Thursday 4 December 2014
BIKEast today slammed the NSW government’s plan to tear up the segregated College Street cycleway, saying forcing bike riders on to this busy street to mix with motor traffic would put lives in danger.
According to recent plans the popular College Street cycleway is to be replaced by an inferior – and at times dangerous – alternative on Castlereagh Street, where the bike-only lane would only operate in peak hours. At other times, bike riders would have to share this busy road with cars, buses and trucks. Alarmingly, those riding north would have to negotiate oncoming traffic.
“Forcing bike riders to travel against the traffic on Castlereagh Street, or to mix with heavy traffic on College Street, is a recipe for disaster,” said BIKEast vice-president Jim Hope. “The government’s own research has found the rate of cycling injuries halved in areas where protected bike lanes had been built.
“Why, then, is the College Street separated cycleway to be ripped up, and replaced with the inferior Castlereagh Street alternative? How can the Government seriously be considering options that will increase the risk of injury – or even death for people using their bikes to access the CBD?” BIKEast president Mark Worthington called on the NSW government to retain the College Street cycleway, and to immediately start work on a fully separated and full-time cycleway along Castlereagh Street – as promised in the state government’s CBD Access Strategy.
“According to the City of Sydney Council, which built the College Street separated cycleway and supports its retention, more than 2,200 bike riders currently use it each day – just in the six peak hours,” said BIKEast president Mark Worthington. “Where does the NSW government expect these people to go?
“The government should keep the College Street cycleway and start building a fully separated Castlereagh Street cycleway as soon as possible.”
For more information or photographs, please contact BIKEast President Mark Worthington on 0412 013 262.
BIKEast is a Bicycle User Group affiliated with Bicycle NSW.