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Bike lane trouble in Sydney “Residential Fury!!!” – Sound familiar?

August 6, 2010

I have family in Australia that send me snippets of bike news from their local papers, this one from The Daily Telegraph.

The first thing that struck me in this article was the similarities in resistance to bike infrastructure over the ditch. The kerfuffle over the Lake Road Cycle lanes here on the Shore was testament to that. The second point was the amount Sydney is spending on cycleway projects – AUD$160,000,000. No, that is not a typo, they are spending AUD$160 million on bike paths. The third point was if this photo is anything to go by the entire street is clogged with parked cars. This is a main thoroughfare not a car-park, am I missing something? I’m not surprised buses can’t squeeze down there. I’ve been to Sydney and can’t say I found it very cycle friendly, things are obviously improving.

FORGET commuter buses – it seems it’s bikes that rule the road in Sydney’s inner city.

The STA scrapped a large part of the Route 311 service through Woolloomooloo yesterday thanks to a new City of Sydney Council bikeway that is so wide it has made the road too dangerous for buses.

The path is part of the State Government’s plan to increase the number of people using bike paths by 10 per cent, with $160 million allocated for cycleway projects in Sydney.

The two-lane Bourke St bike path is already the subject of residential fury in Surry Hills, with lawyers last week sending a letter to the council demanding it be torn up.

Yesterday STA sources said the bike lane in Bourke St at Woolloomooloo was so wide that two buses could not fit down the street.

Six bus stops will now be missed.

“Drivers said they weren’t able to safely use the road as a result of the bike lane. Council tends to run its own race and doesn’t look at the bigger picture,” the source said.

STA executive Peter Rowley said the issue had been raised with the council “numerous times” since the start of last year.

Residents are furious they have been caught up in a decade-long “boardroom stoush” between government and council.

“I went to catch the bus home and the driver told me he didn’t go to my stop any more,” resident Jan Carroll said.

Last night, a City of Sydney Council spokeswoman rejected claims the cycleway was to blame and claimed the council was being made “a scapegoat”.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Unity Finesmith permalink
    August 6, 2010 6:57 pm

    I know I’m stating the obvious here but if they removed all those parked cars, there would be ample room for buses and cars and bikes and pedestrians.

  2. Su Yin permalink
    August 11, 2010 10:21 pm

    I have to say that I love the bike path in that pic though!

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