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 St Peters to Tempe been chosen?

    The route is identified as a link in Council’s Marrickville Bicycle Strategy that connects people to:

    • local destinations including shops; Tempe Public School and St Peters Public School; Sydney Park, Sydenham Green and Tempe Reserve; and St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe train stations
    • other routes for destinations further away including Newtown, Green Square and Sydney CBD

    How is this funded?

    Planning of these bike route improvements is co-funded by the NSW Government and Council.  Council would also seek further funding from the NSW Government for any future work on the route.

    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.

    Is the concept plan a done-deal?

    No.  The concept plan on public exhibition is a draft only, and no decision has been made yet by Council.  A decision will be made only once all feedback has been considered and the concept plan finalised.

    Will I have other opportunities to provide feedback?

    Yes.  If the final concept plan is approved by Council, detailed designs for the route will be developed.  Council will ask the community for further feedback on specific changes to inform the detailed designs.

    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 awareness for all path users.

    What is a shared environment intersection?

    A shared environment intersection is a type of crossing near an intersection that is raised to form a threshold at the same level as the path on either side of the road.  It makes it easier for people walking and on bicycles to cross the road.  At these intersections, people walking have priority.

    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.

    What is a bicycle storage area?

    A bicycle storage area is a dedicated space for bicycles to wait ahead of stopped cars at a signalised intersection.

    I haven’t seen many people on bicycles on this route – isn’t this a lot of work for only 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 about impacts to on-street parking?

    The draft concept plan seeks to minimise impacts to on-street parking.  It proposes:

    • the removal of two parking spaces on the western side of Griffiths Street, adjacent to the rail line.

    Please note that the exact impact would be determined later during the detailed design phase of the project.

    Does this route connect to other bicycle routes?

    Yes.  This route is part of a network of bicycle routes that aims to improve links to local and regional destinations.  At St Peters, it would connect to City of Sydney routes to Green Square, Erskineville and Sydney CBD, and to a proposed bicycle path to Mascot via Campbell Road.  At Tempe, it would connect to the Cooks River shared path to Canterbury, the Carrington Road bicycle path, the Alexandra Canal shared path to Mascot, and south to Wolli Creek and Brighton-le-Sands. 

    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 for more information.