Making it safer and easier to ride a bike - Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield

Riding a bicycle is a fantastic way to get around, keep fit and well, and save money. It also helps reduce car use and benefits the environment. Council is improving bicycle routes to make it safer, more convenient and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike.

One of the routes Council is proposing to improve is along Lilyfield Road. This is an important regional route which connects people to the Cooks River, Bay Run, Victoria Road, ANZAC Bridge and further away destinations including Newtown and Sydney CBD.

This project is funded by the NSW Government. Along with making it safer and easier to ride a bike, it will improve the streetscape with landscaping, additional trees and reduced traffic speed

Why is Council improving bicycle routes?

The former Leichhardt Council community identified the need for a safer, more accessible cycling network as a top priority at a forum in 2013. In the same year, the community also identified the need for alternative ways of travelling around the local area through an online survey. In 2016, Leichhardt Council updated its Bike Plan to reflect the priorities of the community and introducing a separated cycleway on Lilyfield Road is part of this plan.

Your feedback so far

Council held a workshop on 7 June 2016 to get feedback on three preliminary design options for a separated cycleway. The local community and others interested in the project – like people who ride along Lilyfield Road – gave feedback at the workshop and through surveys, an online map tool, emails and phone calls.

Key themes emerging from the feedback include:

  • residents and businesses need to be able to park close to their properties
  • the improvements need to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike
  • traffic speed needs to be reduced to increase safety for people walking, riding bikes or driving cars.

The information received through this process was then used to create a draft concept plan which was exhibited at a drop-in session on 29 November 2016. Some residents raised concerns that the plan would remove on-street parking near their homes.

What’s happening now?

Council is investigating options for a cycleway design that will keep as much on-street parking as possible while making it easier and safer for people to ride a bike. The investigation includes collecting additional data on Lilyfield Road and nearby intersections and discussing options with third party stakeholders including Sydney Buses, Transport for NSW and Roads & Maritime Services.

What happens next?

Once the investigation is complete, an updated draft concept plan will be created. This will then be placed on public exhibition and the community will have another opportunity to provide feedback. This is expected to happen in the second half of 2017.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the new cycleway, please contact the project team on Ph 1800 810 680 or by email

Riding a bicycle is a fantastic way to get around, keep fit and well, and save money. It also helps reduce car use and benefits the environment. Council is improving bicycle routes to make it safer, more convenient and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike.

One of the routes Council is proposing to improve is along Lilyfield Road. This is an important regional route which connects people to the Cooks River, Bay Run, Victoria Road, ANZAC Bridge and further away destinations including Newtown and Sydney CBD.

This project is funded by the NSW Government. Along with making it safer and easier to ride a bike, it will improve the streetscape with landscaping, additional trees and reduced traffic speed

Why is Council improving bicycle routes?

The former Leichhardt Council community identified the need for a safer, more accessible cycling network as a top priority at a forum in 2013. In the same year, the community also identified the need for alternative ways of travelling around the local area through an online survey. In 2016, Leichhardt Council updated its Bike Plan to reflect the priorities of the community and introducing a separated cycleway on Lilyfield Road is part of this plan.

Your feedback so far

Council held a workshop on 7 June 2016 to get feedback on three preliminary design options for a separated cycleway. The local community and others interested in the project – like people who ride along Lilyfield Road – gave feedback at the workshop and through surveys, an online map tool, emails and phone calls.

Key themes emerging from the feedback include:

  • residents and businesses need to be able to park close to their properties
  • the improvements need to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike
  • traffic speed needs to be reduced to increase safety for people walking, riding bikes or driving cars.

The information received through this process was then used to create a draft concept plan which was exhibited at a drop-in session on 29 November 2016. Some residents raised concerns that the plan would remove on-street parking near their homes.

What’s happening now?

Council is investigating options for a cycleway design that will keep as much on-street parking as possible while making it easier and safer for people to ride a bike. The investigation includes collecting additional data on Lilyfield Road and nearby intersections and discussing options with third party stakeholders including Sydney Buses, Transport for NSW and Roads & Maritime Services.

What happens next?

Once the investigation is complete, an updated draft concept plan will be created. This will then be placed on public exhibition and the community will have another opportunity to provide feedback. This is expected to happen in the second half of 2017.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the new cycleway, please contact the project team on Ph 1800 810 680 or by email

Submission form - Lilyfield Road - New regional bike route

This engagement has concluded. Thank you to everyone who contributed.