Cycling in Sydney Australia
Dont want the buggers all driving through Leichhardt to get there though. Bad enough now, people drive in from all over ( or some just drive a few hundred metres) and park in Robert St, Lilyfield Rd, Railway Pde, etc and catch the bus or tram in.
Latest example of this misguided thinking is Leichhardt Councils traffic cttee decision to close a section of Brenan St near the light rail station, to stop a dangerous (to pedestrians and cyclists) left turn off Catherine St, which is good, but then to use the road space for more parking for commuters on the light rail. Hope the Council rejects the car park idea and puts in a nice bike parking facility. Write to your local councillor please!
and to get back on topic, White Bay is going to be off limits for some years because of the relocation of the Exhibition Centre during rebuilding of Darling Harbour, not to mention Sydney Ports not allowing any access on their road in to the Cruise Terminal, now being built. One of these days they will figure out what to do with the old power station. Then there might be some new access roads etc.
There's been on and off talks about re-opening the Glebe Island Bridge to foot and bike traffic, which presumably would be affected by any plans for White Bay... apropos of not much.
Thinking of what the congestion charge has done for London, and taking into account the geography here... why not that approach?
Love to see the old bridge open to bikes and feet, but Sydney Ports is opposing any access from James Craig Drive or their new Port Road. The old bridge access road is built up rather high above the dock land. Would require a long ramp down on the north side to dock level and then come back underneath the access road, through a tunnel, to James CraigDrive. Currently the tunnel is locked off by Sydney Ports. Can come down the path from the Digger on the AB cycleway, but by that stage you might as well continue on across the AB.
Isn't fairly clear from the exact alignment of the Anzac Bridge and its approaches on the western side, and Victoria Road west of Robert Street, that the RMS (within which beats the heart of the still undead RTA) believes it will soon own the White Bay power station, and will be able to build six or perhaps eight sparkling traffic lanes straight through it? I don't exactly love the White Bay power station in its present condition as a hulking ruin, but I'd rather that than another fatuous piece of urban motorway.
This idea reminds me the New Jersey turnpike full of buses going backwards and forwards between a car park in New Jersey and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Its an option.
Im thinking though that if a congestion tax was brought in people would actually park at their local train station rather than going all the way in to White Bay - only a few would do that.
And the areas around train stations would then be blighted by car parks instead of the attractive stuff that would make people want to live near the station, and so it would reduce the number of people willing/able to catch the train. Bike parking at stations is OK because it requires one tenth of the space as car parking, and so is compatible with the sort of density that is required for a train station to have a sufficient catchment of people to make the station worthwhile, or even profitable.