Save College St Cycleway - Rally Number Two - 5:30pm Friday 27 February, Zombie Ride

Fact # 1 -The College Street Cycleway carries more cyclists than the adjacent roadway carries motorists during peak hours:

Fact # 2 - The College Street Cycleway is one of the most utilised pieces of cycling infrastructure in the city:

Fact # 3 - The College Street Cycleway does not cause traffic congestion in the CBD:

Fact # 4 - The State Government intends to renege on a deal to only remove the College St Separated Cycleway once an alternative on Castlreagh St was completed. Not only do they intend to rip up College St imminently, they propose to construct a "part time" cycleway on Castlereagh St.

Those are the facts. We know them, the State Government knows them, Duncan Gay knows them. And yet here we are, about to lose a key part of the Sydney cycleway network.

We are not take this lying down! It is time to take to the streets to really demonstrate our numbers and draw attention to this decision which simply can not be justified.

At 4pm on Sunday February 8 let's gather at the Archibald Fountain in North Hyde Park. Let's ride the cycleway together, connect with our fellow Sydneysiders who see cycling as part of the city's future and something to protect and encourage. Let's have a fun time, let's have serious conversations with each other, let's lay down the foundations and make the connections to start a movement to save the College St Cycleway. 

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This is not just about cycling.

This is about livable cities for people.

This is about prioritising humans above motor vehicles, providing for sustainable access to the CBD.

This is about acknowledging that the "roads of the 21st century" are not roads for private motor vehicles, but are improved public transportation and improved conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

We need to gather broad support if we are to be successful, so push the message out into your networks and let's put a stop to this proposed vandalism of our city.

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Thanks to everyone who came to fill the streets yesterday evening, over 100 of us took over Macquarie and College Streets, demonstrating that the best way to increase the capacity along this artery of the city is to encourage more people to cycle - that means keeping the College Street Cycleway as part of a fully integrated network of separated cycleways.

Keep the pressure up on the Premier and the Ministers, let them know why you came and rode past State Parliament and let them know that you are committed to joining Save College Street Cycleway in continued action to protect the cycleways.

Minister for Roads
Minister for Transport

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I finally got a reply to my letter, not from Mr Gay but of course from his delegate.  Essentially the points are:

  • Cycleways will be built on Liverpool and Castlereagh Sts,
  • Castlereagh St CW will be part time (shared with loading zone) between Liverpool and King
  • College St CW wont be removed until Castlereagh St CW is open between Hay and Park Sts
  • Rationale is that extra traffic will go down College St once George St is closed for Light Rail construction

So a mixture of good and bad news for Sydney cyclists.  A commitment to return the College St CW once the light rail is built would be nice.

Castlereagh St CW - part time cycleway isn't a cycleway.

Maybe they have already prepared their 'sympathy weasel words' when a fatality occurs just before or after the cycleway morphs into a loading zone  

Up to us to distribute cyclists over as many lanes as possible on College St I would think

Oh and this seems to be a wizard idea assuming they can get the buses thru somehow. The idea

of keeping cagers off the Sinney Harbour Bridge for a week has appeal :-)


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