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Bike Program Gathers Speed

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013

Leichhardt Council has today released details of more than $600,000 in projects scheduled to be carried out on its bike plan and related projects in the 2013/14 financial year.

The delivery of these projects will see the largest amount of money spent by Council on bike lanes and related projects to improve cycling in a single year.

In addition, Council already has $400,000 per year allocated in its 10 year Long Term Financial Plan for bicycle projects from 2014/15.

Mayor of Leichhardt Darcy Byrne said ongoing investment in cycling infrastructure is necessary as the inner west becomes more congested.

“In a congested inner city area such as ours, Council is always looking at providing alternative options to car use, particularly for trips in and around the local area,” Cr Byrne said.

“Council’s long running bike program is a vital part of providing this alternative while also promoting the health benefits of recreational bike riding to a new generation of riders of all ages.”

Cr Byrne said Council’s budgeted program of cycle path projects and a boost in road resurfacing funding will continue to improve the cycling experience for all riders over the next year and the next decade.

“In the past, money has been allocated but projects have not always actually been delivered,” Cr Byrne said.

“That is my focus now as well as building a city wide network with the City of Sydney and neighbouring Councils.”

Cycle routes set to benefit include picturesque riding locations such as along the Bay Run at the King George Park foreshore in Rozelle as well as along busier transport thoroughfares such as Balmain Rd through Leichhardt starting from Parramatta Rd.

Council’s bike plan funding also includes a budget for instituting a behaviour program for all road users ‘Share the Road’ aimed at increasing safety for cyclists.


BICYCLE PLan and related projects TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN 2013/14

Project, Funding

Contra-flow Lane McCleer St $20,000
Balmain Road – between Parramatta Road & Perry Street. $68,094
Lilyfield Road, -
new linemarking between James Street & Victoria Road $127,000
Robert Street/Mullens Street intersection $72,197
King George Park Foreshore (Bay Run) $47,000
Catherine Street, Lilyfield. Contra flow bike lane and traffic signal adjustments. $93,250
O’Connor Reserve off road cycleway $55,000
Directional signage Callan Park $20,000
Johnston Street Flagship Route $25,000
Behavioural Program - share the road $15,000
Behavioural Program - lead with the left $35,000
Bike Survey Annual Local Government Bike Participation Survey $10,000
Behavioural Program - Active Transport Maps $15,000