Parramatta Road Urban Improvement

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Parramatta Road Urban Improvement- the latest in attempts to “revitalise” Parramatta Rd once Westconnex diverts motor traffic- assuming it does. A promise by the Westconnex project to return one traffic lane to Active Transport has so far not materialised- surprise!

Inner West Council Integrated Transport Plan recommends bike path on Parramatta Rd. Inner West Council has changed its tune and recommends a bike path on one side of the road.

GETS ( Guided Electric Trains) versus Buses or Trams. Trackless trams are flavour of the month, but not everyone is convinced. They would leave the kerbside free for bike riders. Council favours GETS. Govt favours buses.

Dot Lane Saga – history of attempts to develop an East West bike route (Route EW02 in the Leichhardt Bike Plan) between Flood St in the west and Pyrmont Bridge Rd in the east, via Jarrett and Albion St. Dot Lane runs between Balmain Rd and Norton St, but has a sometimes locked gate at one end, where businesses own the access. If Council could get access the east-west route would be possible. As at February 2021 no solution has appeared, but a shared path on Parramatta Rd between Balmain Rd and Norton St has been approved as a bypass.

Council got $21 million for an Active Transport and Urban Amenity Project along Parramatta Rd corridor. ( separate from the much larger Masterplan for development along the whole of Parramatta Rd). Various works have been approved, mainly on traffic calming on streets that intersect with Parramatta Rd, and including some bicycle works, such as the shared path between Balmain Rd and Norton and a contraflow lane on Renwick St.

IWBC has met a number of times to discuss the projects with Council and some of our ideas have been adopted. The missing items include a connection across Johnstons Ck Canal to Pyrmont Bridge Rd- not being pursued by Council at this stage and a crossing of Johnston St at Albion St for route EW02.

Death of delivery cyclist on Parramatta Rd in 2020.

The cyclist was hit by a truck and was one of five delivery riders killed in 2020 in Sydney. IWBC called for a shared path on Parramatta Rd between Crystal St and Railway St, on a dangerously narrow section. RMS rejected the idea, on grounds that shop signs hung down too low! Many cyclists do use the footpath here. It is fairly wide and foot traffic is low, due to shop closures.