Inner City Bypass plans will disrupt Jesmond path

Save our path: Regular users of Jesmond path are concerned the plans for the inner city bypass will make their commute slower and more dangerous.

Save our path: Regular users of Jesmond path are concerned the plans for the inner city bypass will make their commute slower and more dangerous.

CURRENT plans for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass would be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, concerned residents say.

About 70 people attended a meeting in Jesmond Park on Sunday in a bid to “save” the shared path that runs behind the park.

Newcastle Cycleways Movement member Ben Ewald, who spoke at the meeting, said the proposed Rankin Park to Jesmond link of the inner-city bypass would interrupt the well-used Jesmond path, forcing cyclists and pedestrians to wait at three sets of traffic lights to cross one intersection. He said it would be a “bad outcome” for people who use that path every day.

“Roads and Maritime Services have been conducting community consultation on this, and they have had the same feedback every time – that the continuity of that path should be maintained for the new project, and it wouldn’t be hard to do,” Mr Ewald said.

“What they have proposed is really unsafe. If people do press the button and wait, it’s inconvenient, but if they try to cross without the lights changing – which is what a lot of people do, then it becomes dangerous.

“It won’t have good visibility and it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“Let’s hope they are not downgrading cycling while they are upgrading the roads.”

People who use the path daily to travel to work or the shops attended the meeting.

Newcastle councillor Declan Clausen and local resident Lachlan Wetherall addressed the crowd.

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