Cycling in Sydney Australia
Great news today - the ramp for the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is going to be built next year: https://bicyclensw.org.au/shb-ramp/
Yes, it is long overdue and it isn't a link all the way up to Falcon St and on to the path along the highway, but it is a positive news story never the less.
Project overview here: https://vimeo.com/spatialau/review/193102987/edee10d505
Skip to 50 seconds for news on elveators for the pedestrian side and description of improved access on both north and south approaches.
With Wilson St, Lilyfield Rd, the SHB, infrastructure is again starting to be spread out to increase CBD access. Looks like a bit of a shift in priorities from Transport and Roads.
Ramp on hold
im thinking a lift might actually be the answer, at least for those with kids or trailers etc. Fit cyclists can use the steps if the queue is too long.
Dont know if this RMS report has been linked before
New Dutch bridge in Utrecht with steps and a lift. Steps much less steep than SHB steps.
I wonder why they didn't make it a ramp?
In sydney we would ride up & down those stairs and make it a strava segment, love the kiddie fluros, teacher safety does not seem to be important though
NIMBYism at its very worst.
They don't want any solution.
Why am I not surprised ?
50% cost blowout on the east side ped lifts before any actual work starts! (& now a race to finish by Oct, we know how that contributes to reasonable costs)
opposition from north sydney (village idiot) council!
state govt doing nothing again!
but motorway building presses on , no doubt $100B by the time they are finished and the traffic problem is solved forever?!
no wonder mr packer is depressed
The SMH article indicates a lift might be the final outcome, but l'd regard it as a very poor solution. In 2000 l developed the concept of HarbourLink -- www.sydneyharbourlink.com, a mostly elevated cycleway with an amazing 3% grade along the freeway corridor through to Falcon St (prior to the announcement of the Lane Cove Tunnel). In 2008 the PricewaterhouseCoopers study into the elevated facility stated a benefit / cost ratio of nearly 4 to 1. Many road projects struggle to achieve a BCR of 1:1. Over more than a decade l've attended many North Sydney Traffic Committee meetings to observe the attitudes of councillors, staff and RMS reps. Unfortunately some are very negative towards cycling. It is very unfortunate that NIMBYs have the ear of many councillors despite the fact that about 600 North Sydney residents ride across the SHB daily. Given this NIMBYism l consider the SHB cycleway should be extended at the level of the railway above the entrance to the Milsons Point station and the Lavender Street arch then duck underneath the railway to the old tramway reservation i.e. the first stage of HarbourLink. The additional benefit would be cyclists able to avoid Alfred St and the associated roundabout. Cyclist heading to / from the east would still be able to have rideable access via High St then the old tramway reservation. While this alternative proposal is longer and therefore more costly the benefit would be far greater than the current ramp proposal while also minimising the impact on Bradfield Park.
lifts also brake down, one at Kogarah Station was out of service for months.....waiting for parts from somewhere.
While l've stated about 600 North Sydney residents ride across the SHB daily, with quality and safe access as l've proposed, the numbers would increase substantially.
What are the actual total numbers of people riding across the bridge? I know there is a counter on the southern side, which I assume isn't publicly accessible. The article Bob's linked above has 2000 for push bike riders, which is plainly wrong (i.e 2x600=1200 for Nth Syd peoples or nearly 2/3rds of the 2000).
I'm not sure why this isn't kept up to date:
The RMS website .....
states that up to 2,500 cyclists rode across the SHB in February 2016, but the 2015 / 2016 statistics are the latest displayed! A month ago l asked the RMS to update these statistics but received a pathetic response alerting me to the above website ..... great help, NOT! My cyclist SHB counts over a number of years indicate 2/3rds of the morning peak-hour cyclists are heading southbound. As a result, l'm estimating about 500 - 600 cyclists reside in North Sydney. This type of attitude that responds to NIMBYs to the detriment of essential infrastructure by this and other councils results in an increasing number of NSW residents wanting council amalgamations.