Castle Cove to Chatswood Bicycle Route Improvement Plan

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You're invited to register before 5 June 2020 for one of the webinars (see dates below) to learn more about the proposed Castle Cove to Chatswood Bicycle Route Improvement Plan.

There are two webinars that will provide an overview of the whole project with a specific focus on different sections of the bicycle route:

  1. Register HERE or below for the Castle Cove Webinar Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 7.00 pm until 7.45 pm. This webinar will have a specific focus on proposed changes in Castle Cove Drive, Deepwater Road, Denawen Avenue, Neerim Road and Cammaray Road.
  2. Register HERE or below

You're invited to register before 5 June 2020 for one of the webinars (see dates below) to learn more about the proposed Castle Cove to Chatswood Bicycle Route Improvement Plan.

There are two webinars that will provide an overview of the whole project with a specific focus on different sections of the bicycle route:

  1. Register HERE or below for the Castle Cove Webinar Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 7.00 pm until 7.45 pm. This webinar will have a specific focus on proposed changes in Castle Cove Drive, Deepwater Road, Denawen Avenue, Neerim Road and Cammaray Road.
  2. Register HERE or below for the Chatswood Webinar on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 7.00 pm until 7.45 pm. This webinar will have a specific focus on proposed changes in Eastern Valley Way, Smith Street and High Street.

Council wants to hear your thoughts on draft concept plans for the new bicycle route linking Castle Cove Peninsula with Orara Street, Chatswood in the survey below before Sunday 5 July 2020. This consultation has been extended for an additional 6 weeks, following feedback from residents.

Council is working towards completing the bike network identified within the Willoughby Bike Plan, designed to encourage more people to cycle, reduce congestion and support more healthy and active lifestyles. The Draft Chatswood to Castle Cove Bicycle Route Improvement Plan is designed to deliver a well-connected bike network and to connect residents to local centres and Chatswood precinct.

The 3.4 km route will commence at Explosives Reserve and utilise Cammaray Road, Neerim Road, Denawen Avenue, Deepwater Road, Castle Cove Drive, Eastern Valley Way, Smith Street, High Street and end at Orara Street route. You can review the route map in the Supporting Information section on this page.

The bicycle route will be a combination of connected on-road links and off-road shared paths. The following bicycle safety, access and movement improvement changes are proposed:

  • Cammaray Road, Neerim Road, Denawen Avenue and Deepwater Road - On-road bicycle links with bicyclists sharing the road with motor vehicles.
  • High Street, Smith Street, Eastern Valley Way and Castle Cove Drive - Shared paths along one side of a road only. Bicyclists will share the footpath with pedestrians.

A bicycle route linking Castle Cove Peninsula with Orara Street, Chatswood is identified in Council’s Bike Plan 2012. Following detailed investigations the current route and proposed facilities are considered to provide the safest and most amenable, direct and accessible bicycle route for local residents and visitors. The route will provide access to local shops in Denawen Avenue, buses along Eastern Valley Way, businesses in the Chatswood East Industrial Area and provide for the future extension toward the Castle Cove shops thereby increasing its attractiveness to potential bicycle users.

To enhance the safety and amenity of the bicycle route for local residents and visitors the following features have been included:

  • Safer and slower traffic environment on Deepwater Road, Neerim Road and Alleyne Street through the implementation of raised thresholds on Deepwater Road and Alleyne Street and speed cushions on Neerim Road.
  • The installation of directional wayfinding signage for bicyclists along the route.
  • Bicycle storage facilities to be located near the bus stops on Eastern Valley Way.
  • The loss of a 4 car spaces along Deepwater Road, loss of 2 car spaces in Smith Street near High Street and potentially a loss of a small number of car spaces along Castle Cove Drive.
  • The removal of a small number of trees in High Street, Smith Street, Eastern Valley Way and Castle Cove Drive.

The formalisation of parking on the southern side of Castle Cove Drive next to Willis Park will also be undertaken as part of the works along Castle Cove Drive.

What happens next?

All comments will be taken into consideration and will contribute to finalising the concept plans.

The Local Traffic Committee will be requested to consider the final concept design plans and Council to approve the plans.

Detailed design will be progressed, should Council approve the concept designs. Community engagement will continue during the detailed design stages,

When are the works planned for?

The detailed design and implementation of works are proposed to be a staged. Specific details relating to detailed design preparation and consultation, final approval and funding allocation are yet to be finalised.

Contact details

If you have any questions about this project please contact the Sustainable Projects Officer – Transport by email email@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au


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Please also submit a response in the survey so that we understand your level of support for the bicycle route.  Further details about specific feedback along the route can be left here. 

Click on a pin to mark a point of interest along the proposed Castle Cove Peninsula to High Street, Chatswood bicycle route and provide comment here. You can also upload a photo of something at the site to help explain your point or use a photo of an example of something you've seen elsewhere that you would like to see in pinned location. 

While it would be ideal...

Please also submit a response in the survey so that we understand your level of support for the bicycle route.  Further details about specific feedback along the route can be left here. 

Click on a pin to mark a point of interest along the proposed Castle Cove Peninsula to High Street, Chatswood bicycle route and provide comment here. You can also upload a photo of something at the site to help explain your point or use a photo of an example of something you've seen elsewhere that you would like to see in pinned location. 

While it would be ideal if Council could provide dedicated cycleway facilities, this is not something that can very often be accommodated in built up high density areas where there is not enough road space.

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