Bikes kept safe in new City parking places

Bike riders travelling into Sydney will have peace of mind knowing their cycles are safe, thanks to new free secure bike parking in the Goulburn Street car park.

The City of Sydney has created 28 secure bike spaces in the car park for people working in or visiting the City, following approaches from local businesses asking for more bike facilities in the area.

The development comes as the City is proposing to transform the car park into Sydney’s greenest and most attractive building.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said: “We know that more people are choosing to ride a bike into the city centre to beat the morning and afternoon rush hour and it is important they have somewhere safe to leave their bikes once they arrive.

“This bike parking is free, available to all members of the community and provides the extra benefit of sheltered facilities which keep riders’ bikes and equipment safe and dry.

“Local businesses have told us loud and clear they need this important service, and we’ve listened to them.

“Twenty per cent of car share spaces now have bike parking and the rest will be installed in the coming months. We’ve also installed bike parking rings and racks at more than 1,000 places across the city.”

Graeme Kearns, General Manager of the Capitol Theatre, welcomed the opening of the new facility as a boost for both staff and patrons.

“A lot of our staff cycle to work and most of them work late at night so it’s great the Council has provided safe and secure parking which will benefit local businesses and cyclists coming into the city,” he said.

“It also means people coming to the theatre to see a show who would like to cycle in now have somewhere safe to leave their bikes.

“Cycling is a great way of keeping fit and healthy and facilities like this can only help in encouraging other people to get on their bikes.”

Leaflets will be distributed to businesses near the car park to let them know the new bike parking facilities are now ready for use. There are more than 740 car parking places at Goulburn Street.

Anyone interested in applying for access to the new bike parking spaces should contact Daniel Cresswell on 0459 848 039 or dcresswell@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

City staff are also talking to Sydney’s leading architects and designers about the development of a greener, more attractive Goulburn Street car park.

They have been asked to consider incorporating a range of green and sustainable ideas into their concepts, including:

  • shower, change and storage facilities for cyclists;
  • water harvesting for a recycled carwash in the ground level storey;
  • electric car power-up points;
  • energy saving projects and solar power.

The City will trial ‘vertical gardens’ and test various types of vegetation in the coming months to see what could grow best on the walls. Works have also recently been completed on the southern façade of the building to install new cladding that will form the ‘canvas’ for a major public art work.

For more on the City’s bike network, visit www.sydneycycleways.net

CoS Media Contact: Chris Pryke (02) 9265 9582 or cpryke@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au