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17 April 2008

Euston Road Alexandria pedestrian crossing upgrade.

Following the Sophie Delezio event the RTA is installing traffic lights on all four lane roads in Sydney. This pedestrian crossing also happens to form part of one of the South Sydney Council local routes and it would be expected that a cycle lamp and cycle lane would be installed to make it legal to ride across without having to dismount at the lights.

Contact the RTA Project Manager, Dean Russell ( ; 8849 2535), and request cycling facilities be installed as part of the works. This is especially important as there are few safe crossing points in this area and the CARES facility is within 1 km. At the same time request the kerb ramp be installed at Bowden St cnr of McEvoy Street.

Keep in mind this City of Sydney Local Cycle Route also connects the children of Newtown, Alexandria and Enmore with the Waterloo Skate Park.

Community feedback received until Friday 18th April.



9 April 2008

Plans for the Bourke St Cycle Lane are available for download here.

Public comment is invited. Write and say how much you approve of the plan. It makes a difference.

11 June 2007

Three cheers for Clover! If only the ALP were capable of rational thought and sensible decision making. Feel free to write to your local member or the Premier in support of any of the excellent points raised below. Fiona

Hansard from NSW Legislative Assembly, 6 June 2007.


Ms CLOVER MOORE (Sydney) [6.40 p.m.]: Global warming, air pollution and traffic congestion are issues of growing concern. Given that motor vehicle use in Sydney continues to rise, with vehicle kilometres travelled increasing at twice the rate of population growth, we urgently need a major shift away from private vehicle dependency. Bicycles do not cause pollution: they take up less road and parking space, they are cheap to run, and have immense health benefits for riders. In the electorate of Sydney about four times as many people cycle to work compared with the numbers in the wider metropolitan area. At the recent C40 Major Cities conference in New York I was able to cycle around Central Park with the Mayor of Copenhagen, where 40 per cent of people use bikes to get to work and study. I rode also with representatives from a New York active transport group with over 5,000 members, and heard about the progressive steps being taken in other cities to encourage cycling.

While the Government's Sydney Metropolitan Strategy promises improved cycling facilities, funding for cycling infrastructure and education has been reducing. This undermines the New South Wales Government's commitment to its Bike Plan 2010 and the outcomes that the community expects from the plan. Decisions such as removing cycle lanes on William Street and the M2 reflect a weak commitment to cycling. Those lanes should be reinstated. It is vital that cycling infrastructure improves, particularly in the inner city where residents face traffic and parking congestion, notwithstanding they live close to education, recreation and employment destinations. Providing dedicated bike lanes has been shown to increase cycling. Bicycle NSW informs me that Roads and Traffic Authority [RTA] data shows significant increases in bicycle use on routes where bicycle infrastructure has improved. Of course, that is logical. According to Bicycle NSW, cycling is the fastest growing mode of transport in Sydney.

Recent research undertaken by the City of Sydney council indicates that Sydneysiders would be more likely to cycle if there were dedicated bicycle lanes and better awareness by motorists of bicycle safety. Bicycle NSW reports that more bicycles than cars are sold each year, showing that people enjoy cycling and would probably use their bikes more if given the right conditions. Despite traffic barriers to riding, Bicycle NSW says that the Roads and Traffic Authority counts show a 45 per cent increase in bicycle traffic between 2002 and 2005 in Sydney's central business district. To encourage cycling we need to provide accessible, comprehensive and integrated dedicated cycleways that link with public transport; safe treatments at major traffic intersections; cyclist priority at traffic lights; cycle lanes on all major roads for safe direct routes to destinations; free travel for bikes on trains and travel facilities for bikes on buses; and driver education for safe road sharing with cyclists. These are all provided in other cities around the world.

There is widespread criticism that the current Bike Plan 2010 has been ineffective. The Government needs to update this plan to increase the coverage and density of the regional network, and to ensure that planned cycle routes are based on cyclists' desired routes. The City of Sydney council has developed a cycle strategy that aims to achieve an effective and accessible cycle network with major routes less than a five minutes easy ride from every residence. This coordinated network will be backed up by action on local streets to improve cycling safety and convenience, and will complement the Roads and Traffic Authority's regional routes and recreational routes, such as the Sydney Harbour cycleway and the planned Alexandra Canal path.

The plan includes strategies to increase community awareness about the benefits of cycling, improved network maintenance, better bicycle route signage, separating some cycle lanes from general traffic and new end-of-trip facilities, such as parking, storage, change and shower facilities. The strategy sets a target of increasing current cycle rates from 2 per cent of trips in Sydney to 10 per cent of all trips and 20 per cent of trips between 2 and 20 kilometres in the next 10 years. Through these plans, the council hopes to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, decrease accidents, and improve the health of residents and visitors through increased physical activity. Increased public awareness and facilities are critical to achieving these outcomes.

An urgent priority for the City of Sydney council is to achieve the missing link cycleway as part of our growing network to provide a vital north-south link to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, west to Pyrmont and Anzac bridges, and east to William Street and Park Street. The council has allocated budget funds to start this project as soon as possible and I urge the State Government to ensure Roads and Traffic Authority modelling is completed urgently to enable this critical project to proceed. It is vital that all levels of government support active transport. I will continue to lobby with other capital city lord mayors for investment in sustainable transport in our cities. We have set up a secretariat in Canberra for the purpose of lobbying the Federal Government. I call on the State Government to provide additional resources and commitment to encourage cycling, thereby promoting a healthy and sustainable community.

Private members' statements noted.

-- Live Life in the Fast Lane

Bikesydney mailing list

03 April 2007

Well a historic moment last nite when the City of Sydney - The 2007 Bike Strategy was passed unanimously by all councilors.

Earlier in the nite there we two cycling questions within question time.

Q1 was by the new Member of Balmain Verity Firth on the signage (or lack of) for the Glebe foreshore telling people it is a shared area. This should be resolved shourtly.

Q2 Was on the hire bikes in the CBD and how is that moving along - just like the scheme in Paris. To which the Lord Mayor said she very excited about this project and we should now see momentum especially with the Bike Strategy in place.

Andrew D

19 August 2006

Below is the announcement from Clover's newsletter that the cycling strategy draft is on exhibition for comment until the end of September (

We encourage everyone to have a good look at the strategy and consider its merits and whether anything you regard as essential is missing.

BikeSydney will discuss the strategy at our next meeting, this coming Tuesday (22nd), from 6pm at the Bicycle NSW Office (Level 5, 822 George Street - near Railway Square bus station/Central).

First on the agenda is a presentation by Jeanette on "The Parkway" - a pedestrian-cyclist link between Sydney's villages. For discussion.

Hope to see plenty of you on Tuesday at 6pm.



The City's Draft Cycle Strategy, on public exhibition until 30 September, aims to achieve an effective and accessible cycle network, with major routes less than a five minutes' easy ride from every residence (no more than 1.5-2 kilometres).

This coordinated network will be backed up by action on other local streets to improve cycling safety and convenience, and will complement the Roads and Traffic Authority's (RTA) regional routes and recreational routes, such as the Sydney Harbour Cycleway and Alexandra Canal.

The plan includes strategies for greater community awareness about the benefits of cycling, improved network maintenance, better bicycle route signage and new "end of trip" facilities, such as parking, storage, change and shower facilities.

Developed with the help of bike groups including Bicycle NSW, BIKEast and BikeSydney, the strategy sets out the City's commitment over the next 10 years and builds on recent street upgrades and initiatives to encourage greater cycling participation.

The Strategy sets a target of increasing current cycle rates from two percent of trips in Sydney to five per cent in 2011 and 10 per cent by 2016. Through these plans, the City hopes to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, decrease accidents, and improve the health of residents and visitors through increased physical activity.

The City's current capital works budget includes $1.25M to implement the Strategy, with a further $750,000 each year for the next three years. Additional funding will also be provided for cycling facilities through the City's street upgrade programs.

Full implementation of the strategy depends on the RTA completing regional cycle routes, and the City will be working cooperatively with the State Government to achieve the effective network envisaged by the plan.

Information (click on "City of Sydney Cycle Strategy released").

31 July 2006

"...The draft strategy sets a direction and policy framework to achieve a greatly improved cycling environment over the next 10 years. It builds on the former City of Sydney, South Sydney Council and Leichhardt Bike Plans. It establishes a long term vision for cycling, and identifies a range of network priorities and social initiatives and an implementation program to deliver that vision..." City of Sydney Draft Cycle Strategy 2006

The Sydney Morning Herald article Monday 31 July announcing the new bike plan

Download versions of the bike plan available from the CoS website at CoS Meetings and Committees scroll down to article 17; or,

-- GilbertGrace - 31 Jul 2006

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