Residents and workers travelling in and through Alexandria will soon have access to a cycleway providing an emission free, cheap and convenient transport option.
“The number of people cycling to work in Beaconsfield and Alexandria has increased by 74% since 2001, which represents one of the highest numbers of bike commuters in our Local Government Area,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said today.
“Riding a bike to work or to shops and Perry and Sydney Parks will lessen local traffic congestion while also delivering better health and environmental outcomes to the community.
“We are also looking at how we can improve the amenity of our streets when we install each cycleway, and these plans include upgrading five bus stops along Bourke Road.
“Environmental pressures, congestion and the financial strain on our residents have made a green, convenient and cheap transport option even more critical.
“The Alexandria cycleway network can be introduced with minor traffic works and minimal disruption to local residents and businesses, and is the first of these projects.”
Set for Bourke Road, Mandible and Bowden Streets Alexandria, the cycleway will make it easier and safer to cycle around the area and between the Airport, Green Square and the City. Other key features of the proposed plan include:
- no removal of healthy, established trees
- new kerb ramps for bicycles and new planted islands
- the cycleway replacing parking along sections of one side of each road which could mean the loss of up to 220 non residential parking spaces. There is parking in nearby streets however and in existing car parks within local businesses.
The plans have been released for community feedback which closes on 11 February 2009. Once feedback has been incorporated, final plans will be released before installation of the cycleway, which is expected to take just weeks and involve re-configuring lanes, putting in signs and physical changes to slow down traffic.
More detail about the cycleway and other projects can be found at www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cycling .
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