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Council has a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP). The PAMP provides the strategy, ranking methodology, and mapping to support the expansion of paths, pedestrian crossings and bicycle infrastructure across the City. The purpose of the Plan is to:
The PAMP was originally adopted in 2002 (Nowra Bomaderry, Milton Ulladulla, and Bay & Basin areas) and 2005 (all other suburb and village areas to complete the strategy for the City).
The community were originally invited to nominate projects for consideration, and to also comment on criteria which would then allow all projects to be ranked city wide. Projects were then mapped and ranked against the adopted criteria, and the PAMP documents were placed on exhibition before adoption.
Whilst the maps and ranking spreadsheets are still kept as current as possible, it is proposed to update the strategic documents in the 2023/24 financial year.
Similar to the PAMP, Council also has a Bike Plan which was adopted in 2013. The Bike Plan mapping and projects are integrated with the PAMP. Although the PAMP includes existing and propose cycling infrastructure, cycling isn’t the sole focus of the PAMP which addresses all forms of Active Transport. Accordingly the Bike Plan was prepared to highlight the strategy for cyclists and cyclist safety specifically. The Bike Plan also has separate criteria to rank cycling initiatives.
A further refinement of the PAMP and with a focus on an Implementation Plan, Council adopted its “Round The Bay” Walks Implementation Plan in 2012. The Round the Bay projects are also integrated with the PAMP, and similar to the Bike Plan was prepared to refine the route and highlight the strategy for Round the Bay specifically. The Round the Bay projects also incorporate shared paths to facilitate cycling access wherever practical and feasible to do so.
An interactive map is now available showing where existing and proposed paths, crossings, and bicycle facilities currently are (and are proposed to be) located, making it easier for residents and visitors to visualise the plan.
Whilst the PAMP and Bike Plan maps and project ranking spreadsheets are kept as current as possible, it is proposed to update the plans and associated strategy documents in the 2023/24 financial year subject to funding. Staff have commenced a citywide review of the maps and ranking spreadsheets, as a lead-in to the citywide review of the PAMP and Bike Plan strategies.
Ahead of broader public consultation proposed for later in the 2023 year, in April 2023 Council distributed a set of preliminary map amendments and score criteria to all 24 adopted Community Consultative bodies, all 8 Chambers of Commerce, and other key Active Transport contacts within the Shoalhaven. The groups were invited to undertake a preliminary review and provide preliminary feedback as a check ahead of the broader PAMP process. This was to ensure that projects of importance to those key consultative groups have been addressed as part of the current preliminary plan amendments. A broader public consultation strategy to support the proposed PAMP/Bike Plan update process (to occur later in 2023) will be prepared soon.
The National Cycling Participation Survey (NCPS) is a standardised survey that has been repeated biennially since 2011. The NCPS provides data on cycling participation at a national level and allows for estimates of participation for each state and territory, and the capital cities and non-capital areas within each state and territory. In 2020 Shoalhaven City Council had the opportunity to participate in the NCPS including an expanded sample size to capture a broad cross section of the community and ensure representation from a broad range of suburbs and village areas across the City.
Local governments usually commission the survey in order to support their efforts to encourage bicycle riding within their communities. The primary objective of the survey is to measure participation rather than travel. In addition to all other public feedback that Council receives and considers in relation to the PAMP/Bike Plan update process, the 2020 NCPS has been used as a lead-in to a broader review of the PAMP and Bike Plans, and has provided some very useful initial feedback to inform the current review of the PAMP/Bike Plan projects.