The City of Newcastle is located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, on Australia's temperate east coast, about 160 km north of Sydney. Newcastle’s favourable climate, relatively flat inner city, compact size and low traffic volumes give it the potential to truly become a cycling city.
Much of Newcastle is easy to navigate by bike if you head for the nearest cycle route and follow it to your destination. City of Newcastle’s On Your Bike page has maps and tips for new riders. Routes are coloured coded so that you can find a path to suit your skill and comfort levels. Hardcopy maps are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, Newcastle Museum, libraries and local bike shops.
Most of our car trips in Newcastle are <10km and 37% are <2km. Research undertaken in May 2019 by the Institute for Sensible Transport for Transport for NSW, concluded that Newcastle, ahead of other key metropolitan centres in NSW, had the greatest opportunity for mode shift away from car use.
Continued investment in infrastructure improvements will assist change, as will more people getting on their bikes and demonstrating how much they love to ride and want Newcastle to be a place where people and the environment are the priority.