The City of Sydney has announced the opening of a new 2.4km cycleway along George St which links Zetland, Waterloo, Alexandria and Redfern with Central.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the growing number of people travelling on two wheels showed the importance of continuing Sydney’s bicycle network.
“Bike lanes keep riders safe – research by Transport for NSW shows that separated bike lanes have doubled the number of cyclists on the road, but led to fewer total injuries among them,” Ms Moore said.
“The George St cycleway is the latest section of our 200km bike network to be completed and we are working with the NSW Government to fast track other parts.
“We’ve worked closely with residents and local businesses along George St to ensure the street upgrade benefits everyone.”
Independent research found the number of daily bike trips increased 132% from March 2010 to March 2014. Streets with separated cycleways, such as the George St development, saw the most growth, with a 408% increase on Bourke St, 327% on Kent St and 307% on College St.
Community group BIKESydney president David Borella said he welcomed the George St cycleway.
“The opening of the Green Sq to [central business district] cycle link along George St, Redfern, is really exciting as it presents a complete link connection between the two major centres,” Mr Borella said.
“Its arrival is something of a relief in that it’s the first evidence in over two years that the cycleway network will be allowed to evolve.”
The Lord Mayor said the city anticipates a further increase in the number of cyclists as existing cycleways and routes are connected into the network.
Mr. Borella said co-operation was important to bridge the bike network together.
“Every time a link is opened, the number of people using the link to ride to work goes off the scale. There are now sections of the cycling network where there are more people transported during peak hours on skinny bike lanes than on the fat roads next to them.
“The key is to focus on completing links, not just parts, of the cycleway network.’
The George St cycleway officially opens with “Roll Through Redfern” at Prince Alfred Park on June 14.