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.