Campaign for Sydney Cycleways #cycleways4people
- Bicycle NSW Action 4 June 2015: Bicycle Rider Safety Rally Demanding #cycleways4people
- Bicycle NSW Media Release 28 May 2015: Government Ministers are failing the people and putting lives at risk
- Bicycle NSW Media Release 20 May 2015: Stop The Spin Cycle – It’s Time To Move Forward
- Retailers supporting the campaign #cycleways4people.
- 5 March 2015 Update from Minister Berejiklian to Bicycle NSW 5 March 2015
- Bicycle NSW Q&A 25 February 2015: Castlereagh Street Cycleway – proposed loading zone trial
- Bicycle NSW Action 18 February 2015: Letter to Minister Berejiklian regarding meeting 3 February 2015
- 9 February 2015: GBCA letter to NSW Minister Gay re Castlereagh Street cycleway
- Bicycle NSW Media Release 5 February 2015: State Government’s celebrated transport strategy at risk
- Bicycle NSW Media Release 11 December 2014: Encouraging words of support from Minister Gay on Sydney cycleways network
- Bicycle NSW Media Release 26 November 2014: Response to Complete Streets: Cycleway and Streetscapes project
In December 2013 the NSW Government committed to building safe, separated cycleways on Castlereagh Street, Park Street and Liverpool St as part of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy.
These cycleways will link to the existing Kent Street Cycleway and the proposed extensions on King Street and Pitt Street. This work will help relieve Sydney’s traffic congestion, provide alternative transport during the construction of Light Rail and the new Bus network, and support Sydney as Australia’s global city.
The NSW Government recently announced that the Castlereagh Street Cycleway would include a trial of part-time loading zones on the cycleway and they affirmed plans to remove $4.9m worth of existing cycleway infrastructure on College Street.
The trial of part-time loading zones on the cycleway puts peoples’ safety at risk. It threatens the viability of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy and the ability for Sydney to grow as Australia’s major financial and employment precinct.
Bicycle NSW is calling on the State Government to deliver a suitable and safe network of cycleways as committed to in the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy. The State Government must publicly commit to these four priorities:
- Complete the inner-city cycleway network by building Castlereagh, Park and Liverpool Street Cycleways as per the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy.
- Trial the loading zones in the Castlereagh Street Cycleway for 6 months (NOTE – loading zones on the cycleway are a trial, not the cycleway).
- Trial the loading zones in the adjacent lane for 6 months (compare impacts, safety, traffic counts, bike counts etc).
- Keep College Street Cycleway until there is a safe alternative full time route, evidence that Castlereagh Street cycleway is operating safely and effectively, and proof there is a benefit from removing $4.9m of existing popular infrastructure.
Bicycle NSW is asking everyone who cares about the viability of Sydney as a functioning, fluid, first class city to take action. Write to your Premier, your Ministers and your local Members, highlighting the benefits of cycleways and ask them the critical questions.
BENEFITS OF CYCLEWAYS
- The State Government has a target to double the ‘mode share’ of cycling for trips in Sydney by 2016, with further subsequent growth in cycling for all trips in NSW.
- People riding in and around the City of Sydney has soared 132% over the last four years (March 2010 = 25,868 to March 2014 = 60,098).
- Streets with separated cycleways or shared paths have seen the biggest growth, with a 408% increase on Bourke Street, 327% on Kent Street and 307% on College Street.
- While the number of bicycle trips in the CBD has more than doubled, the number of injuries has declined since the first separated cycleways were installed. Completing the network will help ensure that continued growth of people riding does not result in an increase in injury and deaths.
- Local and international research consistently finds that safety (specifically the fear of riding in traffic) is the number one barrier to more people riding bikes. Recent research in inner Sydney found that around 75% of potential and irregular riders would ride if they had safe infrastructure.
- A network is only as strong as its recent link, and safe separated cycleways through the city centre are an essential part of the wider Sydney Regional Bike Network.
- This project would connect 15 Council areas that surround the city centre. Last year the project was included on Infrastructure Australia’s list of priority projects as a key step towards attracting a necessary $185 million in Commonwealth funding over eight years.
- If the 284 km network across 164 suburbs was built, the network would produce a 71% increase in bike trips by 2026. The estimated value of reduced congestion alone is $97.8 million, or $4.07 for every commuter switching from a car to bicycle during peak periods. (Source: study by leading international consultancy AECOM)
- How does the NSW Government plan to operate the part-time loading zones on the Castlereagh Street cycleway?
- For all road users and pedestrians of Castlereagh Street, what does the NSW Government consider an acceptable safety risk?
- As Castlereagh Street is south bound one-way, how does the NSW Government propose north-bound riders safely manoeuvre around parked vehicles?
- While loading zones are trialled on the cycleway, where will bicycle riders be diverted so they can safely navigate across the city?
- Will the NSW Government commit to a trial period of part-time loading zones in the traffic lane adjacent to the Castlereagh Street Cycleway?
- Will the NSW Government commit to retaining the College Street cycleway during the trial periods (loading zone in cycleway, loading zone in adjacent lane) to ensure that riders are given at least one safe, full-time option for travelling north-south through the city centre?
- How will the success or failure of the part-time loading zones be monitored during the trial period? And will the results be publicly available?
- What evidence is there to demonstrate the demand for the large space being created for loading zones along Castlereagh Street?
- What evidence is there, either nationally or internationally, to suggest that mixing heavy vehicles with bicycle riders in this ‘part-time’ way creates an acceptable level of safety for all users?
- If the trial shows that putting part-time loading zones on a cycleway poses a risk to peoples’ health and safety, will the NSW Government commit to removing the loading zones and retaining the dedicated full-time cycleway?
- If the loading zones are shown to be unwarranted for loading associated with businesses on or near Castlereagh Street, will the NSW Government commit to removing the loading zones?
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian released their Sydney City Centre Access Strategy in December 2013 acknowledging that “better facilities for pedestrians and a completed city centre cycleway network will make it easier to move around and within the city centre.”
Bicycle NSW needs everyone (riders, drivers, pedestrians, building owners, asset managers, retailers and the CBD workforce) to hold the NSW Government to their commitment of the Access Strategy and their commitment to reduce congestion, provide for future growth and improve the customer experience for everyone accessing the city.
Bicycle NSW’s priority is to encourage you to take action by writing to your Premier and Ministers highlighting the benefits of cycleways and asking the critical questions that affect your access to Sydney. If you are also in a position to support Bicycle NSW with a donation, we welcome your tax deductible contribution to the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust as we advocate for a better environment for cycling and a network of separated, safe cycleways for people.
Write to the Premier and Ministers, and your local Members highlighting the benefits and demand answers to your questions.
Request a meeting so you can be confident they are genuinely engaged, understand the opportunities and risks, and are committed to serving the community.
The Hon. Mike Baird, MP
Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Western Sydney
2 Martin Place, SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone (02) 8574 5200 Facsimile (02) 9339 5510
The Hon. Duncan Gay, MLC
Minister for Roads and Freight
52 Martin Place, SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone (02) 8574 5500 Facsimile (02) 9339 5534
The Hon. Andrew Constance, MP
Minister for Transport
52 Martin Place, SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone (02) 8574 5200 Facsimile (02) 9339 5510
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