Cycling in Sydney Australia
The Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee is meeting on Tuesday 25th at 4pm at the Lord Mayor’s Reception, Sydney Town Hall. The meeting is open to public attendance and it would be good to have some friendly faces there to show support for the great work being done for cycling in the City of Sydney.
See here for the CSTTC homepage.
See here for the meeting notes for Tuesday 25th. Stage 2 of the Kent St cycleway is up for discussion. The project proposal is outlined on page 42 of the pdf and the design can be found in Appendix D from page 111.
I just posted the agenda when I became aware of it, but have now had more time to read it and it certainly is a concern that further delays are proposed. The best point I could see was that on page 43 the report states, "On 10 May 2013, Roads and Maritime Services approved the Traffic Signal Plans for the intersections of Kent / Bathurst and Kent / Druitt Street which incorporate the cycleway."
The is also some additional coverage in the SMH:
The release of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy is going to be the key thing to look for.
I the meantime, I don't see why they couldn't proceed with the Northern part of the Kent St design.
Sure, but how about an east-west link? It would be great if there were more north-south options, but how are people supposed to get to them?
Who is going to approve or pay for it, though? The same bunch that are blocking the completion of Kent St?
hoping to get Star or Packer in a bidding war as to who is the most civic minded.
For those able, BIKESydney is calling on the bike community to attend today's (only second) meeting of the Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee to send a signal that it's completely unacceptable that the State Govt still hasn't delivered the Central Sydney Access Strategy on which permission to roll out CBD cycleways depends. A cynic would suggest the Roads Minister has an ulterior motive...
We haven't yet been successful in securing the opportunity to speak to the meeting. We're won't be stopping anyone calling out from the gallery. The meeting is most definitely a public meeting.
Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Commmittee
Tue 25 June 2013
Sydney Town Hall
Would the Roads Minister build a road with 20-50% missing?....
Our letter to the Minister for Transport on the matter of the further delay to the Central Sydney Access Strategy. A copy was sent also to the Minister for planning (Hazzard), Minister for Health (Skinner) and the Minister for Healthy Living (Humphries). Please send a short email requesting the urgent delivery of the Central Sydney Access Strategy.
24 June 2013
The State government will also fail to deliver on its NSW 2021 goal of doubling the number of bike trips by 2016 if it doesn’t connect the CBD cycleway network in the next 18-24 months.
I called the Ministers' Office and asked very politely when the plan was expected to be delivered. When told it was still in development I let them know that it was disappointing as it was planned for May and that it is holding other projects up. In a very friendly way.
Normally I do letters with barbed questions, but given the timeliness I thought a very lovely call to Ministerial Office staff might be a better piece of leverage. Hopefully the Minister can do better than late deliveries and live up to the professionalism of her office staff.
...and the empty response from the Minister. (Noting that the State Govt's Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee failed to convene as was scheduled for this week - 17Jul13.)
The only positive here is the Govt re-confirming its commitment to its NSW 2021 goal of doubling the mode share of bike trips in the *greater* Sydney region by 2016. (Achieving the goal will depend necessarily on the opening of new cycling corridors and/or veloways - like the City West Cycle Link.)