Through its advocacy, Bike North works to improve cycling in northern Sydney by influencing external decision makers.
We are committed to improvements in infrastructure, enforcement of road rules and education for all riders, whether beginner or experienced, whether on e-bikes or roadies, whether commuters or recreational cyclists.
Bike North focuses its advocacy work on:
- Development and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure that provide safe routes for cyclists, with preference for routes separated from traffic and pedestrians
- Development and maintenance of direct, continuous and convenient cycle routes to support active transport commuting
- Installation of facilities and infrastructure – such as sheltered, secure, bike parking
- Development of education programmes to create better attitudes to cycling and safer behaviour by all road and path users.
Bike North cycling advocacy is politically impartial. We liaise with elected officials, Government departments, public servants, commercial organisations, special interest groups and the public to support our advocacy goals.
Bike North has working groups in each of the nine northern Sydney local government areas. If interested in contributing your knowledge, skills or passions, we invite you to contact your local Working Group by selecting the icon from the side bar or choose ‘Working Groups’ from the drop down menu. We look forward to your support.
The latest round of Get NSW Active grants announced this week by the Minister for Transport has seen some big wins for Bike North advocates and their local councils.
In The Hills, a major project that local advocate Brian Lynne has been pursuing for seven years has received substantial funding (Congratulations Brian!). After lobbying two Ministers, two mayors and numerous councillors, $3.1m has been granted for a shared path along the Norwest Boulevard between Windsor and Old Windsor Roads in Norwest. This will connect the Metro with key businesses such as Woolworths and Resmed and will make a big impact on local travel. … Read more
Minister @robstokes and local MP @timjamesmp today announced funding for the St Leonard’s to Chatswood safe cycleway route in the presence of Bike North members. $5m has been committed to the project.
In this video Tim James acknowledges Bike North’s presence and later Minister Stokes noted the impact of the Bike North Advocacy in improving cycling safety.
Below are the Minister together with Bike North members, BNSW CEO Peter McLean and deputy mayor of Willoughby @brendanzhu present at the announcement today.
This project is one of the top priority projects across all of northern Sydney. It is an important first step in this critical active transport link. … Read more
Through advocacy by Bike North, and engagement with candidates at the last local government election, Ku-ring-gai council is forming its very first Active Transport Reference Committee (and the first bike related committee in a decade). Council has called for nominations for this committee here Active Transport Reference Committee – call for members Ku-ring-gai (nsw.gov.au)
Nominations close on 3 March 2023.
Be part of the solution. Bike North has been given two places, but the Committee also needs a number of members of the community and advocates for walking to nominate.
Put yourself forward, either as one of two places allocated to Bike North or as one of the other Committee members. … Read more
Bike North was recently informed by a cycling member of the public about a new bollard installed on an exit ramp to Pennant Hills Road from the eastbound shoulder of the M2 (see photo above).
The bollard was considered dangerous as there was no clear line of sight to the bollard for cyclists turning the corner to take the exit.
Bike North made representations to Transurban who claimed the bollard was necessary to prevent drivers from attempting to use the bike exit rather than continuing to the NorthConnex Tunnel.
Hornsby Council recently put out its draft Town Centre Masterplan for commentary by the community.
The Council’s vision is for Hornsby to be ‘a place for people that reflects the uniqueness of the bushland setting, integrated around key public spaces, where the city meets the bush. An active, thriving centre that exhibits economic diversity, design excellence, liveability and sustainability. ‘
The Masterplan and its supplementary Transport and Landscape plans offer exciting ideas about what the town centre and its immediate environment might look like. With significant change, however, comes significant challenges and the opportunity for things to go awry.
The residential population of the area in question is currently just under 500 people but with an increase in residential high rise in the CBD will quickly grow to 11 500! … Read more
Bike North advocacy convenors rely on close dialogue with councillors to ensure that concerns of cyclists and issues in infrastructure are on the agenda.
In August this year, Bike North wrote to all the newly elected Hornsby Shire Councillors and the Mayor specifically noting the lack of any Active Transport Committee or active transport representation on the local Traffic Committee in Hornsby Shire.
As a result, we were concerned that, without an ongoing dialogues:
– there are many opportunities for active transport pro-activity being missed
– project targets are possibly being mis-directed and
– dormant, useful infrastructure is not being utilised to its full potential (e.g. … Read more
Ku-ring-gai Council unanimously approved the formation of an Active Transport Advisory Committee. The Council is soon to vote on the Terms of Reference for the Committee and they will then seek nominations for the Committee. Residents of Ku-ring-gai should watch out for the opportunity to nominate for this important new committee. … Read more
Ku-ring-gai residents will have more options to commute and explore the community, with three local projects being beneficiaries of the Get NSW Active Program.
The community will benefit from a separated cycleway and road rehabilitation in North Turramurra, and two shared user paths with upgraded lighting near Turramurra Station. … Read more
The removal in mid-October of the pedestrian and bike underpass on the east side of Falcon Street will be the next significant impact of the Warringah Freeway Upgrade.
Closure of the underpass, which has been in use since 2009, will require significant detours for both pedestrians and cyclists (refer detour map). For cyclists, the detour will require crossing to the west side of the freeway involving five busy signalised crossings, two being entry ramps to the motorway, two exit ramps and the fifth the crossing of Falcon Street (west side) itself.
Pedestrians will need to cross by heading east along Military Road, with two signalised crossings. … Read more
Here is an update from Warringah Freeway Upgrade contractors regarding the cycleway on the Miller Street on-ramp.
The cycleway on the Miller Street on-ramp will be permanently closed from 7am Thursday 1 September.
Cyclists will need to use the available detours:Via St Leonards Park and Miller StreetVia Blues Point RoadVia West StreetVia Winter Avenue
The detour routes are available to view on the TfNSW online portal here .Map | Transport for NSW | Community AnalyticsI understand (only check this if you have read and understand the text below) PRIVACY STATEMENT: Transport for NSW (“we”) are collecting your personal information in connection with public consultation on the Western Harbour Tunnel, Warringah Freeway Upgrade and Beaches Link projects (“the Program”).We … Read more