This month, Hornsby Council Traffic and Strategic Management staff have been in further contact with Bike North’s Hornsby Advocacy Working Group to keep it informed of progress with the Shire’s new Bike Plan. The Plan is expected to be ready for a workshop with Councillors in June and, subject to any final adjustment by them, may undergo further community consultation before being finally returned to Council for adoption later in the year. Council staff fully appreciate the need for this Plan to be genuinely supported by Council if an improvement to the Shire’s cycling environment is ever to be achieved. They therefore understand that :-
- any cycling project will need adequate funding [Council is already applying for State Government grants for a number of cycling infrastructure projects];
- the new Bike Plan will encompass improvement strategies for local AND State roads and
- the cooperation of the RMS and SydneyTrains in making parts of their transport corridors available for cycling infrastructure will be essential to the effective roll out of the Bike Plan [e.g. Council is already working with the RMS to try and address the vexed problem of cycleway access long Peats Ferry Road and from Peats Ferry Road onto the old Pacific Highway at Asquith];
- ongoing consultation with, and advocacy support from, stakeholders such as Bike North will greatly assist Council to achieve its Bike Plan goals.
Bike North’s Hornsby Working Group will commence work immediately to advocate to the State Government in support of a number of Council’s cycling infrastructure funding applications .