A "SOFT ENGINEERING" study of Chippendale was funded by City of Sydney years ago, as part of the CUB site re-development , now called FRASER BROADWAY.
Many Chipendale residents walk or use public transport to get to work. That Study found many people want toown a car for travel at the wekend. The argument of CAR PARKING on Street has taken 25 years to develop, with the changes in locals work, and play. In Chipendale people want to travel by car on the weekend. ( If they had better bike PATH NETWORK
maybe they can use more bikes.
As an inner-city resident I can understand this pattern of weekend driving. Over the past 4 years I've alternated between car-owning and being car-free, and car-owning is definitely convenient for those weekend trips when you want to travel a bit further than your normal stamping ground.
But it ultimately comes down to network effects: if more people adopted the car-free lifestyle the popularity of services like Go-Get and CharterDrive would become ubiquitous enough to make the car-free option approach the convenience of car ownership at less than the cost. I'm therefore happy to see off-street parking reduced in inner-city areas, even though it would make it difficult for me to park. I can see how I will benefit in the medium term due to better cycling, and cheaper, more ubiquitous car-sharing schemes.
If it was repaired, it still isn't fixed. Both ends change at the same time (Sussex & Kent), to reach the green light uphill from a dead start seems to be synched perfectly to be impossible. Or at least for me.
I imagine 30kph shared roads would be a lot cheaper to establish and a lot better for many cyclists...
The residents near to the William st end of Bourke street are still angry at the whole cross city tunnel debacle. It made it harder to get in and out of streets, caused massive back ups of traffic every day in residential areas that were never meant to have an increase in traffic flow.
They possibly distrust the council with anything that means they have less access to roads again.
But you can be subtly move the traffic out. In conjunction with the "re-opening" of the Church St Mall at Parramatta, traffic light phasing south of the Parramatta River was adjusted to strongly favour pedestrians. So cars have to wait - a seriously long time, and I'm sure it's diverting motorists to alternative routes. The only downside is that buses also have to wait - but that should be solved by providing better busways into the Parramatta Station CBD.
Even a slow hill-climber ( 8kph) could get up the 200 m of the King St Hill in 90 seconds - so coordinating green light phasing to favour cyclists at the expense of motorists for say 2 minutes or so would be a great start to discouraging cars from the CBD. Don't think the owners of the cross-city tunnel would be too unhappy about it either.