New cycleways for inner west
Inner West Council has approved three new cycleways for Sydney’s inner west.
Concept designs for the three cycleways were approved at Tuesday night’s Council meeting.
The new cycleways are:
- Summer Hill to Newtown via Stanmore
- Livingstone Road (Marrickville Park to Bankstown Railway Line)
- Dulwich Hill Station to Marrickville Station
The Summer Hill to Newtown cycleway is funded by the State Government, while Livingstone Road, and Dulwich Hill to Marrickville are funded equally by State Government and Inner West Council.
“One of Council’s key objectives is to provide accessible and well connected cycleways,” said Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson.
“We want to reduce car use by making cycling easier, safer and more convenient right throughout our local government area,” he said.
The concept plans were developed after extensive community consultation.
“And I’m pleased to say almost every concern raised by the community has been addressed in these concept plans.
“That’s not to say that these cycleways are not popular – 70% of the submissions supported the Dulwich Hill station to Marrickville station proposal, and 77% supported Summer Hill to Newtown.
“The objections we did receive were almost all around loss of on-street parking. So, not only have we proposed a plan that reduces the impacts to on-street parking on Livingstone Road for example, but we have found a way to actually increase in on-street parking spaces along that entire route,” Mr Pearson said.
“These three new cycleways are providing important links in our bike network and connecting significant destinations - between train stations, schools, parks, libraries, the GreenWay and the Wilson Street route to inner Sydney,” Mr Pearson said
“In our most recent Community Satisfaction Survey, our residents told us that traffic management and road safety was one of their top concerns,” he said.
“Managing traffic congestion was named as one of the top three challenges facing our local government area in the next ten years.
“Getting more people out riding their bikes safely and easily will go a very long way in achieving that goal for our community,” Mr Pearson said.