Community feedback is sought on Cessnock City Council’s draft Cycling Strategy, which is on public exhibition until Friday, March 25.
With a significant population growth projected by 2031, council saw a need to undertake planning for the future of cycling opportunities and facilities within the Cessnock local government area.
Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent hopes that Cessnock and surrounds can be known as a bicycle-friendly environment in the future.
“Cycling is not only a great way to keep fit and healthy, it is one of the most efficient modes of transport with growing popularity,” Cr Pynsent said.
An estimated one per cent of the current 1.15 million visitors to the Hunter Valley Wine Country each year are cyclists, directly contributing around $5.92 million into the local economy – a figure that could more than triple with the construction of cycleways linking key destinations.
“Solid cycling infrastructure will complement the magnificent surrounds of Hunter Valley Wine Country and will not only serve our local community but will be a great asset to the tourism industry,” Cr Pynsent said.
The recommendations in the draft strategy are based on a comprehensive cycling facilities audit, community and stakeholder consultation, industry trend analysis and consideration of local environmental, economic and social influences.
Cr Pynsent says input from residents is crucial and urges the community to get involved during the exhibition period.
The draft strategy can be viewed on council’s website, council’s administration building and Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries.
Submissions are due by 4pm on March 25. Call 4993 4300 for more information.
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