Sydney gets 10km of pop-up cycleways

Sydney is getting six new pop-up bike paths to encourage commuters to find alternatives to public transport as the head back to work following COVID-19 restrictions.

Image: Transport for NSW, City of Sydney Council

Transport minister Andrew Constance said public transport is already at capacity under the new social distancing regime.

“As the economy starts to open up again we face some real challenges in ensuring people can remain safe while still getting to and from work,” Mr Constance said.

He said the state government has worked with City of Sydney Council to identify locations in the west, east and south of the CBD for 10.3 km of pop up cycleways.

There are also plans to deliver temporary cycleways in Paddington, Newtown and the CBD.

“Across the world, cities are creating more space for people where it is needed to enable safe physical distancing,” Cr Moore said.

“When someone rides to work, they take a car off the road or free up space on public transport – this will be even invaluable when people start returning to the City and seek to maintain physical distancing.”

The cycleways, demarcated by barriers, line marking and lane dividers, will be available to use within the next few weeks, she said.

The government will also put green spots on trains, buses and ferries to indicate where it’s safe to sit and sand.

It is also establishing “safe capacity” limits of 12 people on buses, 32 per train carriage and 245 on a ferry providing overflow parking in areas including Moore Park and Sydney Olympic Park.

Mr Constance said public transport would not be able to run as usual “for the forseeable future”.

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8 thoughts on “Sydney gets 10km of pop-up cycleways

  1. I’d like to see an amendment to the current 1m gap whilst overtaking cyclist laws. Double the overtaking gap for heavy vehicles. They seem to struggle with their spacial awareness of there large and dangerous vehicles whilst overtaking cyclists. Or they find it amusing getting close when overtaking cyclist in a very sick and dangerous way.

  2. So the basis of this is that nobody outside the inner CBD commutes by bicycle?
    How about those to the East and North who still compete with aggressive or unaware motorists and lorry/ute drivers?

    1. I dont mind sharing the road with other thoughful road users.
      To me it seems to be just arrogance for bicyclists to be using the roads in peak times. If it is needed please for your safety and mine keep left of the lane (allow motorists to pass you, idicate your intention and stop when rquired by law).
      A note to motorists, Please use the left lane and leave the right lane clear where possible this will allow emmergancy serices a faster response time. Please remember it is not your job to prevent speeding.

      1. The state of Sydney’s roads and the debris that finds itself deposited on them requires more space for cyclists to take emergency and evasive action. Unless you have bicycled regularly you will not appreciate the danger a crack in the bitumen, or a lump, or a broken bottle and shards of glass represent. In all cases you are dealing with other human beings on a public thoroughfare you are not dealing with automaton that can be thrown on a garbage pile and replaced. The exercise a motorist receives is from pumping the accelerator or brake and filling and expelling their lungs. Some consideration for the human being on the bicycle, the general amenity and empathy, and the state of the environment might be in order.

      2. The road is there to share. You are not more important because you are in an expensive lump of tin that requires wars to secure its fuels, contributes GHG, kills millions globally and pollutes the atmosphere killing even more. Drive slower, safer, be more mindful. And remember it is a human being on that bicycle not a robot. The idea of “expendibles” went out with the first world war. Or it didn’t.

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