Planning or a mirage

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In mid-May, City of Sydney council announced six new pop-up bike routes which are shown in orange above. These may give the impression that missing links into a network are being added.

The proposed route along Bridge Road from Leichhardt to Glebe ends at stairs which ascend to the Glebe Light Rail stop. Perhaps the designers expect the people cycling to continue along busy Bridge Road or ride on a very narrow footpath towards the Fish Markets. This is already dangerous for people walking and cycling because the limited path width is also shared with construction hoardings.

WalkSydney has previously suggested that a traffic lane be removed so that the walk / cycle way is expanded.

Bridge Road is a single lane road through Glebe from Parramatta Road, and if the single lane was continued (rather than provision suddenly for two traffic lanes), there would be sufficient space for walking and cycling all the way to the Fish Markets.

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group of road users and need to be protected by adequate and fair sharing of road space with people cycling and driving.

More details on the pop-up cycleways

The City of Sydney plans to deliver the first three cycleways by end of June:
– Pitt Street (north), CBD
– Dunning Ave Rosebery &
– the Bridge Street + Railway Parade + Henderson Rd link

Transport for NSW plans to deliver the remaining cycleways:
– Sydney Park Road
– Moore Park Road &
– Pyrmont Bridge Road

Details on the City of Sydney website.