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Cycling Backwards

Monday 6 November 2017

While the government will fix the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway, the minister’s response to other needed city centre cycle routes is disappointing. The William/Park streets separated cycleway dangerously stops at Elizabeth Street, there is no easterly route from Darling Harbour along Druitt Street to Park Street and the main north-south Castlereagh Street cycleway ends at Liverpool Street.

Unfortunately the transport minister also won’t act on safe direct cycling routes to the planned Cleveland Street high school, now cut off by light rail works and surrounded by high risk roads like Cleveland, Devonshire, Chalmers, Elizabeth, Lee and Regent streets. Instead, the government boosted cycling offence penalties; cycling rates have decreased where there are no safe routes.  Links to my letters and the responses are below.

High School Cycle Routes

Park Street Cycle Route 

Minister's Response - Park Street Cycle Route


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  • commented 2017-11-07 12:00:33 +1100 · Flag
    Hello Alex,

    As a regular bike rider for years I agree with your comments on all fronts. While the government has initially was very enthusiastic to make new bike ways and make the existing one safer somehow this initiative has slowed down and almost stopped. There has been no improvements made in the last year whatsoever and the roadwork’s and closures made it almost impossible to cycle safely in the CBD and surrounds.
    More improvement\separate bike lane needed along Oxford street leading to Bondi Junction and further to the beach. The traffic has worsened so much lately that it takes instead of the 35 minutes previously for about an hour and travelling dangerously between frustrated and angry drivers including some very unprofessional behaviour from the council bus drivers.
    I hope your letters will do not fall on deaf ears and get ignored until we have more accidents and injuries and a result of the governments non actions in this matter.