Wednesday, 04 May 2022

Member for Pittwater and Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes today announced funding for a pedestrian shared space trial within the Avalon village.

The NSW Government has allocated $500,000 to support Northern Beaches Council’s proposal for a shared pedestrian and vehicle zone at the northern end of Old Barrenjoey Road (between Avalon Parade and the Woolworths car park).

The trial shared space will enable greater pedestrian opportunities through expanded footpaths, new landscaping and additional seating areas. Northbound vehicle access will be removed during the trial and southbound traffic will be limited to one lane only, 10km/h.

“This is all about supporting the vibrancy of the Avalon village, creating more open space and improving connectivity for pedestrians,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This concept has been talked about for decades – but the funding hurdles have always been prohibitive in seeing it launched.

“This area of the village can be particularly busy with people moving between the shops, Dunbar Park, community facilities and the beach.

“The opportunity to create additional open space for people to relax, dine and move around the village is really exciting.

“Throughout COVID-19 we’ve seen a resurgence of people wanting to shop local, sit outdoors and explore the community. This project supports all of these elements and will provide a great case study for how the concept could be expanded elsewhere,” Rob Stokes said.

Traffic arrangements at the intersection of Avalon Parade and Old Barrenjoey Road will be simplified as a result of the reduction in approaching traffic lanes, and local bus routes will be adjusted to accommodate the changes.

Northern Beaches Council will work with the community on the refinement and implementation of the trial.