Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Access Program

Transport for NSW is progressing plans to upgrade access to 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.

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SEP 2021

SEP 2021Transport is proceeding with the preferred linear ramp

In response to community feedback, and overwhelming support for a linear ramp, Transport for NSW will proceed with plans to upgrade access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway, with the linear ramp as the preferred option.

We have published a community consultation report (PDF, 6.06Mb) detailing the feedback that we received.

On August 18, we commenced a competitive design process via an open Registration of Interest (ROI) to select three leading architectural design teams with heritage and Connecting with Country expertise to help us design a linear ramp of the highest calibre.

The ROI has now closed and we will proceed with selecting the design teams to progress the ramp design.

Later this year, the community will have a chance to comment on the shortlisted designs, together with plans for the Alfred Street cycle path and the Lavender Street roundabout.

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.

This project attracts passionate views both in support and against an upgrade to the existing cycleway access. During our consultation, we heard widespread support for a ramp, and a preference for the linear ramp from all respondents.

In response to community feedback, and the preference of a linear ramp, Transport for NSW will proceed with the linear ramp option, extending north above Milsons Point Station Plaza.

We are committed to making sure the ramp design respects the heritage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the significance of this location, and makes a positive contribution to the local area.

Both ramp options included 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.

During the community consultation, we asked the community to provide us with feedback on the proposed plans for the Alfred Street cycle path as part of a ramp upgrade.

As designs progress for the preferred linear option, the community will once again have a chance to comment on updated plans for the Alfred Street separated cycle path.

Linear option – Linear option - separated cycle path along Alfred Street

Linear option - separated cycle path along Alfred Street

During the consultaton period, we hosted two community livestream events to answer questions about the project.

You can find recordings of both events on this page.

To watch a replay of the livestream hosted on Tuesday 15 June, press play on the embedded video on this page:

To watch a recording of the livestream hosted on Wednesday 23 June, you can view via the embedded video on this page:

Following community consultation and a comprehensive review of all feedback received, Transport for NSW will progress with the preferred linear ramp option.

We have commenced a design competition to find a leading architectural team with heritage and Connecting with Country expertise to design a ramp of the highest calibre.

Later this year, the community will have a chance to comment on three shortlisted designs before we select a winning ramp design. We will also seek feedback on plans for the Alfred Street cycle path and the Lavender Street roundabout.

The community will have an opportunity to have their say on the final design and we will display the project’s Review of Environmental Factors.

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

Media releases

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16 August 2021

Design Sydney Harbour Bridge's new bike ramp

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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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March 1999 Feasibilty Study 18.8Mb

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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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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