Local Community helps design Pyrmont Cycleway and liveable green network

The City of Sydney is inviting the local community to help design a new cycleway and liveable green network along Union Street in Pyrmont.

Union Street is a major pedestrian corridor and an important route for cyclists travelling to the CBD, visiting Pyrmont or using the ANZAC Bridge. Construction of the new cycleway and pedestrian improvements from Pyrmont Bridge to Union Street is hoped to commence in mid 2009.

“I invite the local community to a meeting on 12 November to discuss proposed design concepts and measures to ensure a safe cycling route, improved pedestrian amenity, and a liveable green network through Pyrmont,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

“Many cities around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam and Melbourne, have already introduced separated cycleways and the City of Sydney has allocated $77 million over the next four years to build an effective cycle network across our LGA.”

Union St forms an important part of the City’s plan to build 55km of separated cycleways and a 200km cycling network. Construction on King St, CBD is underway while design work on Bourke St and Missenden road is progressing.

The City’s ambitious Cycling Strategy aims to increase cycling by 500 per cent in the next decade and dedicated safe spaces for bike riders were common requests during the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 community consultation.

“We want to make cycling a real transport alternative that will reduce road congestion, cut emissions and improve public health,” said Ms Moore.

Proposed features of the Union Street project include:

  • A separated, two-way cycleway from the western end of Pyrmont Bridge, along the northern side of Union Street, to Union Square;  
  • New bike parking near cafes and shops;
  • Widening footpaths in selected areas to provide a safe travelling route for the exclusive use of pedestrians;
  • Replacing 5 small trees in poor condition and planting 5 additional mature trees;
  • No car parking spaces lost;
  • Existing street dining retained;
  • A safe intersection allowing bike riders to cross Murray Street and travel safely from Pyrmont Bridge into Union Street
  • One permanent local traffic change with a new No Right Turn onto Murray Street south from Union Street (the right turn lane to be removed to make space for the cycleway).

The project includes footpath improvements and new trees to create a liveable green network. It will link to the King Street cycleway in the CBD that is already under construction, with future separated routes planned to the north and south.

COMMUNITY MEETING

Wednesday 12 November 2008

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Pyrmont Community Centre

Corner John & Mount Streets, Pyrmont

Media Contact: Duncan Fine 0410 335 258

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