Central Coast to keep wheels rolling on pathway project
THE first stage in the long awaited missing link of the Central Coast's shared pathway network has been finished and investigations are underway for the second and final stage.
The first stage is 1.5km long from Evans Road, Noraville, to the Red Gum Forest car park.
Central Coast Council's recreation planning and development section manager Michael Ross said this new pathway signaled the start of a great attraction for the Central Coast.
"This first section of pathway will improve safety and transport links for cyclists and pedestrians, allow for better access to the adjacent Wyrrabalong National Park and further promote active tourism in the area," Mr Ross said.
"The path looks great and is already being talked about in the community.
"It's going to be a popular ride and we would like to remind everyone to be mindful of other users on the path - stick to the left when walking or riding and use your bell when overtaking.
"To keep the wheels rolling, we have already started on the investigation and design for stage two.
"One of the key challenges of building the pathway is the difficult and unique terrain it passes through.
"We want this pathway to be accessible for everyone and will require innovative construction such as on ground pavement, boardwalks and elevated bridges.
"This means at some stages along the pathway, you could be suspended five metres above the ground riding through tree tops, like you are in the middle of a rainforest - it will be amazing."
The magenta path will provide a key missing link in the Central Coast's shared pathway network and will stretch for 5.5km from The Entrance North to Evans Road, Noraville.
Council's administrator Ian Reynolds said this could become one of the most popular rides in Australia.
"Imagine riding through tree tops overlooking the natural beauty of the Coast," he said.
"This pathway will be unique and in return attract visitors to the region, with their tourist dollars, delivering jobs and opportunities for our community.
"Magenta shared pathway is set to become one of the most iconic bike rides in Australia, and will ultimately connect 32km of linked pathways from Tuggerah Station to Blue Haven through some of the most beautiful landscape."