Transport for NSW is seeking feedback on the draft Roads Regulation 2018.

Is this something worth commenting on? I have not read it yet  in detail but note we cant ride on the harbour bridge main deck, we cant ride in tunnels and no one can light a fire on a bridge.

Clause 41 is
a new provision which prohibits pedestrians and cyclists from travelling or riding in a

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As usual, no cycling bodies included as stakeholders for consultation.

Curious Dabba.  In Japan where I have travelled extensively there are many tunnels.  Some are kms long and others 5-100m long.  A lot of the tunnels have a pedestrian walkway as part of the design.  I'm not sure about NSW as the only tunnels I can think of are toll roads.  There must be places where the tunnel is the only access to another point in the road??  Apparently this regulation pertains to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.??

Part 4 Division 1 clause 47 page 15

Cyclists to use cycleways on Sydney Harbour Bridge
A person must not ride a bicycle on any part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge other than
a cycleway.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.

How does this work if you are unable to get your bicycle up the ramp?  eg cargo bike and so on???

So if I'm understanding this correctly, they are banning bicycles from using Glowworm Tunnel Road

Lennox in Parramatta, M2 cycle/breakdown lane ...

also the m1 airport tunnel, the entrance to Jenolan caves and probably others

What's the definition of a tunnel?  I'd see the airport as being an underpass

Here is a recently built tunnel on the M1 near Byron Bay, I believe.  The tunnel seems to have a bike/walker lane in both sides of the tunnel. You can see the painted bicycle at 15sec of the video.  There are large concrete barriers separating motors from the rest.

There are a few tunnels around.

I have also read a section in the proposed regulations that does not specifically exempt bicycles from paying a toll. M2?

They wouldn't put manual toll booths in just for bicycles.

Good point!  It could be a tunnel 10m where a pedestrial does not use lights (but they have the right of way????) or a motorist do not have insufficient vision within the tunnel according to the contractors and/or governing commities!

It just means... drive as fast in here and if you kill a cyclists... its all legal!


Tunnel does not seem to be defined so the default is common usage. One defination (Merriam Webster) is as follows:

"a covered passageway; specifically : a horizontal passageway through or under an obstruction"

This is pretty broad, an underpass could be considered to be considered to be a form of a tunnel. 

I think to be workable,  tunnels needs to be specifically defined under the act, or tunnels need to be listed by name in the regs, or tunnels need to signposted, where these exclusion apply.


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