Transport for NSW has delivered pop-up transport in response to COVID-19, giving people more options to travel safely. We have provided more ways to exercise and to access local services, including public transport.
June 2021 Pop-up cycleways commended by Greater Sydney Commission
The Greater Sydney Commission has recognised Transport for NSW’s delivery of new pop-up cycleways in its 2021 Greater Sydney Planning Awards. The cycleways received a commendation, in the ‘City Shaping during COVID-19’ category, which said:
“The Panel commends TfNSW for its rapid response to COVID in quickly identifying and prioritising the provision of pop-up cycleways. As Sydneysiders rapidly took up commuting by bicycle and cycle shops did huge trade, TfNSW took the opportunity to test new cycleway routes and connections. Many lessons were learnt which will enable prioritisation of future infrastructure and will contribute positively to liveability and sustainability.”
Over the past year more than 700,000 trips have been made on the pop-up cycleways, covering over 590,000 kms.
June 2021 Waverley and Woollahra update
In 2020 Transport for NSW announced a new pop-up cycleway on Curlewis Street, Bondi and O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay as part of the NSW Government’s emergency response to COVID-19, to be delivered as a public health measure on the advice of health experts. Since then Transport for NSW, Waverley Council and Woollahra Council have continued to work together on the cycleway’s design. We are grateful for the community’s feedback and patience.
Seven pop-up cycleways have been successfully installed since July 2020, in the City of Sydney and Randwick. However, as the wider approach to managing COVID-19 has evolved, so should the approach to delivering new cycleways.
The O’Sullivan Road cycleway is not going ahead at this time, as it has not been possible to secure a suitable design for a pop-up due to concerns over parking loss that would be required. Transport for NSW will continue to work with Woollahra Council to support the delivery of new and improved bike riding infrastructure.
There has been up to a 40% increase in bike riding in Greater Sydney since the start of 2020 and over 500,000 trips were made on new pop-up cycleways alone, covering over 420,000 kilometres, up to April 2021. Transport for NSW continues to help meet this unprecedented growth in bike riding and will work with Waverley Council to provide a further update about the planned Curlewis Street cycleway as soon as possible.
Greater Sydney project information
- Wigram Street, Parramatta: the cycleway will connect the existing shared path on Cambridge Street to the M4 cycleway via Wigram Street, Harris Park. Installation of the cycleway by City of Parramatta Council started on 5 July 2021 and will take about three weeks. For more information please contact City of Parramatta Council’s Project Manager on 9806 5689, its Customer Contact Centre on 1300 617 058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Sydney Park Road, Alexandria / Erskineville (opened July 2020)
- Henderson Road, Railway Pde and Bridge St, Eveleigh / Erskineville (opened July 2020)
- Pitt St North, CBD (opened July 2020)
- Dunning Avenue, Rosebery (opened August 2020)
- Moore Park Road, Paddington / Moore Park (opened August 2020)
- Bridge Road / Pyrmont Bridge Road, Glebe / Pyrmont (September 2020).
Have Your Say consultation for Bridge Road and Sydney Park Road
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.
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 (PDF, 6.44Mb).
View or download the March 2021 Sydney Park Road Have Your Say community notification (PDF, 6.65Mb).
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).
- Petersham to Newtown, Inner West: this cycleway completes the second section of the Regional Route 7 cycleway upgrades and runs between Petersham Station and Eliza Street, Newtown. This cycleway is permanent, rather than a pop-up. For more information please see Inner West Council’s Lewisham to Newtown cycle link webpage.
Transforming Sydney's streets
We have delivered 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 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
- View or download maps (PDF, 2.6Mb)
- Wigram Street, Parramatta map (PDF, 75.2Kb)
- High Street, Randwick cycleway map (PDF, 6.18Mb)
- Petersham to Newtown, Inner West cycleway map (PDF, 6.28Mb)
- Bridge Road / Pyrmont Bridge Road, Glebe / Pyrmont cycleway map (PDF, 1.53Mb)
- Sydney Park Road, Alexandria / Erskineville cycleway map (PDF, 1.52Mb)
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
- 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 to 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.
- Goulburn, south of Goulburn city: new cycleways on Hume Street and Finlay Road that connect with off-road shared path infrastructure to provide a designated path for bike riders are now open.
- Wollongong CBD: Wollongong City Council in partnership with the community is currently constructing cycling routes located in Wollongong's city centre.
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.
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For information about what is happening in NSW, visit the NSW Government website.