North Sydney Council has a report going to their upcoming Council meeting on Monday 27 July. The agenda for that meeting is on Council’s website and can be downloaded from https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council_Meetings/Meetings/Council_Meetings . This is Item 10.12 Temporary Walking and Cycle Network Improvements.
The most important part of this recommendation is for Council to engage with TfNSW with regard to temporary bike lanes on the western side of Pacific Highway – essentially for the full length to St Leonards. This temporary cycleway is already on TFNSW radar, thanks to all of you who have lobbied for this link in various ways. As this is a State Road, TfNSW has responsibility for the road and what is built, but this support in principle from Council will go a long way towards making some form of temporary cycleway on the highway in North Sydney a high possibility. The report also proposes temporary widening of the footpath on Miller Street, which is a good balanced response for pedestrians in conjunction with the temporary cycleway. This report will be up for approval at Monday’s meeting. You can email your support for a temporary cycleway along the Pacific Highway between Milsons Point and St Leonards with supporting Miller Street footpath widening under Item 10.12 to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm on Monday. If you are a North Sydney resident and know your local Councillors please contact them directly.
This proposed temporary cycleway would provide a crucial missing cycling link for all levels of bike riders, through the busy North Sydney CBD to the popular cycling route along West Street, as well as providing direct cycling access to major health, education and commercial centres for students and essential workers along the Pacific Highway. Examples include high schools as Cammeraygal School and North Sydney Girls High School, North Sydney TAFE and major hospitals at Mater Hospital, Royal North Shore and North Shore Private.
This is a wonderful proposal and we should congratulate North Sydney Council staff, Mayor and Councillors for proposing this. We are still a little way before we can be assured this temporary cycleway will be built, but this a very important step along the way.