Cycleway plans to boost safety on Sydney's Oxford Street
Plans are underway to build a new cycleway on Sydney’s Oxford Street east, connecting Taylor Square to Paddington Gates, which will improve connections and safety for cyclists.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government is contributing 50 per cent of the funding for the cycleway, which will enhance safety on the critical corridor, which connects Sydney’s eastern suburbs to the CBD.
“The Road Safety Fund is delivering lifesaving upgrades to roads right across New South Wales and whether it is in regional, rural and remote communities or right here in Sydney, we are providing the investment needed to move towards zero fatalities by 2050,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
The proposed new cycleway on Oxford Street east will provide a seamless connection to the planned Oxford St west cycleway, which was announced in November last year by the NSW Government and the City of Sydney, as well as cycleways in the eastern suburbs.
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said there has been up to a 40% increase in cycling in Greater Sydney since the start of 2020.
“The proposed Oxford Street cycleway - the final piece in the NSW Government’s Eastern Suburbs Link election commitment - will take us another step closer to creating a connected cycling network right across Greater Sydney,” Mr Constance said.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the project would benefit cyclists and business owners alike on the fabulous Oxford Street strip.
“Thousands of people ride along Oxford Street each day. Adding a separated cycleway will make it safer for cyclists and help calm traffic – creating a more pleasant environment for those on foot and the many businesses along the strip,” Ms Moore said.
“All levels of government are working together on this important project because it’s crucial for commuters and will breathe life into Oxford Street.”
As a road safety precaution, the current COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street will be retained until the new Oxford Street cycleway goes live.
Federal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma thanked the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW for listening to his community’s feedback regarding the COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street.
“This is a good outcome for the local community. With plans for Oxford Street cycleway now underway, I will be pushing for the removal of the COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street and the return of parking spaces for local residents,” said Mr Sharma.
New South Wales Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich said the proposed Oxford Street east cycleway will give commuters more travel options from the eastern suburbs to the city.
“It’s so exciting that the local, state, and federal governments have come together to invest millions of dollars in the future of Oxford Street. This active transport infrastructure improvement comes at a critical time for this world famous street,” Mr Greenwich said.
Separately, community consultation will commence from Monday on the existing COVID-19 pop-up cycleways before a decision is made on whether they are retained into the future.
The City of Sydney will also consult the community on the proposal to retain the COVID-19 pop-up cycleway on Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street only until the Oxford Street cycleway is complete.
To provide feedback to Transport for NSW on the Sydney Park Road and Bridge Road COVID-19 pop-up cycleways, visit nswroads.work/covid-infrastructure.
To provide feedback to the City of Sydney on the Dunning Avenue, Pitt Street, Henderson Road, Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street COVID-19 pop-up cycleways, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au.
The City of Sydney will update the community on the next steps, including the commencement of the community consultation on Oxford St east, in due course.
The NSW Government is investing around $710 million into walking and bike riding infrastructure over the next four years, bringing its total investment to around $1.1 billion – the largest commitment in the State's history.