Sydney about to get a new cycleway, all the way to Chinatown

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by StreetCorner
08/02/2012

The City of Sydney looks set to welcome a new cycleway to the CBD with Council staff recommending that the Kent Street cycleway be approved after community consultation with local businesses and St Andrews Cathedral School. The cycleway will enable bike riders to travel through to Chinatown from eiter the Pyrmont or Harbour Bridge routes and one lane of parking will be lost to enable its construction.

In addition to businesses worried about the trading impact from a loss of parking, St Andrews Cathedral School had expressed concerns in relation to the safety of school children crossing the Kent St cycleway but Clover Moore says the City's risk assessment is that pedestrians, motorists and bike riders will be able to co-exist safely under the final design recommended by Council staff.

"The safety of all road users, particularly children, is paramount and that's why we have worked closely with the school and parent representatives over many months, as well as the wider community," said Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

The option recommended for approval by the Council will allow parents to stop directly in front of St Andrews school at a widened median strip, next to the cycleway, so they can drop off and pick up students.

There will be a net loss of parking spaces as a result of the cycleway construction but some new parking spaces will be built as part of the project, these include two five-minute parking spaces, four motorbike spaces, eleven loading zones and two taxi zones on south of Bathurst Street.

North of Bathurst Street (on the eastern side) there will be four drop-off and pick-up spaces. Outside of school drop-off and pick-up times these spaces will be one-hour and four-hour ticketed parking zones. On the western side, there will be one bus parking zone, four loading zones and a taxi zone.

The City of Sydney says its research shows that the new cycleways have almost doubled the number of trips people are making by bike in the areas where the cycleways are available.

Extract from City of Sydney Press Release

'In the past year cycling has grown by 34 per cent - well above most other comparable cities.

Since the completion of the first stage of the Kent Street cycleway in December 2010, bike counts have increased by 95 per cent during the peak travel periods, from 778 riders to 1,518.'

Are you in favour of the Kent Street cycleway extension? What has been the impact of Sydney's new cycleways for you?

Share your thoughts with the community here.


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jane78 posts

a friend of mine who is a city ranger told me that the bike tracks have caused such a an increase in their workload that the council is going to change their working conditions to accomodate this. In other words more people being booked as a direct result of not enough parking spaces due to bike tracks, it seems that council has found that its busier for the rangers from monday to friday , thus the reason for the change in their working hours. This is wrong and council should be investigated , on one hand clover tries to tell you she is for the community yet it seems all she wants is more revenue from parking rangers , so she can fullfill their own agenda. Its about time clover is sacked and these bike tracks ripped up.

kayaco posts

SMH 8.02.12 reports that: "Greens councillor Chris Harris would vote against it (the Kent St cycleway) because he believed it was absurd to remove part of the footpath, along with disabled parking spots, just so ''a few well-connected parents'' could avoid the inconvenience of dropping children on the western side of Kent Street''. ''This is Clover Moore trying to get any issue off the agenda before the election,'' Chris Harris said. The $1M it's going to cost ratepayers to more the cycleway and footpath could have been better spent on homeless housing. And locals refuse to accept City Councils media releases (quoted above) and spin about increases in number of bikers. Residents walking the streets see glaring inconsistencies in Clover figures. Councils whitewashed bike user figures just don't relate to reality.

Kazelia posts

Where does the City of Sydney obtain their data from? Without context, the reported "data" about an increase in bike counts is absolutely meaningless. In any event, in light of the complete and utter disaster of the cycleway for residents, businesses and pedestrians, an independent inquiry has finally been commissioned. The City of Sydney have requested you send feedback to prioritycycleways@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. I'm serious. That's the email address they want you to send it to by 20 February 2012. That's not loaded at all! Why would members of the public who don't like the cycleway or have a genuine complaint send anything to "Priority Cycleways". The report goes on public exhibition in April 2012 and everyone will have an opportunity to comment on the report then (including the media - that will be very interesting).

InnerWest posts

WTF? "The City of Sydney says its research shows that the new cycleways have almost doubled the number of trips people are making by bike in the areas where the cycleways are available." I think they're making some pretty broad assumptions here, and making a grave error in confusing correlation with causation. I would be more inclined to say the rising number of voters who are cyclists has led to councillors buying votes with cycleways, rather than the cycleways themselves being the cause of increasing cyclists numbers. There are definitely more cyclists about, they illegally ride the footpaths of Crown Street, through the park and Martin Place, ofteen unhelmeted, and wearing headphones. Real cyclists (the many good folk I see taking a lane on the road every morning, as they are entitled to do) don't need CBD cycleways. Only 'fashion' cyclists need CBD cycleways. If we want a cycling friendly city, they only need to reduce CBD speed limits, and abolish 'door lanes'; Then everybody wins for minimum cost. Let's save cycleways for where they're relly needed: alongside long higher speed commutes (like Paramatta Road), where speed limits cannot be realistically reduced.

jasonlyton posts

So the new cycleways have almost doubled the number of trips says sydney council? Most refuse to accept this spin from clover's media group. The cycleways are sloppy decision making as to where they are located. They don't link up and costs are greater than the benefits.What locals see is bike paths empty most of the day, so they have little confidence in the truth of Sydney Council's figures. The stats are fiction with little regard for the truth.

johnlo posts

more parking fines , more revenue for sydney city council.

John Colman posts

City planners telling Lord Mayor what she wants to hear: "Council staff recommending that the Kent Street cycleway be approved after community consultation with local businesses and St Andrews Cathedral School.....". Spin, Spin, Spin

Matt. posts

This will be very useful for getting to the north end of the city. I've used the Kent st cycleway coming from Darling Harbour/Chinatown and in order to make the connection, you have to somehow navigate busy one way streets through the CBD (where cars and taxi drivers are out for blood) or walk your bike through crowded pedestrian areas. Having a full north-south connection will be a huge help.

Excellent - a north-south connection from the bridge to the other end of town. This will be a great step forward for safety and convenience. The city has been steadily choked by the requirements of cars for years, so it's a relief to see another move to partially reclaim it for people.

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