“Why would [Cr] Moore announce a new cycle path for Oxford Street… only to cancel the plans because they weren’t feasible? asked Cr Scott, who will compete with Cr Moore for mayor in the December local elections.
“Communities are getting tired of an endless cycle of election announcements, followed by years of inaction and procrastination.”
Cr Moore said it was vital to achieve a design result that the whole community could get behind, as Oxford Street was one of Sydney’s busiest cycle routes and had an important history.
“Moving the cycle path to the north side of Oxford Street will make the connection to College Street safe for cyclists and allow events to be held on the glittering mile without the need to remove central infrastructure,” she said.
When it was first announced last year, the council said the “innovative downtown cycle path” on Oxford Street would keep bus lanes, car parks, taxi stands and loading zones working much of the way they do today, while providing a safe, fast and direct route for people driving.
Plans for the revised cycle path along Oxford and Liverpool streets will be consulted by the community for four weeks and a report will be presented to council in February. If approved, the project will proceed to a detailed design phase and the cycle path will be constructed in 2023.
“While the cost of the permanent bike path is expected to be higher than originally budgeted for the pop-up bike path, we aim to reduce construction time and costs by minimizing changes to the footpath and maintaining existing infrastructure,” he said. the spokeswoman for the municipality.
The council said the state transport agency had approved the proposal in principle and contributed money to the design phase of the Oxford and Liverpool cycle paths.
The state government has not yet released cost estimates and construction schedules for a cycle path along another stretch of Oxford Street between Taylor Square and Paddington Gates, which is an entrance to Centennial Park.
The project, which is half-funded by the Commonwealth, has been described as the “final piece in the NSW government’s eastern suburbs election promise”.
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