Shifting gears: Planning for active transport in Tweed

Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on their vision for the future of walking and cycling in the Tweed.

A series of online workshops will be held from next week to delve deeper into Council’s plans to build a more connected community through its Draft Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan.

The plan provides Council with a long-term strategy for developing pedestrian and cycling routes and facilities to encourage and increase local pedestrian and cyclist activity across the Tweed Shire.

Feedback on the draft plan is required before Sunday 11 February, with the information sessions divided into 4 categories: On-road cycling, Western areas, Coastal areas and Northern areas.

Director Engineering David Oxenham said the plan was not just about creating new pathways but also about fostering a healthier, more connected Tweed community.

“After a successful initial community consultation where valuable insights were gathered, we now present the Draft Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan for your review and support,” Mr Oxenham said.

“The plan’s vision is to provide a safe and connected network that is accessible for all pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the Tweed Shire.

“It encourages walking and cycling as the preferred mode of transport which will increase physical activity, enjoyment and be a sustainable transport option now and into the future.

“By embracing walking and cycling, we’re not only promoting sustainable transport but also enhancing physical activity and creating a safer environment for everyone.

“Your opinions matter. The plan incorporates a multi criteria assessment prioritisation tool which allows for new community requests and ad-hoc concerns to be addressed against the action plan. This means your feedback will remain the focus of the plan’s outputs and outcomes now and into the future.”

The draft plan includes key recommendations and a prioritised action plan. From short-term initiatives (0–5 years) addressing missing paths to long-term investments (10+ years) improving existing infrastructure, community input has guided the way forward.

The action plan includes the development of a Strategic Cycle Corridor Plan, review of the Road Cross Section standard drawing and share path signage, improvements to on-road cyclist awareness and safety campaigns, and the implementation of non-infrastructure opportunities and strategies.

Mr Oxenham said the public exhibition phase was an opportunity to shape the final plan, ensuring it aligns with the community’s needs and expectations.

“If you live, work or visit the Tweed, we encourage you to attend one of our online information sessions, which will help you digest information relevant to your area,” he said.

“Share your feedback by Sunday 11 February 2024 and play an important role in shaping the future of our pedestrian and bike network.”

All sessions are in the evening, from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register click on the session you would like to attend:

  • On-road cycling session

    Tuesday 16 January 2024

    For cycling enthusiasts

  • Western areas

    Thursday 18 January 2024

    Murwillumbah, Terranora, Tumbulgum, Uki, Tyalgum, Burringbar

  • Coastal areas

    Tuesday 23 January 2024

    Chinderah, Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Casuarina, Bogangar, Pottsville

  • Northern areas

    Wednesday 24 January 2024

    Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South, Tweed Heads West, Banora Point, Bilambil Heights.

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