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Bega to Kalaru Shared Path

Kalaru to Bega road.

Project Summary/background

Council was successful in securing an Active Transport grant of $3.12m from the NSW Government for the construction of the first stage of a shared path from Tathra to Kalaru. This included funding to undertake a feasibility study for a proposed second stage of the shared path, from Kalaru to Bega closely following the existing road corridor and approximately 10km in length.

The feasibility study will consider the full range of users from primary and secondary school children through to recreational and commuter users, and include accessibility considerations.

It will investigate both on and off-road options, and potentially a combination of both, considering environmental constraints, land tenure (including the potential need for Council to acquire privately owned land), and cost (including a cost benefit analysis).

The route alignment options will address the following key considerations.

  • Safety – Minimal risk of traffic related injury, low perceived danger, space to ride, minimum conflict with vehicles
  • Coherence – Infrastructure should form a coherent entity, link major trip origins and destinations, have connectivity, be continuous, signed, consistent in quality, easy to follow and have route options
  • Directness – Route should be direct, based on desire lines, have low delay through routes for commuting, avoid detours and have efficient operating speeds
  • Attractiveness – Lighting, personal safety, aesthetics integration with surrounding area, access to different activities
  • Comfort – Smooth skid resistant riding surface, gentle gradients, avoid complicated manoeuvres, reduced need to stop, minimum obstruction from vehicles

Purpose

The feasibility study is part of the future planning for a shared path from Kalaru to Bega, building upon the recently constructed shared path from Kalaru to Tathra and providing a complete shared path for active transport users from Tathra to Bega. It will provide an estimate of costs and recommendations for route alignment, materials, signage, safety and amenity.

Funding

The funding for the feasibility study was made possible through the NSW’s Government Active Transport Funding.  

Importantly, Council only has funding for the feasibility study at this stage, with the outcome of the study to form the basis of future funding applications.

Connection to Council's Community Strategic Plan

This project is connect to Council's Community Strategic Plan through Outcome 5; Goal 10.

  • Outcome 5: Connected Communities
  • Goal 10: We have a network of good quality roads, foot paths and cycleways connecting communities throughout the Shire and beyond.

The project also aligns with the Vision and Goals and Short-Term Priority proposals of the Bega Valley Bike Plan.

Who can I speak to:

  • Daniel Djikic
    Manager Project Services
    Bega Valley Shire Council
    Phone: (02) 6499 2222
  • Nikki Edwards
    Buildings and Shared Network Specialist
    Bega Valley Shire Council
    Phone: (02) 6499 2222

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Proposed options of the path route

 

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