What are the benefits of the project?
· It supports active and healthy lifestyle choices by encouraging more people to walk and cycle. The route provides safer and stronger connections to destinations such as the Kingsford light rail terminus, local schools, Coogee and the wider local and regional bicycle network.
· It will physically separate people cycling from those who walk, and from cars. This makes the street safer for everyone.
· More people choosing to ride and walk for local trips helps ease congestion and car parking demands.
· The street will benefit from improvements such as traffic calming, new pedestrian crossings, footpaths and pram ramps, making the street safer for local walkers.
· New trees and landscaping along the route.
· It aligns closely with Council’s 20 Year City Plan (External link) to build a network of safe and convenient walking paths and cycleways.
· It connects to existing local and regional bike routes, and has been identified as a priority route in the NSW Active Transport Program.
How can I have my say?
Council welcomes feedback on the designs, and there are several ways to have your say:
· Make a comment on our consultation website www.yoursayrandwick.com.au (External link)
· Council staff will be door knocking all properties on the route, including residents and businesses, to hear your feedback.
· View the plans at Randwick, Malabar and Maroubra libraries, or at Randwick City Council’s Administration Centre - 30 Frances Street, Randwick.
· Attending an information session on Wednesday 7 November, 6.30pm at the Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St Randwick.
How does a separated cycleway work?
Separated cycleways are dedicated spaces located in between the lane used for street parking or traffic, and the footpath. They provide a two-way travel lane for riding a bicycle that is separate from moving traffic and from the footpath. Separated cycleways are widely considered to be much safer than riding on the road.
Why has this route been chosen?
Sturt Street, Avoca Street and Bundock Street provide an important east/west link for bike riders traveling between South Coogee and the Kingsford light rail terminus. Currently there are no other east/west routes suitable for all rider abilities.
Community consultation took place in 2015 to identify and prioritise the construction of cycling routes across the LGA. This route was identified as a high priority.
The route also aligns with NSW Government plans for key strategic cycling corridors.
What is the width of the cycleway?
The cycleway is 2.4m wide along most of the route, meaning each cycle lane is 1.2m. The width can generally be accommodated along Sturt Street without loss of footpaths, car parking or travel lanes.
Bundock Street, is narrower than Sturt Street and therefore more on-street parking removal or kerb cutback is required to accommodate a 2.4m wide cycleway. Where possible, different options along Bundock Street are being considered to determine the best outcome for all road users, residents and home owners.
Randwick City Council encourages your feedback on the different options along parts of Bundock Street.
What will happen to the trees?
Improving planting along the route by providing additional planter beds and trees is a key priority for the project.
Some trees are proposed to be removed to accommodate traffic changes or improve safety, however there will be an increase of between 23 and 31 additional trees overall.
What is happening to the Sturt Street/Bundock Street/Avoca Street intersection?
Changes to the road, footpath and median are proposed for the Sturt Street/Bundock Street/Avoca Street intersection. These upgrades will provide a much safer way for pedestrians and bike riders to cross Avoca Street. It will also make it safer for vehicles travelling east/west between Sturt Street and Bundock Street. There will be additional right turn lanes on Avoca Street, to improve the safety of vehicles on turning into Sturt Street and Bundock Street.
Why has turning right from Sturt Street and Bundock Street into Avoca Street been banned?
Currently there are only a small number of cars turning right into Avoca Street from either Sturt Street or Bundock Street.
Our traffic analysis shows that banning theses right turns will significantly improve the traffic flows at this intersection.
Has the hill at the eastern end of Bundock Street been considered in the design?
Along the east end of Bundock Street, where the gradient is relatively steep, we have widened the separated cycleway to 3m to allow for a safer passing distance between bike riders traveling uphill and downhill. Redirective kerbing has also been proposed, along with speed humps for additional traffic calming.
Why are different design options being considered for Bundock Street?
Unlike Sturt Street, which is 12.8m wide from kerb to kerb, Bundock Street is only 10.7m wide. To safely accommodate all roads users, changes to on-street car parking or kerb cutbacks are required. Where possible, different options along Bundock Street are being considered to determine the best outcome for all road users, residents and home owners.
Randwick City Council encourages you to provide feedback on your preferred concepts for consideration and further design development.
Why isn’t there an option on Bundock Street between Canberra Street and Ellen Street?
The nature strip on the south side of Bundock Street, between Canberra Street and Ellen Street is too narrow to fit both a cycleway and a footpath.
On-street parking has therefore been removed in this section to safely accommodate all modes of transport. Additionally, there is a bus route along this section of road, which means the travel lanes need to be wider than in other areas.
What are in-lane bus stops?
There are three in-lane bus stops along Bundock Street. An example of this treatment can be found on Bourke Street, south of Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst.
Will it affect public parking space near me?
Although every effort has been made to retain parking along the route, some spaces have been lost to accommodate new pedestrian crossings, traffic signals and a safer cycling space. New on-street car parking spaces have been created where possible.
Along Sturt Street there is a loss of 13 parking spaces, being a removal of 17 spaces and 4 new spaces created to offset these losses. Along Avoca Street there are 13 spaces being removed to accommodate the new signalised intersection.
On Bundock Street parking losses are between 107 and 149, depending on the options considered.
How will the cycleway integrate with traffic lights?
All signalised intersections will be designed with bike riders in mind, and be developed in detail with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
Will the traffic lanes change?
The detailed plans on exhibition show any proposed changes to current traffic arrangements.
Who’s funding it?
The design development of the project is fully funded by RMS. It is anticipated that construction funding will be fully funded by RMS too.
When will construction take place?
Planning and consultation is taking place in 2018. The timing of construction is not yet set and construction funding has yet to be received. Any construction wouldn’t take place before mid-2019.
How long will it take to build and will it be staged?
Construction isn’t currently funded. However it is likely to be built in stages, which means the construction impact on individual properties will be minimised. Overall construction of the entire route will be complex and likely take many months. The community will be kept informed, once funding is made available.
Will the project include any night work?
It’s a bit too early to know this level of detail as construction is some time away. However any future construction work would aim to minimise night work and noise as much as possible.
Will it affect driveway access?
All existing driveways will be kept, and residents will be able to cross the cycleway. Each driveway will be highlighted visually to warn cyclists where they cross.
How will my bins be collected?
The Project Team is coordinating with our Waste Management Team to ensure that bins no longer block the cycle route when waiting for collection.
Can my kids ride on it?
Cycleways that are physically separated from the road have been demonstrated to be safer than mixed with the traffic. There are examples of kids cycling to school along separated cycleways in other council areas and cities in Australia.
Will it affect shop front / loading zones / access?
We will contact residents, businesses and local institutions as part of the community consultation who may be directly affected. The proposed alignment can be seen in the concept plans.
Will it affect disability parking?
The proposed alignment can be seen in the concept design. We will be contacting people who are or may be directly affected, and work to provide alternative solutions or a relocation of disability parking where necessary.