New bike lanes proposed for key routes around Orange
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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