Thumbs up to Marrickville Council on Signpost Action

The Cook’s River Cycleway is one of the most expansive and well-used cycling routes in all of Sydney. So, when several missing signs along this cycleway were reported to Bicycle NSW, one of our volunteers, Aaron Burger, went out to investigate them.

Here is Aaron’s report:

One of the problem sites I discovered turned out to be Tempe Station, where a cyclist approaching from the west must turn into the car park to continue riding along the Cook’s River path. There was a single sign in place at the intersection, however it was ambiguous: indicating a need to turn at either Bayview Avenue (which has a wide shoulder), or into the car park.

For anyone, like myself, who happened to choose Bayview Avenue, I offer my greatest sympathies. If you do not realise which direction you’re facing, you’ll find yourself going back the way you came, then having to cross a hidden footbridge into Turrella to pull your way back to the Princes Highway.

So I prepared a missing sign report and sent it to Marrickville Council, the body responsible for the grounds of Tempe Station, and a large portion of the Cook’s River path. Marrickville responded punctually and stated that the signage would be reinstated as soon as practicable. Taking it a step further, for Marrickville, ‘as soon as practicable’ meant less than three weeks.

When last week I went to inspect Tempe Station once again, I was astounded to see that Marrickville had exceeded all of my expectations. The misleading sign had been rotated, a new sign was installed to indicate the car park turn, and there were two visible bicycle stencils on the surrounding pavement. Marrickville’s effort had greatly improved this section of the B2B Cycleway.

And that’s really all that’s necessary: Individuals who report missing signs and Councils who are willing, if not eager, to install them. This process, from both inside the government and out, is a great way to make a personal positive impact on the lives of fellow cyclists.

To a clearly marked tomorrow!

Centennial Parklands Trial Opening of Musgrave Ave Gates

The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is trialing a new arrangement that sees the opening of the Musgrave Ave Gates daily from sunrise to sunset to allow cyclists and pedestrians to use this key entry point.  The aim of the trial is to gauge the impacts on safety and to measure other benefits and risks of changing the current conditions.

Bull Bar Ban or Not

The Federal Government was to consider banning bull bars as one of the options provided in a recently-released Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

However, while the public consultation period for the RIS draft was scheduled to close in April 2011, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport has withdrawn the RIS as directed by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Department, The Hon Catherine King MP.

Click here to read the full Bicycle NSW Submission.

Statement on the M2 Detour

Bicycle NSW is calling into question the safety of the M2 detour cycle route which provides people riding bikes an alternative route during the construction of the $550 million M2 Upgrade project.

Despite a recent statement released by Transurban that maintains the project team has worked closely with Bicycle NSW and other local cycling groups to determine the route, the alternative cycle route has not been endorsed as either safe or suitable by Bicycle NSW, Bike North and CAMWEST.

Read our full M2 Detour Press Release.

2011 Member Survey Results

Here’s a summary of the results from the 2011 Bicycle NSW member survey. Thanks to all members who took part. Your feedback has been valuable in guiding the direction and services that Bicycle NSW offers.  Below is a summary of the results along with Bicycle NSW’s action points as a result of the survey.

Graph 1 (below) shows the types of cycling that members take part in most often:

Graph 2 (below) shows how members rate the current Bicycle NSW member benefits.

(1 = very important, 4 = not important at all):

Graph 3 (below) shows the areas where members feel Bicycle NSW should concentrate.

(1 = very important, 4 = not important at all):

Graph 4 (below) shows how satisfied members are with their Bicycle NSW membership.

(1 = very satisfied, 10 = not satisfied at all)

“I’d like BNSW to get into community education about cycling as well – not just cyclists.”

“It’s nearly all about Sydney, nothing about regional NSW/Australia. It could have info about other States that would be of interest to NSW members.”

“Stronger advocacy for a broad range of people who ride bicycles is my priority. I think linking with local BUGS is important to help ensure that grass roots opinions are heard.”

“It needs to provide a more interactive forum for identifying problem areas of routes. It would also benefit from more professional analysis and concrete strategies for improving bike paths and facilities in NSW.”

“I would like to see more advocacy for rail trail options in NSW – something like the Otago rail trail.”

“More information about bicycle safety. More advice about safe routes. offering to facilitate the change of council policies where they have failed to create safe routes at particular locations, or have adopted changes that have made routes less safe.”

“A forum would be good, where for example, if someone was wanting to participate in a ride, but did not have transport to get themselves there, you could advertise on a forum and car pooling could be provided, thus allowing to enter more events.”

Action points
As a result of the survey Bicycle NSW has implemented the following:

We have developed the Discovery Long Weekend concept to include all regional touring rides.  The new name is Discovery Rides (to allow for tours longer than a weekend) and we have been working on a new web site ( dedicated to delivering future Discovery Rides across regional NSW.

More prominent position in the media, representing the views and opinions of bicycle riders.  Stronger focus on advocacy, supporting local Bicycle User Groups to advocate for better facilities and conditions for bicycle riders.

Thanks again to all members for completing the survey. Watch this space for more exciting developments at Bicycle NSW in 2011!

2010 Volunteer Awards

The Max Wiechman Volunteer of the year – David “Debbie” Anderberg
A long serving volunteer of not only Bicycle NSW, but other charities, events and special education programs, Debbie has proven time and time again that he is the true meaning of the word volunteer. Involved since the early 90’s and has continued to show leadership and experience that is irreplaceable. Debbie is highly popular amongst his peers and has developed the up most respect not only with volunteers but Bicycle NSW staff past and present.

In 2010 Debbie was a key figure in the following Bicycle NSW run events:

  • Sydney Gear Up Girl Challenge
  • Canberra Gear up Girl Challenge
  • The NSW Government Spring Cycle

But it isn’t just Bicycle NSW where Debbie excels:

  • Sydney to Gong Ride
  • MS walk and fun run
  • MS Horse ride

Outside of event volunteering:

  • Assist disadvantaged kids with their education:
  • Young offenders
  • Kids in Hospital
  • Distance education (kids away from their families)

Warwick Howse Spring Cycle Volunteer of the year – Ted Duffy
Ted has been an invaluable volunteer for several years along with Maureen, his wife, who is also nominated in this category. For this year’s Spring Cycle, not only was Ted in charge of logistics for all 7 sites, but also gave up the days in the lead up to the event to pack trucks, collect vehicles and deliver equipment. And always with a smile.

Gear Up Girl Volunteer of the Year – Luke Bigucci
Luke is a delight to have around during events. Always putting up his hand to come into the office to help pre event and then turn up on event day with a smile and a can do attitude. He is quickly becoming a regular on all Bicycle NSW events, but showed tremendous skills and commitment at the start site for the Sydney Gear Up Girl Challenge ensuring the registration process went smoothly.

Schools and Commuting Program Volunteer of the Year – Aaron Burger
Aaron has been an office volunteer since mid-October and in that time has achieved a great deal. Aaron’s background in IT and passion for cycling has given him the skills to set up a website tool for which allows people to highlight missing signage for cyclists on the NSW road and bike path system. The tool has proved extremely popular, with over 130 entries so far.

Community Volunteer of the Year – Graeme Edwards
Chairperson of the BUG Council, President of Bike North and instrumental in the development of BNSW Ride Leader course and Master Ride Leader accredited teacher training course and is anAccredited as a Master Ride Leader

Events and Volunteer Management Volunteer of the Year – Richelle Pratap
Richelle has been nominated for the fantastic effort she did in the lead up to the Spring Cycle. Responsible for the volunteer prizes and corporate support, Richelle managed to convince organisations to donate prizes and a bus! Richelle has been a spark in the office and helped immensely with her knowledge, efficiency, and friendliness.

Membership and Advocacy Volunteer of the Year – Elizabeth Buscaino
Elizabeth has been a fantastic resource for the Bicycle New South Wales office to have on board in 2010. Showing initiative in her work and being passionate about cycling have enabled her to retain members for Bicycle New South Wales and assist the office with administration work. Elizabeth has made a difference to cycling and is greatly appreciated by the staff at Bicycle NSW.

Release of Findings from Staysafe Enquiry into Vulnerable Road Users

The Staysafe Committee have released their final report into Vulnerable Road Users – Inquiry into Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety.

Major areas for suggested reform, some of which have been consistently stressed in all previous reports, include:

  • improved data collection and management; 
  • improvements in roads engineering; 
  • better targeted education and public awareness programs and campaigns; 
  • improved planning processes, including enhanced collaboration between the NSW Government and local councils.

The report made 19 recommendations including the following recommendations which are strongly supported by Bicycle NSW:

The Committee recommends that the RTA strengthen its monitoring of road surface
conditions to improve safety for vulnerable road users and implement a direct reporting
system to alert the appropriate engineering and maintenance areas of the agency and local councils to potential hazards, for immediate remediation as problems arise.

The Committee recommends that the RTA trial a system of bike boxes, also known as
advanced stop lines (ASL), that allow bicyclists to move in front of vehicles when stopped at a signalised intersection in order to reduce the potential for conflicts with vehicle turning movements on the green signal.

The Committee also recommends that separate signal phases for bicyclists at intersections, which stop all vehicular traffic while permitting cyclists to proceed through the intersection in designated directions, should be trialled where appropriate.

The Committee recommends that the RTA and the NSW Police Force evaluate the
effectiveness of the CARES program with a view to increasing its funding for wider

The Committee recommends that the RTA and local councils conduct further educational campaigns to make road users aware of the location, operation and potential risks associated with the use of shared paths and cycleways.

There are obvious benefits in closer collaboration between the NSW Government and local councils in the setting and implementation of road safety priorities. Therefore, the
Committee recommends that the NSW Government examine the feasibility of extending the current provisions applying in the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Sydney and negotiate similar arrangements with other local councils, in order to assist with road safety transport planning and implementation at the local level.

Click here to visit the Parliament of NSW site .

Click here to download the final report by the Staysafe Committee.

Submission to the RTA Design of Harbourlink

The RTA has developed a concept design for the section of the Harbourlink corridor from Naremburn to Ridge St, North Sydney.

Bicycle NSW applauds the RTA for taking steps to progress the design of components of the Harbourlink project and looks forward to delivery of the project in a timely manner.  Bicycle NSW feels that the approach the RTA is taking to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure could be improved in two key areas.

1. Improved Design Standards

To accommodate the projected bicycle traffic flows across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 10 to 20 years, the path should be designed to carry up to 1 cycle trip per second at peak times (sum of trips in each direction) with average speeds of 30 km/h and peak speeds of 50 km/h.  The path width should be at least 4m with a maximum grade of +/? 5%. For the section between Ridge St and Blue St, it is recommended that the pedestrian and bicycle facilities are separated to accommodate the high speed of cyclists using this long, down?hill stretch.

2. Staged Delivery 

The Prioritised Design Plan outlined in our full submission recommends that Harbourlink is designed and delivered in stages as funds become available.  The aim of this plan is to minimise the risks to the project posed by uncertain funding and the long time?frame of the project by focussing on high?priority sections of the Harbourlink corridor first. By providing short, strategic sections of SUP, key barriers can be removed and the Harbourlink corridor can quickly become a safer, more comfortable and more efficient cycling facility.

Click here to read the full Bicycle NSW Submission.