The stage one upgrade aims to deliver safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. It includes 100 metres of separated cycleway, a new pedestrian and cyclist crossing between Pacific Highway and Church Street, a slow speed shared path, kerb realignment and additional trees planted along West Street.
The second stage of the West Street cycleway is currently in development and will connect North Sydney and Cammeray, between Ridge Street and Amhurst Street. Stage one of the West Street cycleway was made possible thanks to a significant grant from the State Government. NSW Transport Minister Jo Haylen said the project would help transform North Sydney.
“The project will make it easier for people to walk and cycle, giving everyone the option to leave the car at home and enjoy the fresh air as they wander through this beautiful part of Sydney. I’m pleased the NSW Government has been able to contribute $800k to get this project completed.”
Mayor Zoë Baker said this is an important piece of a bigger puzzle to connect Cammeray with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney CBD.
“Council is pleased to finally have finished this section of the West St Cycleway which will ensure cyclists of all ages and abilities are kept safe on their journeys to and from work, school or other activities. The completion of Stage 1 marks the beginning of Council addressing the ‘missing link’ to connect North Sydney with Willoughby and beyond. Cyclists collectively make more than 400 trips along West Street each weekday, highlighting how much demand there was for a dedicated cycleway along this road. The separated cycleway will build on existing demand as it will attract cyclists of all ages who currently do not feel confident to cycle on the road.
“Council supports cycling as a sustainable transport option. It reduces traffic congestion, impacts air and noise pollution, improves community health and wellbeing, and create opportunities for community interaction and connectedness. It really is a win-win to improve the cycle network and make it a safer way to commute for everyone in our community.”