Bicycle Infrastructure Upgrades on the Shore
Unless you’re a bicycle advocate it’s not the sexiest headline is it? Buy money spent on walking & cycling facilities is a great investment in quality-of-life and there’s a couple of sizable projects underway over here on the North Shore.
Bayswater Pipe Bridge
First up we have a total replacement of the Bayswater Pipe Bridge. That’s the long skinny footbridge starting at the base of O’Neill’s Point Cemetery in Belmont.
A perennial favourite with locals the existing bridge has seen a huge increase in traffic since the Devonport Green Route was developed and promoted. I enjoyed slowing down and interacting with people, but if you were in a hurry, squeezing past push-chairs and mud-caked St. Bernards could prove challenging.
Demolition of the old girl starts this Friday and the project is expected to take 3-4 months. That’s a bummer for those of us riding the Green Route regularly, but it makes sense to get it done over winter and the replacement will be a generous 2.5m wide. That’s plenty of room for a bicycle, a push-chair and a St. Bernard although at 3m they could have squeezed-in a southbound corgi.
A temporary foreshore route from the bottom of Bardia St is in place but it’s tough going now that the ground is wet and boggy, not the idyllic (mid-drought) thoroughfare in the photo above.
For those riding further north they are finally finishing-off the boardwalk at the bottom of Unsworth Reserve where according to signage it confusingly morphs into Barbados Reserve.
This is a key section of my favourite route to Albany and after a frenzy of tree-felling and hammering was left unfinished some time ago. The new bridge and final section of boardwalk are well underway and the wetland has been tarted-up. I much preferred the old path winding through the trees but this new one will be fantastic for wheelchairs, push-chairs, rug-rats on bikes & scooters and all-weather cycling if you are picky about getting mud on your tyres.