Newcastle Cycleways Movement to undergo cost-benefit analysis

16/03/2019 Posted by admin

ON YOUR BIKE: Newcastle Cycleways Movement members at Maryville.THE Hunter Medical Research Institute will provide Newcastle Cycleways Movement with a cost-benefit analysis of its ambitious CycleSafe network for free.

The Newcastle Cycleways Movement has been working with Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils on a $50 million cycle plan that connects suburbs across the two cities, including dedicated bike lanes down Hunter Street.

The Newcastle council has already committed to spend $15 million on cycleways over the next 10 years, but Newcastle Cycleways needs another $35 million to complete the network.

Speaking in the council chambers last Tuesday night, Dr Ben Ewald, Newcastle Cycleways Movement vice-president, said he was counting on Newcastle councillors to support the project.

In September the group announced it had secured the support of several high-profile organisations, including Hunter Medicare Local, the NSW Heart Foundation and the University of Newcastle’s Tom Farrell Institute, to lobby the state government to spend money from the lease of Newcastle port on its CycleSafe network.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the council had also recently made a submission to the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund in the hope of securing some of the money needed for the network.

Round one of the grant scheme closed on November 28 and funding will be announced in May.

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