Sydney’s historic Taylor Square South in Darlinghurst could be transformed into a cycling hub, as part of plans for a greener, cleaner, more people-friendly precinct.
The City of Sydney has purchased the former notorious T2 nightclub in order to reactivate the site as a community-friendly centre for residents, workers and visitors to enjoy.
In a local survey in June 2008, respondents indicated they wanted to see fewer nightclubs, pubs and clubs in the area with many also wanting to see increases in cafes (17 per cent), restaurants (15 per cent) and local services (15 per cent).
Almost 50% of those surveyed said the aspects they dislike most about the area are drunkenness and disorderly behaviour.
New community-based options for the site include a bicycle repair centre, a bike shop, cafés, and space for tour companies to operate and cycle groups to meet.
The space could also evolve into a bicycle hire facility to support a city-wide bicycle hire scheme once a safe and convenient network is built.
The site is at the main intersection of three major bicycle routes and would create a significant orientation point and important intersection for the City’s cycling groups. One vital link is the new Bourke Street cycleway, built to link Woolloomooloo and Zetland with a safe and separated cycleway.
“We want to create a first class facility and a nerve centre for Sydney’s cycling community, integrated with Taylor Square South and other bicycle routes,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“The new centre will become a multi-purpose facility for the whole community to enjoy.”
The City of Sydney has allocated $76 million over the next four years to build a 200km cycling network, including 55km of separated cycleways, as part of a strategy to increase the number of people choosing cycling as a safe, sustainable and healthier transport option.
The plan will also help reduce traffic congestion, in line with the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Plan.
The City’s target is that by 2016, 10 per cent of all trips will be made by bike.
“The Council has a vision to restore Taylor Square to a people-friendly precinct. We are looking at ways to activate the area through improved urban design, to make it a more lively, vibrant, attractive and safe public area,” Ms Moore said.
The former T2 nightclub building will be repaired, refurbished and upgraded.
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