Walking and cycling

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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.

Major Projects

Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST)

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

Speers Point to Glendale Shared Pathway

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

Richmond Vale Rail Trail

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

Shared pathways/cycleways

Bareki Road, Eleebana to Valentine

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

Bay Vista Road, Brightwaters

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.

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Charlestown to the Fernleigh Track via Whitebridge cycle route

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.

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Fast-track projects

We are fast-tracking design and construction of several projects identified within Development Contribution Plans across the City, starting with:

  • Shared pathways at Winding Creek, Waterview Road and Myall Road, Cardiff
  • Cardiff to Glendale shared pathway
  • Glendale to Cameron Park shared pathway (Northlakes Way Cycleway)
  • Intersection and road upgrades including shared pathway at Minmi Road, Edgeworth and Cameron Park
  • Intersection upgrade and footpaths at Main Road and Wallsend Road, Cardiff Heights
  • Belmont North to Fernleigh Track shared path
  • Green Point to Thomas H Halton Park cycle route

Find out more about these works.

Fernleigh Track to Dudley cycle route

We are completing a feasibility assessment of route options to provide a viable active transport option that links the Fernleigh Track to Dudley.

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.

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Greenway Cycleway repair works

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.

New lighting along Speers Point to Warners Bay Shared Path

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.

Footpaths, crossing facilities and bus stops

Bus stop improvement program

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.

Footpaths and crossing facilities

We are constructing new footpaths and crossing facilities at: 

  • Charlestown, Algona Road, new footpath
  • Dudley, Ocean Street, new footpath as part of road reconstruction
  • Morisset, Yambo Street and Station Street, pedestrian crossings and kerb extensions
  • Speers Point, Barford Street, new footpath as part of road rehabilitation
  • Teralba, Anzac Parade and York Street, pedestrian crossings and kerb extensions
  • Toronto, Awaba Road, new footpath
  • Toronto, The Boulevarde, footpath upgrade on southern side of road between Cook Street and Milford Street
  • Whitebridge, Warners Bay and Glendale, 40km/h reduced speed high pedestrian activity areas
  • Wangi Wangi, Watkins Road, new footpath as part of road rehabilitation
  • Wyee, Rutleys Road, road widening to include shoulders for confident cyclists as part of road rehabilitation project

Council also planning and designing:

  • New footpaths from Blackalls Park School to Rhodes Street, Blackalls Park
  • New footpaths and pedestrian refuge on James Street and Wakal Stree, Charlestown
  • Pedestrian crossing and refuge at the intersection of Ridley Street and Smith Street, Charlestown
  • New footpaths and pedestrian refuge at Sydney Street, Goundry Street, Oxford Street, Casey Street and The Crescent, Gateshead
  • Road reconstruction, drainage upgrade and footpath at Sunshine Parade, Sunshine