Riding a bike to the city centre from the eastern suburbs will soon be easier and safer with plans for a separated cycleway along Moore Park Road in Paddington.

The NSW Government funded project, in partnership with the City of Sydney, will provide a two-way separated cycleway linking the Centennial Park (Oxford Street) cycleway with Surry Hills.

The project also includes wider footpaths, safer crossings, better street lighting and improved access to the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium.

“It’s only a 20-minute ride between Bondi Junction and the inner city and this new bike link will make that trip easier and safer,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“A city that moves more freely is a city that works better for everyone. Creating infrastructure that encourages more people to walk or ride helps free up space on our crowded public transport and roads, while promoting good health outcomes.

“Our population is rapidly growing and more and more people are choosing to travel to and from work by bike – so it’s incredibly important we build separated cycleways to ensure everyone can commute safety.”

More than 7,000 people already ride to work in the city centre each day. Bike counts show more than 1,100 bike trips through the Moore Park Road and Anzac Parade junction. Around 2,400 people ride through the Moore Park Road and Oxford Street intersection during weekday peak times.

The City worked closely with the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and Centennial Parklands on the project, which proposes bike detours during busy event times to provide more walking space for sports and concert crowds.

“The Moore Park Road link will make it easier and safer for people riding and walking to and from the SCG and Allianz Stadium,” said Jamie Barkley, CEO of the SCG Trust.

The proposed Bondi to city centre walking and cycling improvements include:

  • safe crossing points for people walking and riding at intersections
  • a bus stop upgrade between Cook and Lang roads
  • removal of the slip lane on Lang Road and an extra left turn lane
  • a safer path around the Korean War Memorial
  • more footpath space along Moore Park Road during event times
  • more shrubs and grass
  • better street lighting for improved safety at night
  • a separated two-way cycleway along Moore Park Road from Oxford to South Dowling streets.

The project will not affect the function of the road for people driving, or access for residents and businesses.

There will be no loss of parking spaces and all significant trees will be maintained or relocated.

People can view the designs at sydneyyoursay.com.au/sydneycycleways and provide feedback before 12 May 2017.