Missing link to Newcastle complete
Missing link to Newcastle complete

A section of shared path has filled the missing link in a continuous cycling from Eleebana to the University of Newcastle.

The 4.6 kilometre from Speers Point to Glendale opened last week and includes an upgraded pedestrian crossing, new kerbs and gutters, a 550 metre fence along the golf course and more than 15,000 shrubs, trees and plants.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser says it brings the city’s total off-road shared paths to more than 115 kilometres.

“This kind of infrastructure promoted healthy lifestyles, improves our environment by taking cars off the road and provides important links between suburbs.

“It is an important step in our region’s roll-out of sustainable commuter transport options,” Cr Fraser said.

Lake Macquarie City Council Infrastructure Assets Strategy Coordinator Simon Gulliver said the pathway continued to the end of Frederick Street in Glendale, linking with the existing Tramway Track to Wallsend.

“That makes this a project of real significance, not just for recreational cyclists and walkers, but for commuters looking for a cheaper, healthier option than driving.

“The mostly flat terrain, off-road pathway and scenery at the Speers Point end also make it a really enjoyable ride,” Mr Gulliver said.

The council has also launched a new online cycling map where cyclists can see all the routes in the area and the levels of safety and difficulty,

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