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									                ALBURY BICYCLE PLAN 2009-2014
                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

          EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                  2



1.        INTRODUCTION……………………………………….                       3
1.1       Background…………………………………………………………                   3
1.2       Objectives…………………………………………………………..                 3

2.        DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS……………..                4
2.1       Bicycle Crash Analysis…………………………………………….           4
2.2       Community Consultation………………………………………….            9
2.3       Bicycle path usage…………………………………………………              14

3.        ENGINEERING…………………………………………                        16
3.1       Bicycle network……………………………………………………..              16
3.2       Sign types……………………………………………………………                  17
3.3       Bicycle Parking Facilities…………………………………………..       19

4.        EDUCATION ……………………………………………                        20
4.1       Cyclists Regulations………………………………………………..           21
4.2       AlburyCity……………………………………………………………                  22

5.        ENFORCEMENT……………………………………….                        22

6.        ENCOURAGEMENT…………………………………...                      23

6.1       Marketing…………………………………………………………….                  23
6.2       Events…………………………………………………………………                    23

7.        BICYCLE PLAN STAGES…………………………….                    23

7.1       Procedure…………………………………………………………….                  23
7.2       Individual stages…………………………………………………….             24

8.        FUTURE STAGES……………………………………..                      29
8.1       2010 and beyond…………………………………………………….               30

9.        RECOMMENDATIONS………………………………..                      30

10.       LINKS TO OTHER ASSOCIATED PLANS………….               31

11.       APPENDIX………………………………………………                         31
11.1      Proposed future stages 16-20……………………………………...
11.2      Community Consultation Questionnaire…………………………..
11.3      Collated responses Q12…………………………………………….




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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Among the recommendations of the 1997 Albury Bicycle Plan, it was considered that a review
of bicycle related issues should be conducted every five years.           In keeping with this
recommendation, a review and new Bicycle Plan was completed in 2002 with the next review
scheduled for 2007. The Bicycle Plan reviews consist of a community consultation, a crash
analysis and consideration of engineering, education and enforcement issues, with the
information gained used to determine the future cycle path network.


The 2007 review commenced in May 2007 with a community consultation and was completed
in 2008 after an extensive crash analysis, the collection of path usage data, and the
consideration of enforcement, engineering and education issues.


The Community consultation found a strong need for more bicycle parking facilities, off-road
paths, and on-road lanes where they link with the existing network. The majority of the
community wanted to see paths constructed west to Wonga Wetlands, and east to the Hume
Weir.


Results of the crash analysis showed that Albury had considerably higher bicycle crashes
(12.5% of total casualty crashes) than both the South West region (4.9%) and the State
(5.7%).     The types of crashes were predominantly intersection crashes, (in particular at
roundabouts), cyclists hit in driveways, or when riding off footpaths onto roads. These types
of crashes support the need for AlburyCity to continue with its commitment to construct off-
road cycle paths.


The collection of the baseline data for the cycle path use occurred at seven points along the
major cycle trails in Albury. The highest usage over the three week period occurred on the
Albury/Thurgoona trail near Thurgoona Drive, with almost 500 cyclists counted for the week.
This assessment will be repeated in future reviews and used to determine the changes in the
amount of cyclists utilising the trails.


As of 2008 the Albury Bicycle Plan had been constructed to Stage 14, with Stage 15 to be
completed by July 2009.             The future stages of the Albury Bicycle Plan will focus on
developing off-road links to the existing trails, with Stages 16-20 to follow the Riverina
Highway east from Mungabareena Road, continue off-road along Table Top Road for
approximately six kilometres in total. Estimated cost for these Stages is $474,000.


It is recommended that AlburyCity increase its annual funding commitment to cycle path
construction and maintenance because of the increasing community health benefits and
demand for safe cycling facilities, the reduction in road trauma, and the benefits to AlburyCity
through the commitment to the Community Plan objective of, “provide continued support for
AlburyCity’s Bike Plan and increase funding towards its implementation”.




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1.          INTRODUCTION

The Albury community loves to ride bikes. Statistics from the AlburyCity Community Plan
indicate that cycling is the third most popular activity undertaken by the Albury community
with 22% of the community choosing to cycle. This is a significantly higher participation rate
when compared with NSW which has cycling listed as the sixth most popular activity at 7.7%.


AlburyCity encourages cycling by continually constructing new cycle paths and ensuring links
with existing paths.         Maintenance of paths is conducted on an ongoing basis and to
encourage more cycling, AlburyCity is committed to improving conditions and safety for
cyclists.


As part of the ongoing commitment, the 2008 Albury Bicycle Plan includes results of a
community consultation (2007), analysis of crash data and a forward works schedule of the
future cycle path network.



1.1         BACKGROUND


In December 1997, AlburyCity evaluated the implementation of the staged Albury Bike Plan
by conducting a community consultation into cycling routes and issues. The consultation
found that contrary to the recommendations of the 1987 Plan (recommending on-road cycle
lanes), the community wanted more off-road recreational paths within Albury. The results of
the survey showed that the majority of the respondents (41%) wanted an off-road cycle path
along Bungambrawatha Creek.. Therefore stages 6 to 11 of the Albury Bicycle Plan
concentrated solely on achieving this vision for the community. The 1997 plan indicated that
a review would be required in 2007 with results to guide the construction of paths and
associated facilities from 2010 and beyond.


1.2         OBJECTIVES


The objectives of the 2008 AlburyCity Bike Plan are as follows:


•     Identify the future stages of the bicycle route network within Albury.
•     Identify physical works required to implement the recommended network.
•     Provide implementation costs, timeframes, priorities and appropriate staging of works.
•     Provision for safety and protection of cyclists.
•     Gather information as to when and where accidents occur and who is involved.
•     Provide appropriate traffic engineering solutions.




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2.        DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

A review of Albury’s Bicycle Plan required both a crash data analysis and a community
consultation.



METHODOLOGY


BICYCLE CRASH ANALYSIS
The analysis of bicycle-related crashes in Albury required an examination of the NSW RTA
Road Traffic Accident Database, including the number of crashes, type of crashes and
interpretation of any trends. This analysis was conducted using crash data from 2000 to 2006
inclusive.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
A fourteen question resident questionnaire was delivered to every Albury household in May
2007. Questions elicited information about general bicycle use and included demographic
data, type of cyclist, major routes taken, location of future paths and crash history.



RESULTS


2.1       BICYCLE CRASH ANALYSIS


Between 1996 and 2006, there was 147 crashes involving pedal cyclists, see Table 1.



TABLE 1: NUMBER OF PEDAL CYCLE CRASHES – ALBURY 1996 -2006

             YEAR                      Number of
                                        Crashes
               1996                          17
               1997                          20
               1998                          16
               1999                          16
               2000                          10
               2001                           3
               2002                           8
               2003                          14
               2004                          12
               2005                          18
               2006                          13




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Figure one shows the percentage of pedal cycle crashes each year as a percentage of the
total road crashes for Albury. The black line shows an overall downward trend.


FIGURE ONE:

                                            Pedal cycle accidents
                                      as a percentage of total accidents
                                              Albury 1996 - 2006

           8
           7
           6
           5
           4
      %




           3
           2
           1
           0
                 Yr       Yr         Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr     Yr
                1996     1997       1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006




The 2002 Albury Bicycle Plan incorporated statistics from 1996 – 2001 which showed 82
crashes involving pedal cyclists over the six-year period. More recently, data from 2001 –
2006 shows the number of crashes has decreased to 68 over the next six-year period.


As a percentage of the total road crashes for Albury – the 1996-2001 period showed bicycle-
related crashes as an average 4.4%, which decreased for the next six-year period (2001-
2006) to an average of 3.7%. This is a positive indicator that the number of cyclists involved
in crashes in Albury is reducing.


All pedal cycle crashes have resulted in casualties, with 79 in total between 2000 and 2006,
including one fatality.




NSW and South West Region Data


When looking at fatal and injury crashes for the five-year period January 2003 to December
2007 (preliminary data), 12.5% of crashes in Albury were bicycle-related compared with 5.7%
and 4.9% in NSW and the South West region respectively (see Figure 2). From this it can be
seen that although within Albury the amount of crashes involving bicycles is decreasing, when
compared with the State and South West Region, Albury’s bicycle-related crashes are more
than double.




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FIGURE TWO:

                    Percentage of fatal and injury Crashes
                       January 2003 to December 2007
        14
        12
        10                                                           12.5
          8
   %




          6
          4               5.7
                                              4.9
          2
          0
                        NSW                SW Region                Albury




Type of crashes: 2000 - 2006

Of the 78 bicycle-related crashes between 2000 and 2006, 34% (28) occurred at
intersections.     Of these intersection crashes, 50% were ‘cross traffic’ (cross intersection)
crashes, and 28% of these occurred at traffic light controlled intersections. This indicates that
either the cyclist or motorist travelled through a red light. Further analysis shows that 43% of
the cross intersection crashes occurred at roundabouts.         There were additional crashes
occurring at roundabouts, with a total of 13 roundabouts involved in bicycle-related crashes -
see Table 2.


TABLE TWO: BICYCLE-RELATED CRASHES AT ROUNDABOUTS

Location                                Crash Type:                   Crashes        Age (yrs)
                                        Road User Movement            and
                                        (RUM)                         Casualties :
Corry’s Rd         Elizabeth Mitchell     Cross traffic (RUM 10)           1             47
                   Drive
Bralgon St         Wantigong St           Cross traffic (RUM 10)             1           11
McDonald           Prune St               Cross traffic (RUM 10)             2         74; 57
Rd
Riverina           East St                Cross traffic (RUM 10)             2         33; 16
Hwy /Borella
Rd                                       From footpath (RUM 48)
Ebden St           Townsend St            Cross traffic (RUM 10)             1           24
Old Sydney         Thurgoona Dr           Out of control (RUM 74)            1           53
Rd
Prune St           Breen St              Emerging from driveway              1           50
                                               (RUM 47)
Riverina           Smollett St            Rear end (RUM 30)                  1           18
Hwy
Kiewa St           Nurigong St           Out of control (RUM 74)             1           16
Kemp St            Douglas Rd            Emerging from driveway              1          UNK
                                                (RUM 47)
Breen St           Griffith Rd           Vehicle door (RUM 63)               1           48




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The remaining bicycle crash types included 30% - emerging from footpath or driveway; 13% -
run off road; 9% - rear end or side swipe and 4% - vehicle door. See Figure 3.



FIGURE THREE: TYPE OF BICYCLE CRASHES

                                    Type of Bicycle Crashes
                                       Albury 2000-2006

                                                         Emerging from footpath or
                        10%                              driveway
               4%                                        Intersection
                                                   30%
         9%
                                                         Run off Road

                                                         Rear end/side swipe


      13%                                                Parked vehicle / vehicle door

                                                         Other

                                       34%




Of the crashes that occurred at traffic lights, the majority were located at an intersection with
the Hume Highway (Hume/David, Hume/Thurgoona, Hume/Smollett, Hume/Dean, Hume
/Guinea, & Hume/Ebden). The two exceptions were the traffic light controlled intersections of
David and Swift Sts, and Logan Rd and Waugh Rd.                  It is anticipated that with the
Albury/Wodonga Hume Freeway completed and the reduced traffic volume on the Hume Hwy
that these Hume Highway crashes will decrease.


When analysing the ‘emerging from footpath’ or ‘driveway crashes’, almost 65% of these were
‘from footpath’, indicating that the cyclist either merged onto the road without looking for the
oncoming car, or the oncoming car failed to see the cyclist moving onto the roadway.


Behavioural education in relation to cyclists wearing high visibility clothing, and both motorists
and cyclists being aware of each other as road users, could assist in decreasing these crash
statistics.




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Age groups of casualties



FIGURE FOUR:

                      Age-groups: pedal cycle casualties as a
                     percentage of total pedal cycle casualties:
                           2000 - 2006 inclusive: Albury
         30                     25.5
         25                                     22
                                                             20.5      20.5
         20
         15
    %




         10                                                                           6.4
                                                                                            3.8
           5        1.3
           0
                    0-4       5 to 16      17-25             26-39     40-59        60+     UNK



Figure 4 shows the age-groups of pedal cycle casualties. It can be seen over the seven
years, the majority of the pedal cyclist casualties are in the 5-16 years age group (25.5%), but
the casualties are reasonably evenly spread across the four age groups, 5-16yrs, 17-25yrs
(22%), 26-39yrs (20.5%) and 40-59yrs (20.5%).

FIGURE FIVE:

               Casualty crash comparison in age-groups. Pedal cycle
                   casualties as a percentage of total casualties;
                          Albury 1996-2001 and 2001-2006
               35

               30
                                                                        1996-2001

               25                                                       2001-2006


               20
          %




               15

               10

                5

                0
                      0-4     5 to 16   17-25        26-39     40-59   60+      UNK




Figure 5 shows a comparison of age-groups between 1996-2001 with 2001-2006 and
indicates that there has been a shift in the age of cyclists involved in crashes. The statistics
show that although the percentage of cyclists involved in crashes has remained similar for the
5-16yrs and 17-25 yrs age-group, the percentage of cyclist casualties in the 40-59yrs age
group has almost doubled. There has also been a large increase in casualties from the 26-



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39yrs age-group between 2001 and 2006, compared with 1996 -2001 crash data.                This
demonstrates a large shift in the age of cyclists in Albury. This is further supported by the
community consultation which showed that the majority of cyclists were in the 40-59 yrs age-
group.



2.2       COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

The bicycle consultation survey was delivered to all Albury households in May 2007.
Responses were sought from community members whether or not they rode a bike, and
completed surveys were to be returned by Friday 1 June 2007. Surveys could have been
sent ‘reply paid’ to AlburyCity or dropped at the Albury Library, Lavington Library, and bicycle
shops “The Full Cycle of Albury” and “Bicycle Superstore Lavington” .
The results of the 2007 community consultation were as follows:


Number of responses                      1478


Number of male responses                 754 (51%)


Number of female responses               679 (46%)


Age group of respondents
                                          0-4yrs                4%
                                          5-16yrs              17%
                                          17-25yrs             9.5%
                                          26-39yrs             16%
                                          40-59yrs             33%
                                          60+yrs              18.5%


Number of cyclists                       1109               (75%)



Q2. If you do not cycle, please indicate why.

                                          Poor facilities     11.5%
                                          Not safe            11.5%
                                          Inconvenient         15%
                                          No Bike              51%
                                          Other                22%



Q3. Do you wear high visibility (brightly coloured or reflective) clothing while cycling?


                                          Yes                  45%
                                          No                   55%




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Q4. How often do you cycle?



                          How often do you cycle?

   40%
   35%
   30%
   25%
   20%
   15%
   10%
     5%
     0%
           Every day       A few    Once a    Once a       Not       Other
                         times a     week    fortnight   regularly
                           week




Q5. What is the average length of your cycling trip?



   30%

   25%

   20%

   15%

   10%

     5%

     0%
              Up to       3–5       6 – 10   11 – 20      21 –        More
              2kms        kms        kms      kms        40kms        than
                                                                     41kms




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Q6. What is the main purpose of your cycling trip?



                            15%       6%
                                               14%
                       4%
                                                             Travel to school
                                                             Travel to shops
                                                             Recreational
                                                             Exercise/Fitness
              55%
                                                             Racing
                                                     70%     Commute to work




Q7. What type of path do you use?

Respondents could tick more than one response for this question.


                                    8% 0.10%
                            16%
                    15%                              65%       Roads
                                                               Cycle lanes on roads
                                                               Footpaths
                                                               Cycle paths off-road
                                                               Parks
                                                               Bush /Fire trails
              82%                                              Around yard / property
                                                       51%     Other



                                      33%




Q8. How long have you been cycling?


                                               0 -5 yrs            29%
                                               6 – 10yrs           19%
                                               11 – 15 yrs         7.6%
                                               Over 15 yrs         47%




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Q10. Please answer Yes or No to the following questions:

Do you alter or plan your cycle routes to use the off-road bike paths provided?


                                         Yes             60%


Do you ride on the Bungambrawatha Creek Cycle Path?


                                         Yes             48%


Do you ride on the Murray River trail?


                                         Yes             42%


Have you ever ridden on the tracks on Nail Can Hill?


                                         Yes             21%


Do you consider Albury a safe place to ride a bike?


                                         Yes             51%


Have you used the “Albury City Trails” brochure?


                                         Yes             25%


Are there enough bike racks in Albury?


                                         Yes             15%



Q11. The Bungambrawatha Creek path provides an excellent link for cyclists and
pedestrians between the North and South of the City. Do you:


                                         Strongly        29%
                                         Agree
                                         Agree          23%
                                         Undecided      12%
                                         Disagree        1%
                                         Strongly       0.2%
                                         Disagree




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Summary:

From looking at the 2007 results, and by allowing comparisons to be made with the 2001
community consultation it can be seen that:


          Almost 500 more surveys were returned in 2007 than in 2001, with almost 400 more
          responses from cyclists.


          There were similar results regarding male and female respondents with slightly more
          males than females completing the surveys in both 2001 and 2007.


          The age group of cyclists completing the survey has moved from an average age of
          34 years in 2001, to the majority of respondents being in the 40-59yrs and 60+ age
          groups respectively. As with the 2001 survey, there is only a small percentage of
          cyclists in the 17-25yrs age-group.


          Of those respondents that did not cycle, the majority (56%) and (51%) in 2001 and
          2007 respectively stated that they did not cycle because they did not own a bike. The
          2007 survey revealed that 11.5% of persons who did not cycle chose not to because
          they thought there were insufficient facilities and that it was unsafe.


          The majority of cyclists in 2007 rode ‘a few times per week’ (35%) – with 68% riding
          at least weekly, this figure has remained steady since 2001 where 65% of cyclists
          indicated that they rode at least weekly.


          An additional question regarding high visibility clothing was added to the 2007 survey.
          Results showed that only 45% of cyclists wore light or bright coloured clothing. This
          illustrates a need to conduct programs to try to raise the awareness of the need to
          wear high visibility clothing while cycling.     The crash analysis has identified that
          although the pedal cycle crashes in Albury are trending down, the Albury crashes
          compared with both NSW and South West Region statistics are very high. If more
          cyclists wore high visibility clothing this could help bring the statistics down further.


          The majority of cyclists rode an average distance of between 3 and 5 kilometres
          (28.5%), followed by 6 to 10 kilometres (26%) and 11 to 20 kilometres (22%). This
          demonstrates that the community are using their bikes for shorter trips.                The
          education campaigns are promoting cycling for shorter trips and leaving the car at
          home. It is hoped that more of the community will take up cycling for this purpose,
          and that the increased cycling is supported by new and/or well maintained
          infrastructure and linking paths.


          The majority of Albury cyclists chose to cycle for recreation or exercise/fitness
          purposes and the majority also chose to cycle on the off-road cycle paths, followed by
          cycling on the road. This demonstrates a shift in where cyclists are choosing to cycle
          when compared with the results of the 2002 community consultation.             In 2002, the
          majority of cyclists were cycling on the road.




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          This demonstrates that AlburyCity’s concentration on providing off-road cycle paths
          has led to more cyclists choosing to ride off the road, and may have assisted with the
          improvements in bicycle-related crashes in Albury.


          Most people who responded to the survey had been cycling for over 15 years (47%),
          and the next highest percentage involved those new to cycling (0-5yrs - 29%).


          The majority of respondents (60%) altered their cycle routes to ride on an off-road
          path and half of the respondents (51%) considered Albury a safe place to ride.


          52%      of   respondents   ‘strongly   agreed’   or   ‘agreed’   (combined)   that   the
          Bungambrawatha Path provided an excellent link between the north and south of the
          City. 12% of respondents were undecided and 1.2% disagreed or strongly disagreed
          (combined).



2.3       BICYCLE PATH USAGE

The community consultation survey identified that Albury has a large number of people
cycling for exercise and recreation. In order to gain an insight into the amount of use the
different sections of the bicycle paths are receiving, an external consultant was engaged to
collect data from a number of cycle path points.


The bicycle count survey was carried out using MetroCount vehicle classifiers over a three
week period from Thursday 15 November 2007 to Monday 3 December 2007. The following
seven locations were used as data collection points, however significant vandalism at some
points necessitated that the weekly data collected by the classifiers be merged into a virtual
week. This allowed the average daily usage by cyclists to be determined at each location.



DATA COLLECTION LOCATIONS:

      1. Albury Thurgoona Trail – 100m south of the intersection with Thurgoona Drive
      2. Albury Thurgoona Trail – Between the Dean Street Bridge and Kenilworth Street.
      3. Bungambrawatha Creek Path – In Heathwood Park 50m north of the intersection with
          Oliver Street.
      4. Murray River Trail – In Oddies Creek Park 50m north of the Union Bridge.
      5. Murray River Trail – In Padman Park 50m west of bridge across Bungambrawatha
          Creek near Swim Centre car park.
      6. West Albury Link Path – In Kremur Street 20m south of Padman Drive.
      7. East Albury Link Path – In Borella Road 50m east of roundabout toward
          Mungabareena Rd.




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 RESULTS:

 Site
 No.                  Location                         Average Daily Usage of Cyclist
                                                                                             Week
                                         Mon    Tue       Wed   Thur   Fri     Sat    Sun    Total
               Albury Thurgoona Trail
    1          near Thurgoona Drive       90     106      55      52   101     49       40   493

           Albury Thurgoona Trail
    2      near Dean Street bridge        98     140      80      38   17      26       40   439

                 Bungambrawatha
    3           Creek Path Oliver St      87     110      56      35   53      36       63   440

           Murray River Trail north
    4         of Union Bridge             42     38       24      23   31      47       65   270

               Murray River Trail near
    5               swim centre           32     38       25      21   28      42       41   227

                West Albury Link in
    6             Kremur Street           21     30       12      15   12      17       23   130

                 East Albury Link in
    7               Borella road          4       2        0      1    13      2        4     26



                                 Bicycle Path Use: Average per week
         160
         140
                                                                                                   1
         120
                                                                                                   2
         100
number




                                                                                                   3
         80
                                                                                                   4
         60                                                                                        5
         40                                                                                        6
         20                                                                                        7
          0
                   Mon        Tue        Wed       Thur         Fri      Sat         Sun


                      Site                        Location
                      No.

                         1   Albury Thurgoona Trail near Thurgoona Drive
                         2   Albury Thurgoona Trail near Dean Street bridge
                         3   Bungambrawatha Creek Path Oliver St
                         4   Murray River Trail north of Union Bridge
                         5   Murray River Trail near swim centre
                         6   West Albury Link in Kremur Street
                         7   East Albury Link in Borella road




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The results show that the Albury Thurgoona Trail had the highest cyclist usage with 493 using
the path per week near Thurgoona Drive and 439 per week near the Dean Street Bridge. It
would be reasonable to assume that these numbers would be made up of mainly commuter
cyclists as the weekend results show a significant reduction in numbers. The high usage on
the Albury Thurgoona Trail by commuter cyclists can be contributed to the number of links
along the trail that allow cyclists to join the path and reach many different destinations.

The Bungambrawatha Creek Path at Oliver Street shows that there is a mixture of both
recreational and commuter cyclists using this path.               For example the early week days
(Monday 87 and Tuesday 110) had larger commuter numbers than the recreational weekend
days (Saturday 36 and Sunday 63). However the later week days (Thursday 35 and Friday
53) and had a reduction in people commuter cycling. Similarly to the Albury Thurgoona Trail,
the high usage on the Bungambrawatha Path by commuter cyclists can be contributed to the
number of access points along the trail that allow cyclists to reach their destinations without
going far out of their way.



The Murray River Trail results show that the weekend usage is higher than the week day
usage. This indicates that these trails are mainly being used by recreational cyclists.


3.        ENGINEERING

3.1       BICYCLE NETWORK

The existing road network provides an infrastructure for people of all ages to ride their
bicycles. By law, a cyclist is a legitimate road user with the same rights as a motorist. It can
be assumed therefore that every road in Albury may be considered as part of the bicycle
network.


Provision for cyclists on roads should be considered in all aspects of road management
including:
      •   Choice of cross section for all roads during the design process
      •   Development of traffic management programs
      •   Road safety audits
      •   Maintenance programs where opportunities exist to provide space for cyclists by
          altering lane markings
(Austroads: Guide to Engineering Practice - Part 14 – Bicycles)


In local streets with low traffic volumes (less than 3000 vehicles per day) it is usually not
necessary to make special provision for cyclists as the lower number of vehicles (and lower
speed) should allow the cyclist to safely share the road. On busier collector streets or arterial
roads, it is necessary to ensure adequate width exists for cyclists to share the road safely.
This can be done by reducing traffic lanes in order to allow a shared parking/cycle lane to be
marked on each side of the road.




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The following factors are important to consider when determining whether or not a road
should become part of the cycling network.


      •   Low traffic speeds
      •   Low traffic volumes
      •   Adequate space for cyclists and motorists
      •   High levels of visibility
      •   Well maintained edge of seal and gravel shoulder
      •   Low hazard levels (i.e. low incidence of trucks using the road)
      •   Appropriate gradients



3.1.1 Path width


In relation to the width of AlburyCity’s off-road cycle paths – it is desirable as per the
Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice Part 14 – Bicycles, that AlburyCity constructs
its paths at least 2.5m wide. The table below is taken from the Guide and indicates that a
width of 3.5m would be desirable for recreational paths. Considering constraints of retrofitting
paths beside existing roads, road pavements and nature strips, AlburyCity utilises at least
2.5m width where possible. Where width is restricted due to trees, drains, or other
infrastructure, it is acceptable to narrow to two metres, but not preferable.



Off-road paths: Austroads Standards Australia
Use                                 Local access         Commuter path   Recreational
                                    path                                 path
Width
Desirable                           2.5m                 3.0m            3.5m
Acceptable                          2m - 2.5m            2m - 3.5m       3m - 4.0m
(Austroads: Guide to Engineering Practice - Part 14 – Bicycles)




3.2      SIGN TYPES
Utilising the Austroads Guide to Engineering Practice Part 14 – Bicycles, will ensure that the
design, location, frequency and range of signs is consistent throughout the bicycle network.
Effectively signage can increase safety, strengthen the identity of the Council and boost its
tourist image.


Signage and pavement markings should be as simple as possible. Excessive signage can
diminish the amenity of a facility.             The colour used for signs should comply with those
specified in AS 1743 Road Signs - Specifications. In higher speed zones it may be desirable
to use larger signs. Guidance on choice of size, installation and other details is provided in
AS 1742.9.




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Bicycle facility signs are categorised as:


Warning Signs
      Used to warn riders and drivers of an approaching hazard

Regulatory Signs
      Used to formally establish or terminate a bicycle lane or path
      Used to control bicycle movements on the road, especially at intersections.
      Pavement markings including line marking and bicycle logos are used to guide the
      movement of bicycle and vehicular traffic, and to provide support to regulatory signs.


Uniform Signs
      It is envisaged that the AlburyCity will continue to utilize uniform suite of signs to denote
      bicycle paths and other recreational paths throughout the city.


Guide Signs
      Used to guide riders around a bicycle network or route


AlburyCity Bicycle Guide Signs
It should be AlburyCity’s priority to develop signage that promotes short trip travel by bicycle
and links existing on-road bike paths to bike trails.


The requirements of the signage for Albury trails and appropriate on-road lanes would be:
      o uniformity and consistency across the city
      o guide riders around bicycle network
      o incorporate destinations and time (minutes)

Possible destinations for guide signs could include but are not limited to:
1.        LibraryMusuem
2.            s
          TAFE'
3.        Charles Sturt University (Thurgoona & Albury)
4.        Albury Swimming Pool
5.        North Albury Swimming Pool
6.        Dean Street and CBD Shopping Precinct
7.        Noreuil Park
8.        Wonga Wetlands
9.        Train Station
10.       Sports Stadium
11.       Albury Base Hospital
12.       Lavington Shopping Precinct
13.       Thurgoona Shopping Precinct




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3.3 BICYCLE PARKING FACILITIES


The 2007 community consultation into cycling in Albury showed that cycling is becoming an
increasingly popular form of transport and recreation in Albury. Many people are choosing to
ride their bicycles to school, work and to the shops because it provides them with a low cost
form of transport that easily takes them from door to door. In addition to providing cycling
facilities such as off road paths and on-road lanes, AlburyCity acknowledges that it is
important to provide suitable ‘end of trip’ parking facilities.


These facilities will give cyclists the opportunity to lock their bicycles in a place that is
convenient and secure, and will assist in encouraging more people to cycle more regularly.
Successful bicycle parking requires the right choice of parking facility in a convenient and
secure location. Bicycle parking should provide a level of security greater than the perceived
risk of theft or vandalism and should be located as close as possible to cyclists’ destinations.


The results of the 2007 consultation showed that 50% of respondents indicated that there
were not enough bike paths in Albury and in 2008 AlburyCity has responded by purchasing
twenty-nine (29) new bicycle racks for installation across the City.          These racks were
purchased with 50/50 grant funding provided by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (grant
$8270) - $17,783.75 total cost.


General Requirements of Devices
Information in relation to bicycle parking facilities can be found in Australian Standard
AS 2890.3, and some has also been reproduced from AS 2890.3 in the Austroads Guide to
Traffic Engineering Practice, Part 14 Bicycles.


In general, every bicycle parking device should:
          Enable wheels and frame to be locked to the device
          Be placed in public view
          Be located outside pedestrian movement paths
          Be easily accessible from the road
          Be arranged so that parking and unparking manoeuvres will not damage adjacent
          bicycles
          Be protected from manoeuvring motor vehicles and opening car doors
          Be as close as possible to cyclists destination
          Be well lit by appropriate existing or new lighting
          Be protected from the weather
          Be designed to fit in harmony with the surrounding environment
(Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice, Part 14 Bicycles).




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Types of Bicycle Parking Facilities


•     Bicycle Parking Rails


Bicycle parking rails are an effective and low cost way of providing short to medium term
parking. They support the entire bicycle and allow cyclists to lock the bicycle frame and
wheel with a U lock. Each parking rail can accommodate two bicycles, one on each side of
the rail. Bicycle parking rails can be arranged to best fit the available space. They can be
installed in clusters or groups to meet the parking demand. Rails installed in clusters or
groups should be installed at least 1200mm apart.


     •    Bicycle lockers


Bicycle lockers are an effective way of restricting access to one user and offer a high level of
security. They are particularly effective for all day and all night parking, especially in public
places where there is a high risk of theft or vandalism. Helmets, clothes and other cycling
gear can be stored along with the bicycle in the locker.


Mini-lockers provide an area to secure the bike, plus storage for helmets and gear. These are
appropriate where the large lockers are not suitable, for example outside shopping centres, or
on the street on shopping strips.


     •    Bicycle Racks


Bicycle racks can accommodate a number of bicycles in one location. The advantage of the
rack is that a maximum number of bicycles can be installed in a smaller space. The racks are
easily installed, are economical and are best suited to medium term parking.


Note: racks and stands which allow only one wheel to be locked to the device or which
support the bicycle by only one wheel are not recommended for use. These devices do not
meet the minimum requirements of AS 2890.3 and should not be used in new installations.
Where there are existing installations, these should be progressively replaced giving priority
to where the security risk is greatest. (Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice, Part 14 Bicycles).



4.        EDUCATION


An engineering project cannot achieve a safe cycling environment without the assistance of
an education program. The community consultation showed that there is clearly a need for
both cyclists and motorists to be educated regarding safe practices of sharing the road.
Many cyclists made comment that they were treated poorly by motorists who considered that
bicycles did not belong on the road.

Education can help inform the public of the benefits of cycling and assist with improving the
safety of bicycling by ensuring motorists are aware of the cyclist’s rights and responsibilities.




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4.1       Cyclists regulations

Bicycles are defined as vehicles under road traffic regulations and are therefore entitled to
ride on the road. Cyclists are required to obey the road rules, including stopping at red lights
or stop signs, giving way as indicated by signage and giving hand signals when changing
direction.


Just as cyclists have responsibilities when using the road system, they also have the right,
like other vehicles, to use the road and be shown courtesy and care by other road users.
Specifically, the following regulations apply to bicyclists:

          Riding two abreast, no more than 1.5 m apart

          Travelling to the front of a line of traffic on the left hand side of the stopped vehicles

          Travelling in Bus Lanes and Transit Lanes. However, cyclists cannot travel in Bus
          Only Lanes

          Travelling on the footpath where indicated by signage

          Cycling on the footpath if the cyclist is less than 12 years old. An adult, who is riding
          in a supervisory capacity of a cyclist less than 12 years old, may also ride with the
          young cyclist on the footpath

          Turning right from the left hand lane of a multi-lane roundabout with the proviso the
          cyclists must give way to exiting traffic


To be a legal road vehicle during the day, a bicycle must have:

          At least one working brake

          Either a bell or horn fitted to the bike, within easy reach and in working order


To be a legal road vehicle at night, a bicycle must also have:

          Lights fitted and in use when riding at night - a steady or flashing white light that is
          clearly visible for at least 200 metres and a flashing or steady red light that is clearly
          visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bike

          red rear reflector that is clearly visible for 50 metres when light is projected onto it by
                   s
          a vehicle' headlight on low beam


It is compulsory to wear an approved helmet correctly when riding a bike. This applies to all
cyclists, regardless of age, including children on bicycles with training wheels and any child
being carried as a passenger on a bike or in a trailer.

Failing to obey road or bicycle rules may result in a fine.




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4.2 ALBURYCITY


AlburyCity targets road safety planning and education through the five-year Road Safety
Strategic Plan (2004-2009), the annual road safety Action Plan, and the Albury Bicycle Plan.
The documents are produced by the Road Safety Officer and are based on local road data,
road crash statistics, and local road safety trends and needs.


Because of the existing road safety education programs that the NSW Roads and Traffic
Authority provides within the education sector, the Road Safety Officer must target bicycle
safety in areas other than local schools. In light of this, bicycle education programs are
conducted during Bike Week every year. This involves local media advertising, education
campaigns and an annual bike ride utilising the network of on and off-road cycle paths
throughout Albury.          Throughout the year, schools are encouraged to utilise the bicycle
education centre at the Police and Community Youth Club.


In consultation with AlburyCity Recreation staff, the Road Safety Officer develops the Bicycle
Plan Map, which includes all pathways, lanes, recreational destinations, and significant
bicycle safety education information.


The Albury Bicycle Plan highlights crash information, infrastructure detail, community needs,
and the future stages of the bicycle network. As of June 2008, Stages 1-14 have been
constructed throughout Albury, which provides over 30 kilometres of off-road cycling
(including the Murray River Trail and the Albury Thurgoona path).



5.        ENFORCEMENT

The Albury Police enforce the law in relation to cyclists through the Highway Patrol and
General Duties Police. In the first instance cautions are issued for first time offences but if the
offence continues, this will lead to a traffic infringement notice (TIN). TIN’s are issued to
those caught breaking the law, and cycling infringements are currently $53.00 per offence (as
of June 2008). A Police Bicycle Unit operates in Albury and comprises four police bikes with
four dedicated cycle officers.        First response policing duties are mixed with pro-active
deployment of the police bike unit.


There are changes to the Australian Road Rules as of 1 July 2008 and some of these
changes involve cyclists. The changes to the rules can be found by visiting “2008 Changes to
the NSW Road Rules” via the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority website: www.rta.nsw.gov.au


Enforcement and education need to be used together to gain maximum compliance, however
the success of enforcement will depend on the amount of support and available resources.




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6.        ENCOURAGEMENT

AlburyCity aims to increase the amount of cycling in Albury by providing infrastructure to
facilitate safe cycling and end of trip facilities, promoting health benefits and the provision of
incentives/events to encourage the community to cycle.


6.1       MARKETING


Information in the form of brochures, maps or notices on the bicycle network, cycling facilities
and cycling programs in the area should be produced and distributed to places regularly used
and visited by the general public (eg council buildings, public libraries, tourist information
centres, public shelters and information boards).


The AlburyCity Communications team could work with AlburyCity Engineering and
Community and Recreation Business to develop marketing strategies that will increase
bicycle and general trail usage focussing on promoting healthy active lifestyles. This should
include promotion of the bicycle path network on the AlburyCity website.


6.2       EVENTS


Cycling events in Albury include:
      •   The annual Big Ride Albury during NSW Bike Week. The day includes an off-road
          ride and a road ride commencing at Noreuil Park, plus other cycling events at Noreuil
          including criterion races and mountain bike ‘come and try’ activities.
      •   The Multisport AlburyCity event (MAC) is centred in Noreuil Park and includes
          criterion cycle races, road rides, downhill mountain biking, cross country mountain
          bike state round, enduro mountain biking and potentially a orienteering mountain bike
          event. The event is scheduled to be conducted over one weekend annually in March.
      •   Nail Can Hill mountain-bike ride – May annual
      •   National Ride to Work Day – October annual




7.        BICYCLE PLAN STAGES

7.1       PROCEDURE

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) encourages local Councils to support pedal
cyclists and as such, provides 50:50 funding towards the implementation of Bicycle Plans.
The RTA requires an annual funding submission from Council outlining the proposed works
for the following financial year. Funding is allocated as available and Council must match the
funds 50:50 and complete the project by the end of the allocated time.




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The location of each stage of the bicycle plan is determined after considering a number of
factors. These include, but are not limited to:
a) Safety
b) Community consultation
c) Assessment of existing paths and links
d) Potential attractors or generators
e) Environmental issues
f) Desire lines
g) Engineering constraints
h) Cost



7.2       INDIVIDUAL STAGES


STAGE ONE – 1989/1990
This stage concentrated predominantly on on-road cycle lanes connecting the Central
Business District with Lavington.       It also included the provision of cycle crossings, traffic
islands, route marking and works at identified points considered dangerous for cyclists, eg.
around schools and at railway crossings.


On-road cycle lanes included
•     Along Eden Street from Union Road to Buchhorn Street
•     Along Guinea Street from Kiewa Street to Young Street
•     Along Waugh Rd and David Street from Logan Road to Perry Street
•     Along David Street from Perry Street to Guinea Street
•     Along Dean Street from Young Street to David Street


The total cost of Stage One was $75,426



STAGE TWO – 1990/1991
Similarly to Stage One, Stage Two focused on on-road shared cycle/parking lanes. Stage
Two saw a change in parking from angle to parallel in Smollett Street between Townsend
Street and Wodonga Place, allowing marking of shared cycle/parking lanes on each side of
Smollett between David Street and Thurgoona Street.                   The cycle bridge across
Bungambrawatha Creek at the intersection of Smollett Street and Thurgoona Street was built
in Stage Two.


On-road cycle lanes included:
•     Along Urana Road from Sanders Street to Centaur Road.
•     Along David Street from Guinea Street to Dean Street
•     Along Kiewa Street from Guinea Street to Nurigong Street
•     Along Fallon Street from Railway to Elizabeth Mitchell drive.
•
The total cost of Stage Two was $90,265




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STAGE THREE – 1992/1993
The works covered by Stage Three constituted an extension of the local routes established as
part of Stages One and Two. The work involved advisory route signs, pavement marking of
shared cycle/parking lanes, construction of sections of off-road cycle path (Padman Drive ¡
Thurgoona Street to Gulson Street) and construction of, or alteration to, traffic control devices.


On-road cycle lanes included:
•    Along Kemp Street from Kaitlers Road to McDonald Road
•    Along Griffith Road from Barlow Street to Prune Street
•    Along Logan Road from Burrows Road to Mate Street
•    Along David Street from Dean Street to Ebden Street
•    Along Borella Road connecting the bridge to the service roads.


The total cost of Stage Three was $94,200


STAGE FOUR – 1994/1995
Stage Four involved the construction of splitter islands and refuges, shoulder sealing,
advisory route signs and marking shared cycle/parking lanes.              There was also the
construction of an off-road 2.5m wide pedestrian/cycle path from Wagga Road to Boomerang
Drive and Dale Crescent.


On road cycle lanes included:
•    Along Fallon Street from Waugh Road to the Railway
•    Along Union Road from Burrows Road to Waugh Road
•    Along Dick Road from Boomerang Drive to Union Road
•    Along Kaylock Road from Moore Street to Dick Road.


The total cost of Stage Four in 1993/94 was $105,000


STAGE FIVE – 1995/1996
Stage Five continued the construction of on-road paths, particularly concentrating in
Lavington. The Stage included some shoulder sealing, splitter islands, and an off-road path
along Mutsch Street from the School to Kotthoff Street.


On road cycle lanes included:
•    Kaitlers Road from Hague Street to Webb Street
•    Webb Street from Kaitlers Road to Douglas Road
•    Douglas Road from Webb Street to Barlow Street
•    Schaefer Street from Kemp Street to Kotthoff Street
•    McDonald Road from Alldis Avenue to Kemp Street


The total cost of Stage Five was $100,890
As there was a period of months without the Road Safety Officer position at council, a round
of funding was missed. The RTA did however make some funding available (1997/1998), and




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it was decided to use this allocation to complete an off-road hot-mix section along the
Riverina Highway from Peards Nursery to Mungabareena Road.



STAGE SIX – 1999/2000
As a result of the Consultation conducted by the Council’s RSO in 1997, the actual
implementation of Stage Six differed markedly from the proposed implementation as directed
by the 1987 Plan prepared by GEOPLAN Resource and Town Planning. Some on-road
marking was completed, and this included along Eden Street from Buchhorn Street to Oliver
Street; along Regina Avenue from Union Road to Burrows Road, and along Yensch Street
from Regina Avenue to Cattlin Avenue.


The majority of Stage Six funding involved the construction of a gravel off-road shared
cycle/pedestrian path along the Bungambrawatha Creek. The path was constructed off-road
from Pearsall Street in Lavington to Logan Road, North Albury. An on-road section followed
Fairview Drive to the cul de sac, where an off-road component led from the cul de sac to
Ryan Road. A short on-road component followed St James Crescent, and then the path
continued entirely off-road to Stanley Street.


The total cost of Stage Six was $131,649



STAGE SEVEN – 2000/2001
Building on the success of the off-road path constructed in Stage Six, Stage Seven solely
concentrated on sealing the gravel path from Pearsall Street to Stanley Street.


The total cost of Stage Seven was $142,650



STAGE EIGHT – 2001/2002
Stage eight included a hot-mix path from the Oddies Creek Bridge in Noreuil Park to the
Union Bridge at the Lincoln Causeway.            This links with existing paths and allows the
cyclist/pedestrian to continue safely off-road into Wodonga. This stage also involved sealing
a path beside the Albury Swim Centre, and constructing an off-road path through Gertrude
Colquhoun Park with a pedestrian/cycle bridge crossing Bungambrawatha Creek.                This
provides a link to the shared cycle/pedestrian path beside the Botanical Gardens, along
Smollett Street and into Noreuil Park.


The total cost of Stage Eight was $80,000


STAGE NINE – 2002/2003
Stage Nine completed the final piece of the off-road path along Bungambrawatha Creek
(between Logan Rd and Ryan Rd), thus alleviating the need to use Fairview Drive. This
section was heavily supported by the public and upon completion allowed cyclists to ride
safely between the North and South of the city. Given the reduced funds available, the path




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needed to be constructed in two stages. The first stage was funded under Stage Nine and
involved trimming and gravelling the path between Logan Rd and Ryan Rd.


The total cost of Stage Nine was $60,000



STAGE TEN – 2003/2004
Stage Ten funding allowed a hot-mix surface to be constructed over the existing gravel path
between Logan Rd and Ryan Rd and provided an opportunity to increase the safety of the
intersection at Buckingham Street/St James Crescent and Ryan Road. Treatment included
line-marking, median installation, cyclist refuge and holding rails.


The total cost for Stage Ten was $120,000



STAGE ELEVEN – 2004/2005
Stage Eleven was predominantly off-road and created a link from Norris Park, specifically the
Burrows Rd – Reservoir Rd off-road section (completed by AlburyCity Parks & Recreation in
2003), to the existing off-road Bungambrawatha Creek cycle path. An off-road path was
constructed in the laneway between Reservoir Rd and Diggers Rd, and a bridge was built to
complete the link over Bungambrawatha Creek and on to the existing Bungambrawatha creek
path constructed north/south. This created an east/west link which was identified as a need
by the public through the community consultation in 2001.


The total cost of Stage Eleven was $72,000



STAGE TWELVE – 2005/2006
Stage Twelve involved the construction of a hot mix off-road path from Padman Drive to the
Murray River, west of Kremur Street. This provided an important link with the Murray River
Trail. Stage Twelve also allowed the construction of a gravel path from Pemberton Street to
Banksia Street.


The project cost $94,000, with $27,000 each contributed by AlburyCity and the RTA and a
further $40,000 contributed by AlburyCity through the “Embellishment of Sporting and
Recreational Reserves – West Albury” submission.



STAGE THIRTEEN – 2006/2007
With the construction of the bulky goods centre on the Riverina Highway, the proposed Stage
14 of the Albury Bicycle Plan was moved forward to Stage 13. This ensured that a safe off-
road bicycle path was provided in line with the new development. The work that was
scheduled for Stage 13 as per the 2002 AlburyCity Bicycle Plan, (Kaitlers Rd to Union Rd
underpass) was rescheduled to Stage 15 of the Bicycle Plan – to be constructed in
2008/2009.




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Stage thirteen extended off-road from the Peards complex on Borella Rd to Keene St, and
included widening of the footpath below the Albury Base Hospital to become a shared
pedestrian/cycleway. A small section of on-road path continued along the Borella Rd service
road between Keene St and Schubach St, and then an off-road crossing point was
constructed to link with Broad St and the Albury/Thurgoona Trail.



STAGE FOURTEEN – 2007/2008
Stage Fourteen was implemented to provide a link from the Bridge Rd cul de sac in South
Albury to the Murray River Trail via Browns Lagoon and Nurigong St. This stage was brought
forward from Stage 15 of the bicycle plan because the Albury/Thurgoona Trail became
operational and cyclists requested a link to the Murray River Trail, rather than having to turn
around at the end of the Albury/Thurgoona Trail at Bridge Rd.


The Stage provided an off-road section of path on the east of Macauley St to the south of the
drain, and then linked off-road through Browns Lagoon to Olive Street. Another off-road
section was constructed on the north of Nurigong St to Kiewa St, where on-road lanes
continued on both sides of Nurigong Street to Wodonga Place.


The cost of Stage Fourteen included drain clearing and culvert work at approximately
$150,000, funded by AlburyCity and $75,000 for path construction and fencing which was
50:50 AlburyCity and RTA.



STAGE FIFTEEN – 2008/2009
Stage Fifteen is scheduled to be constructed from Kaitlers Rd to the Union Rd underpass,
and therefore allow a link to the Albury/Thurgoona Trail.
The work will include an extension of the on-road lanes on both sides of Kaitlers Rd to Nagle
Rd, which will link to an off-road path proposed for the Nagle Rd subdivision. The path will
continue on the south side of Wagga Rd to the Trek 31 gate. On-road lanes will be painted
on Vickers Rd to the Vickers Rd sub-division, and the Dallinger Road footpath will be widened
to accommodate bicycles.


Estimated cost for project is $60,000, but this does not include the off-road paths proposed for
Nagle Rd and Vickers Rd as part of sub-divisions.



STAGE SIXTEEN – 2010/2011
The final stage of the 2002 Albury Bicycle Plan Strategy proposed to construct an off-road
path utilising an existing road reserve within Hamilton Valley to link with Bungambrawatha
creek cycle path. At this time, the Hamilton Valley proposed development has not been
completed to an extent so as to allow this path to be constructed.         This section will be
deferred to a later time when the Hamilton Valley strategy has progressed further.
It is expected however, that since the community strongly supported a path along the Riverina
Hwy to the Hume Weir (2007 consultation), that Stage 16 and beyond will endeavour to
address these needs.



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8. FUTURE STAGES

The community consultation into cycling issues (2007) asked respondents to list any areas
where they would like to see bicycle paths constructed. From this information, the responses
were categorised and are listed in the Appendix for reference. The major categories identified
for the locations of paths were:


     •    Wonga Wetlands
     •    Mungabareena to Weir
     •    Link Albury/Thurgoona Trail to Murray River Trail
     •    Albury Central Business District
     •    Lavington / Norris Park / Hamilton Valley
     •    Doctors Point / Mungabareena
     •    West Albury
     •    East Albury
     •    South Albury
     •    North Albury
     •    Thurgoona
     •    Old Hume Highway / Wagga Road / Old Olympic Way
     •    Lane markings on road
     •    Corry’s Road
     •    Old Sydney Road


Some of the locations mentioned in the bicycle survey are already being addressed by
AlburyCity and these include paths at Lavington, Mungabareena, Doctors Point, links from
Albury/Thurgoona trail to the Murray River Trail, and Wonga Wetlands.


LAVINGTON
Through Stage 15 (2008/2009) of the Albury Bicycle Plan, the on-road lanes will be extended
from Webb St, along Kaitlers Rd to Wagga Rd. There will also be a section predominantly
off-road linking Kaitlers Rd with the Union Rd underpass, allowing access to the
Albury/Thurgoona Trail. In 2007, on-road bicycle lane markings were provided on both sides
of Prune Street between Breen St and Kaitlers Rd.



MUNGABAREENA
An off-road path will be constructed on the west of the drain along Mungabareena Rd from
the Riverina Highway into Mungabareena Reserve.


DOCTORS POINT
As part of the Murray River Trail project future stages will include a section of off-road path
through Doctors Point and into Mungabareena Reserve.




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LINK ALBURY/THURGOONA TRAIL TO MURRAY RIVER TRAIL
Stage 14 of the Albury Bicycle Plan (2007/2008) links the Bridge St cul de sac with Macauley
St and south of Browns Lagoon. The path then extends off-road on to Nurigong St and will
link up with on-road lanes to the Murray River Trail.


WONGA WETLANDS
Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to enjoy an off-road cycle / walking path to Wonga
Wetlands as part of the next stage of the Murray River Trail.     In 2008 the construction of a
bridge at Horseshoe Lagoon will allow cyclists to ride off road along the Murray River from
Noreuil Park – approximately a ten kilometre return ride. Future plans of the Murray River
Trail include designs of an off-road path continuing from Horseshoe Lagoon to Wonga
Wetlands.



8.1       2010 AND BEYOND


Summary:
Based on the community consultation results, it is apparent that many cyclists and
pedestrians would like to see an off-road path constructed to the Hume Weir. The cost of
construction and earth works required in order to create an off-road path to the Weir is
prohibitive, but future stages of the Albury Bicycle Plan will incorporate a section along the
Riverina Highway. In order to provide an off-road loop for cyclists, the section along the
Riverina Highway will continue along Old Sydney Road, Thurgoona Drive and link up with the
Albury Thurgoona Trail. Stages beyond that will concentrate on links to the current main
trails, namely the Bungambrawatha Creek Cycle Path, the Murray River Trail and the
Albury/Thurgoona Trail.



9         RECOMMENDATIONS

      •   As an objective of the 2005-2009 AlburyCity Community Plan, and in keeping with the
          increased community demand for cycling facilities, recommend an increase in the
          AlburyCity budget allocation of Bicycle Path Construction and Maintenance funding
          from $80,000 per annum to $120,000 per annum.
      •   Investigate the purchase of an alternative counting instrument for bicycles and
          pedestrians on off-road recreational trails. Minimise the likelihood of vandalism of
          instruments.
      •   Investigate ways of increasing the amount of recreational trails in Albury, including
          increasing the width of footpaths to two metres where they provide a link with an
          existing bicycle trail.
      •   Review the Albury Bicycle Plan in 5yrs (2013). Compare baseline data with the data
          received in 2007, repeat the community consultation and conduct a crash analysis of
          the most recent bicycle-related crashes.         Determine trends from crash data
          assessments of types and locations of crashes.




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10.       LINKS TO OTHER ASSOCIATED PLANS


Albury 2030 “Shaping Our Future”
AlburyCity Council Plan 2008-2011
AlburyCity Community Plan 2005-2009
Road Safety Strategic Plan 2004-2009




11.       APPENDIX
      o   Proposed future cycle paths and Stages.


      o   Community Consultation Questionnaire – AlburyCity Bicycle Plan


      o   Collation of responses: Question 12 “Where else would you like to see cycle paths
          provided?”




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