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.
Apologies Russ, for going on about lifts. HarbourLink would indeed be the best solution, avoiding Alfred St and Middlemiss St, but you'd still need something (lifts or stairs) for cyclists coming from Milsons Point or Lavender Bay ? The Utrecht example of steps and no ramp was for an elevation of around 6.5 m, cf 8.5 for Harbour Bridge, and they say there was just no room for a ramp. The stairs in Utrecht also have a much better gradient than Harbour Bridge stairs, much easier to wheel bike up the side channels. Lift for cargo bikes etc.
No worries Bob. I consider cyclists heading to / from the east could ride via High St then the old tramway reservation at the bottom of Blue St to have rideable access to the SHB cycleway.
Download and sign the petition, post to BNSW. Cumbersome, but Govt says must have a signature, online not good enough. https://bicyclensw.org.au/sydney-harbour-bridge-northern-ramp-petit...
And Infrastructure Australia reckons Sydney should built 300kms of cycleways (commuter ones not around local parks) within the next 5 years https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/infrastructure-australia-reveal...
But don't get too excited, comes well well down the "priority" list
To move up to Priority it needs a "business case", some sort of cost-benefit study. Then to move to High Priority it needs a detailed design. Long way to go, if Lilyfield Rd is any guide. Maybe needs a Sydney Cycleway Company, like Sydney Motorway Company, so they can override resident objections and do everything behind "commercial in confidence".
Barriers to progress are institutionalised. Such a waste.
Just read these weasel words from the state member for North Sydney.
The article claims a significant portion of 300 comments on the design were opposed, but my info is that at least half of comments were in favour.
Bicycle NSW has a petition with over 4000 supporters of the ramp. And why is the daily disruption to 2000+ cyclists less important than some perceived view degrading of 100+ residents?
She cites environmental impacts. But proposed design is a slender ramp standing off from a masonry wall with no impact on harbour views and minimal loss of space in Bradfield Park. And many complainants come from the 15 level high rise units on Alfred St that have wiped out views of everyone behind them.
It is funny about how they speak about there being 2000 daily cyclist trips across the bridge and not even mention consider the many who go uncounted because of the significant barriers in place.
The August 2016 Census stated that 499 North Sydney residents rode to work on that day ..... probably the lowest monthly cycling numbers given the coldest temperatures occur at this time. Also, the electorate of North Shore extends into Mosman and Willoughby so the number of cyclists riding on Census day in Felicity Wilson’s electorate would be well above 499 ..... yet this member seems to show little support for cycling preferring to support a few NIMBYs residing on Alfred St. Recently l’ve viewed Bradfield Park from a number of these Alfred St apartments and the concrete wall beside the railway can hardly be seen due to the many poplars and eucalypts.
she said significant amount, this could be pretty small. 5% if your a statistician.
This is the same Liberal MP who couldn't remember where she lived before the election or the details of her university education http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-05/nsw-liberal-mp-backtracks-on-...
Yes, she claimed an extra under graduate degree that was never completed.