Riders in some parts of NSW could be forgiven for tearing their hair out in frustration, but advocacy is working.
Bicycle NSW works with individuals, groups and MP’s who share our concerns, and aim for outcomes that enhance the safety and amenity of communities. When working on one project, we also strive to identify changes or lessons that could be applied to others, to make NSW better for all bike riders.
Our efforts to make light rail safer has led to a NSW Government tender for track inserts to make paths and roads safer for bike riders, pram and wheelchair users. Ongoing efforts to improve heavy vehicle safety standards align with the sector and led to support for our safety messages.
Westconnex Rozelle Interchange
The Westconnex Rozelle Interchange project became a focus for us due to its impact on Lilyfield Road, the busiest section of riding infrastructure in NSW prior to its commencement. For anyone navigating the detours and enduring the disruption, or our team grinding through regular project meetings and handling complaints, frustration can obscure success.
Our work with local MP Jamie Parker, Councils, members and the local expertise of the Inner West Bike Coalition has led to improvements. Shared paths have replaced multi-stage crossings, detour wayfinding has improved, and bicycle lanterns have been added to pedestrian crossings.
During this process we have demonstrated the benefits to the community by improving bike facilities and rider safety. We have also used this project to call for earlier planning for the needs of people riding bikes, and to highlight the need for greater transparency. This offers community safety and cost control benefits.
“We appreciate Jamie Parker MP calling for all of the safety audits to be published,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“It’s much easier to identify an issue and help prevent problems, if we have all of the information,” said Bastien.
Bicycle NSW appreciates the investment our members make in enabling us to do this work. It’s complex and takes time, but you are all helping make NSW better for bike riders.