A Win For Sydney – Cycleway to Replace Bridge Steps

shbstepsimagekbellBicycle NSW has been advocating for a solution to the stairs at the North end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After a number of years and significant input and review of potential routes and solutions, Bicycle NSW welcomes the NSW State Government’s announcement today of funding for the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleways. The Bridge is an international icon and is appreciated by millions of people every year, whether local, interstate or international visitor, by vehicle, foot or bicycle.

The facelift will see improvements to the Southern connection to the Kent Street cycle way, and most importantly, a cycleway to replace the existing steps at the north end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This new ramp will link to the future Naremburn cycle route and connect through to the CBD. Bicycle NSW has been meeting with the State Government and attending workshops to identify possible routes, solutions and innovations to deliver this key piece of infrastructure while maintaining the integrity, importance and the heritage values of the area. The new infrastructure will play a major role in connecting Sydney’s bicycle network of routes, cycleways and shared paths and will provide greater accessibility to the vital commuter link for Sydneysiders wishing to travel between the north and the CBD.

“It’s a testament to our longstanding role as the peak advocacy body for all bicycle riders in NSW, that Bicycle NSW has managed to work with RMS, Transport for NSW and the NSW State Government through the plans and issues presented in the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleways, to find a solution that maintains the heritage and importance of the Bridge, while allowing more people the opportunity to experience our iconic landmark on two wheels. We have no doubt that this commitment to and investment in bicycle infrastructure will see an increase in people riding bikes for pleasure, recreation and commuting” said Bicycle NSW President, Jon Leighton.

Bicycle NSW will continue to work closely with the Government to advocate for the best possible infrastructure designs and route choices on this integral planning piece of work. With commencement slated for 2017 and anticipated completion dates in 2020, Bicycle NSW is delighted with the funding commitment to support future growth in cycling participation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Community consultation and input will be sought to provide feedback on the proposal coming in mid 2017. Bicycle NSW will ensure it’s Bicycle User Groups and members are kept well informed of their opportunity to add their voice to the consultation process.

Watch the Roads and Maritime Services Sydney Harbour Bridge Projects Overview Video

View our live video stream of the announcement on our Bicycle NSW Facebook page and read our media release here.

We invite all cyclists to join us in celebrating this next step in creating a better environment for cycling. By joining Bicycle NSW today, you will be helping us continue this great work.

 

Photos from the Media Launch on Wednesday 7 December, 2016