Next stage of works for pop-up cycleways in Port Kembla and Wollongong
We’ve been making the most of the reduced traffic due to the current COVID restrictions to continue works on the Port Kembla and Wollongong pop-up cycleway projects.
In Port Kembla, we’ve completed construction of a concrete shared path along Military Road, and our crews are now working to install traffic separators, traffic blisters, kerb ramps and related line marking.
Last week’s wet weather has delayed the work by a couple of days, however we expect to finish works on the Military Road section of the cycleway by October 2021.
Over in the Wollongong CBD, works continue along Gladstone Avenue, Burelli Street and Stewart Street as well as ongoing improvements to Smith Street. Even as works progress, Council has already seen an increase in the number of cyclists travelling through the Wollongong CBD.
“Over the past couple of months, we’ve been tracking the number of cyclists travelling up and down Smith Street to give us an idea of how this section of the pop-up cycleway is being used,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.
“What we’ve found is that the number of cyclists using the Smith Street pop-up cycleway has increased over the past couple of months with a total of 1983 trips recorded in June and 4333 trips recorded in August.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people use the stay at home orders to re-evaluate how they travel when making shorter trips around their community. Taking a bike or choosing to walk when travelling shorter distances, is a great way to make a difference in your day-to-day life.
“What we hope to see in the long-term, as we move out of lockdown, is people continuing to include active transport options such as cycling in their usual mix of exercise and travel. In the meantime, we’ll continue to collect data along Smith Street and at other places along the pop-up cycleway routes to build a clearer picture of how people use these new facilities.”
Works update for Port Kembla
- A concrete shared path has been constructed along Military Road and the southbound speed symbols have been changed.
- Work continues on installing traffic blisters and a new kerb ramp along Military Road, with further line marking removal to be completed on Monday. From this week, we’ll also begin to install new traffic separators.
Works update for Wollongong CBD
- Gladstone Avenue: traffic separators and kerb ramps have been installed and this week we’re working to finish line marking and install signage.
- Station Street (from the Railway to Burelli Street, Burelli Street to MacCabe Park and Burelli Street to Church Street): Signs and line marking will be installed along this section of the pop-up cycleway in the coming week.
- Stewart Street (from Corrimal Street to Church Street): Works to install signs and speed cushions are expected to begin October 2021.
- Smith Street (from Keira Street to Harbour Street): Although most work has finished along Smith Street; we’re making some adjustments to this section of the pop-up cycleway. We anticipate these amendments will begin October 2021.
“One of the things to remember with this project is that it’s a trial. As we receive feedback from residents and cyclists, we may continue to make adjustments to ensure the cycleways meet the needs of our community,” Cr Bradbery said.
“It’s a work in progress, however we’re pleased with the level of interest from the community who are already using the new cycling infrastructure to travel around our city.”
For more information about this project see our Pop-Up Cycling Routes page.
This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Wollongong City Council.