The NSW Government has committed $5 million for a key cycleway in Sydney’s north if it is re-elected on Saturday 25 March.
The proposed cycleway would provide a connection between Chatswood and St Leonard’s, running along Hampden Road and Herbet Street through the suburb of Artarmon.
“The route has been identified as a strategic corridor linking the local centres of Chatswood, Artarmon and St Leonards with public transport, the Artarmon industrial area and the Royal North Shore Hospital health precinct,” says Member for Willoughby Tim James.
The cycleway, described as a high-priority project by local advocates, will complement an extension to the existing Frank Channon Walk shared use path in Chatswood, which is set to open in the coming months.
“The community have told us repeatedly that they want more separated cycleways in Sydney’s north to give them a safe, cheap and clean alternative to driving, while allowing them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle,” says Active Transport Minister Rob Stokes.
“This investment will not only appeal to the people already riding, but also attract people who don’t feel safe when riding on the road.”
The first stage of construction is planned to include:
- Separated bicycle and shared paths on Hampden Road and Herbert Street.
- New and upgraded traffic signals at major intersections with integrated bicycle infrastructure.
- New wayfinding and bicycle facilities to support safe and stress-free riding.
- Improved landscaping to enhance the walking and riding experience.
"Bike North applauds Minister Stokes and Member for Willoughby Tim James for their support for the critical St Leonards to Chatswood safe cycling route,” says David Thomson from advocacy group Bike North. “This is one of the highest priority projects in all of northern Sydney.”