But get your submissions in now!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge northern access ramp Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is out. It’s overwhelmingly positive and marks an exciting step forward for a long-overdue project. As set out in the Bicycle NSW submission, the ramp will transform active transport in Australia’s most populous city.
Your submissions will help ensure that the project is delivered on schedule in 2024. Bicycle NSW, our Members and countless supporters have campaigned for an inclusive linear ramp to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway for more than 40 years. Finally, under the leadership of a progressive Minister for Active Transport, Rob Stokes, riders of all ages and abilities, using a variety of bikes, will be able to cross the harbour by their own volition.
ASPECT Studio’s award-winning design. The project’s approach to Design Excellence has resulted in a very high standard of design. The ramp is elegant and touches Bradfield Park as lightly as possible. As the design has evolved, long-term impacts to heritage, landscape, visual amenity and traffic have been carefully ameliorated. We are sure that the ramp will become a new architectural icon for Sydney and draw admirers from far and wide! (Source: TfNSW)
Building a better city
ASPECT Studio’s award-winning linear design compliments our iconic art deco bridge. Whilst paying homage to the movement and place of the Gadigal and Cammeraygal people, it will fundamentally beautify and activate adjoining places in and around Milsons Point by prioritising people over cars. The site of the Kirribilli Markets and the much-loved La Campanini Restaurant will be preserved. Indeed, we envisage that due to increased foot traffic, local businesses will boom.
The linear access ramp will be a game-changer for walking and cycling
- It’s fair and includes everybody! The bridge ramp supports all bike riders currently blocked from 55 stairs, including children, elderly, riders with disability, e-bikes, recumbents, cargo bikes.
- It supports sustainable cities by enabling people to leave their cars at home. We’re in the midst of a climate crisis and around 20% of CO2 emissions come from private car use. 70% of trips under 2km are made by car!
- It is a key north-south strategic link.
- It supports people struggling with the cost of living.
- It supports a culture of physical activity - a major issue, especially among children.
- Alfred St gets a make-over with a dedicated cycleway, making it safer for pedestrians.
- 15 car parking spaces are removed for the benefit of active transport, as opposed to the passive storage of private property in public space.
- It's a beautiful award-winning design that compliments everybody's favourite art deco bridge.
- Only 5-6 trees are removed and replaced.
- Businesses benefit massively from active transport (from 5:1 to 13:1 for every dollar spent. Check out our article)
Have your say - submissions due 19th December!
Bicycle NSW is closely involved with the design and delivery of cycling infrastructure in our beautiful state. Please support our advocacy work by joining the Bicycle NSW family today.