CYCLEWAY PLANS TO BOOST SAFETY ON SYDNEY’S OXFORD ST
15 March, 2021
Plans are underway to build a new cycleway on Sydney’s Oxford Street east, connecting Taylor Square to Paddington Gates, which will improve connections and safety for cyclists.
The Federal Government is contributing 50 per cent of the funding for the cycleway, which will enhance safety on the critical corridor, which connects Sydney’s eastern suburbs to the CBD.
The Road Safety Fund is delivering lifesaving upgrades to roads right across New South Wales and whether it is in regional, rural and remote communities or in Sydney, and is providing the investment needed to move towards zero fatalities by 2050.
The proposed new cycleway on Oxford Street east will provide a seamless connection to the planned Oxford St west cycleway, which was announced in November last year by the NSW Government and the City of Sydney, as well as cycleways in the eastern suburbs.
Since the start of 2020 there there has been up to a 40% increase in cycling in Greater Sydney.
The proposed Oxford Street cycleway - the final piece in the NSW Government’s Eastern Suburbs Link election commitment - will mean another step closer to creating a connected cycling network right across Greater Sydney.
Thousands of people ride along Oxford Street each day. Adding a separated cycleway will make it safer for cyclists and help calm traffic – creating a more pleasant environment for those on foot and the many businesses along the strip.
As a road safety precaution, the current COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street will be retained until the new Oxford Street cycleway goes live.
The proposed Oxford Street east cycleway will also give commuters more travel options from the eastern suburbs to the city.
Community consultation will commence from Monday on the existing COVID-19 pop-up cycleways before a decision is made on whether they are retained into the future.
The City of Sydney will also consult the community on the proposal to retain the COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street only until the Oxford Street cycleway is complete.
To provide feedback to Transport for NSW on the Sydney Park Road and Bridge Road COVID-19 pop-up cycleways, visit nswroads.work/covid-infrastructure.
To provide feedback to the City of Sydney on the Dunning Avenue, Pitt Street, Henderson Road, Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street COVID-19 pop-up cycleways, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au.
The City of Sydney will update the community on the next steps, including the commencement of the community consultation on Oxford St east, in due course.
The NSW Government is investing around $710 million into walking and bike riding infrastructure over the next four years, bringing its total investment to around $1.1 billion – the largest commitment in the State's history.
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