Need to return road space for walking and cycling – Bridge Rd Glebe

Proper path and cycleway? Or speedway?

Bridge Road Glebe changes from single lane to two lanes for a short distance along the Blackwattle Bay foreshore (between A and B on the map above).  Two lanes are unnecessary and dangerous because they enable overtaking and speeding. The second lanes on Bridge Road are required to cater for the high number of walkers and cyclists in the area especially during construction of the new Fish Markets.

WalkSydney has written to the Transport Minister requesting the road space be reused for pedestrians and cyclists

Between Taylor Street (A) and Wattle Street (B), the Foreshore pedestrian and cycleway ends at Bridge Road.  Pedestrians and cyclists continue toward the City and Pyrmont, overflowing onto the road at times. There is no alternative.  When construction requirements close the footpath, construction directs pedestrians and cyclists across Bridge Road.

If Bridge Road were a continuous single lane in each direction, there would be more space for all the users on the foreshore and a single lane would reduce speeding.  It would also enable a permanent cycleway to be established along Bridge Road and provide for continuation of the pop-up cycleways.

This area has high foot traffic in particular because Bridge Road intersects parklands and connects densely occupied places.  As outdoor life is likely to remain a health priority, safe networks for people and cycles are required.