Over one million people use the Coastal Walk from Bronte to Bondi every year. There is a portion of the walk at Calga Place, commonly known as Bronte Cutting.

The popularity and the flow of traffic through this narrow section of road has given rise to safety concerns for those using it.

Bronte Cutting Pre 2018 Pilot Footpath


Since 2018, Council has been trialing a pilot footpath to end the conflict between vehicles and pedestrians who were forced to walk along the road.

Bronte Cutting Pilot Footpath

Council engaged a consultant to complete feasibility studies on different options and the impact on heritage, environment, costs, maintenance, existing infrastructure and parking. From these results and in consultation with stakeholders, Waverley Council is finalising plans to extend the existing footpath all the way from the park entrance at Calga Place, through the Cutting and up to Macpherson Street.


Proposed Concept Design

The connected, separated footpath was chosen as the best option for safe pedestrian and vehicle movement and has the lowest impact on the environment, heritage features and parking.

Lighting:

Currently, there is no lighting along Calga Place, reducing the experience of the coastal walkway for pedestrians. An objective of this project is to provide lighting to improve safety and will only be used in the late afternoon to evening create a safer environment. The lights will be sympathetic to the environment and the effect on residents will continue to be considered throughout detailed design. For more information please read the Bronte Cutting proposed lighting fact sheet.

Parking:

Bronte Surf Life Saving Club has provided a parking spot to allow for the widening of the path, the remainder of this space will be turned into additional motorcycle parking which was removed during the Bronte Beach Village Upgrade. The suggested option has no change to the existing amount of publicly useable car parking spaces.

Overall included in the works:

  • upgrade existing footpath
  • pilot path made into a permanent footpath
  • extended footpath to Macpherson Street
  • Bronte Surf Life Saving Club parking spot turned into motorcycle parking to create space for widened path – as agreed by the Club.

Documentation:


Updates

When you visit Bronte Cutting, are you; (select as many as applicable) Required
When considering a design to complete the coastal walk through the Bronte Cutting, Council should consider: (Choose as many as applicable) Required
Based on the design options presented, which would you like to see in the cutting? (select as many as applicable) Required
Which options do you not support? Required
Have you been to Bronte Cutting since the trial ‘Pedestrian Link’ project has been in place? Required
Do you plan to visit Bronte Cutting to view the trial project? Required

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Idea 1: Replace 20 car parking spots with a footpath
Idea 2: Make the roadway a shared space
Idea 3: Elevated walkway
Idea 4: Widen existing Cutting by 1.5 metres
How often, if at all, do you walk in or through Bronte Cutting? Required
How often, if at all, do you drive through Bronte Cutting? Required
How often, if at all, do you park a vehicle in Bronte Cutting? Required
Remove approximately 20 car parking spots on one side of the road where there is no footpath, and converting the parking spaces to a regular footpath, including kerbs and guttering. How supportive, if at all, would you be of Council implementing this ide Required
Make the existing roadway a shared pedestrian and car space, and reduce the current speed limit of 40km/h to 10km/h for vehicles. How supportive, if at all, would you be of Council implementing this idea? Required
Build an elevated pedestrian walkway along one side of the road that would sit above the rock cutting – this would mean the road and existing car parking spaces would be largely unchanged. How supportive, if at all, would you be of Council implementing t Required
Widen the existing Cutting by removing approximately 1.5 metres of rock on one side and building a footpath – this would mean the road and existing car parking spaces would be largely unchanged. How supportive, if at all, would you be of Council implemen Required
Council has recently installed a temporary solution at Bronte Cutting to improve pedestrian safety. We have removed 20 car parking spaces and the road has been painted to identify it as a temporary pedestrian walkway. Prior to this survey, were you aware Required
How supportive are you of Council undertaking this temporary solution while a more permanent solution is investigated? Required
How old are you? Required
Bronte Cutting Usage
Ideas to complete the missing pedestrian link and improve pedestrian safety
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Are you: Required

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Which options best describe you? Required

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