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This page has been created to report the persistent, serious road and path infrastructure issues that endanger bike riders in NSW.

It will focus on state significant infrastructure that endangers people riding bikes, use images or video as evidence, explain how those responsible have breached the standards required, and cite the relevant law, regulation or guidelines. Once the issue has been corrected and evidence provided, the matter will move across to the  #NSWFixedIT page.


Rozelle Interchange

Bicycle Lanterns

Summary:  Pedestrian crossing of Victoria Rd from Gordon St. without bicycle lanterns it is illegal to cross to the shared cycleway on the north side of Vic Rd. - penalty $114 Requiring riders to dismount at the top of the hill in front of cars to use the pedestrian crossing is deadly. This will be heavily used when the cycle diversion from White Bay Hotel site to Anzac Bridge temporary cycleway is built. Cyclists travelling in the reverse direction cannot legally enter Gordon St - as it's a 1 way exit. This needs to be rectified.

Issue: Contravenes NSW Road Rules, Rule 248 and the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (2019)  Part 2. S2.3 Risk as it fails to identify and properly manage the risk to bike riders of the works, Part 2 S2.6.2 which says that Safety is the highest priority of any temporary traffic management plan

Cycleway Obstruction

Summary: CWL & James Craig Rd cycleway obstructed by telegraph pole with lamp post and traffic signal pole in close proximity, 2 attempts at warning of telegraph pole danger.

Issue: Contravenes the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (2019)  Part 2. S2.3. Risk as it fails to identify and properly manage the risk to bike riders of the works, Part 2 S2.6.2 which says that safety is the highest priority of any temporary traffic management plan. Project managers ignored calls for change till after a rider was hurt, and then added treatment to the ground and post, but didn't actually remove the post and make the corner safe

Not A Safe Diversion

Summary: CWL & The Crescent crowded bike/pedestrian storage on a Sunday. Insufficient storage for the numbers of riders during the week- not a safe diversion. At least there are bicycle lanterns.

Issue:Contravenes the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (2019) Part 2. S2.3 Risk as it fails to identify and properly manage the risk to bike riders of the works Part 2 S2.6.2 which says that Safety is the highest priority of any temporary traffic management plan

Cycleway Obstructed By Trade Vehicles

Summary:James Craig Rd shared path north side, often a worksite or obstructed by trade vehicles, works vehicles etc. This is supposed to be a shared path to separate riders from heavy vehicle traffic

Issue:Contravenes the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (2019) Part 2. S2.3 Risk – requiring “…identification and analysis and mitigation of all risks likely to arise during works on roads…

Unsafe Official Diversion

Summary: Heavy vehicles are crossing in and out of a works area, across a shared path that is an official diversion for the Rozelle Interchange project without traffic control.

Issue:Contravenes the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (2019) Part 2. S2.3 Risk – requiring risk identification and mitigation and S2.6.2 That specifies safety as the most important principle in the preparation and review of a Traffic Management Plan (TMP)


North Sydney

Stopping Bike Access

Summary: A well used shared path that was part of North Sydney Council's bike plan has been changed to stop bike access, in spite of rider objections.

Issue: Contradicts 4 of the 6 outcomes of the Future Transport 2056 plan by reducing safety, accessibility sustainability and place making. it also undermines the North Sydney Integrated Cycling Strategy.


How Do I Report My Issue?

It's a Local Issue

  1. Report to Council/RMS
  2. No response/action, then share on a photo on social media. Tag in Councils involved, the local state MP (you can find that here), Transport for NSW, Bicycle NSW and use #NSWBikeFAIL

 

It's a State Road Project

Send details to info@bicyclensw.org.au with subject as "NSW Bike Fail"

Be sure to include:

  • Location of issue
  • Short summary of issue and steps you’ve already taken
  • Law/guideline/policy that is breached. You can find a guide here to help with this.
  • High quality photos and/or link to video in landscape