Bicycle infrastructure wins, and loses, in Newcastle

The new Homemaker centre at Kotara has a great new bike track going through it.It is well marked and easily accessed from both ends with lights at the main roads. It follows the drain as you can see in the first photo. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any bike racks at the Centre, and when I go there I have to lock my bike to a post. I do not think that the Centre expects many cyclists to travel there to shop as many of the products sold there are furniture, although there is a bike shop there. That aside, this bike path is still very useful for cyclists as the Centre is at the nexus of three major bike tracks and forms a connecting point for them: Fernleigh, the track beside the old gully line and Raspberry Gully track.

On the other hand, the bollards on Fernleigh Track at the Belmont end are a fail for me, I have witnessed an accident at one of them as they are not wide enough for two bikes to pass through them at the same time and there are no warning signs of this hazard.


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4 Responses to Bicycle infrastructure wins, and loses, in Newcastle

  1. anniebikes says:

    In your last photo it appears the rails are there to keep autos out. The grey color blends in with the scenery. A simple solution would be to dangle orange or yellow flags from the rails. Don’t wait for the city to do this though, if you’ve witnessed a collision, go place SOMETHING there,even colored paper will do.

    • Vicki says:

      Annie, it was a bunch of kids aged about 12 who were riding through, they saw the bollard and slowed down for it, but they didn’t realise that only one bike can fit through it at a time. Two could do it but it would be VERY close. I think it needs a sign and I sent an email to a FT committee member about it as soon as I got home. It has been brought to the attention of the authorities. I don’t feel that I can erect a sign myself but maybe that is the best idea as it still has not been done by them!

  2. petermc says:

    The homemaker centre is a nightmare for cars, much easier on a bike – business is business, you would think cyclists would be encouraged more. I rarely see bikes there though, apart from some Avantibike customers that take their bikes in the shop.

  3. Vicki says:

    Ha! that was the other thing I meant to mention in my post, Peter, that there is a total lack of bikes there! I agree, it is much easier on a bike and easier to get there by bike too. From my place, it takes about 5 minutes to get there by bike but about 15 by car, most of it standing in traffic, not to mention finding a parking space when I get there, I seldom travel there by car.

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