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Lake Macquarie City offers cycling enthusiasts and pedestrians a variety of paths and routes to explore. Our shared pathways run through areas of natural beauty, including lakeside and forest environments, and are connected in places by on road access links.
The Walking, Cycling and Better Streets Strategy(PDF, 20MB) was adopted in 2021, with a vision to create a more connected City and to embed a culture of walking and cycling within the community. It guides Council in prioritising future infrastructure to create safer, more enjoyable and convenient experiences.
Council is in the planning and design phase for the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST), a 3.5km shared pathway linking the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont with Blacksmiths Beach.
Find out more about FAST
Once complete, this 2.5km shared pathway between Speers Point and Glendale will link to the Wallsend Rail Trail, connecting cyclists in Lake Macquarie to bike routes that can take them to suburbs in Newcastle and community facilities such as the University of Newcastle.
Find out more about the Speers Point to Glendale Shared Pathway
The Richmond Vale Rail Trail is a proposed 32-kilometre cycling and walking track along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro, and through the Hunter Wetlands National Park.
The rail will traverse through several local government areas, including Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.
Find out more about the Richmond Vale Rail Trail
We are undertaking an options assessment to determine the feasibility of a shared pathway to fill the ‘missing link’ of this iconic lake foreshore pathway between Eleebana and Valentine.
Find out more about the project
Construction of a 3m-wide shared pathway is underway at Bay Vista Road, Brightwaters. The 1.1km of shared pathway will provide a connection for pedestrians and cyclists from Bonnells Bay to Brightwaters, linking to the Morisset to Bonnells Bay shared path.
Works are expected to be completed in February 2021, weather permitting. The project is proudly funded by the NSW Government and Council.
We are completing a feasibility assessment of route options to provide a viable active transport option that links Charlestown to the Fernleigh Track via the Whitebridge cycle route.
We are in the early stages of the planning phase for the shared path with design and construction to be completed in future years.
More details will become available as we progress with this project. We will consult widely with the community about this pathway.
We are fast-tracking design and construction of several projects identified within Development Contribution Plans across the City, starting with:
Find out more about these works.
We are completing a feasibility assessment of route options to provide a viable active transport option that links the Fernleigh Track to Dudley.
The Greenway Cycleway is a shared pathway connecting Fassifern Railway Station to the Toronto shopping precinct and surrounding areas, including Blackalls Park shopping precinct, Toronto High School, Lyle Peacock Oval, Toronto Workers Club and Fassifern Train station.
Works will get underway in June to upgrade a section of the Greenway Cycleway. The upgrade, between Narrara Street and Reynolds Street, will involve the removal of the existing shared pathway, construction of 300m of new shared pathway and minor landscaping works.
The shared pathway between Narrara Street and Reynolds Street, will be closed to the public while the works are completed. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use Fassifern Road and Aldon Crescent between these locations.
The works are expected to take three months to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.
This project has been made possible thanks to Federal Government funding through the Local Road and Community Infrastructure fund.
The project will see the installation of lighting on one of the City’s most popular shared paths, from North Creek to Fairfax Road, Warners Bay.
Works are expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.
We will be undertaking upgrades to various bus stops around the City to meet disability standards. This project is supported by NSW Government grant funding.
We are constructing new footpaths and crossing facilities at:
Council also planning and designing: