Why is Council focused on improving bicycle routes?

Council is committed to encouraging more everyday trips by bicycle to help reduce car use in the community.  This is a priority that was identified by the community in the development of:

  • Inner West Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities

  • The former Marrickville Council’s Community Strategic Plan (2010 and updated in 2012/2013)

This also aligns with the NSW Government’s aim of making bike riding a safe, convenient and enjoyable transport option for local trips.


Why has a bike route from Dulwich Hill to Marrickville been chosen?

The route was identified as a link in Council’s Marrickville Bicycle Strategy because it connects people to local destinations including such as McNeilly Park, local shops and schools, and Dulwich Hill and Marrickville train station.


How is this funded?

The bicycle route improvements are co-funded by the NSW Government and Council. 


What is a concept plan?

A concept plan is a document prepared in the early stages of a project to develop and test an idea and, if supported, to guide detailed planning.  A concept plan may undergo changes before being finalised.

What is a kerb extension?

A kerb extension is a traffic calming measure where the footpath is made wider and the road narrower. This reduces the crossing distance for pedestrians and people on bikes.


What is a mixed traffic treatment?

A mixed traffic treatment uses roadmarkings and signage to encourage people on bicycles to travel in the traffic lane and remind other road users that people on bicycles may use the road.  This is appropriate where traffic volumes are generally low, such as most local streets.  Where volumes are higher, national guidelines recommend separation of bicycles and motor vehicles, for example by marking bicycle lanes or providing a separated bicycle path.


What is a shared path?

A shared path is a path that can be used by people walking and on bicycles.  Shared paths are often provided when there is no space for a protected bike path and road conditions are not ideal for riding.  On shared paths, people on bicycles are expected to give way to people walking, ring the bell and slow down, and additional signage and pavement markings can be used to improve shared path safety for all users.


What is a contraflow bicycle lane?

A contraflow bicycle lane is a dedicated bicycle lane provided in a one-way street to allow bicycles to travel in the opposite direction to cars.  Depending on traffic volumes, visibility and other considerations, a contraflow bicycle lane may be separated from cars by a kerb.


Can Council relocate bus stops?

Sydney Buses were consulted and gave approval for the proposed relocation of the bus stops.


I haven't seen many people on bicylces on this route- isn't this a lot of work for oly a few?

The proposed improvements are not just for people already riding bicycles – it’s also for those who are interested in riding a bicycle but concerned about safety.  A NSW Government survey has indicated that 70 per cent of people in NSW would ride more often if it was safer.


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

Council is also developing plans for other bike routes.  As routes become more connected, riding a bicycle will continue to become safer, more convenient and more comfortable.  Council offers free courses for people that would like to ride a bicycle more often but don’t have confidence on the road. Please visit http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/community/for-residents/free-cycling-courses(External link) for more information.