Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway access proposals
Roads and Maritime Services is working on two proposals to improve accessibility to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway at both the northern and southern ends.
Click the image above to watch a video showing the proposed new cycleway connections
What happens next?
All comments received during the current consultation period will be considered in progressing and finalising the proposals.
The report summarising community comments relating to the Sydney Harbour Bridge southern cycleway Review of Environmental Factors, including a response to each comment will be available early next year.
Feedback received on the Sydney Harbour Bridge northern cycle ramp will be reviewed and considered as we move into the detailed design stage of the proposal. The feedback will also be summarised in a consultation report which will be published next year.
We will continue to keep the community updated on the progress of both proposals.
Sydney Harbour Bridge southern cycleway
The new cycleway connection would join the southern end of the existing Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway to create a purpose built connection to the cyclist network on Kent Street. The connection would remove the need for cyclists to share public roads and footpaths between the bridge and Kent Street.
Artist’s impression of the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge southern cycleway connection looking south.
Key features and benefits
Key features of the proposal include:
- a dedicated two-way cycleway connection from the Kent Street cycleway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway
- removing the existing steep shared-use bridge with a sharp turn over the Cahill Expressway and construction of a new cycle and pedestrian bridge with improved width and sight lines
- approach ramps to the new cyclist and pedestrian bridge with easier gradients and sight lines.
- provide a modern, safe design that fits in with the significant heritage values of the area and architectural qualities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The main benefits of the proposal include:
- improved safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
- supporting future growth in cyclist traffic travelling between Sydney CBD, the Lower North Shore and beyond
Artist’s impression of the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge southern cycleway connection looking north.
Sydney Harbour Bridge northern cycle ramp
Artist's impression of the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge northern cycle ramp, looking south.
At the northern end of the cycleway, cyclists are required to stop, dismount and climb/descend 55 steps, near Burton Street. The steps:
- limit access to the cycleway
- create a pinchpoint in the cycle network
- can provide a safety hazard if cyclists choose to ride down the steps
- can lead to queuing across a pedestrian path during peak traffic times.
Roads and Maritime is proposing to provide step-free access by constructing an elevated ramp connecting to the cycleway.
The key objectives of the proposal include:
- improving access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway
- improving safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
- supporting future growth in cyclists travelling between the Sydney CBD, the Lower North Shore and beyond
- providing a cycleway facility that fits in with the
- context of the location, including the potential visibility of the structure
- heritage values of the area
- architectural qualities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Artist's impression of the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge northern cycle ramp, towards the Burton Street tunnel.
Preferred alignment option
A preferred alignment option was unanimously recommended through an options assessment process with key stakeholders.
Proposed northern ramp alignment option.
The preferred alignment would:
- offer the best value-for-money outcome
- minimise disruption to the cycleway during construction
- be the most-likely to gain heritage and environmental approval.
More information on the evaluation of options for the proposal is included in the Options Report.
Southern cycle ramp documents
Review of environmental factors and appendices
Northern cycle ramp documents