howrah to rokeby cycleway
stage 2 - Oceana Drive to Buckingham Drive
May 2015. Work is underway on the next stage of the road upgrade which will include a 3.0m wide concrete shared path alongside the new road to replace the old hotmix path. In addition the shared path will be extended between Howrah Gardens Centre and Oceana Drive so the old detour around Buckingham Drive will no longer be necessary.
The original design for the new works showed the shared path following the new section of Buckingham Drive (that connects to Howrah Gardens Centre). This inconvenient alignment would have required a crossing of the Howrah Gardens Centre entry/exit driveway (a potential conflict point) as well as an additional road crossing point at a roundabout further along. The orange line on the diagram (right) shows the new alignment with a simpler crossing point where the sight lines are good and the path alignment is more direct.
The missing section of pathway near the Howrah Garden Centre (see photos) will be constructed as part of the road upgrade project.
Stage 1 Buckingham Drive to Diosma St
New section of pathway under construction
Aug 2014. Work is underway on the new pathway between Tollard Drive and Grange Road West. A section of the old road will be re-used for the path. There will also be 2.0m wide shoulders on the roadway for high-intensity riders. Cycling South met with the Project Manager is August to look at options for extending the path further east past the fire station. The Department of State Growth has agreed to consider off-road path options along the Grange Road West alignment as part of the planning for the last stage of the project (East of Pass Road intersection through to Droughty Point Road).
Missing arterial shared pathway
April 2014. Work is well underway for the upgrade of Rokeby Road including the Pass Road/Tollard Drive intersection but no provision has been made for a minimum width (2.0m) multi-user path through the Rokeby residential area between the Rokeby fire station and Diosma St. The Rokeby Road corridor forms part of an arterial bicycle route connecting new subdivisions at Oakdowns, Glebe Hill and Pass Road as well as existing residential areas in Rokeby. A multi-user pathway in the median between Grange Road West and Rokeby Road would provide a good quality, safe and unobstructed active transport route for mobility scooters, prams and people walking or riding bicycles.
March 2013. Bicycle Tasmania wrote to the Minister’s office in November 2012 about the path omission between the fire station and Diosma St. As a result Cycling South was invited to present at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works on 16 November 2013 where the issue of upgrading a roadway for drivers but not upgrading facilities for active transport (walking, riding, scooting, etc) was raised. DIER’s view was Grange Road West roadway or the footpath was adequate but neither of these options are satisfactory for an arterial path. The footpath is narrow with driveway crossovers, and often blocked by rubbish bins or overhanging vegetation etc. The roadway is not a suitable environment for mum’s with prams, children or novice riders etc.
In March 2013 Cycling South received this response from Minister for Sustainable Transport's office:
- In response to Ms McPharlan’s submission, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works requested DIER provide a submission detailing the practicality of at least making provision for the future shared pathway even if one isn’t constructed at this stage.
- DIER estimates that the cost for the design and construction of the accommodation works for the proposed future shared pathway would be $250,000 and the PSCPWs in their report advised that they would urge DIER to include this additional works in the project.
- DIER is currently finalising the detail design - excluding the accommodation works [I assume this means the cycle path!] - at this stage - and I am awaiting advice from DIER Senior Management as to whether additional funding is available to incorporate the accommodation works within the project.
- DIER is anticipating putting this project to tender in early April and is awaiting advice on including or excluding the accommodation.
- Even if the works go to tender, excluding the accommodation works, the works could be included subsequently during construction which is estimated to take 18 months.
Concept plans comments
May 2011. DIER has released concept plans for the upgrade of South Arm Hwy and has commenced detailed planning. The road is to be upgraded to 2 lanes in each direction with stage one focused on the area around the intersection at Pass Rd and Tollard Drive with Rokeby Rd. A concrete multi-use path is included in the plans to replace the existing hotmix path between Buckingham Drive, Howrah and Morrisby St, Rokeby. Cycling South and Bicycle Tasmania met with DIER officers in May 2011 to review the plans. The missing section of cycleway in front of the Howrah Gardens centre is included in the plans for stage two of the road upgrade but DIER indicated it will be the responsibility of Clarence City Council to upgrade the rough and bumpy hotmix path between Oceana Drive and the Howrah Gardens Centre. The plans also indicate a multi-user path along Pass Rd to connect between Glebe Hill Estate and the cycleway along Rokeby Rd. Issues identified by Cycling South and Bicycle Tasmania at the meeting include:
- The need to include sealed shoulders of adequate width and clearances from fixed objects (such as guard rails) to accommodate the high intensity road cyclists who will continue using the roadway along Rokeby Rd.
- Continuation of the multi-user path beyond Morrisby St along Grange Rd West (rather than requiring path users to transition to the roadway or footpath which is below minimum width for a shared-use pathway)
We will meet with DIER again once the planning progresses.
Feb 2011. The Clarence Bicycle Advisory Committee did a ride in January to look at what was required to provide for cyclists using this corridor. The committee would like to see the existing Howrah to Rokeby cycleway upgraded, including the missing section by the Howrah Garden Centre.