This project has been consulted on previously, why is Council consulting again?

    The previous concept design was considered by Council in April 2018. Council decided not to proceed and to undertake further investigations before progressing the project.  We are now seeking your feedback on options for Lilyfield Road and one supplementary route.  

    Why is Council improving bicycle routes?

    Inner West Council is committed to providing a safer and more accessible cycling network.  A community wide online survey identified the need for alternative ways to travel around the local area and for improved links to and from the Sydney CBD. 

    Why has a bike route on Lilyfield Road been chosen?

    Improving cycleways and connectivity aligns with Council’s strategic plan to support unique, liveable and networked neighbourhoods. This route connects people to the Cooks River, the Bay Run, Victoria Road and ANZAC Bridge.

    It also creates an important link in the City of Sydney’s Inner Sydney Regional Bike Plan (ISRBP) by joining up with bike routes from the Sydney CBD. While Lilyfield Road is convenient and well-connected, the ISRBP identified this route for an upgrade to improve connections for people riding bikes between home, work, shopping and recreation areas.

    How is this funded?

    This project is funded through the NSW Government’s Active Transport Program. The project helps meet Goal 8 of the NSW State Plan 2021 to increase the number of bicycle and walking trips in the Greater Sydney area. The Inner West Council area is identified as a member of the Eastern City District. You can read more about this via the Greater Sydney Planning Commission’s website

    What are the main themes from the community's feedback previously undertaken?

    The key themes from previous feedback rounds are:

    Parking

    • Residents and businesses need to be able to park close to their properties
    • Residents need to access the front of their homes, especially those with special needs

    Ease of use

    • The cycleway must be a safe, quick and continuous ride
    • The cycleway needs to be suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence
    • The design needs to be functional at intersections and hills

    Safety

    • Design must consider safety for all road users

    Planning

    • Work needs to be done in consultation with WestConnex and other projects in the area.

    What is a separated cycleway?

    It is a two-way cycleway that is separated from the vehicle travel lanes, usually by a concrete separation kerb. A separation kerb is a raised pavement strip, typically 400mm wide, that provides a physical barrier between the cycleway and the adjacent parking lane or travel lane. 

    What is a buffer separated shoulder cycle lane?

    A separated shoulder cycle lane positions a bike rider between the moving traffic and a parking strip. They are separated from parked vehicles using a buffer zone that is painted on the road. This buffer makes it safer for people riding bikes to continue their journey while people exit and enter their car, by increasing the distance between them. This approach is proposed in an up-hill direction on Lilyfield Road. 

    What is a mixed traffic facility?

    This is when a bike rider shares the same traffic lane as vehicles. This approach is recommended when the difference between the travel speed of a bike and vehicle is minimal, reducing the need to overtake a bike rider. A mixed traffic facility is proposed in the downhill direction along Lilyfield Road. 

    Will any on-street parking be lost?

    Some on street parking loss is expected. The number of spaces affected is dependent on the option chosen to progress to the concept design stage. Actual parking impacts will be clearly communicated as part of the next consultation stage, once a concept design has been prepared. 

    How will the project improve safety?

    The improvements to cycle facilities along Lilyfield Road will increase safety for all users and make it easier for bike riders of all abilities and ages. The options identified as feasible along Lilyfield Road improve the existing route. Different levels of improvement have been identified and will have differing impacts on the area, including access, parking and traffic flow. 

    I haven’t seen many people on bikes on this route – isn’t this a lot of work for only a few?

    The route is currently used by a significant number of bike riders, especially people commuting to and from work. However, the proposed improvements are not just for people already riding bikes – it’s also for those who are interested in riding but are concerned about safety. A NSW Government survey found that 70 per cent of people in NSW would ride more often if it was safer. Locally, the number of people on bikes has increased in places where safer routes have been provided, for example:

    • Carrington Road, Marrickville - 50% increase in the first year;
    • Bowden Street, Alexandria - 250% increase in five years, and
    • George Street, Redfern - 400% increase since a protected bike path was installed

    Does this route connect to other bicycle routes?

    Yes.  It connects people to the existing Rozelle and Balmain bike network; the Cooks River via the Greenway; Bay Run; Victoria Road regional shared bike path and ANZAC Bridge shared path. District links include the City of Sydney's bike network and potentially a reinstated Glebe Island Bridge with further away destinations including Newtown and Sydney University.

    What else is Council doing to make it better for people to ride bikes?

    Council is also developing plans for other bicycle routes.  As bike routes become more connected and continuous, riding a bicycle will continue to become safer, more convenient and more comfortable. Council offers information and free information sessions for people that would like to ride a bicycle more often but don’t have the confidence to ride on the road.  Please visit Council's website for more information.

    What is next?

    There are three opportunities for you to provide feedback as this project progresses. Following this feedback stage, Council will develop a concept design based on comments from the community and stakeholders.  A concept design is a document prepared in the early stages to indicate how the proposals will fit in along the road. Once this is prepared, you will be able to review it and provide further feedback.

    Why is this project happening now when there are other major projects that will impact the cycleway in a few years?

    Community consultation in 2013 by the former Leichhardt Council showed that residents wanted better maintenance of footpaths and alternative options for travelling around the area. This project was identified in the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Plan (City of Sydney Council) and the Leichhardt Council 2016 Bike Plan as a route that could be upgraded to a separated, bi-directional cycleway.

    Inner West Council has commenced the early planning stages. Construction works, other than maintenance and line marking are at least 2-3 years away. Connections with existing routes and future projects are being explored to ensure cycleways can be linked up. Council staff have relationships with the State Government and will continue to advocate for the best outcome for our community.

    Why isn’t this route running parallel to the light rail?

    Before the light rail was extended from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, Council and community groups advocated to the State Government for improved cycleway connections to the Greenway and along the light rail corridor. State Government did not progress this plan.

    Whilst the best opportunity to deliver a route along the light rail has passed, Lilyfield Road has been identified as a possible alternative to support both commuter and recreational cyclists. It connects recreational cyclists with the Greenway and commuter cyclists have a direct route to the Anzac Bridge. Your feedback will help us create the best outcome.

    Why is one-way on Lilyfield Road being presented again despite community opposition in the past?

    In previous consultation, one way was of interest to some members of the community. To ensure a fair engagement process, Council worked with the designer to ensure all possible options, including alternatives were presented.

    We understand that there is a strong sentiment concerning the suggestion of one-way along Lilyfield Road and the implications for travel in side streets. This feedback will be considered along with other responses to ensure the best outcome for everyone’s safety is achieved.

    What is the timeframe for these improvements?

    We are currently in the early planning stages for this project. It is anticipated that construction works, other than maintenance and line marking are at least 2-3 years away. A more comprehensive timeline will be made available once the extent of the project is realised. Your feedback in the early stages is valuable.