New footpaths, trees, grass and bike paths will soon provide a missing link for pedestrians and bike riders between Green Square and Prince Alfred Park.
Work has begun on a street upgrade and separated cycleway along George Street, Redfern. It is the first of a series of new routes and upgrades to cycle networks across the City of Sydney.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the George Street link will connect the booming southern areas, four kilometres from the city, with Central Station as well as improving transport options in Redfern and Waterloo.
“This link and street upgrade provides an important connection between inner Sydney and Australia’s biggest urban redevelopment, Green Square, which will be home to 40,000 new residents by 2030.
“We’ve worked closely with residents and local businesses along George Street to ensure the street upgrade benefits everyone.
“By creating a safe bike network across Sydney, we’re building infrastructure that makes it easier and safer for people to ride. This helps reduce pollution and cut traffic on our streets.”
Sydney’s growing bike network includes separated cycleways, shared paths and mixed zones. Latest bike counts show an 89 per cent jump in the number of people riding bikes over the past two-and-a-half years.
Those numbers are expected to keep climbing as more people are connected to the network. The City’s target is for 10 per cent of all city trips to be made by bike by 2016.
“One of the most common concerns about bike riding is safety. Our separated bike lanes help people who are nervousness about riding in traffic,” the Lord Mayor said.
The George Street link is one of several new paths and upgrades designed to strengthen Sydney’s growing bike network. Between the inner city and the Eastern Suburbs, current shared paths will soon be upgraded and new ones created.
The upgrade to this section of George Street is expected to take around 24 weeks to complete.
The George Street, Redfern and Broadway projects have the approval of the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) but are not in the area control new Central Sydney Traffic Transport Committee. The City has been working closely with the NSW Government and looks forward to expanding Sydney’s growing bike network even further once the committee gives the green light.
More details on the George Street Redfern project are online here
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