Together we can fix the Sydney Harbour Bridge steps


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The problem

A lack of ramp access to and from the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has long been a source of frustration for bike riders. 

  • With more than 1,900 daily bike trips, the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway is the busiest link in the metro Sydney bike network yet each morning riders and pedestrians are forced to navigate 55 steps to access the city’s iconic bridge. 
  • The stairs prevent the elderly, kids and other would-be bike riders who cannot physically get their bike up the steps from cycling into the CBD from the northern suburbs.

As a result, many cyclists commuting to the city have been forced into taking the ferry to Circular Quay before getting on their bike.

In August 2016, the NSW Government announced plans for a ramp on the northern end of the bridge. In December 2016, these plans were once again confirmed as part of $35 million in funding but the detailed were decidedly light.

Following an announcement in September by Roads Minister Melinda Pavey community consultation is now set for November. 

The solution

It’s simple – build a new ramp to replace the infamous steps and provide a connection to the future North Shore Link Cycleway. 

A new ramp will improve connectivity and accessibility to the existing and future metro bicycle network.

The removal of the steps is also an important step forward in transforming Sydney into one of the world’s top riding destinations.

Update - November 2017

Cycleway designs open for comment

Designs for both the northern and southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway are now open for public comment. 

As promised by Roads Minister Melinda Pavey MP, the NSW Government has opened the community consultation more than a year after the plans were announced in August 2016. 

The plans include:

  • step-free access for bike riders at the northern end of the cycleway by constructing an elevated ramp
  • provided a dedicated connection for bike riders from the cycleway to the Kent Street Cycleway and an improved shared bridge over the Cahill expressway. 
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Have your say

Read more about Bicycle Network’s thoughts on the proposed designs for the northern end of the bridge.  

Take action

Our campaign continues – together we can fix the Sydney Harbour Bridge steps. 

Until we see solid timelines or a shovel in the ground, we will continue to campaign for the removal of the Sydney Harbour Bridge steps.

We can appreciate that sometimes, these things take time. But we’re starting to get a little impatient. As we chase the details, we’ll make sure that decision-makers are held to their word and that the ramp meets the needs of people who ride bikes.

Here’s how you can help us get the Sydney Harbour Bridge steps built:

Have your say on plans

Make sure that any designs meet not only the daily but future needs of people who ride bikes before the deadline on 15 December 2017.  

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