the purposes of cycleways along:

i Rail corridors

ii National Parks and Nature Reserves

iii Crown Reserves

AMS

Beneficial

7. Privately owned land

a) Investigate the possible future use of privately controlled land that has been identified for the purposes of future cycleways along:

i  Byron @ Byron Resort, Suffolk Park

ii  Land in Ewingsdale – either by negotiation in future development proposals or by imposition of conditions of development consent.

AMS

Beneficial

8. Investigation Projects

a) Investigate the possibility of converting the parking lanes along Bangalow Road between cemetery Road and Browning Street to on-road cycle lanes

AMS

Important


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5.2. Marketing and Education

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Information

a) Provide information on existing and future planned facilities for cyclists

AMS

Important

b) Support the up-dating of the Bike Strategy and Action Plan

AMS

Critical

c) Provide a link from Council’s website to relevant documents provided by other state and federal bodies involved in cycling and integrated transport

AMS

Critical

d) Develop maps of the bicycle network and place on the web site for easy access

AMS

Critical

2. Customer Service

a) Continuously consult with the community in the development and implementation of Shire wide cycling facilities

AMS

Critical

b) Prepare a Frequently Asked Questions document for customer service staff to improve responsiveness to resident queries related to cycleways

AMS

Beneficial

c) Provide professionally produced hard copy maps at key locations around the Shire and make them freely available to the community

AMS

Beneficial

3. Education

a) Investigate the development of a cycle training park for children

AMS

Beneficial

b) Investigate introducing TravelSmart programmes into the Shire – a community based program that involves groups and organisation in activities that encourage more use of public transport, walking and cycling

AMS

Beneficial

c) Promotion of cycling and walking to school children

AMS

Beneficial

d) Investigate the employment of a Road Safety officer through the RTA scheme.

AMS

Beneficial


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5.3. Active Transport

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Strategies

a) Promote and facilitate non-car travel in the region as a viable transport alternative

AMS

Ongoing

b) Plan and regulate the delivery of active transport facilities in the Shire

AMS

Beneficial

c) Provide appropriate infrastructure to support active transport facilities in the Shire

AMS

Beneficial

d) Integrate planning for regulating and providing active transport policies and infrastructure into Council’s planning and development systems

AMS

Beneficial

2. Marketing and Education

a) Policy Development – to encourage integration of active transport planning into Council activities

AMS

Beneficial

b) Promotional Information – Development of maps and web site information on the Pedestrian and Bike Network within the Shire

AMS

Ongoing

c) Educational Facilities – Development of cycle training park for children within the Shire

AMS

Beneficial

d) TravelSmart – introduce this community-based program that involves groups and organisations in activities that encourage more use of public transport, walking and cycling

AMS

Beneficial


 

5.4 Strategic Planning and Development

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Awareness Education Information

a) Develop methods of ensuring developers are aware of their responsibilities to cyclists by developing and implementing a Cycleway Checklist

PDES

Important

2. Policies Development & Review

a) Ensure DCP’s reflects the needs of cyclists, is up to date and meets current trends in planning for transport

PDES

Critical

b) Develop a process for Planning Agreements between Council and Developers, and include the provision in the agreements for the development of cycleways linking to existing infrastructure and cycling attractors/generators.

PDES

Important

3. Cycling Advice

a) Provide expert advice in regards to cycling issues

PDES

Ongoing

4. Consultation

a) Engage specialist advice when required

PDES

Important

b) Bike Committee accept agenda items from developers for informal advice and referral to Planning for specialist advice if needed

PDES

AMS

Ongoing

5. Compliance

a) Provide a Cycling Facilities Checklist to all applicants to ensure compliance with relevant standards and guidelines.

PDES

Ongoing

b) Rangers to regularly patrol bikeways to ensure car parking does not take place on them

PDES

Ongoing

6. Staff Training and Professional Development

a) Keep updated with design developments and practice recommendations in this area through peak bodies

AMS
PDES

Ongoing

b) Ensure training opportunities and course information in relation to the current requirements of the RTA and AUSTROADS are available

AMS
PDES

Critical

 

c) Professional development training for Council’s Design and Development Officers, Engineers and Planners to include cycling components

AMS
PDES

Ongoing

 

 5.5 Leisure & Recreation

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Parks, and Open Spaces

a) Bike Committee to undertake audit of access to parks, playgrounds and open spaces based on usage

Bike Committee
AMS

Important

b) Consider the inclusion of Public Art along cycleways to enhance their appeal to users, such as along the Riverside Terrace Shared Path in Mullumbimby and along the proposed link to the Mullumbimby Memorial Pool

AMS

Beneficial

2. Sporting Groups and Clubs

 

a) Create a working relationship with sports orientated organizations to encourage sports and ‘fun’ rides in the Shire

AMS

Beneficial

3. Recreational trails

a) Link town cycleway facilities to proposed recreational trails

AMS

Beneficial

b) Investigate the restoration of the Byron Shire Trail.

AMS

Beneficial

4. Safety on Shared Pathways

 

a) Raise public awareness of appropriate behaviour on shared footpaths eg. skateboarders, electric scooters, roller blades, wheelchairs, prams and bicycles

AMS

Beneficial

 


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5.6 Economy & Tourism

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Accessible Tourism

a) Promote and encourage the development of bicycle tourism within Byron Shire by:
         
i placing information on Council’s web page on accessible pathways

AMS

Critical

ii placing information on Council’s web page on road crossings

AMS

Critical

iii developing a Bikeways Map for the Shire

AMS

Critical

iv Bikeways Map to be distributed to all tourist information centres, bike business operators and cycling groups and posted on the website

AMS

Critical

v ensuring Council promotional resources (brochures, videos, etc.) contain information about cycling facilities

AMS

Important

b) Raise awareness of tourism operators on:

i the financial advantages of providing cycling services and

ii new market opportunities provided by the cycling tourism market

AMS

Important

c) Advocate on behalf of cyclists at tourism development meetings

AMS

Critical

2. Festivals and Events

a) Encourage the facilitation of community events and activities that are fully accessible for cyclists.

AMS

PDES

Critical

b) Develop an Events Policy to:

i provide a standard guideline and checklist which addresses cyclist accessible venues, facilities, parking and advertising in accordance with the appropriate standards and regulations

ii place guidelines and checklist on website to assist festival and event organisers

AMS

PDES

Critical

c) Instigate ongoing training for Council Staff involved in event planning to ensure events are organized so that they are accessible to cyclists

AMS
PDES

Critical

3. Business & Traders

a) Engage local businesses in promoting cycling in the Shire

AMS

Important


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5.7 Consultation and Community Engagement

Issue/Barriers

Strategic Actions (and Performance Indicators)

Section of Council

Priority

 

1. Grant Funding

 

a) Engage the community in seeking grants for cycling events and activities to promote cycling, walking and road safety

AMS

Ongoing

2. Consultation Mechanisms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bikeways Advisory Committee

a) Maintain and resource the Committee to provide advice to Council on access and other issues concerning people with disabilities

 

AMS

Ongoing

b) Review the Committee to ensure it continues to represent  the needs of the community including:

i Terms of Reference

ii Composition of committee as vacancies arise

iii Training as needed

iv Staff resourcing

AMS

Critical

c) Promote the existence, the role and the activities of the Committee to staff and the community

AMS

Ongoing

d) Facilitate referral of the following to the Committee for input:

i relevant policies

ii plans and strategies

iii projects and other relevant issues across the organisation

 

AMS

Ongoing

Community Consultation

a) Continue to seek a broad range of views by using a range of consultation methods to identify issues in the local community by:

i reviewing policy on Community Consultation and Decision making

ii developing a standard guideline and checklist for inclusion in the policy which addresses: integrated transport, facilities and parking, road safety, advertising, conduct of consultation, preparation of materials

 

AMS

 

Important

b) Develop and maintain appropriate networks with:

i local community through a register of experienced persons to provide comment on cycling and inclusion issues on request

ii State and Federal organisations and agencies.

AMS

Ongoing

3. Grievance Procedures

a) Review existing grievance/complaints mechanisms and make sure they meet the needs of cyclists by:

i improving staff awareness and knowledge so they can facilitate the receipt of complaints from cyclists

ii promoting Council’s accessible complaints mechanisms to the community

iii relevant documents to be made available upon request

AMS

Ongoing

b) Ensure Cycling facilities are included in any future Council’s Customer Satisfaction Survey

AMS

Beneficial

 

 

Work in partnership with local Indigenous organisations

 to improve communication and networking.

 

Assist Indigenous artists to market their work,

 including reviewing options for a shopfront arts

outlet within Byron shire.

 

Work with Indigenous youth to develop and implement

community cultural development projects which promote

self esteem and develop new skills.

 

Support local Indigenous community to develop and

promote local Indigenous resources with tourism potential.

 

Creation of an Indigenous cultural centre. 

 

Incorporate Indigenous Art into Public Art Program.

 

Survival Festival held on the 26th January.                                                                                             

 

Encourage business and community groups to be

 involved in celebrations of NAIDOC week.

Establish an Indigenous Working Group, Shire wide for

 NAIDOC week.

 

Encourage business and community groups to be involved

 in recognising Sorry Day.

 

Improved employment opportunities for Indigenous

 peoples

 

Affordable Housing for Indigenous people (specific)

 

Arakwal Land Signage

 

Undertake Indigenous Heritage Study

 

 


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Table 6: Infrastructure Based Action Plan

MAP
#

Facility

Location / Description

Length

(m)

Estimated Cost

Comment

 

Mullumbimby MAP No 1

 

1

Shared path

Pine Avenue from Riverside Drive to Main Arm Road

571.2

 

Consider on-road advisory due to lack of space past football fields

 

2

Shared path

Station Street from Argyle Street to Fern Street

423.3

 

Much of the length has concrete footpaving along western side.  Consideration of extending this paving for pedestrians and marking road as on-road advisory.

 

3

On-road advisory

Fern Street from Station Street to Jubilee Street

200.4

 

Consider bike lanes and/or shared path if space permits

 

4

Shared path

Left Bank Road from Jubilee Avenue to Tuckeroo Avenue

770.7

 

Difficult topography and culverts

 

5

Shared path
(see map inset)

Left Bank Road from Tuckeroo Avenue to Steiner School

2,439.8

 

Difficult topography and culverts. See map inset.

 

6

Shared path

Azalea Street from western end of existing path to the intersection of Coolamon Drive

173.1

 

 

 

7

Shared path

Riverside Drive, from Pine Avenue, with bridge across river to Burringbar Street

 

606.4

 

Construction of pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the river needed.

 

8

On-road bike lane

Burringbar Street from Dalley Street to Gordon Street

97.4

 

 

 

9

Shared path

From Riverside Terrace along existing road reserve with bridge across Saltwater Creek to Memorial Swimming Pool car park

170.9

 

Construction of low profile pedestrian / cyclist bridge over the creek needed.

Route identified as a future public art/landcare area.

 

10

Shared path

Main Arm Road from Pine Avenue to primary school

570.6

 

Complete the missing-link.

 

Ocean Shores North (New Brighton / South Golden Beach) MAP No 2

 

11

On-road bike lanes

Kolora Way from Shara Boulevard to Old New Brighton Road

532.1

 

 

 

12

Shared path

New Brighton Road from Kolora Way to Redgate Road

222.2

 

Bridge width and encroachment into ecologically sensitive land are problems to overcome

 

13

On-road bike lanes

Shara Boulevard from Kolora Way to Ocean Shores Public School

600.3

 

 

 

14

Shared path

Kallaroo Circuit from Public School to existing path at the Bund

185.3

 

Only School in the urban environment in the Shire without paved paths beyond the limits of the school boundary.

 

15

Shared path

Balemo Drive from Orana Road to Brunswick Valley Way

2,373.8

 

Consider paved path along eastern side of road.

 

16

On-road advisory

Pacific Esplanade from Helen Street to Gloria Street

332.1

 

 

 

17

Shared path

Rangal Road from end of existing to intersection of Gloria Street and Beach Avenue

92.1

 

Extend concrete shared path to proposed on-road advisory at Gloria Street

 

18

On-road advisory

Gloria Street from Beach Avenue to Pacific Esplanade

105.6

 

 

 

19

Shared path

Helen Street from Pacific Esplanade to canal

540.9

 

 

 

20

Shared path

Helen Street from canal to Kolora Way

251.3

 

 

 

21

On-road advisory

Brunswick Valley Way – Orana Road to Bonanza Drive, Billinudgel

979.5

 

Mark as an on-road advisory route along existing shoulders

 

22

On-road advisory

Brunswick Valley Way – Shara Boulevard to Yelgun Interchange

1,105.6

 

Mark as an on-road advisory route along existing shoulders

 

23

On-road advisory

Wilfred Street to The Pocket school

5929

 

 

 

24

On-road advisory
(not shown on map)

Brunswick Valley Way - Yelgun Interchange to Shire boundary with Tweed Shire

3,366.9

 

Mark as an on-road advisory route along existing shoulders. Not shown on map.

 

Ocean Shores South (New Brighton) MAP No 3

 

25

On-road advisory

Rajah Road

1,741.2

 

 

 

26

On-road advisory

Orana Road, from intersection of The Strand & Wirree Dve to Yengarie Way

426.4

 

Look to connect with existing off road facility on The Strand

 

27

Shared path

Water Lilly Park

1017.6

 

Paved shared path linking all road entries to park to a path around the lake

 

28

On-road advisory

Orana Road from Balemo Drive to Warrambool Rd

1,422.5

 

 

 

29

On-road advisory

Warrambool Road from Rajah Road to Orana Road

773.7

 

 

 

30

On-road advisory

Orana Road from Warrambool Rd to Yengarie Way

480.7

 

 

 

31

On-road advisory

North Head Road from The Strand to Nature Reserve road

541.5

 

 

 

32

On-road advisory

Brunswick Valley Way – Ocean Shores STP Access Road to Orana Road

1,371.4

 

Removal of the climbing lanes along ‘old’ Highway and provision of wide shoulders for marking as an on-road advisory route.

 

 

Brunswick Heads North MAP No 4

 

33

Shared path

 

Through Venture Park from Torakina car park to Surf Club.

316.8

 

Subject to Lands Department concurrence

 

34

On-road advisory

From Tweed Street via The Terrace to Park Street and to the southern side of Fingal Street to Banner Park

513.1

 

 

 

Brunswick Heads South MAP No 5

 

35

Shared path

From Bayside Way through Crown Reserve to Sports Fields linking to facilities at Coastline Cycleway

273.9

 

Subject to Lands Department concurrence.

 

36

Shared path

 

From Kingsford Drive to Excelsior Circuit

192.1

 

 

 

37

On-road advisory

Gulgan Road, from Mullumbimby Rd (at Uncle Toms) to east side of Pacific Highway (Brunswick South) interchange

2,451

 

Part of Inter-town cycleway (see Map 12, #37) and join to existing facility

 

Bangalow MAP No 6

 

38

Shared path

From 7 Byron Street to Bowling Club & extension on southern side to Ferros Village entry

168.4

 

Extension across residences, including a link to the pedestrian refuge crossing to Ferros Village.

 

39

Shared path

Across Railway land from Station Street to Leslie Street / Rankin Drive

69.3

 

Subject to State Rail concurrence

 

40

Shared path

Lismore Road from Reading Bridge to Dudgeons Lane , Industrial Estate

1813.9

 

Subject to State Rail and RTA concurrence

 

 

41

Shared path

Rankin Drive to Sports Ground via Showground

440.6

 

Subject to State Rail and Lands Department concurrence

 

42

Shared path

Rifle Range Road from viaduct on Lismore Road to existing at Samson Street

376.1

 

Consider on-road advisory facility. Look to connect with existing facility. 

 

43

Shared path

Raftons Road from Samson Street to Lismore Road via Leslie Street

649.4

 

 

 

44

Shared path

Byron Street from Snows Bridge to Ashton Street

56

 

Existing foot paving levels and alignment affects the available space for a shared path

 

45

On-road advisory

From Byron & Ashton Streets to Lismore Rd at Readings Bridge via Deacon St

613.1

 

 

 

46

Shared path

Tristania Street from Rifle Range Road to Sansom Street

168.6

 

Join existing shared path at Tristania Street

 

 

Ewingsdale MAP No 7

 

47

Shared path

McGettigans Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Balraith Lane

1,801.9

 

Consider on-road advisory/bike lanes

 

48

Shared path

Balraith Lane from McGettigans Lane to Steiner School

337.2

 

Consider on-road advisory/bike lanes

 

49

Shared path

Ewingsdale Road from McGettigans Lane to Bayshore Drive

2106.8

 

Partially subject to development proposals

 

50

Shared path

Ewingsdale Road from McGettigans Lane to Pacific Highway

806.5

 

Partially subject to development proposals

 

51

Shared path

William Flick Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Hall.

160.6

 

Consider on-road advisory/bike lanes

 

52

On-road advisory

Internal Ewingsdale access from Hall along William Flick Lane to Plantation Drive.

919.1

 

Subject to future development proposals and assessment process.

 

53

Shared path

From William Flick Lane to Avocado Crescent

202.4

 

Subject to future development proposals and assessment process.

 

54

On-road advisory

Woodford Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Kennedy’s Lane

1,919

 

Also detailed as #54 on Map 12.

 

Byron Bay West MAP No 8

 

55

Shared path

Butler Street from Somerset Street to “emergency” rail level crossing.

223.1

 

Concurrence of State Rail and private land holders on eastern side of rail corridor. Join to existing facility.

 

56

Crossing facility

Rail level crossing connecting Butler Street to Jonson Street.

71.9

 

Concurrence of State Rail and private land holders on eastern side of rail corridor. Join to existing facility.

 

57

Shared path

Arts Factory to Butler Street via Gordon, Wordsworth & Burns Streets

679.5

 

Consider on-road advisory facility due to conflict with driveways and intersections

 

58

Shared path

Bayshore Drive from Ewingsdale Road to rail corridor

917.7

 

Facility to be built by Becton under conditions of development consent

 

59

Shared path

Sunrise Boulevard and Julian Rocks Drive to existing path

246.2

 

 

 

60

On-road advisory

Kendall Street from Shirley Street to the end of The Esplanade

 

1,168.8

 

Subject to development proposals.

 

61

Road Crossing facility

Shirley Street / Ewingsdale Road near Kendall Street

19.3

 

Subject to cycleway along Kendall Street to Belongil.

 

Byron Bay East MAP No 9

 

62

On-road advisory

Along Cowper Street through to Browning Street

523.6

 

Connect with existing at Marvell St

 

63

On-road advisory

Bay Street from Council Car park to Apex Park

49.8

 

 

Mark as advisory route due to lack of available space.

 

64

On-road advisory

Along Lighthouse Road from Brooke Drive (The Pass) to Lighthouse.

1018

 

Subject to Byron Headland Trust.

 

65

Shared path

Browning Street from Bangalow Road to Jonson Street and to RSL

161.3

 

Partially complete as an off-road facility but should consider on-road advisory/bike lanes for formal facility.

 

66

Shared path

Through reserve, from existing path to Lawson St

286.9

 

Path through Council and Crown Land

 

67

On-road advisory

Browning Street from Cowper Street to Bangalow Road

203.8

 

 

 

Byron Bay South MAP No 10*

 

69

On-road advisory

Lilli Pilli Drive, from Cemetery Road to end

689

 

 

 

70

On-road advisory

Cemetery Road from Old Banglow Road to Lilli Pilli Drive

293.6

 

 

 

71

On-road advisory

Old Bangalow Road , from Cemetery Road to Bangalow Road

 

1,929.6

 

 

 

 

Suffolk Park MAP No 11

 

72

Shared path

Broken Head Road (western side) between Beech Drive (north) to “Byron at Byron Resort”

398.6

 

Subject to future development proposals. 

 

73

Shared path

Broken Head Road (western side) between Beech Drive north and south roundabouts

654.9

 

Subject to future development proposals. 

 

74

On-road advisory

Beech Drive - full length

1,266.0

 

 

 

75

On-road advisory

To Broken Head, from Clifford Street, via Broken Head Road and Beach Road

6,843.2

 

Forms part of the proposed Coastline Cycleway

 

76

Shared path

From Broken Head Rd to Alcorn Street

683.9

 

 

 

77

Crossing facilities

(not mapped)

Broken Head Road between Beech Drive (north) and Clifford Street.

 

 

 

 

Inter-town Routes MAP No 12*

 

78

Shared path

Along rail corridor from Bangalow to Byron Bay

12,871.1

 

 

 

(54

Map7)

On-road advisory

Woodford Lane from Ewingsdale Road to Kennedy’s Lane (old Pacific Highway)

 

 

 

Same proposal as detailed on Map 7, #54.

 

(37

Map 5)

On-road advisory


Gulgan Road, from Mullumbimby Rd (at Uncle Toms) to east side of Pacific Highway (Brunswick South) interchange

 

 

Part of inter-town cycleway. Join to existing facility. Mapped as #37 & also detailed on Map 5, #37.

 

79

On-road advisory

Mullumbimby Road from Kings Creek Bridge to Gulgan Road

1,839

 

 

 

80

On-road advisory

Gulgan Road from Mullumbimby Road (Uncle Toms) to Pacific Highway (south) to Tyagarah

2,203.4

 

 

 

81

On-road advisory

Myocum Road from Ewingsdale Road to Coolamon Scenic Drive

12,137.9

 

 

 

82

Shared path

Railway corridor from Byron Bay to Mullumbimby.

15,755.6

 

Subject to State Rail  concurrence

 

83

Shared path

Railway corridor from Mullumbimby to Billinudgel (and continuing to Shire boundary + 4716.9 m)

6,761.9

 

Subject to State Rail concurrence

 

84

Shared path (gravel)

Along “old sand mining track” between Belongil and Brunswick Heads

8,732

 

Subject to compliance with NPWS requirements

 

85

Cyclist warning signs

 

 

Coolamon Scenic Drive and Pacific Highway from Bangalow to Mullumbimby

20,866.8

 

 

 

86

Cyclist warning signs

 

Coolamon Scenic Drive from Mullumbimby to Pacific Highway (north)

 

7,298.5

 

 

 

88

Cyclist warning signs
(not mapped)

Along significant rural road routes used by cyclists

n/a

 

Improve visibility/awareness of inter-town routes for both cyclists and motorists as appropriate (eg signage, pavement reflectors, line marking, etc)

 

Village Centres & Rural (not mapped)

 

89

Shared path

Federal Park - Pre-school to Roses Road (400m)

400

 

 

 

90

Shared path

Federal Park - Roses Road, Cul de sac to Park Gateway

300

 

 

 

91

Upgrade existing kerb ramps

All village centres – Billinudgel, Main Arm, Federal, Goonengerry

n/a

 

 

 

92

On-road advisory

Federal, Billinudgel, Main Arm

Not mapped

 

 

 

(85 Map 12)

Cyclist warning signs

 

 

Coolamon Scenic Drive and Pacific Highway from Bangalow to Mullumbimby

 

 

 

 

(86

Map 12)

Cyclist warning signs

 

Coolamon Scenic Drive from Mullumbimby to Pacific Highway (north)

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Project numbers 68 and 87 do not exist due to amendments made following public exhibition.

 

Table 7: Division of lengths by town centre, or rural locations:

 

Location

Map Ref #

Length (m)

Total proposed

Length (m)

Council controlled

 

 

 

 

Mullumbimby

1

6,023.8

6,023.8

Ocean Shores (north)

2

16,616.7

16,616.7

Ocean Shores (south)

3

7,775.0

7,775.0

Brunswick Heads (north)

4

830.0

830.0

Brunswick Heads (south)

5

2,917.0

2,917.0

Bangalow

6

4,355.3

2,521.4

Ewingsdale

7

8,253.5

4,218.7

Byron Bay (west)

8

3,308.6

1,916.6

Byron Bay (east)

9

2,243.3

1,225.3

Byron Bay (south)

10

2,912.1

2,912.2

Suffolk Park

11

9,846.7

8,793.2

Inter-town

12

88,466.2

44,345.6

Village Centres & Rural

Not Mapped

TBC

TBC

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

153.5km

100.1km

 

Note - where a proposal is shown on two maps in the Bike Plan, the length of that proposal is only considered within the context of its principle category. 
For example, Map 1 shows the proposal along the rail corridor (proposals 82 and 83).  However, these are not included in the total lengths for
Mullumbimby as they are included in the Inter-town proposals shown on Map 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                               5.1 - Attachment 1

Byron Shire Existing and Potential Cycleways – Key to Maps

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                               5.1 - Attachment 1

Map 1: Mullumbimby Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 2:  Ocean Shores North Existing and Potential Cycleways

Construction 
commenced 
late June 2008

 

Map 3:  Ocean Shores South Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 4:  Brunswick Heads North Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 5:  Brunswick Heads South Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 6:  Bangalow Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 7:  Ewingsdale Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 8:  Byron Bay West Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 9:  Byron Bay East Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 10:  Byron Bay South Existing and Potential Cycleways

Map 11:  Suffolk Park Existing and Potential Cycleways

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                                                                               5.1 - Attachment 1

Map 12:  Byron Shire Existing and Potential Intertown Cycleways


Map 13:  NSW Coastline Cycleway

NB: NSW State Government Coastline Cycleway program provides grant funding of up to 50% for agreed routes. Further details are at: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plansforaction/coastlinecycleway.asp 

Map 13a:  NSW Coastline Cycleway – Northern Alternative Routes

NB: NSW State Government Coastline Cycleway program provides grant funding of up to 50% for agreed routes. Further details are at: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plansforaction/coastlinecycleway.asp 

Map 13b:  NSW Coastline Cycleway – Southern Alternative Routes

NB: NSW State Government Coastline Cycleway program provides grant funding of up to 50% for agreed routes. Further details are at: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plansforaction/coastlinecycleway.asp 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services                               5.1 - Attachment 1

Definitions & Glossary

 

The following terms are used throughout the Bike Plan.

 

AUSTROADS - the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport and traffic authorities.  Members are the six Australian state and two territory road transport and traffic authorities, the Department for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), and Transit New Zealand.

 

Bicycle lane – a marked lane on the road, or the part of a marked lane beginning at a bicycle lane sign applying to the lane, and ending at the nearest of the following:

 

a)   An end bicycle lane sign applying to the lane;

 

b)   An intersection (unless the lane is at the unbroken side of the continuing road at a T-intersection or continued across the intersection by broken lines); or

 

c)   If the road ends at a dead end of the road.

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Bicycle lanes along Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads as part of
the NSW Costal Cycleway

 

 

Bikeways Advisory Committee – a community based committee brought together by Council to advise on a recommended bikeways network and prioritise implementation of the Bikeways Plan.

 

Child Cyclist - tend to have fewer skills particularly with regard to interpreting traffic and are often erratic in their movements and often harder to see.  As a result child cyclists are more likely to be involved in an accident or near miss.   Cyclists under the age of 12 years are permitted to ride on footpaths.  Children 12 years or older are not permitted to ride on the footpath unless they are accompanying a younger child.

 

Commuter Cyclist - ride almost every day, usually as a means of transport for a routine trip.  Commuters tend to like direct routes and will travel on either formalised or non-formal facilities.

 

Inter-town bikeway – bikeways connecting town centres in Byron Shire.

 

Intra-town bikeway – bikeways within town centres across the Shire.

 

Local roads – minor roads providing direct house to house access, which are the responsibility of the Council.

 

Mixed traffic – routes where bike riders share lane space on the road with motor vehicles and off-road with pedestrians.

 

Off-road bicycle path – a bicycle path or shared path is said to be off-road when it is located on a road related area parallel to the road, or through parks or reserves or within public transport corridors and other public or  private land not open to motor vehicle traffic.

 

 

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Off-road bike path entry to
Byron Bay Recreation Grounds

 

On-road Advisory Route – an on road or road shoulder marked route (often line marked and/or signed) that is typically used when available space is insufficient for installation of a bicycle lane.

 

On-road bicycle path – a bicycle facility is said to be on-road when it forms part of the road such as a bicycle lane or a shoulder shared with parked vehicles.

 

Pedestrian and Cycle Refuges – pedestrian / cyclist refuge island to assist with crossing the road in a safe manner.

 

Recreational Cyclist – generally ride after peak traffic or on weekends and tend to prefer formalised facilities, particularly off-road bike paths.  More bike users identify themselves as recreational cyclist, thus this category includes a greater age and skill level range than any other category.

 

 

DSC05314

 

A family ride through the park

 

Regional roads – classified roads that are the responsibility of the local council but attracts state funding towards its maintenance and capital upgrades from the state government through the RTA.

 

Separated path – a length of path where an exclusive bicycle path is laid adjoining a footpath.  The separation may be visual (painted line) or physical (dividing strip or raised median).

 

Shared Path – an off-road area open to the public (except a separated path) that is designated for use by both bicycle riders and pedestrians.

 

 

DSC05360

 

Shared Path – from Burringbar Street to Riverside Terrace, Mullumbimby

 

Shoulder – includes any part of the road that is not designed to be used by motor vehicles in travelling along the road.

 

Sports Cyclist – generally cycle for fitness and sport and their trips tend to be time, distance and fitness based.  Sports cyclists prefer routes that provide distance and the ability to maintain a steady to fast speed.  While sports cyclists still prefer safer routes they often use road lanes and mix with traffic.

 

State roads – classified roads that are the responsibility of the State Government through the RTA.

 

Utility Cyclist – Utility cycling is cycling performed to get to an activity at the end of the journey such as a shop or to a sporting or social event.  Utility cycling is common and generally time dependent and often relies on direct routes using a number of facilities including shared traffic areas and formal facilities.

 

 

 

 


Reference Documents

 

There are a large number of documents available to the community and to Councils to advise and assist in the development of bike facilities, encourage cycling and inform cyclists of where to ride.

 

A number of the key documents relevant to the Byron Shire are listed below.  Rather than providing expansive detail on the contents of these documents, a web link is provided for your convenience.

 

1.      NSW Department of Planning:

http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plansforaction/coastalprotection.asp

 

2.      National Parks and Wildlife Service:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/content/cycling+policy

 

3.      Active Commuting to Schools – habits, levels of physical activity and influences on NSW Primary School Children 2002:

http://www.cpah.health.usyd.edu.au/pdfs/2003_primary_school_children.pdf

 

4.      Active Kids – NSW Department of Sports and Recreation Active Community Guide:

http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/publicat/detail.asp?pub=46

 

5.      How to Prepare a Bike Plan, RTA:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/trafficinformation/downloads/bicycimpro_dl1.html

 

6.      Action for Bikes – Bike Plan 2010, RTA:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/downloads/freeresource/stockno4286.pdf

 

7.      NSW Bicycle Guidelines, RTA:

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/doingbusinesswithus/downloads/technicalmanuals/nswbicyclev12_i.pdf

 

8.      AUSTROADS Guide to Traffic Engineering Practices Part 14 – Bicycles:

http://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/script/Details.asp?DocN=AR0000006_1004

 

9.      Australian Standards:

http://www.standards.org.au/

 

10.    Australian Bicycle Council

http://www.cyclingresourcecentre.org.au

 

11.    Premiers Council for Active Living (PCAL)

http://www.pcal.nsw.gov.au/planning_design_guidelines/walking_cycling_routes.html

 

12. The Australian Bicycle Centre

www.cyclingresourcecentre.org.au

13. ‘Healthy by Design: a planner’s guide to environments for active living’, National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division) www.heartfoundation.org.au

 

14. NSW Ministry of Transport ‘Active Transport Planner’s Toolkit’

www.transport.nsw.gov.au/abouttrans/planners-toolkit.html

 

15. Cycling Promotion Fund

www.rideabike.com.au

 

16. The RideToSchool programme

http://www.bicyclensw.org.au/RideToSchool.asp.

 

17. Amy Gillett Foundation

http://www.amygillett.org.au/ride-right

 

Road Right - http://www.amygillett.org.au/education-road-right.

 

Austcycle - http://www.amygillett.org.au/austcycle.

 

 

 

The community are asked to contribute to this list that will be put onto the Council web site (http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/) and updated as documents are brought to Council’s attention.