Cycling in Sydney Australia
Courtesy of Bob Moore:
"Fwd: from Fiona Campbell, Bike Marrickville
I need your help to save Alexandra Canal cycleway - it will take less than one minute.
The Sydney Airport Master Plan will expand the secure and fenced land north and DELETE the existing important cycleway, as part of WestConnex Sydney Gateway project.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org *right now* to say “keep Alexandra Canal cycleway”
It removes an existing Green Grid connection in the Structure Plan for the Eastern City District (p23) but admits the Sydney Airport Master Plan should be aligned with District Plan’s Planning Priority E17 “…delivering Green Grid connections” (p37).
It removes key cycling infrastructure, yet Sydney Airport Master Plan claims “We have achieved a 4-Star Communities rating for Master Plan 2039 under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Green Star Communities rating.” (p29)
I am unable to find anything in the published Airport Master Plan which interrupts this cycle path. Where should I look?
Draft Masterplan - https://www.masterplan2039.com.au/masterplan2039
Section 2 - Airport Development Plan https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0eb158_0793fdadc69947fb88a49ba979a5a...
11.7.5 Northern Lands and South East Sectors (page 152)
To facilitate access to the Northern Lands for the
planned aviation support precinct (including freight
and logistics facilities) and revised car parking
arrangements (potentially for staff and/or pick-up and
drop-off), new landside and secure airside bridges may
be provided to link this precinct.
Should any Sydney Gateway connection require part of
this precinct to facilitate connections to Airport Drive
and Qantas Drive, new links to the Northern Lands
would also be required to facilitate landside and airside
access, which may include new roads and a bridge over
Alexandra Canal, Airport Drive and the existing railway.
In the South East Sector, it is proposed to develop a
bridged airside and landside road connection across
General Holmes Drive to improve access between
the South East Sectors of the airport for improved
I'm not sure if it is explicitly apparent from the Airport masterplan, but BIKEast attended the recent Sydney Airport Active Travel Forum and the Sydney Gateway project has definitely not ruled out reassigning the the Alexandra Canal cycleway space - no definite routes yet, the project is currently collecting feedback / information to decide what routes should exist.
Note that City of Sydney and Sydney Water recently collaborated / spent a lot of money to improve the Northern End connection.
The airport is already so disconnected - losing this connection would be a terrible blow.
Not to mention that this is the only cycling route connecting both side of the Bayside Council LGA, as well as connecting the Eastern Suburbs to the Inner West / St George area. This is a connection we must fight to keep.
We (BIKEast) mentioned in our Airport Masterplan submission:
We are very concerned that recent or planned road works will inhibit the active transport
options for accessing T2 and T3 terminals. Roadworks associated with the Westconnex /
Sydney Gateway projects will decrease accessibility and increase risks for people walking or
riding bikes. We call on Sydney Airport to be a strong advocate for active travel when
negotiating with the NSW Government and its agencies (RMS in particular).
Hope this helps.
Thank you for this. So it would appear that the threat is from the (Westconnex) Sydney Gateway Project rather than the Airport Master Plan per se?
If the Gateway comes down from St Peters interchange and connects to Airport Dr to get to T1 they might have to divert the Cycleway around via Princes Highway road bridge and up along the western edge of the airport Northern Lands to Canal Rd or further. This would solve the Brunetti Bridge problem too, no need to add a Cycleway on the north side. On the other hand it would be peanuts out of the Gateway so maybe they could do a new bridge for cyclists next to the Brunetti Bridge and do some fancy solution to getting a Cycleway under or over the Gateway to continue along the canal.
OK I have emailed them this (feel free to cut and paste!):
Furthermore, this is the only cycling route connecting both sides of the Bayside Council LGA, as well as connecting the Eastern Suburbs to the Inner West / St George area.
Thank you for your time.
Wen I first saw the design I wondered if it meant disconnecting Airport Drive from Qantas drive. I haven't read anything as to the fate of that connection and when it comes to cycling no news = bad news. Has anyone read any specific related to the cycle path?
No, haven't seen specifics. We'll have to keep an eye out for the outcome of the Sydney Gateway consultation and any documents - will likely be coming out this year.
Actually - there is a November update:
Comments for Active Travel included:
• The impact of Sydney Gateway on the existing cycle ways on
Airport Drive to Coward Street. Included suggestions to extend
the cycle route into Mascot and beyond
• Lack of footpaths in East Tempe and the need for better active
Next steps - preliminary design.
Airport Drive, thin red line I’ve drawn, does look redundant if the Gateway takes traffic to and from Qantas Dr.
The Gateway if the video is any guide crosses the Canal Cycleway at the two black crosses marked. The northern one is also the rail line so presumably Gateway will be elevated and shouldn’t affect the existing Cycleway. The southern one would need a tunnel under to keep the cycleway.
And for that tiny stretch of yellow road, the bill is $2.6 BILLION … what a staggering waste of money …
Unfortunately, Bob, your concerns were well founded: