At tonight's Ordinary Council Meeting (Monday 20th November) I successfully moved a motion calling on Lane Cove Council to work with neighbouring Councils to campaign the State Government to complete the missing link in the segregated cycleway from Naremburn to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Congestion on our roads to North Sydney and the Sydney CBD is a major concern for residents of Lane Cove.
The alternative mode of transport - cycling - is not considered by many residents as there is no segregated cycleway between Naremburn and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Lane Cove was the major beneficiary of the segregated cycleway that was built at the same time of the construction of the Lane Cove Tunnel in 2007. Notably, this was achieved under a Labor State Government.
The current cycleway travels from the western end of the Lane Cove Local Government Area (LGA) at the Lane Cove River towards North Ryde. It crosses all the way to the eastern end of the Lane Cove LGA at Pacific Hwy which then continues to Naremburn. There are not too many LGA's in Sydney that can boast of having such a great piece of public infrastructure that stretches across their area.
Lane Cove residents who choose to cycle to North Sydney and the Sydney CBD must dangerously share the road with cars, trucks and buses beyond Naremburn.
The fact that the segregated cycleway finishes at Naremburn is the reason many Lane Cove residents have said to me that they do not cycle to North Sydney or the Sydney CBD. They simply fear cycling on roads with cars, trucks and buses.
This missing link is located in North Sydney LGA. However, to complete the segregated cycleway is well beyond the budget of any Council. If you think about it, we only have the current segregated cycleway from North Ryde to Naremburn due to State Government policy and infrastructure spending.
My motion is that we take the initiative to ask Willoughby, North Sydney and Ryde Councils to work collaboratively to campaign the State Goverment to allocate funding and a commitment to complete the segregated cycleway from Naremburn to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Numerous studies have already been completed highlighting several routes on which a segregated cycleway may be constructed.
This initiative will benefit Lane Cove residents by providing a safe passage to North Sydney and the Sydney CBD. I don't need to elaborate what difference this piece of infrastructure would make on the health and wellbeing of our residents.
It would also be a great example to show how our local Councils can work together for the benefit of the residents in our region.