City plans prioritise bicycle path rollout

Construction on more than half of the City of Sydney’s planned separated cycleways could begin in early 2009 as part of priority implementation projects, Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP announced today.

Under the proposed implementation program, up to 35 km of the 55 km of separated cycleways outlined in the City’s 2007 Cycling Strategy could be prioritised to help reach the strategy’s target of a 500 per cent increase in cycling.

Construction is already underway on the first separated cycleway in King Street, CBD and plans are being developed for Bourke Street, Surry Hills; Union Street, Pyrmont; Missenden Road, Newtown; and for a shared path in College Street, Sydney.

“Our transport planners have looked at how we might build a complete network more quickly, working concurrently on our comprehensive street upgrades and also on local streets where major construction work is not required. The range of cycleways provide solutions for each individual situation,” Ms Moore said.

“As soon as we provide this network, Sydneysiders will benefit from being able to use safe, convenient and integrated cycleways, and the faster we can implement a Paris-style bicycle hire system.

“Cycling produces no emissions, reduces pollution, and reduces congestion while increasing fitness and health and can be quicker than driving on short, inner City trips,” Ms Moore said.

The City has now identified up to 35 km of local streets where cycleways could be built, separated from pedestrians and separated from moving traffic by parked cars.

It is anticipated the works could take only a few weeks on each street and involve lane reconfiguration to accommodate a cycle path between parked cars and the existing footpath. The paths would be painted green and sign-posted, and separated from the parked cars with a small barrier.

Major works to intersections could be carried out at a later date.

The first phase of minor works to accommodate separated cycleways are being considered for:

  • Arundel Street, Derwent Street, St Johns Road and Glebe Street in Glebe;
  • George Street, Portman Avenue and Dunning Avenue in Zetland;
  • Dalmeny Avenue in Zetland;
  • Telopea Street, Redfern Street and Moorhead Avenue in Redfern;
  • Wilson Street, Abercrombie Street, Shepherd Street and Codrington Avenue in Newtown/Darlington; and
  • Mandible Street, Bowden Street and Bourke Road, Alexandria.

There would be further design work and detailed information for residents prior to the start of construction. Once design work is complete each plan will reflect unique street conditions, protect trees and ensure that if parking is affected, losses are minimised.

Separated cycle paths would be built on local roads with low traffic volumes and low volume bus routes. These cycleways will be on either existing cyce routes, other routes nominated in the City’s Cycling Strategy and Action Plan, or where improved cycling access is needed.

“The City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision outlines a green network of safe, attractive, continuous routes for pedestrians and cyclists,” Ms Moore said.

“Many cities around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam and Melbourne, have successfully introduced safe separated cycleways. We want to make cycling a real transport alternative that will reduce road congestion, cut emissions and improve public health.

“Working with 14 inner City Councils and the NSW Department of the Environment and Climate Change, we have identified a network of 245 kilometres of additional bike lanes within existing road corridors, including 160km of separated cycleways and 70 km of upgrade shared paths.

“The City has provided a submission to Infrastructure Australia calling on the Federal Government to provide funding for this critical program to encourage safe and convenient cycling across the Sydney region,” Ms Moore said.


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