Transport for NSW is delivering pop-up transport in response to COVID-19, giving people more options to travel safely. We are providing more ways for exercise and for access to local services, including public transport.
Have Your Say
In 2020 Transport for NSW, in consultation with the City of Sydney, delivered pop-up cycleways as part of the NSW Government's response to COVID-19.
These low-cost temporary cycleways with light-weight barriers were intended to give people a safe alternative to catching public transport or driving. They add links to the existing bike network and connect people with employment hubs.
In March 2021, we invited the community to share their views about the Bridge Road, Glebe and Sydney Park Road, Erskineville pop-up cycleways, before any decisions are made on future plans. We are also considering improvements to make them more in keeping with the character of the area.
The City of Sydney is responsible for deciding the future of the other pop-up cycleways within the City of Sydney. These are Dunning Avenue, Pitt Street, Henderson Road, Moore Park Road and Fitzroy Street. The City of Sydney will update the community about the next steps for these routes, as well as about the start of community consultation on Oxford St east, in due course.
Our Have Your Say consultation for Bridge Road and Sydney Park Road is now closed. We received a large number of responses and we will prepare a consultation report for each before any decisions are made on future plans. These will include the feedback received and Transport for NSW’s responses. We thank the community for their feedback.
View or download the March 2021 Bridge Road Have Your Say community notification.
View or download the March 2021 Sydney Park Road Have Your Say community notification.
Greater Sydney project information
- Petersham to Newtown, Inner West: this cycleway is planned to start at the intersection of Audley Street and Trafalgar Street and will run along Crystal Street, York Crescent, Gordon Crescent, Douglas Street, Railway Avenue, Baltic Street and Albermarle Street and connect to Australia Street, Newtown. This more than two-kilometre route was chosen to connect Petersham and Sydenham Stations to Newtown and provides a link to the newly installed Wilson Street, Redfern cycleway. In response to recent community feedback, Inner West Council has cancelled the proposed tree removal and will instead carry out routine monitoring. For more information please see our fact sheet (PDF, 87.6Kb), September 2020 notification (PDF, 596Kb), November 2020 start of works notification (PDF, 616Kb), December 2020 notification (PDF, 210Kb), indicative image 1 (PDF, 5.66Mb), indicative image 2 (PDF, 5.06Mb) and map (PDF, 6.28Mb).
- Wigram Street, Parramatta: the cycleway is planned to start at Cambridge Street, Harris Park (from the shared path near Harris Park train station). It will connect to the M4 cycleway via Wigram Street, Parramatta and is about 350 metres long. It will give the local community a safe route for exercise and access to local amenities, including the train station. For more information please see our fact sheet (PDF, 305Kb), December 2020 notification (PDF, 228Kb), indicative image and map (PDF, 75Kb).
- The Beach to Bay Connection, Waverley to Woollahra: this route is planned to connect Bondi Beach to Rose Bay offering local residents a continuous cycleway to both recreational locations. It also connects to an existing shared path on Blair Street, a cycleway on Birringa Road and a planned cycleway on New South Head Road. Transport for NSW and Waverley and Woollahra councils are continuing to work together to improve cycling outcomes along Curlewis Street and O’Sullivan Road and we will provide an update as soon as possible. For more information please see our fact sheet (PDF, 90.2Kb), September 2020 notification (PDF, 424Kb), indicative image 1 (PDF, 2.13Mb), indicative image 2 (PDF, 8.57Mb), indicative image 3 (PDF, 8.22Kb), indicative image 4 (PDF, 5.63Mb) and map (PDF, 1.18Mb).
The first stage of the work linked multiple cycling routes and improved cycleway access to the Sydney CBD, by quickly installing pop-up cycleways on:
- Bridge Road / Pyrmont Bridge Road, Glebe / Pyrmont
- Pitt St North, CBD
- Moore Park Road, Paddington / Moore Park
- Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
- Sydney Park Road, Alexandria / Erskineville
- Henderson Road, Railway Pde and Bridge St, Eveleigh / Erskineville
Others delivered include:
- High Street, Randwick: this cycleway starts at the corner of Anzac Parade and runs along High Street to Wansey Road, Randwick where it connects to existing cycle facilities. This 850-metre route improves access to the University of NSW and Royal Randwick Race Course. For more information please see our fact sheet (PDF, 89.1Kb), October 2020 notification (PDF, 470Kb), December 2020 start of works notification (PDF, 517Kb), image 1 (PDF, 1.19Mb), image 2 (PDF, 1.15Mb) and map (PDF, 6.18Mb).
Transforming Sydney's streets
We are working to deliver safer speed zones as part of our response to COVID-19, giving the community more options to walk, cycle and move around the city in a safer environment.
Speed change areas planned or installed so far, include:
- Bridge Road and Pyrmont Bridge Road between Parramatta Road (Annandale) and the Western Distributor (Pyrmont)
- The Crescent, Minogue Crescent, Ross Street between Link Road (Rozelle) and Bridge Road (Forest Lodge)
- Oxford Street between College Street (Surry Hills) and Taylor Square (Darlinghurst)
- West Paddington
- Camperdown and Newtown
From August 2020 in response to COVID-19, the NSW Government announced plans for a number of pop-up cycleways throughout NSW. In Greater Sydney, these light-weight and low-cost temporary cycleways were intended to give people a safe alternative to catching public transport or driving during the pandemic.
Since then and following detailed investigations, Transport for NSW has determined pop-up cycleways, consisting entirely of light-weight and low-cost materials, along Todman Avenue Kensington, Thomas Street Parramatta, and Pacific Highway North Sydney are not suitable.
Transport's decision to not proceed with plans for pop-up cycleways along these routes took into consideration a range of factors, including:
- Traffic volumes returning to pre-COVID-19 levels in many areas
- Design limitations of this light-weight and low-cost infrastructure
- Community impacts
In 2021, Transport will continue to work with councils throughout NSW to continue to support the delivery of new and improved bike riding infrastructure.
Where pop-up cycleways have been introduced throughout NSW in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities will be consulted prior to any decisions being made on whether these cycleways will become permanent fixtures.
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.
Regional NSW project information
- Goulburn, south of Goulburn city: new cycleways on Hume Street and Finlay Road that will connect with off-road shared path infrastructure to provide a designated path for bike riders.
- Wollongong CBD: Wollongong City Council in partnership with the community is planning cycling routes located in Wollongong's city centre.
- Nowra: new cycleways in Nowra CBD on Junction Street from O'Keefe Avenue to Stockland Nowra Shopping Centre.
- Batemans Bay: new cycleways on Beach Road from Batehaven to Surf Beach.
- Newcastle: new cycleways on Honeysuckle Drive. A reduced speed limit of 30km/hr is also be trialled from Hannell Street along Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road and Shortland Esplanade to the Watt Street intersection. This will further improve pedestrian and bike rider safety along this popular route.
NSW street treatments for COVID recovery
Read Transport for NSW's NSW Street Treatments for COVID Recovery.
This resource is designed to support the rapid rollout of projects developed through the Streets as Shared Spaces program, but also other temporary or tactical interventions proposed by councils, communities, Transport for NSW, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment or other government agencies.
Great public spaces
The Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment want you to share your ideas for great streets as shared spaces.
For national information about COVID-19, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.
For information about what is happening in NSW, visit the NSW Government website.