New connections for growing bike numbers

New connections for growing bike numbers

Eight new and five upgraded shared paths will provide critical new links across Sydney’s growing bike network.

The work to help less confident cyclists ride safely alongside busy roads was approved at last night’s Council meeting.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the project would help create a safer and better connected bike network for new riders, older people and parents with kids.

“We’ve worked closely with residents and local businesses on these plans – and, as requested by the community, we’re installing an on-road cycleway on Greens Road instead of a shared path,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The number of riders travelling to and from the inner city keeps climbing – especially from the eastern suburbs. This work will provide important links for riders between existing separated cycleways, such as Bourke Street.”

Shared paths are used extensively through Australia, the UK, USA and many other countries – and there are around 50 kilometres of shared paths within the City of Sydney LGA, which have been around since the mid-1990s or earlier.

The current work includes upgraded footpaths, new street furniture, trees, grass, pram ramps and shared path ‘Give Way’ and ‘Ride Slowly’ signs on the ground and at eye level.

“Many of the riders using our bike network come from outside the City of Sydney area, which is why it is so important that there is a consistent, metropolitan-wide approach to signs and speed limits on shared paths,” the Lord Mayor said.

“While there are currently no specific State Government speed limits on shared paths, I have asked City of Sydney staff to install advisory speed limit signs on our shared paths.”

“The City already has 100 new permanent signs reminding riders and pedestrians of their rights and responsibilities in production and due for installation on shared paths in coming weeks.”

“While only the Police can enforce road rules, we work closely with them on education and enforcement operations. We also have a dedicated Share the Path team who are on-site four times a week to provide safety advice and help improve the behaviour of bike riders, especially around pedestrians.”

The shared path upgrades include:

  • the western side of Flinders Street, between Taylor Square and Moore Park Road
  • the western side of South Dowling Street, between Flinders Street and Fitzroy Street
  • the southern side of Moore Park Road between South Dowling Street and Greens Road
  • the southern side of Short Street between Flinders Street and Bourke Street
  • the northern side of Albion Street, between Flinders Street and Bourke Street
  • the southern side of Oxford Street, between Greens Road and Oatley Road
  • the eastern side of Macquarie Street, between Cahill Expressway and Shakespeare Place
  • both sides of William Street, between Bourke Street and Palmer Street
  • St Marys Road, connecting the College Street cycleway with Cathedral Street
  • upgrading existing shared paths on Arthur, Parkham, Charles and Fitzroy Streets.

Sydney’s 200-kilometre bike network is made up of different types of bike paths, including 55 kilometres of separated cycleway. So far 10 kilometres of separated cycleways (including three kilometres in the city centre) have been built with almost four kilometres in design or consultation phases.

The City’s Share the Path team will visit each site to ensure bike riders know pedestrians always have the right of way on a shared path and that they must slow down and pass at a safe distance.

For more riding tips and information on Sydney’s bike network, visit sydneycycleways.net or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Leanne Bridges, phone 0434 320 768 or email lbridges@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin 0477 310 149 jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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