College St upgrade to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenity

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UPDATED
TUESDAY 16 DECEMBER 2008

Council unanimously resolved last night to:

(A)     Endorse development of detailed designs for a separated cycleway in College Street, between Liverpool Street and Macquarie Street, incorporating the following aims:

(i)      minimising intervention to allow quick implementation, including maintaining the existing pedestrian footpath;

(ii)      separating cyclists from pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic wherever possible;

(iii)     implementing educational programs to promote co-operation and shared responsibility in public space between all road users;

(iv)     maximising improvements for pedestrians at adjacent entry points to Hyde Park and at the intersection with Macquarie Street; and

(v)     implementing the proposed pedestrian crossing at the Lands Department Building, north of St Mary’s Road;
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The extremely narrow footpath adjacent to Hyde Park on College St in Sydney’s CBD will be upgraded to improve pedestrian safety under draft design plans to be considered by Council’s Environment & Heritage Committee on Monday 8 December.

The plans include widening the path to at least 3.6 metres to create a safe shared pedestrian and cycling path between Liverpool and Macquarie Streets.

In the four years to 2007, 23 people were hit by motor vehicles on College Street which includes 12 cyclists, two of whom were hit by trucks.

The footpath widening will impact on parking, requiring the removal of 52 car parking spaces. These spaces currently generate income in excess of $450,000 annually for the City in parking meter revenue.

The area is well-served by public transport and there are many off-street car parks.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the draft design delivers on the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision by creating a City for people with safe pedestrian and bicycle paths.

“College Street was identified in the City’s Cycle Strategy as part of a 200km network of cycle paths to support and increase the number of people cycling,” Ms Moore said.

“The western footpath on College St is extremely narrow for pedestrians.”

“This upgrade is about providing better amenity for the thousands of pedestrians who already use the footpath as well as creating a safe cycle route for people to ride bicycles into the CBD to get to work, shop or go out,” Ms Moore said.

The draft plans also provide for minor changes to some access points in the existing Hyde Park boundary wall, including replacing the existing 1960s concrete retaining wall north of Park Street with a new sandstone clad wall consistent with other heritage sandstone walls in Hyde Park.

A Plane tree on the edge of Hyde Park will be replaced with an advanced Australian native tree and one young Hills Fig near the Liverpool St intersection will be relocated.

After consideration by Committee, the draft plans will go before a full meeting of Council on Monday 15 December.

The draft plans will be subject to RTA and Traffic Committee approval and will require a development application before proceeding. There will also be further community consultation. Construction is anticipated to start  in late 2009.

For more information on the City’s cycling plans please visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cycling .

Media Contact:  Josh MacKenzie (02) 9265 9082 or 0402 351 459

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