Cycling in Sydney Australia
Agree. Trying to get from Rhodes into the city is a dangerous rat-run for a cyclist (especially after having travelled along the lovely Partramatta River Valley Cycleway). We need proper infrastructure and I was hoping something added to Parramatta Road upgrade was going to be the solution ...
.... seems not ...
In Europe, Parra Rd would get a bike lane on each side, perhaps in sections mixed in with busses. Currently in the bus-lane period Parra Rd is very good for cycling except for the occasional extreme motorcyclist which you can't hear due to their speed and other traffic but you can often spot with a mirror. Any Parramatta Rd "neighbourhood" redevelopment that does not have a bike lane on each side does not cut it for me.
They also mention a "regional" bike route on Patterson/Gipps/(Queen?) which I thought we have had for the last 10+years for Concord towards the city (although you have to be a brave cyclist to use some bits of it). Not that I am being inner / city centric but nothing for CoS area! Suppose something is better than nothing but I am not overwhelmed by these plans but that does not surprise me either.
Also, I am over BiDis, if that's all there is on offer I will stay on the road, except for the "lovely Parramatta River Valley Cycleway", suppose the new bit past Pike St gets opened tomorrow, that will be nice too
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the bit on Patterson/Gipps/Queen is just paint in the door zone I believe. That, to me, isn't actually infrastructure.
You are right about the plans being underwhelming.
Correct, I assumed the works would be repainting the lines and bicycle symbols under the parked cars
I'm guessing they think Patterson/Gipps/Queen will be less popular with drivers once WasteCon opens to Haberfield, also they'll want to choke the non-toll routes a bit.
So I am living in hope. Until they remedy Parra Rd and its companions I tend to go with bike-on-train or bike-on-ferry. I do see Meadowbank/Rhodes to the Inner West proper as a very dark thing for cycling presently.
You got a better map than that? I usually go Queens and it sucks ... hard.