Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Stimulus Funding: Sydney
The Federal Government is rolling out its $40M National Bike Paths Projects fund
Sydney scores stimulus for bikes
20 October 2009. The Federal Government has committed $5.4M towards a huge $12.8M upgrade and expansion of cycling infrastructure across Sydney.
The Feds have partnered with 15 local Sydney councils on 22 projects through the National Bike Paths Fund.
The councils receiving funding are: Bankstown; Blacktown; Campbelltown; Botany Bay; Hunters Hill; Liverpool; Manly; Marrickville; Parramatta; Rockdale; Ryde; Sutherland Shire; Sydney; Waverley; and Wollondilly.
"These projects are exactly what our Economic Stimulus Plan is all about, said Anthony Albanese, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
"They will immediately support 281 local jobs while leaving a lasting legacy for the community through facilities that will encourage healthier lifestyles.
"Building better cycling infrastructure will also help take cars off Sydney's roads and reduce carbon emissions over the longer term.
"The Rudd Labor Government is delivering funding for cycling infrastructure around the country, providing more Australians with a greener, healthier way of getting to and from school and work, as well as recreational facilities," he said.
Significant projects include: $1.7M to accelerate the $5.5M two-way on-road separated cycleway network in Alexandria, Rosebery, Zetland, Glebe and Forest Lodge and $400,000 towards the $801,500 "missing link" in Rydalmere to construct 900 metres of trail to link two sectors of a popular regional cycleway network. Most of the other projects are at a smaller scale for example the City of Manly will spend $650,000 across five missing links in Manlys bike network, including Balgowlah Heights on-road bike route; Seaforth North off-road bike path; Darley Road shared path; a shared path along Hill Street and Rosedale Avenue Fairlight; and a shared path along Balgowlah Road.
Read the full list of projects below.
Many of the projects are high priority and will make a significant contribution to getting more people riding more often. The relevance of some projects is less certain, and whether they will boost rider numbers and justify the investment is open to question. As funding for bike infrastructure is so scarce, it is critical that the resources are spent wisely.
We will need the help of riders familiar with Sydney to help us evaluate the likely effectiveness of these grants. This feedback will be used to help governments and councils set priorities for future investment.
A survey will be set up soon to take your comments.
GREATER SYDNEY BIKE PATH PROJECTS:
|Organisation||Project Name||Federal contribution||Total Project Cost||PROJECT DESCRIPTION|
|Bankstown City Council||Henry Lawson Drive Bike Path||169,241||338,482||This project will extend and refurbish an existing section of bike path along Henry Lawson Drive, adjacent to the Georges River. The path will provide commuter access to Bankstown Airport and the associated industrial park as well as expanding the recreational bike network in accordance with the Bankstown Bike Plan.|
|Blacktown City Council||Construction of Mount Druitt to Oakhurst cycleway route||220,000||441,500||This project will be a major North-South cycleway that links major transport (i.e. Westlink M7) corridors with major employment, recreational, education and other community facilities in the Blacktown Local Government Area. The project will involve the construction of a 2.5-3.0m wide concrete shared cycleway footpath, approximately 2.8km in length, from Bottles Road.|
|Campbelltown City Council||Macquarie Fields Triathlon Cycleway Track||250,000||500,000||This project will construct a 1 km cycling track which will provide a linkage to the local swimming centre for triathlon competitions in the south western region of Sydney. The complex will also facilitate community cycle events and, when not used for competitions, the cycleway will be available to the general public for recreational purposes.|
|Campbelltown City Council||Campbelltown CBD Cycleway Improvements||100,000||213,500||This project will construct new bicycle paths that link existing cycle paths directly into the City Centre, and construct better bicycle parking facilities within the city centre.|
|Council of the City of Botany Bay||Wentworth Avenue Kerb & Gutter and Shared Cycleway and Footway Construction||454,000||820,000||This project will construct a shared pathway on the southern side of Wentworth Avenue between Sutherland Road, Mascot and Bay Street, Pagewood. The proposed pathway will be 3m wide and 1500m long. The pathway will link the western precinct and the eastern precinct of Botany Bay Council and provide a safe and direct route for commuters.|
|Council of the City of Sydney||Accelerated Cycleway Implementation||1,790,000||5,519,182||This project in Alexandria, Rosebery, Zetland, Glebe and Forest Lodge, will fast-track implementation of a two-way on-road separated cyclepath network that will ultimately span 55 kilometres across the City of Sydney.|
|Council of the Municipality of Hunters Hill||Provision of Bike Paths within Hunters Hill||33,000||66,000||This project will construct and install bike routes to link the public transport nodes of Victoria Road and Woolwich Wharf, and in addition, to link these nosed to the Council's recreation reserves.|
|Liverpool City Council||Hoxton Park Road Cycleway||68,182||136,364||This project will construct a 650 metre paved off-road 2.5 metre wide shared cycleway along Hoxton Park Road between the Liverpool Bus Transit Way and the Liverpool CBD.|
|Liverpool City Council||Kurrajong Road Cycleway - Stage 2||81,818||163,636||This project will construct and widen a current 1300 metre paved off-road footpath into a 2.5 metre wide cycleway along Kurrajong Road, between Cedar Road and San Marino Drive.|
|Liverpool City Council||Kurrajong Road Cycleway - Stage 1||100,000||200,000||This project will construct and widen a current 1600 metre paved off-road footpath into a 2.5 metre wide cycleway along Kurrajong Road, between the Hume Highway and Cedar Road, Casula.|
|Liverpool City Council||Camden Valley Way/Hume Highway Cycleway.||113,636||227,272||This project will construct a 1.1 kilometres, 2.5 metre wide, paved off-road shared cycleway along Camden Valley Way and the Hume Highway, between Beech Rd and Leacocks Lane.|
|Manly Council||Manly Bike Network Missing Links||325,000||650,000||The project will construct five bike-paths projects to fill in missing links in Manlys bike network: Balgowlah Heights on-road bike route; Seaforth North off-road bike path; Darley Road shared path; a shared path along Hill Street and Rosedale Avenue Fairlight; and a shared path along Balgowlah Road.|
|Marrickville Council||Cook's River Regional Bicycle Route - Reconstruction and Widening||200,000||530,000||This project will involve the staged reconstruction and widening of existing substandard regional cycleway route to a modern cycleway standard to enhance its safety, geometry and capacity.|
|Parramatta City Council||Closing Parramatta Valley Region Cycleways Missing Links (Sections 22-24)||400,000||801,500||This project located in Rydalmere will construct 900 metres of cycleway to link two sectors of a popular regional cycleway network, improving cyclist safety.|
|Rockdale City Council||Cook Park Monterey - Cycleway Construction||135,000||270,000||This project, located in Ramsgate and Monterey (Rockdale Area), will construct a 340m long and 3.5m wide section of dedicated cycleway in Cook Park which will become part of the Regional bay to bay cycleway. This Regional Cycleway links the Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay with Botany Bay, a total cycleway length of 53km.|
|Ryde City Council||Kissing Point Park Cycleway||99,700||199,400||This project, located in Putney, will construct a 296 m by 1.9 m bike path from Teemer Street to Morrison Road to encourage alternative forms of sustainable transport to access the Macquarie Park precinct.|
|Ryde City Council||Epping Road Cycleway||116,200||232,400||This project, located in Macquarie Park, will construct a 270m by 3m bike path from Shrimptons Creek to Lyon Park Road to complete a missing link of the Epping Road Regional Bike Route, and to encourage alternative forms of sustainable transport to access the Macquarie Park precinct.|
|Ryde City Council||Morrison Bay Park Cycleway||87,700||175,400||This project will construct a 3m by 296m long path through Morrison Bay Park to encourage alternative forms of sustainable transport to access the Macquarie Park precinct.|
|Sutherland Shire Council||Continuation of Regional off-road share pathway network - Oakwood St, Sutherland to Princes Highway, Kirrawee||395,455||790,909||The project is located in the Sydney suburbs of Sutherland and Kirrawee, and provides for the continuation of an existing, regional, shared pathway network that will provide a new off-road pedestrian and cycle link from Sutherland west to Sutherland town centre, the Kirrawee industrial area and the Princes Highway at Kirrawee.|
|Sutherland Shire Council||Captain Cook Drive On-Road Cycle Facility||29,545||59,090||This project is located in the Sydney suburb of Kurnell and involves the completion of a 'missing link' section off an on-road cycle path on the shoulder of Captain Cook Drive on what is a heavily utilised cycle route.|
|Waverley Council||Completion of Waverley Bike Plan||145,218||330,284||This project located in Waverley will complete the outstanding sections of the 1999 Waverley Bike Plan. This will further improve bicycle safety and connectivity for cyclists travelling to and from Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction surrounding shops, schools and residential areas.|
|Wollondilly Shire Council||Share Cycleway Bridge Street, Thirlmere||90,000||180,000||This project located in Thirlmere, will construct a 1 km concrete shared cycleway on Bridge Street from Thirlmere towards Picton.|