New bike lanes proposed for key routes around Orange

almost 2 years ago
Bike path next to road 300


The Active Travel Plan (ATP) proposes channeling bike and pedestrian traffic towards a number of key north-south and east-west traffic routes, to ease their journey to and from the CBD.

These streets would include sections of :

  • North-south : Hill, Anson, Edward, McLachlan, Lone Pine
  • East-west : Kite, Byng, Dalton, Icely and Coronation

It’s proposed that on these key routes :

  • Car traffic would be restricted to a 3.2 metre lane in either direction in the centre of the road
  • A dedicated and marked bike lane would be installed on either side of the central car traffic lanes.
  • Car parking as usual on the edges of the road.

Under current road rules, ‘When a bicycle lane is marked on the road and has bicycle lane signs, cyclists must use it unless it is impracticable to do so. Although these lanes are for bicycles, cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection.’

It’s proposed that the changes would happen soon on roads judged to be primary routes (Anson and Kite streets, Coronation Drive) and gradually on secondary routes.(see map)


This preliminary map shows the streets (coloured in PINK) where work would happen first (Anson, KIte & Coronation) and the streets (coloured in YELLOW) which follow in the priority list (Hill, Dalton, Edward, Icely, Ploughmans, McLachlan etc.)


Orange City Council has placed the Active Travel Plan exhibition for comment for one month. The plan was drafted by transport consultants after a round of community consultation late last year.

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HH over 1 year ago
Fantastic! I see forward to living in a safer and more pedestrian and cycle friendly town.
qwerty over 1 year ago
The quoted NSW Road Rules, ‘When a bicycle lane is marked on the road and has bicycle lane signs, cyclists must use it unless it is impracticable to do so. Although these lanes are for bicycles, cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection.’ is incorrect. The Road Rules no not state that. http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/regulation/2014/758/part11/div6/rule.153Section 153) 4) a) of the Road Rules 2014 states, "beginning at a bicycle lane sign applying to the lane, or a road marking comprising both a white bicycle symbol and the word lane painted in white." and Section 247 a) states, "The rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling in the same direction as the rider must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so"I believe there are way too many signs around Orange and people become "sign blind". The road rules enable the word "lane" to be painted within the lane rather than a costly and visually unappealing sign. I would like to see the word "LANE" painted within the bicycle lane rather than the sign.
Mr Reality over 1 year ago
How about looking at fixing the road to the hospital first? The amount of other roads that are in much better condition that have recently been resurfaced is ridiculous. Might be a good idea for council to listen to what people are asking for. Rather than making new plans that never got asked for. I have never seen it written anywhere that people asked for the bike lane, or 40k zones. But see it written daily about fixing roads around the place. Just a thought.
AndrewT over 1 year ago
Fantastic idea! I love riding to work, but it is scary in peak periods trying to battle with cars, especially at round a bouts where no one wants to wait. Quite often, I ride on the footpath to circumvent a round a bout and just cross the road at a different location. Luke2526, I dont think the road needs to be widened, the bike lane will just use part of the current bitumen traffic lane which already has more than sufficient width.
Luke2526 over 1 year ago
I live on coronation drive and I was never contacted about this plan. As my driveway is hard enough to get in and out of as it is, Is council going to fix my driveway to compensate for the extra space needed for this bike lane???