On average, more than 1900 cyclist trips are taken across the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway every weekday. That makes the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway the busiest link in the Metro Sydney Bike Network.
Cycleways and the NSW Bike Plan
Roads and Maritime aims to provide Sydney cyclists with a safe, enjoyable cycle network. The identified new bike path projects will encourage greater use of bicycles throughout Sydney.
Following the success of the Naremburn Cycleway linking North Ryde to Naremburn which increased cycle commuter figures across the bridge by 60 percent, further improvements to cycle routes that connect to the bridge have been announced.
In partnership with City of Sydney, a new cycleway will adjoin the southern end of the existing Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway to create a purpose built connection to the cyclist network on Kent Street, Sydney. This will alleviate the need for cyclists to share public roads and footpaths between the bridge and Kent Street.
The community will be invited to provide feedback on the environmental assessment for the upgrade in late 2017.
Sydney Harbour Bridge northern cycle ramp
The existing Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway is a vital commuter link for Sydneysiders including cyclists enjoying the view of the harbour or commuting to and from work.
Currently, cyclists must dismount and push their bikes up and down 55 steps at the northern end of the cycleway to access the bridge. While there is a ramp in the middle of the stair case to make this task easier, it is by no means ideal and can be very difficult for people in terms of fitness, coordination or who cannot easily climb stairs.
A new ramp will be built to remove this problem and provide a connection to the future North Shore Link Cycleway.
The community will be invited to provide feedback on concept designs for the upgrade in late 2017.
North Shore Link Cycleway
The North Shore Link Cycleway connecting from the Naremburn Cycleway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge is identified in the NSW Government’s 'Sydney's Cycling Future' strategy document as a major missing link in the Metro Sydney Bike Network.
The first stage of this project involves the design of a dedicated cycle route to connect the present ending point of the cycleway at Merrenburn Avenue, Naremburn to the existing pedestrian/cycle bridge at Ridge Street, North Sydney. Early works have already been built as part of the Warringah Freeway Bus Layover and the Falcon Street pedestrian and cyclist facilities projects at Cammeray. Later stages of the North Shore Link Cycleway project would respond to the 'HarbourLink' community idea, connecting North Sydney to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway.
In partnership with Roads and Maritime Services, in 2009 North Sydney Council commissioned an in-depth study of the costs and benefits of staged completion of the North Shore Cycleway.
Inner Sydney regional bicycle network report
In 2010, the City of Sydney commissioned independent research to quantify the economic benefits of the proposed Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network. See City of Sydney for more information.