Kempsey Shire Bike Plan
January 2018


Cover of Kempsey Shire Bike Plan


Cycling is a fundamental and direct means of transport. It provides a healthy and environmentally friendly transport option, whilst also providing an opportunity for increased tourism and social well-being.

The NSW Government supports bicycle riding as an important part of the transport mix and has set a target in the state plan, NSW 2021, to increase cycling. The NSW Government recognises that a well-planned and integrated bicycle network can contribute to more accessible, sustainable and connected communities. (How to Prepare a Bike plan - Roads and Maritime Services, 2012)

Those creating public and private spaces or facilities should therefore consider creating cyclist access which is attractive, safe, convenient and accessible for everyone. All responsible agencies should respect and recognise the importance of constructing and maintaining facilities for transport, health, safety, leisure and social purposes.

This Bike Plan has been prepared for Kempsey Shire Council to provide a framework for existing cyclist needs, future management and to establish opportunities for future development of the cyclist network within the Kempsey Shire. The services undertaken by GHD in connection with preparing this report were limited to those specifically detailed in the report and are subject to the scope limitations set out in the report.

A Bike Plan is a strategic document that identifies an approach to developing and managing cycling infrastructure within a community. The strategic, high-level goals of a Bike Plan are based around:

  • Integrating consistent and continuous cyclist networks into the transport system to facilitate and encourage cycling.
  • Linking cyclist concentrations to networks to facilitate and encourage safe and convenient accessibility.
  • Identifying clusters and patterns of cyclist crashes to highlight areas that restrict safe and convenient access.
  • Developing and integrating cyclist routes that form part of a wider connected network.
  • Linking to and between Planning Instruments (e.g. Local Environment Plans [LEPs] and Development Control Plans [DCPs]).