Some exciting news!
Newcastle City Council recently announced it is trialling a combined pedestrian-cycle crossing on Victory Parade, Wallsend. Apparently the first of its kind in the Hunter region, construction is scheduled to begin in May 2016 and the 12 month trial period will commence once linemarking is complete.
Why is this important?
Cyclists are not required to dismount to use the cycle-only crossing (but should approach with caution) and motorists must give way. With ‘normal’ (boring) pedestrian crossings, cyclists are legally required to dismount.
During the trial period, users will be given an opportunity to provide feedback about the combined pedestrian-cycle crossing via an online survey. The survey will be launched three months into the trial period to give users time to trial the crossing. A link to the survey will be on Council’s website once it is live.
This is part of a series of many more updates to come about how the construction of safer cycling infrastructure is progressing in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. I will rely on information made available by Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Councils.