Cycling in Sydney Australia
I was at the SCG last night (a nerve-wracking win by the Swans), and when I returned to my bike to head home I found a leaphlet had been dropped in my bottle cage (and attached to the other 20 or so bikes that were there too).
Just thought I would spread the word as I don't recall seeing any mention of this on the site. You can get a PDF copy of the leaflet and make submissions through this site: http://haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/centraltomooreparkstudy
Although to allow for the hords of fans heading home after a game at the stadium (marauding), the bridge would have to be pretty wide to accomodate the crowd and prevent a crush at a bottleneck.
I'm assuming it would have to be at least 4m wide, which, during normal hours, would be plenty of room for bike & pedestrians.
Yes, it does raise a few eyebrows, given that cycleway network connectivity hasn't exactly been a priority. "Pedestrain Safety Improvements" is a loaded term. I hope we get don't get a repeat of this: http://www.sydneycyclist.com/forum/topics/rta-proposal-at-the-spit
Last page in that thread suggests it had come to a standstill, local member....and State treasurer, did mention there had been a budget allocation to build it in one of the recent letterbox pamphlet drops.
I rode there on friday night via Oxford St, which has the optimal slope for climbing up to the SCG on a bicycle. Shame that people in empty tin boxes slowed me down so badly though.
Another hint, Oxford St connects other cycleways, including one that is intended in the near future to reach central.
Was very heartening to see how many bicycles were used to get to the game, I saw at least 30 locked up, and I didn't even ride the full length of the frontage.
I ride through Redfern, on the Bourke St cycleway, use the shared bridge over the Easter Distributor between Madison and Charles Moore St and then it is all share paths from there to Driver Avenue... and all completely flat. I lock up at the security outpost on Driver Avenue opposite John Hargreaves Avenue, the racks are always filled there and there are plenty of other bikes attached to any other fixture available, it could really do with some more rack space.
They are diabolical. I went through them this evening with about 10kg of dog food in my panniers and a steel frame strapped to the top of my back rack, I had to slow down to less than walking pace to weave through them and was struggling to stay upright. It is only a short stretch to deal with, but still, there can and should be a better option.