The final bits of the Kent Street bike path have been delayed/blocked.
Personally, I don't see why they need to do any more CBD bike paths. There are plenty already. Any more is just cream on the top of the coffee.
There are many other areas that could do with work far more urgently. Linking existing cycleways together so they become a lot more useful. And by linking, I don't mean linked by a busy road with narrow shoulders (if any at all). They need to get priorities straight.
President of advocacy group Bike Sydney David Borella said the O'Farrell government needed to urgently finish and release its access strategy so the city's cyclepaths could be connected.
"The cycleway is as strong as its weakest link," Mr Borella said.
"It is like building the Harbour Bridge but leaving out the middle 10 metres: people will only come riding once there's a fully connected cycle network," he said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bike-path-bla ... z2XAw2XqaC
Is this part of the same lot that disparaged western Sydney Cycleways because not many people used them? I quote from page 20 of the following document:
(2012 Submission to NSW Government - the first document)
During the past two decades NSW Government investment
in cycling has been modest and poorly directed. Under the
administration of Labor Minister Carl Scully, the then Roads
and Traffic Authority built and funded the construction of
many kilometres of off-road shared paths in and around
the minister’s electorate in Western Sydney. The average
commuting distance to work in Western Sydney is greater
than 15 km (see figure 14). A 2010 study found that in spite
of the millions invested these shared paths, usage rates
had not greatly increased within the area.
Urban centres where cycling is already showing high usage
rates or has strong potential for improvement should be
targeted for investment.
Recent leadership by the City of Sydney provides a useful
example of how transport-focussed cycling networks
could be developed more successfully.
Great use of out dated research - and obviously doesn't pay any attention to the amount of people riding around those areas. I don't believe the CBD needs anything more It has had plenty already. Now the trick is to fill in the outer-suburban broken links where existing ones don't link up. That's the next step. So at one point, this organisation calls for cycleways to be connected, but in a weighty document, it calls for only targeted investment in areas where there is already a take up of cycling. Quite a contradiction.