July 8, 2022
Gunnedah Shire’s kids will soon be able to enjoy a new road safety bike park on Stock Road.
Gunnedah Shire Council will start construction on the park in Stock Road between Bridge and Rodney streets this month. It will take about eight weeks to complete.
The road safety park will sit alongside the existing bitumen path and feature concrete paths with intersections, a roundabout, traffic islands, miniature road signs and seating. Landscaped buffers will also be created to separate it from the roadway.
The project is funded by Transport for NSW and will complement the existing cycleway and outdoor fitness equipment in the park.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Jeremy Bartlett said the new infrastructure would enable children to learn about safe road use in a fun space.
“The road safety park will be a safe environment for children to learn the principals of road rules in a controlled, traffic-free environment,” Mr Bartlett said.
“The Stock Road pathway is a much-loved open space and is well-used by residents who enjoy walking and cycling in this leafy street.”
The project further activates the open space on Stock Road; a key vision for the area identified in Council’s recently adopted Open Space Strategy, which highlights cycling as a rising interest and popular recreational activity for children in regional areas.
“The road safety park will be an exciting addition that is sure to be a hit with families. We hope it will encourage kids to build their confidence and skills to ride safely and become independent road users in the future,” Mr Bartlett said.
“Its close proximity to Gunnedah South School also makes it ideal for school children as an educational tool.”
Caption: The new road safety park will include a roundabout, cycleway, traffic island, and miniature road signs.
For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s media team on (02) 6740 2100.