Tue, 17 May 2022 - 11:04
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Bondi Junction cycleway to open

Construction is almost complete on a key cycleway at Bondi Junction, linking the CBD and Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

 

The $18 million project has been funded in partnership between the Federal Government and NSW Government, and delivered by Waverley Council.

 

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, said the Morrison Government was committed to improving the amenity of local communities by investing in important infrastructure.

 

“This new cycleway is a great example of the benefits of investing in community infrastructure, providing a safe and efficient transport connection for cyclists travelling to and from the CBD and helping to ease congestion and improve safety on local roads,” Minister Fletcher said.

 

Minister for Active Transport, Rob Stokes, said the separated cycleway travels through Bondi Junction’s commercial centre, linking Oxford Street, Syd Einfeld Drive and Bondi Road to an existing cycleway at the northeastern corner of Centennial Park.

 

“We’re already seeing up to 5,000 bike riders a week on sections of Oxford Street and this number will only grow as people become more and more confident to use what was a missing link in the network.”

 

Liberal Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, said the project would also increase foot traffic to local businesses with the Eastern section of Spring Street to become a destination rather than a thoroughfare.

 

“This project not only provides an important cycling link but also upgrades to pathways and streets along the route, including planting new trees, enhanced lighting, better street furniture and garden beds,” Mr Sharma said.

 

Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton, said the cycleway route was selected to give local cyclists the safest route to travel from Oxford Street to Bondi Road.

 

“This is just another example of how we’re delivering safe cycling infrastructure for cyclists in our local community, as an active alternative to get into the city or to Bondi.”

 

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said the Bondi Junction Cycleway and Streetscape Upgrade is the largest ever sustainable transport project delivered by Waverley Council.

 

“It has transformed connections for cycling, walking and access to public transport in our area and aligns with our vision to reduce car travel overall and help us achieve a new community greenhouse gas emission target of net zero by 2035 as announced by Council in March this year,” Mayor Masselos said.

 

Construction on the cycleway began in August 2019 and is being completed in seven stages, to reduce impact on the area during construction.

 

Stages one to six are expected to be completed in early June and the final stage, Oxford Street, West of St James Road, will be completed early 2023.