Bicycle Network (I know, I know) is saying George St will be closed to cyclists after the light rail is running.
https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/newsroom/2017/11/09/george-street...

The document they cite (from 2016 Arup report) does say in section 4.1.1, "informal cycle connection will no longer be available" between Hunter and Bathurst. But it also says they "won't physically exclude cyclists from the LR alignment".

Not sure what that all means, but wouldn't put it past the State Govt to actually ban cyclists on George and also Devonshire Sts. They repeatedly cite safety concerns on tram tracks for not encouraging bike use on these streets.

At least BNSW put in a strong or at least lengthy critique of the LR project as it affects cyclists, see the Appendix.

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The London authorities planning a major Oxford St pedestrianisation. One thing missing- bike lanes. See last section of this article.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/11/london-oxford-street...

I am sure cyclists will use Oxford Street again when it isn't impossibly congested with pedestrians.

Back to George Street in Sydney, would cops chase cyclists through there using motors?

State controlled road and we have seen that the current government has a track record for discouraging cycling

I shall continue to cycle on it.

They aren't the bosses of me!

A ban on riding along the LR alignment could be to prevent/avoid accidents where cyclists get their wheels caught in the rail groove. Not exactly a malicious anti-cycling move but one more for actual safety.

Or am I giving the government too much credit and the benefit of the doubt?

In the Melbourne CBD cycling is banned in the Bourke Street mall north of Elizabeth Street, possibly as far up as Russell Street (was true last time I was there anyway, more than a year ago). If they ban it in George Street it will be the same rationale/excuse. Whatever that is.

However there are plenty of roads with tram tracks that bicycles are not banned on in Melbourne

As BN point out, it is legal to cycle on a tram way, according to the road rules. Concerns about safety would largely be a smokescreen. On Devonshire St there is probably some safety concern, due tothe narrowness and the large size of the monster trams- can't stop quickly I guess, but the alternative on Cooper St for cyclists is not great.

On George St, it seems they designed cyclists out right at the start, no dedicated path or lane. I think you should be allowed to ride in George St if you have a destination in George St, which would include getting to the King St bike route, if it ever gets extended east of Kent. State Govt has agreed to extending it, but is not putting any effort into it I've heard.

Afaik 1 car, 2 car or 4 car tramsets have the same practical stopping distance, and its a requirement of trams that they be used around pedestrians, the whole area is supposed to be amenable for pedestrians, and the roadway was always and is wider than the tram alignment, unless they've thought of new and inventive ways of wasting space, and we have to ride over and along tram alignments elsewhere along the route.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6DvqIIWAcY

George Street, 1906. Tram, bicycle.

Strange how the more sophisticated a society becomes, the less possible things are - here we are over century later and over century behind.

This posted with due thanks - I am fairly sure someone else on SC posted this video possibly few years ago and I remembered it was from the National Film and Sound Archive.

It's a fun watch.

IDK that the 67m long trains will be accepted by pedestrians, since crossing George Street will be nigh on impossible with more than one or two of them about. Paris has the doubled-up sets, but only uses them on a re-purposed rail corridor.

Trams they ain't. My guess is large numbers of pedestrians will impede their movement, pretty much preventing the trains from leaving stops.

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