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Have your say on options for the Kalaru to Bega shared path

Council is seeking community feedback to inform the feasibility study for a future shared path from Kalaru to Bega.
Council is seeking community feedback to inform the feasibility study for a future shared path from Kalaru to Bega

28 July 2021

Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community to inform the feasibility study for a future shared path from Kalaru to Bega.

Project Services Manager, Daniel Djikic said four potential route options have been developed for community consideration.

“We’re aiming to provide an uninterrupted connection for active transport users between Tathra and Bega, building on the recently constructed shared path from Kalaru to Tathra,” Mr Djikic said.

“Specialist consultants have been engaged to undertake the feasibility study for the Kalaru to Bega section, and they’ve come up with four potential route options.

“These options have been developed with a focus on safety and linking with other existing paths, as well as considering how direct the path can be.

“We are engaging directly with landowners who may be impacted by the route options, and we’re now also asking for broader community feedback to help us determine the preferred alignment based on how people want to use the path.”

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 also 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 have been developed with the following key considerations in mind.

  • 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.

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.

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

To provide feedback on the shared path options, go to https://begavalley.nsw.gov.au/kalaru-bega-shared-path and complete the short survey by 18 August.

The feedback provided during the consultation phase will inform a report to Council on the preferred alignment.


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