Kent Street Cycleway – If You Build It, They Will Come

The City of Sydney is set to begin detailed designs for a separated cycleway along Kent Street in the CBD and take one more step towards the “Liveable Green Network” mapped out in the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision.

The RTA and their traffic modeling support Kent Street as the best option for a cycleway. The City is planning a two-way cycleway for the eastern side of the street separated from cars and pedestrians running from Druitt Street to Clarence Street near Observatory Hill where it will link to the cycle connection across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Kent Street route will also provide access to the inner west via the King Street cycleway currently under construction and the planned Union Street cycleway in Pyrmont.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said that there had been overwhelming support for cycleways with Sustainable Sydney 2030 consultations revealing 97% of people want action taken on global warming.

“Major cities around the world have found that delivering safe, separated bicycle lanes has dramatically increased their number of cyclists. The people of Sydney told us they wanted a city with connected networks for walking and cycling. The new Kent Street cycleway will be one more step forward toward an integrated cycle network that is vital for encouraging the switch to sustainable transport.”

“Seventy-five per cent of occasional cyclists report that they would ride more with dedicated and off-road routes, so we’ve given priority to safer cycleways that separate riders from fast moving traffic and which reduce the instance of car doors opening into bike riders. The Kent Street cycleway is part of the City’s sustainable vision.”

“Forming a central spine through the CBD, our proposed bi-directional, separated route along Kent Street will provide a much needed missing link between the existing cycleway on the Harbour Bridge, the City’s new King Street cycleway toward the west, and routes to the east and south.”

The City has committed $70 million over four years toward a 200 km planned cycle network. Construction is nearly complete on a short separated cycleway on King Street in the CBD, and planning is underway for separated cycleways in Union Street Pyrmont, College Street in the CBD and Missenden Road Camperdown.

In addition, new priority projects have also been identified where 35 km of cycleways can be quickly built with a minimum of disruption or road works.

Detailed designs which will be subject to public consultation and RTA approval are scheduled to be ready in late 2009 with construction to commence in mid 2010.

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