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BIKE NORTH ADVOCACY 

PROGRESS SCHEDULE OF CURRENT PROJECTS

AS AT 31 AUGUST 2017

 

The table immediately below summarises major projects that Bike North is involved in currently and further information about some of these projects may be obtained by clicking on the menu options on the left side of the website’s Advocacy page

 

 

Project No.

PROJECT TITLE

DESCRIPTION

START DATE

CONTACT MEMBER/S

CURRENT STATUS

NEXT REVIEW DATE

1

BN Hornsby Advocacy Group

 

Announcement to Hornsby Council of the re-activation of the BN Hornsby Advocacy Group and request for roll-out of a Hornsby Council Bike Plan.

March, 2017

Justin Holmwood and the BN Hornsby Advocacy Group

Hornsby Group re-activated on 13.3.17 and noted by Hornsby Mayor in letter of 5 April, 2017. Undertaking given to consult but no date given for release of the draft Hornsby Bike Plan. Following discussion with local State MP Matt Kean, have written to Hornsby Council’s Traffic Branch on 23/8/17 to inquire about current status of the new Bicycle Plan.

September, 2017

2

BN Hornsby Advocacy Group

 

Reduction in speed limit for The Esplanade, Thornleigh, from 60 to 50 kph especially those sections adjoining newly opened cycle lanes north and south.

June, 2017

Justin Holmwood

Hornsby Council’s Traffic Branch in a letter of 3/8/17 argue that sub-arterial status of The Esplanade and requirement for maintaining traffic flow means RMS unlikely to allow speed reduction. Lower speed advisory signs do exist on the bends but a further approach has been made for some green warning paint on the bicycle shoulder to emphasise its purpose.

September,2017

3

Repair of old Pacific Highway shoulder between Asquith and Mt Colah

To remediate the stretch of the old Pacific Highway, on the western side, between Amor Street Asquith and Rupert Street, Mt Colah which does not currently include a cycling lane on its shoulder. Though remnants of a previous one exist, it has fallen into disrepair.

May, 2017

John Hunt and Justin Holmwood

The current situation is that, for that section of the Highway, travelling North, cyclists are forced to ride in the (very busy) active traffic lane. This section of the Pacific Highway is arguably one of the most heavily used by cyclists anywhere north of Hornsby. At different points, what is obviously a former cycle lane has been allowed to become overgrown with vegetation and its signage to become almost invisible. Reps made to Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and to local member Matt Kean MP for urgent repairs. Action awaited.

September, 2017

4

Greater Sydney Commission

Draft North District Plan

Preparation of an outline of BN’s hopes for the inclusion by the GSC of cycling as a partial solution to Sydney’s future transport challenges.

February, 2017

Justin Holmwood

Submission forwarded to the GSC on 29.3.17. Awaiting feedback from Commission. Followed up in late May 2017 in relation to Principle Bicycle Network connection with RMS. Response awaited. GSC ‘Active transport’ discussion weekend on 29-30/7 attended by BN’s Phil Newman.

On-going

5

Principle Bicycle Network (for the GSC’s North District)

Complementary to the GSC submission above, a review of a map developed by the RMS and others of where Sydney’s Principal bicycle paths should best be located to connect all the major work and service centres in Sydney’s north.

November, 2016

Carolyn New/Justin Holmwood

Workshop attended by Carolyn on 28.2.17. Further engagement expected later this year. 

Email contact with RMS earlier this year indicates that it is already discussing possible PBN route options with some local councils and perhaps by the end of the year also with Hornsby, The Hills & Parramatta Councils.

September, 2017

6

Parramatta North Urban Development DA

Bike North submission outlining our concerns and aspirations for the future of that area.

February, 2017

Darryn Capes-Davis

Discussed at the Parramatta Cycling Committee on 22 March, 2017 (of which Darryn is a member)

On-going

7

Draft Parramatta City Bike Plan

New Plan on exhibition until 8th May for public comment.

April, 2017

Darryn Capes-Davis

Following receipt of public comments, final plan awaited.

September 2017

8

Hills Shire BN Advocacy Group

Re-activation of BN’s Hills Advocacy Group and development of a new Hills Shire Bicycle Strategic Plan.

March 2017

Brian Lynne

Met with Council officials late March, 2017. Cycled the proposed Norwest to Rouse Hill bike route with the Hills Infrastructure Planning Manager on 27/4/17. Funding to come from State Government but keep under review.

September, 2017

9

NorthWest Metro

Project to ensure NorthWest Metro consults and acts on advice from Hills BN Advocacy et al. re active transport links to ensure Metro patronage/reduce local traffic along the Metro route.

July, 2015

Brian Lynne

Met with Metro NorthWest on 7 June, 2017 to follow up on current status of July 2015 Pedestrian-Cycle Network and Facilities Strategy. Despite earlier indications, no bike paths on key roads to be provided for 5 yrs; no power outlets for ‘e’ bikes, not much at all really. Update requested on achievements as measured against their strategy goals.

September, 2017

10

Hills Shire Cycle Plan

Hills Shire Cycle Plan under development.

April 2017

Brian Lynne

Comment provided by Hills BN Group requesting current priorities on a project by project basis; followed up Showground Rd to M7 link proposal, ride to school survey.  e.o.i. approved to hold a stall at The Hills Orange Blossom Festival on 27/8/17.

September,2017

11

Showground Rd / M7 connection in Castle Hill

Castle Hill (Showground Road)/M7connection. New route surveyed and documented for presentation to Hills Council.

January, 2017

Brian Lynne

Document submitted to Hills Council Feb/March, 2017. Feedback/response  awaited - maybe in wake of 9th September Council election (See previous item)

September, 2017

12

Ride to School program in The Hills

Ride to School program in the Hills, the feasibility of which was being investigated by BN members working with local schools and the Hills Council.

April, 2017

Brian Lynne

School attitudes initially surveyed along with safe routes and bike storage availability. However, legal & insurance issues prevent Bike North and its Ride Leaders from involvement in this initiative which has been referred to the Bicycle Network organisation which already has a ‘ride to school’ program and a number of years of practical experience.

Referred to the Bicycle Network for appropriate attention.

13

Ryde City BN Advocacy Group

  1. Pidding Road, Ryde Regional Cycle Route remediation.
  2. Shrimptons Creek path major upgrade @ northern end
  3. Epping Rd Regional Cycleway, County Rd Regional Cycleway, Pittwater Rd Regional Cycleway.
  4. Lachlan’s Line cycle path
  5. City of Ryde Draft delivery plan 2017-21
  1. March, 2017

2.- 5 May/June 2017

Doug Stewart/Alf Torrisi/Alison Pryor

  1. Representations made to Ryde Council re proper shoulders on 30 March, 2017.
  2. Discussed with Council 5/6/17
  3. Council design team currently doing concept and detailed design work for when money becomes available.
  4. Final design issues to be resolved because the path as proposed will not meet the needs of cycling to Lane Cove.
  5. Ryde BN called for all road upgrade proposals to include related cycling infrastructure improvements.

Ongoing

14

Epping Road to Balaclava Road & Macquarie University cycle path

Epping Road to Balaclava Road & Macquarie University - 2 Way conversion

Talks for a number of years

Doug Stewart/Alf Torrisi/Alison Pryor

To be built by Ryde Council but Uni is paying

Ongoing

15

Epping Road Cycle Path

Extension west from Paul St, Nth Ryde past Shrimptons Creek, Herring Rd and on to Balaclava Rd (1.6 km)

2017/18

Doug Stewart/Alf Torrisi/Alison Pryor

To be competed in current financial year, then, in 2018/19 to continue west past Culloden, Vimiera and Pembroke (a further 1.3km). Heartiest congratulations to Ryde Council and BN Ryde.

On-going

15

Kuringai Shire BN Advocacy Group

Reactivation of BN Advocacy within the Kuringai Shire

26 April, 2017

Lyness Beavis

First meeting held 17/5/17 considered Town Centre developments in Lindfield and Turramurra and lack of cycling connections to these places + cycle lane plans for Killeaton St, St Ives  and  Lindfield Avenue, Lindfield. In 5 yrs of KS Bike Plan, only 8.9 kms of cycling infrastructure completed, mainly lane markings. 

On-going

16

North Shore Cycleway

Completion of gap between Naremburn Cycleway and Sydney Harbour Bridge

2007 – since Naremburn to North Ryde Cycleway completed. Discussion of latest RMS project Aug 2016.

Carolyn New

RMS Project – partnership with Bicycle NSW. Query with local member O/S.

Followed up 21/5.

To be advised.

17

Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Ramp

RMS Funding allocated for ramp due to Bicycle NSW lobbying. Public announcement Dec 2016.

Bike North is working in partnership with Bicycle NSW. 

Aug 2016 (met with RMS project team). 

Carolyn New

RMS scheduled workshop held on 23 June. BN representatives attended but outcomes unclear at this stage.. Background advice also recently provided to cross-bench MLCs.

September,2017

18

Metro (Victoria Square and Crows Nest)

New metro stations. Work with Transport on cycling issues.

2016

Carolyn New

Advised Metro of Bike North contacts. 

On-going

19

Northern Beaches Link

Proposed new road. Raise profile of cycling issues and opportunities.

March 2017

Carolyn New

Issues discussed with Bicycle NSW as there are potential impacts on North Shore Cycleway. The RMS website, Projects page has link to this project through which you can ‘Have Your Say’ via a Community Consultation Map. To be closely monitored for lack of information to date.

Ongoing.

20

Lane Cove Transport and Traffic Study

Input provided at workshops on cycling issues at Lane Cove Village, St Leonards Station and Lane Cove West.

Dec, 2016

Carolyn New

Workshops complete.

Monitor further actions by Lane Cove Council.

On-going. Unlikely to be further feedback.

21

Willoughby BikePlan Audit

Review GTA Willoughby Bike Plan Infrastructure Assessment 

March 2017

Carolyn New

GTA presented on Bike Plan Audit at Bicycle Committee meeting

Ongoing.

22

Willoughby Bicycle Committee

Consultative Committee of Willoughby City Council on local cycling issues

9 May 2017

Carolyn New

1. Met new Sustainable Transport officer.

2. GTA Review

3. Bike Counts plan

4. Cycling without Age

5. Thomas St Car Park bike facilities still O/S

Ongoing

23

North Sydney Bike Plan Rollout

Monitoring and providing feedback on North Sydney Bike Routes:

1.St Leonards to Mosman

2.Ridge Street (West to Miller)

3.Winter and Bent Street

4 Kurraba Road

2014 - Integrated Bike Plan Strategy published

Carolyn New

Stage 1 of the new separated cycleway for North Sydney to the Spit almost complete which extends along part of Ernest St, then Park Ave, Sutherland St and Young St. Section between Ernest St and St Leonards Park will be Stage 2 in 2018/19.

Ongoing

24

North Sydney Sustainable Transport Reference Group

Group established to review impacts of transport infrastructure projects in Nth Sydney.

29 May, 2017

Carolyn New

1.Metro impacts on North Sydney

2.Beaches Link issues (‘Have Your Say’ official response to issues raised about Beaches Link is that our feedback has been taken into consideration ! )

3. Cycling route builds and designs

Next Meeting November, 2017

25

Cycling Without Age

 

A program begun in Denmark and now being examined in over 28 countries to encourage the elderly to get back on their bikes.

Feb 2017

Carolyn New

Support initial site at Woolwich and encourage Willoughby to trial. Training (Feb 2017) plus Carolyn attended 19-21 June International Summit in Copenhagen.

Ongoing

26

Velo-city 2017 Conference

Organised by the European Cyclists’ Federation - Velo-city 2017 is the premier international planning conference on cycling.

June, 2017

Carolyn New

Designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation, the conference brings together those involved in policy, promotion and provision of cycling facilities and programs from all around the world to share knowledge and help deliver cycling improvements across the globe.

Next conference in Rio, 2018.

27

Minimum Safe Passing Distance enforcement

Establishment of a data base of MSPD infringements reported by cyclists to be acted on by the authorities.

May 2017

John Hunt

Submission referred to BNSW for further development and implementation. Reps also made to local MP Matt Kean about apparent lack of enforcement.

Ongoing

28

Bicycle Safety Reporting Tool

An initiative of BNSW in collaboration with Bike North to collect data on Bicycle safety re infrastructure, regulatory and education failings & report to relevant Government agencies.

May 2017

Darryn Capes-Davis

Very early days in terms of concept and development but it is an attempt to replace the former ‘See Click Fix’ and ‘Go Fix’ on-line hazard reporting tools for cyclists which have fallen into disrepair of late. Meanwhile, direct approach is suggested for getting councils to fix infrastructure problems.

Ongoing.

29

Annual Bike North Awards for cycling advocacy

This is an idea still under development which may involve the giving of certificates of commendation from BN to public and private organisations for “promoting cycling”.

August 2017

BN Executive

Awards for different categories [e.g. best path, best map, best event] might be presented at a dinner/ceremony followed by a press release. To be continued !

September, 2017.