Coffs to get a green spine

Coffs to get a green spine

Coffs Harbour will get a green spine courtesy of $800,000 worth of funding from the state government Streets as Shared Spaces Program.

The Green Spine pilot project will trial a protected on-road bike lane along Harbour Drive connecting the city centre and the jetty precinct.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said it was great news as Coffs remodels its key precincts to include safe, active transport options.

"Key city shapers such as the bypass, the city centre revitalisation project, the jetty strip and jetty foreshore project all present new opportunities to see the Harbour Drive corridor redeveloped from a car-dominated corridor to a place-focused, multi-modal city spine. This will help us progress our vision for this vital link from the CBD to the sea."

The Green Spine pilot project will provide a dedicated and protected cycling connection between Coffs Harbour's key employment centre, three schools, TAFE, a high density residential and tourist destination and connections to key open spaces.

Coffs Harbour City Council Group Leader Sustainable Places Ian Fitzgibbon said the lower traffic volumes being experiencing during the COVID-19 provide an opportunity to use available road space to establish temporary bike networks and trial different bike path techniques using temporary measures such as painted green lanes separated from traffic with planter boxes.

"The trial will also provide safer roundabout crossing treatments. The learning from this pilot will be applied throughout the LGA to improve walking and cycling opportunities.

"The project also responds to community feedback on Coffs Harbour local strategies and community strategic plans which seek to encourage active transport (walking and cycling); safety of walking, cycling; and dual mode pathways that promote more active ways of travelling between housing, quality public spaces and employment hubs. We can't wait to get started."