Affectionately known as Green Corridors, paths are emerging all over the city exclusively for bicycles. And the odd scooter.
Designed to make cycling safer through busy city streets, these corridors are being constructed in locations that are not just going to make daily commuting easier, but also to encourage riding to work from some of Sydney’s CBD fringe suburbs.
There is already an extensive bike route network throughout the city, including College St and King St in the CBD, Union St in Pyrmont connecting the west, and a 2.4km path connecting the CBD to Green Square in Sydney’s south.
Plans continue for Kent St in the CBD, Ultimo and Surry Hills effectively extending the above networks – the latter should connect the CBD to Botany Bay, all via a safe, green-sealed cycleway.
There are other ride routes being extended or created, specifically in Sydney’s south-west, many of them connecting Sydney Olympic Park. One such follows the northern bank of the Parramatta River from Meadowbank, connecting to Silverwater Rd.
In all there is currently around 50 kilometres of cycleway throughout the greater Sydney area.
Speaking as one of the many who has a capable, albeit under-utilised road bike, safety on Sydney roads remains one of the key concerns to anyone jumping into the saddle semi-regularly.
The Sydney Cycleway website gives great information about roadways, events and information on rider training events throughout the year.