As part of one of the largest public transport projects ever in Sydney, the first stage of the new Metro will open this Sunday.
The new stations connect through five existing stations, terminating at Chatswood, with big plans to extend to the city and beyond over the next five years.
The carriages are set for bikes, scooters and pram access and storage, which makes sense considering the huge number of residents who live within a 2.5 kilometre radius of the new stations – the magic number for active last-mile transport.
However, resident Stephen Coulter has outlined his concerns that the new stations have overlooked infrastructure to support micromobility and active transport, specifically with the lack of adequate free bike parking.
Bicycle Network Parkiteer Program Manager Glen Janetzki says that "while it is great to see they are thinking about bike parking, it does seems they have seriously underestimated the potential for growth in active travel."
Mr Janetzki also pointed out that it is disappointing to see that access to the enclosed bike parking comes with a $180 annual fee whilst car parking is free – "a disheartening barrier for active travel."
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