Cycling in Sydney Australia
You have until 17th January to have your say on the Oxford Street Cycleway:
Oxford Street, on the northern border of Centennial Park, is a busy inner city road carrying high volumes of daily vehicle traffic. The number of cyclists using the road for both recreational and work commuting purposes is rapidly increasing.
As outlined in the Centennial Park Master Plan 2040, we have proposed the creation of a new cycleway between York Road and Paddington Gates, along the northern side of the Park. While Oxford Street is generously wide for vehicles, it is a particularly constrained environment for cyclists during congested peak hour traffic.
This cycleway aims to address these challenges that exist for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists using this stretch of roadway, and will connect to the surrounding cycleway network connecting Bondi Junction and the Eastern Suburbs with the City.
It won't be wide enough.
The two measurements quoted are 3m and 3.5m. The legend says 2.5m-3.5m
How wide do you think it should be?
Sounds comparable to the city bike lanes, and what I get a lot of there is problems overtaking slower riders and, more dangerously, a lack of escape room when a pedestrian inevitably blunders into the lane. I hate the city lanes with a passion, though I agree that less confident riders probably need them.
Though now I re-read it, it's not going to be like the city lanes at all. So ignore my cynicism completely.
The proposed design is worse than just using Carrington Drive as is, right now.
1 - its routed through the reversing area of a carpark. We already know thats dumb because we have to deal with the same problem at upper fort st. It will cause the cycleway to have to stop, because motorists will drive into the cycling line to widen out their turns because they are lazy (and it reduces the chances of scraping the other cars).
2 - It has 3 sharp 90 degree corners. In fact it has sharp 90 degree corner as part of a "dart out onto carrington drive system, in 2 places. its more wasteful of energy and time than the grade on carrington drive. The dart out style of intersection maximises the speed differential from cars to cyclists, with cyclists 90 degrees to traffic flows is in fact the general method by which you get cyclists hurt, because it maximises the speed difference between cars and cyclists when previously they'd have been integrated into the same flow travelling in the same direction. This is a prime learning from cycletracks in Milton Keynes (but so inherent to cycletrack idiocy that they themselves can never figure it out).
3 - its miles away from the desire line of commuting cyclists, and the reason that carrington drive is only moderately used now, has not been solved by this. ie the last place I want to go to when commuting to the city, is the inside of the moore park corner.
In fact the only good thing I can say for it, is that its invisible from oxford st on the commuting desire line, so won't cause further contention between motorists and people trying to commute to the city via oxford st proper, simply because the motorists might not be able to see much of it.
The "efficiency" claim particularly peeves me, as coming back up Oxford St, in 5 minutes, I could have
(a) ridden to and used the right turn bay to go into Bondi Junction.
(b) ridden all the way to the Bondi road junction via Syd Einfield drive.
(c) dismount, wait and use the 3 pedestrian crossings required to get to the pathhead, but still essentially be located in the same place I was 5 minutes ago.
Even more remarkable is the choice of route around the water tank thing. They own all of the surrounding land, and could have run the cycleway round the back of it in which case it could be cycleway all the way to the intersection and sharepath wouldn't be needed.
Same here - a grade separated cycleway is really needed for that section, just that particular plan.
Err, "… not that particular plan.”
Ive really liked Centennial Park's other cycleways - Cleveland St and the new Alison Rd one. Both of these are really good to encourage new not confident cyclists - and thus increase the amount of cyclists overall. I feel the new cycleway next to Oxford St will do the same. Once cyclists get more confident they can do as other cyclists do now and ride on Alison Rd - Anzac Pde and Cleveland St. And they will ride on Oxford St as well. You don't have to use the sharepath - cycleway its only for beginners.
"You don't have to use the sharepath - cycleway its only for beginners."
Bone of contention that one. I've been told in no uncertain terms by an on-duty police officer that if a cycleway exists on my route, I *must* use it and not the adjacent road, the cycleway in question being Union Street in Pyrmont, where the light sensors are/were notoriously unusable.
I personally think that's a pack of bobbins. But I'd rather not have to argue that point with the rozzers or the magistrates.