Bike path project on track
14 November 2017
A cycle path connecting Tathra and Kalaru is set to become a reality by as early as mid-2019, with the planning phase of the project commencing recently.
Survey work and investigation studies are underway along Tathra Road and in the two townships, with the concept path alignment to begin at the bus stop in Kalaru and finish at Tathra Public School.
The project is to be entirely funded by a $3,000,000 grant received from the State Government under the 2017/18 Active Transport Program and represents the first stage in creating a cycling network between Bega and Tathra.
Council’s Acting Director of Transport and Utilities, Ian Macfarlane, said the project aligns with the vision and goals and short-term priority proposals of the Bega Valley Bike Plan.
“It is very exciting to see this project commencing and much credit should go to the Bega Tathra Safe Ride community group who have been instrumental in securing the funding,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The bike path certainly has strong support and we look forward to successfully delivering this project for the local community.
“The path will be located within the existing road reserve wherever possible and the alignment will be adjusted to suit the existing site topography and work around vegetation.
“It is envisaged that the path will provide connection into the existing mountain bike network and cater for cyclist of all abilities,” Mr Macfarlane said.
The concept design will commence once the initial investigations have been completed later this month and a concept design will go on public exhibition for community comment early in 2018.
A staged construction of the bike path is planned to commence in mid-2018, with a target completion of mid-2019.
For more information on the project, contact Council on (02) 6499 2222.
Photograph: Planning has commenced for a bike path connecting Kalaru and Tathra.
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1.Currently there is sufficient room on the main road within the town area for bikes. 2.such a large amount of money for so few people. 3. What is the point of stopping the track at the primary school? 4. Will the current trees planted along the verge be affected?
All residents should look at the comprehensive Major Projects page developed by the Council - lots of information and the opportunity to provide comments.
1.Currently there is sufficient room on the main road within the town area for bikes.
The shared pathway provides safe opportunities for riders, young and old, regardless of experience and confidence. The pathway can also be used by pedestrians, persons with mobility assistance aids, joggers etc.
2.such a large amount of money for so few people.
Tathra is a tourist destination. Tourists and residents use the existing pathway along Andy Poole Drive and in other locations in the Bega Valley Shire. Studies in other regional areas show that cycling infrastructure generates economic activity and income.
3. What is the point of stopping the track at the primary school?
See the Council major projects page for the Q and A section.
4. Will the current trees planted along the verge be affected?