Byron Council will this week (Thursday, 24 September) vote on much-needed works to ensure that local school students using the Byron to Suffolk Park cycleway can complete the journey to class safely.
While the cycleway is nearly complete, there is a dangerous missing link at the route’s northern end where Browning and Tennyson Streets intersect.
In a notice of motion to be considered at this week’s full Council meeting, indepedent Councillor Cate Coorey said, ‘Children riding the cycleway north towards Byron Bay Public and Community schools have to cross a dangerous intersection at Browning Street’.
‘This intersection has no pram ramp on the south side, no refuge for cyclists in the middle of Browning St, and no signage for motorists to watch for cyclists.
‘About 70 metres north of this intersection there’s a good off-road shared path on the western side of Tennyson that goes all the way to the public school.
‘There’s also a raised crossing across Tennyson Street that connects to the Community School’.
Cr Coorey and Mayor Simon Richardson are proposing that Council develop an improved crossing at Browning St, and about 70 metres of path widening, in order for the two primary schools to be connected safely to the cycleway.
‘In order to lower costs, minimise extra planning and design work and to avoid possible alternate route upgrade disruptions, we decided to end the planning scope of the cycleway at Browning St,’ Cr Richardson said in a mayoral minute, which is also to be considered at this week’s meeting.
‘Now, it is worth revisiting what occurs townward of the path, especially in order to support our younger residents accessing schools and the recreation grounds.’
In written comments accompanying Cr Coorey’s motion, Council’s Manager of Works and Infrastructure Services, Evan Elford said the works had already been identified by as a high priority in the Byron Shire Bike Plan.
‘These works, which form a natural extension to works associated with the Suffolk Park to Byron Bay Cycleway, have not been included in that project and will require survey or design investigation to determine an estimate of cost’.