New bicycle lanes to improve safety

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP today announced up to 55 kilometres of new separated cycle lanes could be created in the City of Sydney under an innovative plan to be considered by Council’s Planning Development and Transport Committee on Monday 26 March.

The new lanes would improve the safety of cyclists, encouraging more to use our roadways, while maintaining parking and traffic flow. Recent research undertaken by the City of Sydney indicated Sydneysiders would be more likely to cycle if there were dedicated bicycle lanes and better awareness by motorists of bicycle safety.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said City transport planners had drawn inspiration from leading bicycle cities such as New York, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris, and adapted them to Sydney.

“Many world-class cities are now separating cyclists from fast moving traffic by locating cycleways between parked cars and the footpath.

“This increases the safety of cyclists and motorists by removing the conflict between cyclists and cars when they park or reverse on cycle lanes adjacent to moving traffic.

“Separated cycle lanes on each side of the road require very wide streets which are uncommon in inner Sydney. The City’s transport planners have designed ‘bi-directional’ cycle lanes which fit on one side of standard Sydney roads.

“The design maintains existing parking and bus stops and is relatively inexpensive as existing kerb and gutters are retained,” Ms Moore said.

The design is part of the City of Sydney’s Cycle Strategy and Action Plan which aims to more than double the number of bicycle trips in the next five years and have five times as many by 2017.

The Strategy also proposes a four-fold increase in the cycling route network to almost 200 kilometres which includes 55 kilometres of separated cycle lanes and approximately 145 kilometres of cycle ways, dedicated cycle lanes and shared zones.

Bicycle trips in the City of Sydney government area currently comprise about two per cent of total transport trips, with an increase to 10% envisaged by 2017.

“Four out of five budding cyclists said there was too much traffic in the CBD to contemplate cycling and 50 per cent also said they don’t feel comfortable in shoulder lanes near parked cars,” Ms Moore said.

Councillor John McInerney identified this as a landmark achievement. “We’ve listened to the public and designed an innovative solution which creates more cycle lanes, improves safety, maintains parking and traffic flow and will entice more Sydneysiders onto bicycles.”

“Sydneysiders already know the benefits of cycling – it’s good for their health, good for the environment and also good for their wallet. It’s also one of the fastest ways to get around the CBD”, Clr McInerney said.

The City will trial the new bicycle lanes on our streets where it will be easy to apply the changes first.

After consideration of the proposal by Council’s Planning Development and Transport Committee it’s expected to go before a full meeting of Council on Monday 2 April.

Detailed designs and studies can then be undertaken and construction could commence later this year.

Jeff Lewis 0401 994 008
Mark Scala 0414 746 651