Newcastle Waterway Discovery Loop



Newcastle has enough post-industrial wastelands to accommodate an equal population of apartment dwellers who cycle, and enough non-vehicular public space for them to ride between redevelopment districts in absolute safety.
Redeveloping wastelands with high density housing on a bicycle mobility platform could relieve population pressure on neighbouring Sydney, without recreating Sydney's congestion.
Let's start the process with a saleable idea, one dyed-in-the-wool suburbanites can embrace without loving cycling or high density living. Our proposal starts with a green loop connecting redevelopment sites. It would follow naturalised waterways and connect the loose ends of the city's 4 main cycleways. It is envisaged that progressives moving to new developments (here coloured yellow) would not own their own cars, but use share cars for trips to less bike-friendly parts of the city.
This slide zooms in on Bicycle Oriented Development (B.O.D.) opportunities in Wickham and Maryville. Proposed cycling corridors follow waterways and the routes of former industrial rail lines where easements remain. 
(You can read about B.O.D. on page 80 of these conference proceedings where Steven first introduced the idea, or see it happening for real in cities such as Atlanta).
Broadmeadow station is the natural departure point for train trips to Sydney. We propose a range of bike parking solutions, including an Automated Storage/Retrieval System (AS/RS), clad in glass to celebrate cycling.
Automated bike parking is also useful in areas that draw sudden crowds, such as outdoor concert venues, large theatres, beaches in Summer, and sites of temporary markets, like this site at the beginning of Hunter Street Mall.
Such structures in each of the pictured locations along Hunter Street would serve as beacons to drivers, inviting them to cycle instead, and serve the peak parking needs of this linear strip of crowd-drawing venues and sites.
However, the centrepiece of our proposal remains the "waterway discovery loop". We drew together community leaders to tour the loop and speak to issues of memory, ecology and bicycle advocacy. People who met for the first time on that day have continued working together in community-building, for example bringing Jan Gehl to the city, and forming a bike polo club.

Designer: Dr. Steven Fleming.  Assistants: Tom Hatton, Amir Taheri.

A new linear park unlocking brownfields for bicycle oriented redevelopment.

Designer: Steven Fleming.  Assistants: Tom Hatton, Amir Taheri.


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