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Works on King Street bike path to begin next month

Construction on a proposed bike path on King Street is set to begin next month if designs are approved next week. Photo: City of Sydney.

By TOKS OGUNDARE

Construction on a proposed bike path on King Street is set to begin next month if designs are approved by the City of Sydney Council Environmental Committee next week.

According to council documents, the cycleway will form part of the Bike Network identified in the council’s Cycling Strategy and Action Plan to “serve as an important link with future planned routes”.

The first section of the cycleway on King Street, between Pyrmont Bridge and Clarence Street, was built by the City in 2009. The new King Street bike path aims to connect the Pitt Street cycleway with the proposed cycleways on College and Oxford Streets, creating a connection between Circular Quay and the eastern suburbs.

The preliminary plans were presented for public feedback in September and October last year. The City reported “strong support” for the proposal, with Transport for NSW customer research showing that 70 per cent of Greater Sydney residents would bike more if there were safe cycleways.

However, some Sydney residents expressed several concerns over the impact of the new cycleway on existing bus networks, after a stop on King Street along the 389 route from Pyrmont to Bondi Junction was removed in December to accommodate the new bike path.

In response, State Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich asked the former Minister for Transport and Roads, Rob Stokes, to review the CBD stops and consider reinstating a stop in York Street.

Construction is expected to begin works for the cycleway in March this year, with completion anticipated by June 2022.

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