Sydney about to get a new cycleway, all the way to Chinatown
Cycle Lane Bourke Rd
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.'
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