Scrapping cycleway puts people's safety at risk

The NSW Government's plans to remove the College Street cycleway without providing a replacement will put people's safety at risk.

Safe, separated cycleways are essential for fixing congestion in the CBD and protecting people who choose to ride.

The City of Sydney has a contract with the Government which says they will build a safe, separated cycleway on Castlereagh Street between Hay and King Street.

This contract clearly says that the College Street cycleway cannot be removed until work on Castlereagh Street is completed. The decision by Andrew Constance and Duncan Gay not to complete the Castlereagh Street cycleway is irresponsible.

The City of Sydney's contract with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) states:

RMS acknowledges and agrees that it must not commence the College Street Cycleway Removal until after the New Castlereagh Street Cycleway has been completed and is operational.

The Government's City Centre Access Strategy is the blueprint to unclog our congested streets. We won't get the results everyone agrees Sydney needs without a network of safe, separated cycleways.

It has been 18 months since the Government identified the need to complete a safe, separated cycleway on Castlereagh Street. Now the Government has decided finishing the job will be too hard.

Bike trips have more than doubled over the last four years in our local area, and where there are cycleways, they've doubled again.

2,200 people use the College Street cycleway each weekday. It has been an essential part of encouraging more people to ride and it should not be removed.

Transport for NSW's own figures show that during peak hour, cycleways like the one on College Street and Kent Street actually carry more people than the lane of traffic next to them.

The Government has a target of doubling the number of bike trips in Sydney by 2016. Ripping up cycleways will send Sydney in the wrong direction.

The City's recent Sydney Rides Business Challenge showed huge levels of support for people who are riding. Nearly 5,000 people from 300 businesses took part. Businesses are investing heavily in end-of-trip facilities because staff who ride are healthier and happier.

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