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Making it safer and easier to ride a bike – St Peters to Tempe (Local Route 7)

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

With support from the NSW Government, Council is proposing to improve the route between St Peters station and the Cooks River at Tempe.

The process so far

Local community members and other stakeholders were invited to comment on route options in January/February 2017. The information received was used to develop a draft concept plan which was exhibited from 13 July to 13 August 2017. The feedback received was considered and where possible, incorporated into a revised concept plan.

The revised concept plan

Like the draft concept plan, the route in the revised plan mainly uses traffic lanes in local streets. This will make it safer and easier for new bike riders to make trips to local destinations while recognising that experienced riders will prefer a direct route, using existing street infrastructure. The most direct route - along Unwins Bridge Road – is not supported by the Roads and Maritime Services because the road is too narrow to include bicycle infrastructure. Other route options were considered and ruled out because of range of constraints. For more details see the Option Assessment and Concept Design report

The main changes in the revised concept plan are:

Change to concept plan
Reason
Henry Street
  • Remove the proposed change to intersection priority at Terry, George and Yelverton Streets.



  • Include No Stopping signs 10 metres from intersections along this street to formalise the statutory rule

  • This addresses community members’ concerns that changing the priority would reduce safety because there are higher traffic volumes on Terry, George and Yelverton Streets than Henry Street.

  • This will improve safety for all road users by increasing visibility at intersections. Location will be determined in detail design stage.
Mary Street
  • Include a barrier kerb to separate contraflow bicycle lanes from traffic.
  • This addresses concerns that Mary Street has higher traffic volumes than many local roads along the route. This will improve safety by separating people riding a bike in the contraflow lane from passing traffic.


Parking changes

The proposed route improvements would remove two on-street parking spaces on the western side of Griffiths Street to accommodate a right turn bay for bike riders to access the shared path on Gannon Street.

More information

What happens next?

The revised concept plan, and a report including a summary of comments received, will be considered at the Inner West Council Local Traffic Committee (LTC) meeting on Thursday 7 December 2017. The LTC meeting agenda will be available to view on Council’s website in the week before the meeting.

Members of the public may register to speak at this meeting. If you wish to do so, please contact Council’s Administration Assistant – Infrastructure Services on (02) 9335 2213 to advise of your attendance.

The recommendations of the LTC will then be considered by Council in February 2018.

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

With support from the NSW Government, Council is proposing to improve the route between St Peters station and the Cooks River at Tempe.

The process so far

Local community members and other stakeholders were invited to comment on route options in January/February 2017. The information received was used to develop a draft concept plan which was exhibited from 13 July to 13 August 2017. The feedback received was considered and where possible, incorporated into a revised concept plan.

The revised concept plan

Like the draft concept plan, the route in the revised plan mainly uses traffic lanes in local streets. This will make it safer and easier for new bike riders to make trips to local destinations while recognising that experienced riders will prefer a direct route, using existing street infrastructure. The most direct route - along Unwins Bridge Road – is not supported by the Roads and Maritime Services because the road is too narrow to include bicycle infrastructure. Other route options were considered and ruled out because of range of constraints. For more details see the Option Assessment and Concept Design report

The main changes in the revised concept plan are:

Change to concept plan
Reason
Henry Street
  • Remove the proposed change to intersection priority at Terry, George and Yelverton Streets.



  • Include No Stopping signs 10 metres from intersections along this street to formalise the statutory rule

  • This addresses community members’ concerns that changing the priority would reduce safety because there are higher traffic volumes on Terry, George and Yelverton Streets than Henry Street.

  • This will improve safety for all road users by increasing visibility at intersections. Location will be determined in detail design stage.
Mary Street
  • Include a barrier kerb to separate contraflow bicycle lanes from traffic.
  • This addresses concerns that Mary Street has higher traffic volumes than many local roads along the route. This will improve safety by separating people riding a bike in the contraflow lane from passing traffic.


Parking changes

The proposed route improvements would remove two on-street parking spaces on the western side of Griffiths Street to accommodate a right turn bay for bike riders to access the shared path on Gannon Street.

More information

What happens next?

The revised concept plan, and a report including a summary of comments received, will be considered at the Inner West Council Local Traffic Committee (LTC) meeting on Thursday 7 December 2017. The LTC meeting agenda will be available to view on Council’s website in the week before the meeting.

Members of the public may register to speak at this meeting. If you wish to do so, please contact Council’s Administration Assistant – Infrastructure Services on (02) 9335 2213 to advise of your attendance.

The recommendations of the LTC will then be considered by Council in February 2018.