Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Access Program

Transport for NSW is progressing plans to upgrade access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway.

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JUN 2021

JUN 2021Transport for NSW is seeking community feedback

Transport for NSW is seeking community feedback on two options for a cycle ramp at the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway.

A new ramp would improve the safety and capacity of the cycleway, enhance connections to the wider bike network and make bike riding convenient and attractive for more people.

We are inviting the community to tell us what they think about the options before midnight on Sunday 27 June 2021.

Click here to complete our survey or make a submission.

Project information

Around 2,000 bike trips are taken across the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway on weekdays, making it the most heavily used cycleway in Sydney. It is the only cross-harbour bike route in Eastern Sydney and is a critical part of the wider bike network, linking the two sides of the city across our beautiful harbour.

The only way for riders to access the cycleway at the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to climb 55 steps and then push their bikes through the safety barriers at the top of the steps. The steps are a safety hazard and prevent a wider group of people from riding their bikes more. They also slow the movement of people as they access or exit the cycleway, creating bottlenecks at peak times.

Many plans to replace the steps have been explored over the years, most recently in 2017.

A part of our recent review, we investigated a range of alternatives to a ramp. These included replacing the steps with lifts or travelators, swapping the cycleway to the eastern side of the bridge, and putting bikes back on the bridge deck. We also checked to make sure that the existing cycleway is fit for purpose.

We now have confirmed that the cycleway needs to stay on the western side of the bridge to connect to the Sydney CBD bike network, and that replacing the steps and barriers would more than double the cycleway capacity and meet cycling demand over the next 15-20 years. This led us to re-look at ramp options.

We have worked with leading urban design, architectural and heritage experts to develop two ramp concepts to replace the steps.

  • The first is a gently curving ramp running above Milsons Point Station Plaza.
  • The second is a double-looped ramp at Bradfield Park Central.

The cycleway ramp design will respect the heritage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and befit this iconic location.

Artist impression of the linear option

 

Artist impression of the looped option

Both ramp options include a separated cycle path along Alfred Street to ensure cyclists can safely move to the existing bike network and prevent collisions with pedestrians and other road users. The loop option would also include a separated bike path or shared zone for both walking and cycling on Burton Street.

Linear option - separated cycle path along Alfred Street    Looped option –  separated cycle path along Alfred Street and Shared Zone on Burton Street

We are holding several events during June where you can meet the team and learn more about the project.

Community drop-in sessions

Thursday 10 June, 2.00pm–7.00pm, Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, Fitzroy Street

Tuesday 22 June, 2.00pm–7.00pm, Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, Fitzroy Street

Click here to register for our drop-in sessions. This will help us to put in place Covid-safe measures and contact you if the situation changes.

Pop-up sessions

Tuesday 8 June, 6.00am–8.00am, foot of northern access steps

Sunday 13 June, 8.30am–3.00pm, Kirribilli Markets, Stall O25

Wednesday 16 June, 4.00pm–6.00pm, foot of northern access steps

Sunday 27 June, 10.00am–12.00pm, foot of the northern access steps

Livestream session

Tuesday 15 June, 1.00pm–2.00pm

Click here to register for our Livestream session.

We are inviting the community to tell us what they think about the options before midnight on Sunday 27 June 2021.  Click here to complete our survey or make a submission.

We are planning to select a preferred option before the end of the year, following community consultation and a comprehensive review of all feedback received. We will work with bike riders and community members to ensure the final design is developed to be complimentary and appropriate for the heritage setting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge precinct.

Access to the southern end of the cycleway includes a steep ramp between Upper Fort Street and Bradfield Highway outside the National Trust Building.

In 2016, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) developed a design concept to replace this access with a separated and more accessible ramp. A Review of Environmental Factors was displayed in 2017.

However, the REF was not determined because the southern access project is unfunded.

We are committed to getting the right long-term solution for the cycleway but are not proposing to upgrade the southern access project just yet. We will stage our investment by first upgrading the northern access and reviewing the southern access as demand picks up in response to the northern upgrade.

Project documents

Northern cycle ramp documents (superseded)

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November 2017 community update

Cycleway Access Proposals.

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November 2017 options report

Sydney Harbour Bridge Northern Cycle Ramp

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November 2017 options report

Appendix A – Site Constraints.

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November 2017 options report

Appendix B – Preliminary Strategic Options.

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November 2017 options report

Appendix C – Case studies for outdoor elevators/escalators.

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November 2017 options report

Appendix D – Cycle ramp options feasibility study – 2012.

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Southern cycle ramp documents

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Sydney Harbour Bridge Southern Cycleway.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix A - Urban design, landscape and visual impact assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix B - Consideration of clause 228(2) factors and matters of national environmental significance

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix C - Statutory consultation checklists.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix D - Non-Aboriginal heritage assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix E – Noise and vibration impact assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix F – Traffic and transport assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix G – Socio-economic impact assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix H - Biodiversity impact assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix I – Arboricultural impact assessment.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix J - Preliminary site investigation.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix K – AHIMS search result.

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November 2017 review of environmental factors report

Appendix L - Preliminary options testing.

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Contact us

Phone: 1800 581 595

Email: sydneyharbourbridgeprojects@transport.nsw.gov.au

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