Ridge Street Active Transport Upgrade - Stage 2

BACKGROUND

The North Sydney Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 identifies that improved walking and cycling connections are a key community priority, and further, community feedback consistently indicates that many more people will walk and cycle for transport when safer, more convenient and more attractive routes are available.

In response to this community demand, Council has prepared a concept plan for improved walking and cycling connections along Ridge Street, North Sydney (the Ridge Street Active Transport Upgrade Plan). The plan proposes significant improvements to walking and cycling facilities such as expanded pedestrian areas, upgraded pedestrian crossings, and new separated cycling paths. The plan further proposes to deliver these improvements (in two stages) as part of a comprehensive streetscape upgrade that will expand and improve public space with new landscaping and garden beds, additional street trees, new high quality paving, and public amenities such as new seating.

The improvements between Miller Street and West Street include:

  • Upgrade of two existing pedestrian crossings to substantially reduce the total crossing distances and provide access level with surrounding footpaths;
  • Changes to intersections that will reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, make it easier to see to and from pedestrian crossing points and road areas, and encourage slower vehicle speeds around corners;
  • An expanded pedestrian environment with large areas of new garden beds, new street trees, new areas of paving and new public facilities such as seating and bicycle parking;
  • Changes to the traffic control signals at the intersection between Miller Street and Ridge Street to improve pedestrian safety and provide a dedicated cycle crossing;
  • A new ‘continuous footpath treatment’ at the intersection between Ridge Street and Cunningham Street, which is an area raised above road level so that pedestrian access across the intersections is level with footpaths;
  • A new ‘in-lane’ bus stop catering for passenger set downs on Ridge Street and new signage allowing bus set downs and pick-ups in Miller Street; and
  • New bi-directional cycle path on the north side of Ridge Street that is separated from footpaths and road areas. These type of paths are demonstrated to make cycling accessible to a far broader range of people.

STAGE 1 - completed February 2019

Submissions closed 31 August 2017

The design/layout is based on similar active transport/streetscape upgrade projects implemented successfully in other parts of Sydney and internationally. The concept plan is available in the Document Library.

Ridge Street was not widened to accommodate the cycle path which fits within existing kerb lines. However the lane widths were reduced, to slow vehicle speeds and emphasise a pedestrian friendly/local road setting. The lanes and layout meet relevant guidelines and standards.

The works had minimal impact on car parking provision in Ridge Street. The number of on-street car parking spaces is unchanged. The location of some spaces changed slightly. One loading zone space was removed to ensure that set-backs to the traffic control signals on Miller Street are consistent with current standards/requirements for safe road operation.

For more information contact Council’s Sustainable Transport Project Coordinator, Lindsay Menday on 9936 8100.

STAGE 2 - engagement soon to commence

View the concept plan to see key features of the proposed design (in the Document Library).

NOTE: all comments received will be considered in the review of the project, however as there may be a significant number of submissions made, it is not intended to reply to individual responses.

BACKGROUND

The North Sydney Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 identifies that improved walking and cycling connections are a key community priority, and further, community feedback consistently indicates that many more people will walk and cycle for transport when safer, more convenient and more attractive routes are available.

In response to this community demand, Council has prepared a concept plan for improved walking and cycling connections along Ridge Street, North Sydney (the Ridge Street Active Transport Upgrade Plan). The plan proposes significant improvements to walking and cycling facilities such as expanded pedestrian areas, upgraded pedestrian crossings, and new separated cycling paths. The plan further proposes to deliver these improvements (in two stages) as part of a comprehensive streetscape upgrade that will expand and improve public space with new landscaping and garden beds, additional street trees, new high quality paving, and public amenities such as new seating.

The improvements between Miller Street and West Street include:

  • Upgrade of two existing pedestrian crossings to substantially reduce the total crossing distances and provide access level with surrounding footpaths;
  • Changes to intersections that will reduce crossing distances for pedestrians, make it easier to see to and from pedestrian crossing points and road areas, and encourage slower vehicle speeds around corners;
  • An expanded pedestrian environment with large areas of new garden beds, new street trees, new areas of paving and new public facilities such as seating and bicycle parking;
  • Changes to the traffic control signals at the intersection between Miller Street and Ridge Street to improve pedestrian safety and provide a dedicated cycle crossing;
  • A new ‘continuous footpath treatment’ at the intersection between Ridge Street and Cunningham Street, which is an area raised above road level so that pedestrian access across the intersections is level with footpaths;
  • A new ‘in-lane’ bus stop catering for passenger set downs on Ridge Street and new signage allowing bus set downs and pick-ups in Miller Street; and
  • New bi-directional cycle path on the north side of Ridge Street that is separated from footpaths and road areas. These type of paths are demonstrated to make cycling accessible to a far broader range of people.

STAGE 1 - completed February 2019

Submissions closed 31 August 2017

The design/layout is based on similar active transport/streetscape upgrade projects implemented successfully in other parts of Sydney and internationally. The concept plan is available in the Document Library.

Ridge Street was not widened to accommodate the cycle path which fits within existing kerb lines. However the lane widths were reduced, to slow vehicle speeds and emphasise a pedestrian friendly/local road setting. The lanes and layout meet relevant guidelines and standards.

The works had minimal impact on car parking provision in Ridge Street. The number of on-street car parking spaces is unchanged. The location of some spaces changed slightly. One loading zone space was removed to ensure that set-backs to the traffic control signals on Miller Street are consistent with current standards/requirements for safe road operation.

For more information contact Council’s Sustainable Transport Project Coordinator, Lindsay Menday on 9936 8100.

STAGE 2 - engagement soon to commence

View the concept plan to see key features of the proposed design (in the Document Library).

NOTE: all comments received will be considered in the review of the project, however as there may be a significant number of submissions made, it is not intended to reply to individual responses.