Rolling forward on Smith Street Cycleway – Wollongong

Wollongong City Council is committed to delivering improvements to cycling infrastructure to provide more active transport opportunities and to make it easier and more appealing to opt for two-wheeled transport.

As part of this focus, we’ve been working on a series of Pop-Up Pilot Cycling Routes across the city to encourage people to get on their bikes.

Earlier this year, we asked the community for their feedback about proposed road changes to sections in the CBD including Crown, Corrimal, Burelli, Smith, Kembla and Stewart streets to enable some new cycling links. Following a review of the community’s comments, we’re preparing the phased rollout of new Pop-up Pilot Cycling Routes in Wollongong.

This week, letters will be received by residents in streets where the pilot will be implemented to share details of the pilot cycle routes, and we will continue to keep these residents updated as the changes get underway this summer.

“Just recently Council adopted our Cycling Strategy for 2030 and some of the key goals within this plan are to make Wollongong easier and safer for cyclists,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“We know not everyone cycles, but by improving cycling infrastructure we’re improving active transport opportunities and making shared pathways more accessible to everyone.”

The details plan for Wollongong City Centre is available on Council’s website. The key changes include:

Smith Street between Keira and Harbour streets

  • Traffic will change to one-way eastbound for vehicles
  • The current parking lane on the south side of Smith Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions.
  • The current westbound lane will be converted to on-road parking so that there will be no loss of parking in this section of Smith Street.
  • Part of the 55C Free Gong Shuttle Bus route will change and more details will be available soon.

Smith Street between Belmore and Keira streets

  • Traffic will remain two-way in this section.
  • The current parking lane on the north side of Smith Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions.
  • On-street parking will be removed from the north side of Smith Street between Belmore Street and opposite 91 Smith Street (near Young Street) to make way for the cycleway.

Harbour Street between Smith Street and Cliff Road

  • The current parking lane on the northwest side of Harbour Street between Smith and Cliff Road will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking on the northwest side of Harbour Street will be removed.

Kembla Street between Smith and Stewart streets

  • The current parking lane on the west side of Kembla Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway between Smith and Market streets for riders to travel in both directions. On-street parking will be removed on the west side between Smith and Market Streets.
  • Lane adjustments on Kembla Street between Market and Crown streets will make room for the on-road cycleway on the west side for riders to travel in both directions. No loss of on-street parking in this section.
  • The current parking lane on the east side of Kembla Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway between Crown and Stewart streets for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking on the east side of Kembla Street will be removed.

Gladstone Avenue between Crown Street and Railway Station Square

  • The section outside the railway parking station will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking will be retained in this section of Gladstone Avenue. The footpath in the remaining section of Gladstone Avenue to Crown Street will be converted to a shared path.

Traffic calming for on-road cycling

Crown Street from Kembla to Corrimal streets

Stewart Street from Church Street to Corrimal Street

Church Street from Burelli Street to George Street

  • Road cushions, on-road markings and signs will be installed to calm traffic.

Footpaths converted to shared paths

Gladstone Avenue between Crown Street and Railway Station Square

  • Eastern footpath will be converted to a shared path north of the railway parking station. There will be a small section of separated on-road cycleway on this route.

Burelli Street between Wollongong Train Station, through MacCabe Park towards Church Street

  • Footpaths will be converted to shared paths along the northern side of Burelli Street, from Wollongong Train Station to the Keira Street intersection; a section of the southern Burelli footpath from the Keira Street intersection; and through MacCabe Park towards Church Street.
  • Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.

Corrimal Street between Crown and Bank streets

  • Eastern footpath will be converted to a shared path.
  • Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.

Crown Street between Corrimal Street and the foreshore

  • Southern footpath will be converted to a shared path.
  • Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.

Cr Bradbery said the changes to the road conditions would be phased in and there would be signage in place to indicate the changes both before work starts and upon completion.

“This is an exciting time for our city as we take a fresh look at how we get out and about,” he said.

“We’ll be working with our community to make this transition as smooth as possible. It’s also important to keep in mind that this is a trial and we’ll be asking for community feedback along the way.

“We’re appreciative to the NSW Government who have funded this project along with Council.”

These projects are proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Wollongong City Council.

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