Better streets and spaces

Sydney to fast-track walking and cycling routes

New pathways will allow safer travel between workplaces, schools, health care and the city centre.

Pitt Street cycleway artist impression

New walking and riding connections have been fast-tracked and more road space will be reserved for cycling as part of our plan to help people move around while physically distancing.

We’re working with Transport for NSW to see the rapid installation of trial cycleways on key routes.

This will provide an essential transport option for many residents of our inner suburbs and reduce crowding on public transport.

Walking paths and widened streets will allow people to maintain physical distancing, connect to key locations and support local businesses.

The infrastructure we’ve chosen will be quick and simple to build, adaptable and inexpensive.

The City of Sydney and Transport for NSW will each install 3 new separated cycleways using a combination of barriers, line markings and lane dividers. The 6 locations to be built first are:

  • Pitt Street north between King Street and Reiby Place, Sydney
  • Henderson Road, Eveleigh and Railway Parade/Bridge Street, Erskineville
  • Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
  • Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street, Paddington / Surry Hills
  • Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont
  • Sydney Park Road, Erskineville

Working with Transport for NSW, we’ll develop the next tranche of temporary cycleways on key city access routes to improve safety for people riding and reduce crowding on public transport.

There’ll also be fast-tracked temporary footpath widening in areas of high pedestrian activity in the city centre, and for local businesses in inner-city village centres and along main streets.

The busy main streets of Newtown, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Ultimo and Glebe are top priority for providing extra space for people to walk and to support local businesses.

We’ll explore closing some city streets at lunch time, or temporarily widening footpaths to create more public space next to food and drink offerings and allow people to get to and from work.

Along with the NSW Government, we recently announced plans to extend George Street’s car-free zone in both directions between Bathurst and Campbell streets and extended in the southbound direction to Rawson Place. The existing temporary closure in the southbound direction from Bathurst Street to Campbell Street will be made permanent.

Published 18 May 2020

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