An independent review of environmental factors surrounding the Bourke Road cycleway, conducted over the past 4 months and released today, found no significant environmental impacts.
This review, which included submissions from the public, is the third time the City has consulted the community about the Bourke Road cycleway. It will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from Monday to allow the community to provide further feedback.
The Bourke Road separated cycleway, which runs for 3kms along sections of Bourke Road, Mandible and Bowden Streets, was completed in March 2010. It will eventually form part of a larger connection from southern Alexandria to Green Square and from Green Square to Sydney Airport.
The independent review revealed that there has been a reduction in traffic accidents on the road since the cycleway was completed and also stated the loss of on-street parking, at less than six per cent of the overall 4,488 parking spaces available in the precinct, was "not significant" as the area was mainly industrial with most businesses having off-street parking for staff and visitors.
The consultants - leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting company GHD - examined traffic and road safety, cycling safety, economic impacts, amenity impacts, drainage and flooding.
Following business and community feedback and expert advice, the City undertook a number of improvements to the road including regrading the cycleway, improving stormwater drainage and reconfiguring the Doody Street/Bourke Road intersection to allow heavy vehicles to turn more easily.
The review lists additional recommendations for the Council's consideration. These will be refined based on the current public consultation before Council makes a decision in the middle of the year.
As part of the consultation for Sustainable Sydney 2030 residents and workers said they wanted safe and accessible options for riding bikes in our city. This is important for improving our health, protecting our environment and reducing congestion on our roads.