After a successful trial of pedestrian and traffic changes to The Strand at Dee Why, known as the Streets and Shared Spaces, Council has voted to make the changes permanent.
Council will now look at future projects to improve walkability and parking in the area as the shared spaces become permanent.
The 12-month trial kicked off in August 2021 thanks to funding by the NSW Government and was extended for another 12 months to allow a thorough assessment to be completed in a traditional summer period, not affected by COVID-19 restrictions and patron hesitancy and months of wet weather.
The changes included replacing the two-way traffic along the beachfront to one northbound traffic lane, a two-way side-by-side cycleway, a boardwalk and other measures to enhance the amenity of this popular restaurant precinct.
Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the feedback from the trial has been positive overall.
“The trial has been assessed against the project outcomes and resulted in reduced overall vehicle traffic by up to 2000 cars a day as well as improved pedestrian and visitor experience along The Strand. It also supports local businesses by allowing them to expand their outdoor offering,” Mayor Heins said.
“Overall, the feedback received from both businesses and the community has been positive; however, there has been some divided opinion regarding the traffic and parking arrangements.
“On balance, Council has made the decision to implement this initiative permanently due to the benefit to the community and businesses. We will take on board the feedback received and investigate options to address the impacts associated with the changes in traffic flow, in consultation with the community and more pedestrian crossings to be considered in our future works program.”
Council will also seek funding to allow the installation of permanent infrastructure along the extent of The Strand and will work with Transport for New South Wales on broader improvements to the walkability of the Dee Why area to assess and refine improvements required to increase the liveability of the area.
Find out more about the project here.
Media release provided by Northern Beaches Council, 24th August 2023