There is a new cycle path near Elizabeth Street in Carrington. The shared pathway connects Carrington Foreshore along Elizabeth Drive taking cyclists off the main road and linking up to an existing shared pathway along Linwood/Throsby Creek to Islington Park. The work will improve safety for recreational cyclists as this is a busy street commonly used by trucks to access local industry. This new path will also improve safety for commuters and other utility cyclists. Carrington has consistently had the highest rate of cycling as a journey to work in the Newcastle in the census data and it provides a vital link for cyclists to the cycleway network.
Today over forty riders slowly cycled their way from Islington Park, along the Throsby Creek track to the Newcastle Foreshore near Nobbys Beach to take part in the inaugural Newcastle Tweed Ride. Vintage bikes were celebrated and revered as everyone swapped stories about how they came to possess their treasured antique or classic bikes.
Newcastle Cycleways Movement would like to thank all those who took part and who helped promote the ride in the leadup to the event. See more coverage on The Herald website.
The Tweed Ride is all set to go on 28 July. If there is a cancellation due to bad weather it will be announced on this site either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Hope to see you there! All riders need to register at the start of the ride and you will need to wear a helmet. Come along for a day of entertainment and fun!
|Location||Sunday May 2012||Sunday May 2013|
|Honeysuckle Dve, west end||175||220||126%|
|Route 6, Hannel St||137||189||138%|
|Route 6, TAFE||113||100||88%||Note:1 hr x2|
|Route 6, Wartah Stn||46|
|Route 6, Maud St||–|
|Moore St near Regal cinema||–|
|Howe St-Croudace Rd||32|
|Turton Rd/ Sports centre||66||79||120%|
|Beaumont St/ Donald St||86|
|King St /Markettown||72||69||96%|
|Civic Park corner||91||80||88%|
|Fernleigh /Kalaroo Rd||198||285||144%|
|Fernleigh Track/Dibbs St||224||257||115%|
|Glebe Rd/ Teralba Rd||114|
|Parkway / Union St||58|
|Mackie Ave/St James Rd||68||88||129%|
|Dixon Park/ bathers way|
|North South / Kotara||28|
|Glebe Rd/ Gordon Ave||–|
|Industrial Dv-Maitland Rd||47|
|Industrial Dve/Tourle St||–|
|Industrial Dve, William St||68||65||96%|
|Booragul/ 5 Islands||–|
|Glenrock/ Gunclub Rd||100|
BikesCount report for Sunday 26th May 2013
Twelve spotters counted cyclists for 2 hours from 8am till 10am, on a bright but cold morning. Total cyclists 1577 , of whom 18% were female. This is a lower proportion of females than last year, (26%). We also counted parent child pairs: 34 =2.2%
Total for comparison, same sites 1360 vs 1580 = 16.2% increase. There is a trend of increasing numbers on the best tracks ie Fernleigh Track and Throsby Creek and mixed results elsewhere. This could also be because lower numbers are more prone to random fluctuation. At this rate cycling will double every 4.5 years.
The number of cyclists on the Fernleigh and Throsby Creek tracks just keeps going up, with more patchy results elsewhere. We believe this is because many new people will cycle where they feel safe, and that the best place to build cycleways to get high use would be where they connect to and extend one of these popular existing routes.
We will do another count on a Tuesday in October, and will have to recruit some new counters to keep the coverage up.