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Council’s bike budget hits $1.2 million

Marrickville Council’s bike budget will be more than $1 million this financial year (2015-6), following a strong boost in Council’s internal budget and several successful grant applications. Campaigning by the Greens and bike groups last year led to a doubling of Marrickville Council’s  internal bike budget. The further increases this year meets the broader campaign target set by the Greens, and indicates the growing recognition within Council that building bike paths are “core business” for Council.

Questions on Notice by the Greens (linked and extracted below) reveal the details of the proposed spending, which was debated and passed with the support of the Greens Councillors, Labor Councillors and the Mayor as part of the 2015-6 Marrickville Council Budget at Council’s June meeting. Liberal Councillor Tyler and Independent Councillor Macri voted against the budget in its entirety.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, who is the Chair of the Marrickville Transport Committee and a regular cyclist, said: “The bike spending of $1.2 million in a single year is a very significant increase. It comes off the back of years of campaigning by local residents, bike groups and the Greens.

“Local residents put a high value on building new, safe bike paths, as the inner west has one of the largest and fastest growing group of cyclists. Importantly, the Marrickville Local Government Area also now has the largest percentage of women cyclists of any Local Council area in NSW, at 26%[i],” Clr Ellsmore said.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Over the last few years Council has made significant new investment in its roads and footpaths. The Greens have been arguing for a long time that bike paths, just like footpaths, are key infrastructure and deserve proper investment.

“The Greens ran a campaign in the lead-up to last year’s budget vote calling for a significant increase for bike path. At the time, research released by the Greens showed that only 9% of the priority bike paths in Council’s Marrickville Bike Strategy 2007-2016 had been completed.

“As a result of the flood of submissions we received from commuters, families and recreational cyclists calling for greater investment in bike paths, Council voted to increase the amount of money it was committing from own coffers to last year’s bike budget by $200,000. Council also agreed to better integrate bike path planning with Council’s general road and footpath upgrade programs.

“The proposed 2015-6 bike path budget doubles the bike budget again, and makes good on Council’s promise to make building better bike paths part of our core business. Building better bike paths is an important part of making our local areas safer, healthier and more liveable,” said Clr Ellsmore.

The proposed new spending includes planning for several regional bike routes paths, as well as completion of a number of existing bike projects, as detailed in the Answers to the Questions on Notice tabled at the 19 May 2015 Council meeting (attached). A further late $200,000 grant was received, on top of the spending outlined in the 19 May 2015 Questions on Notice.

The draft Marrickville Council Budget 2015-6 also includes other significant increases to other Council infrastructure including roads, footpaths, stormwater drains and parks. Details of the 2015-6 Council budget can be found at Item 4 of the 19 June 2015 Marrickville Council meeting papers at

http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/business-papers/

More information: Details of the Greens 2014 bike funding campaign can be found at

https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/budget-win-for-cyclists/

End Notes

[i] See details in the Super Tuesday Bike Commuter Count 2015, available to download from https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/vanilla_content/files/Bike%20Futures/Counts/SuperTuesday/2015/ST2015%20Report_NSW_Summary.pdf . Marrickville Council participated in the count for the first time in 2015, following a Greens Notice of Motion. The count includes a sample of a number of sites. Sites will be expanded in future years.

Details of spending

A full copy of the answers to the Questions on Notice can be downloaded here – 150519 Mville Council QoN Bike Path Funding.

Extracts:

2015-05 Answer 205-6 Proposed Budget

*Note – These figures combine internal and external grant funding. 2013/4 included some significant grants from the State Govt.

For 2015/6 a further grant was received after May 2015. The 2015/6 figure includes $500,000 allocation by Council directly – the largest ever provided – with the additional income from government grants following a significant increase in the number of grant applications made by Council for bike projects.

2015-05 Answer to Q15 Bike Plan total cost

2015-05 Answer to Q14 Bike Plan

      

The State Govt grants for 2015/6 are a mix of planning and implementation – noting an additional grant was received post May 2015.

   2015-05 Answer to Q16 Bike Plan Grants

Cycle win for Newtown blackspot

A key missing link in Sydney’s regional bike network will be completed by June following the approval of plans by Marrickville Council at its meeting on 3 March 2015.

Greens Councillor and Chair of the Marrickville Council Transport Committee, Sylvie Ellsmore, said “This month Marrickville Council approved plans to establish a new shared path for bikes, pedestrians and cars at Eliza St Newtown, which runs from Camperdown Memorial Park to King Street. Building this missing connection is the culmination of years of negotiation across Councils and campaigning by bike groups.

“The plans will finally enable cyclists to legally cross King Street in order to get to and from the Wilson Street cycleway. Currently cyclists going to or from Wilson St to Camperdown have no way to cross King Street in either direction without getting off their bikes, riding on part of the footpath or ignoring one of the “no right turn” signs.

“Hundreds of bikes cross King Street from Camperdown to Redfern and the city using this bike route every day, and the numbers keep growing. After years of campaigning I am very proud that Marrickville Council is acting to fix this major bike blackspot,” Clr Ellsmore said.

Greens candidate for the State seat of Newtown, Jenny Leong, said, “The new Eliza Street bike path is a key missing link in what is one of Sydney’s busiest regional bike routes.  Its approval brings us another step closer to implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network.”

The Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network is the key bike plan endorsed by the 15 inner Sydney Councils. It identifies 1 or 2 key regional routes connecting across each Council area as priorities to be built or completed, including a crossing at King Street.  The Greens NSW have committed to the full implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network, which has been costed at $185 million.

Ms Leong said, “Our local Greens Councillors have been driving the implementation of bike paths and increasing investment in bike paths. The Greens on Marrickville Council were last year successful in doubling the Council’s bike budget.

“But Local Councils cannot do it alone. It is good news that after many years of planning and reports the State Government has come to the party with some funding to enable this section of bike path to be built. However the reality is that there are many, many other parts of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network which will not be built because State Government funding has not been provided.

“Building proper, safe bike infrastructure takes real investment – not a piece-meal approach of funding bits and pieces of projects. It is time for the State Government and Labor Opposition to step up, and to work with the Greens to ensure that we’re investing in new cycleways and active transport, not new dirty tollways that will further choke our city,” said Ms Leong.

The Eliza Street cycleway plans were approved at the 3rd March 2015 Infrastructure Committee meeting of Council, pending some final discussions with local residents to deal with parking issues and approvals by the State RMS of the final plans. The path is likely to result in the loss of two parking spaces in Eliza Street. Once implemented bike, people and car traffic on Eliza Street will share the space in a 10km zone. The approved plans also include changing the current two-way cycleway on Mary Street to one way, with cyclists encouraged to travel instead on the larger, safer Eliza St cycleway.

The new cycleway will be partly funded by Marrickville Council and partly by the State Government, which has provided $100,000. The Greens Transport vision including costed commitments to public transport and cycleways can be downloaded at http://nsw.greens.org.au/sites/nsw.greens.org.au/files/Greens-Transport-vision-2020-Plan.pdf The ALP launched their transport vision last month. It included no reference to funding for cycleways.  

A recent ALP announcement indicated that the ALP plans to join the Greens in committing to fund the Greenway active transport corridor. For more information or to sign up to the Greens campaign to build the Greenway visit the website of Greens MP Jamie Parker.

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213 Greens candidate for Newtown Jenny Leong 0434 095 865   

Council twenty years behind on bike paths: only 9% completed

Media 24 June 2014: Tonight Marrickville Council will vote on its 2014/15 budget. The Greens are concerned that without significant increases in funding to build new bike paths the growing community of inner-west cyclists will be condemned to decades of infrastructure backlogs.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “Only $310,000 has been included in the draft 2014-5 Marrickville Council budget for new bike paths. This is only enough money to complete one bike route every year, for the next three years.[i]

“The Greens are calling on Labor and the Liberals to support an increase in our bike path budget to $1 million. The increased funding will help address the years of under-funding, which has led to a short fall of more than $7 million which is now needed for Marrickville Council to build its priority bike paths.[ii]

“Only 9% of the priority bike paths in Council’s Marrickville Bike Strategy 2007-2016[iii] have been completed to date.[iv] At this rate we will not reach our bike paths goal until 2039, more than 20 years later than planned.

“Building bike paths should be core business for local Councils, particularly Marrickville Council. After the City of Sydney, the Marrickville Council area has the largest number of residents who travel to work by bike of any Council area.[v]

“City of Sydney currently spends over 10% of its capital budget on bike paths – Marrickville Council spends only 1%.[vi]  Last year Canada Bay invested more than $1 million,[vii] and in this coming year even Leichhardt Council, which is a smaller Council than Marrickville, has budgeted more for new bike paths.[viii]

“Labor and Liberal Councillors on Marrickville Council need to show local residents whether or not they are genuinely committing to supporting cycling, and to keeping our growing number of cyclists safe.

“Increasing our Marrickville bike budget to $1 million will not only ensure we finally complete long standing black spots like Mary St/ King St/ Wilson St interchange, but means we won’t have to wait years to begin building our sections of the Greenway.[ix] 

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Take action! Email the Marrickville Councillors. More on the bike path action page here: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/bike-budget-2014/

NOTES ON THE FACTS AND FIGURES

 

 

[i] See the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 10, ‘Marrickville Council Resourcing Strategy – Asset Management Plan TRANSPORTATION’, page 78 – Bicycle Facilities Budget, as available to download at https://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/business-papers/ . The budget indicates that Regional bike route 5 (RRO5) will be completed in 2014-5, with funding allocated to complete one further regional route (RR07) in 2015-6 and another (RR12) by 2017-8.

[ii] For details of the level of underspend in Marrickville Council’s bike budget see the Answers to Questions on Notice provided put by the Greens to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. In relation to the cost for Marrickville Council to meet its bike targets, Council staff advised: “The remaining Bike route program is estimated at approximately $7,042,000 in 2014 dollars, subject to detailed investigation and design. …. It is emphasized that these estimates are preliminary and are likely to vary when detailed investigation and designs are undertaken.” A full copy of the Questions and Answers can be found at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/bike-path-questions-2014/

[iii] Marrickville Bicycle Strategy available to download from the Marrickville Council website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/bicycle-strategy/ .

[iv] As above, see Answers to Questions on Notice provided to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. At Answer to Question 8 c Council staff advised: “Council has completed approximately 95km of the bike plan, or 9% of the proposed routes”.

[v] Based on Census data, reported at page 26 of the ‘Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network – Demand Assessment and Economic Appraisal’ (September 9th 2010), as available to download from http://www.thinkingtransport.org.au/library/2010/09/inner-sydney-regional-bicycle-network-demand-assessment-and-economic-appraisal

[vi] Marrickville Council’s total annual bike budget is $310,000 pa, out of a total annual Capital Budget of $28,772,363, as outlined in the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 2, ‘Operating and Capital Budget 2014-5’ (link as above). The City of Sydney has allocated $28.5 million for bike paths next year (see http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/2473-city-of-sydneys-draft-2014-15-budget-to-deliver-194bn-infrastructure-program.html ). The City of Sydney Council’s 2014-5 Capital Works expenditure is $245.2M with contingency of $5.0M, as detailed in Council papers at: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/205038/140616_CFPTC_ITEM02.pdf

[vii] See Canada Bay ‘2013-17 Delivery Plan & 2013-14 Operating Plan’ – Snapshot of Council’s 2013-14 which includes $1 million for the Iron Cove Creek Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge project, in addition to the general infrastructure upgrade program, as available to download from http://www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/operating-plan-and-budget.html

[viii] Based on the draft Leichhardt Council’s draft 2014/5 Budget, to be adopted at the Council’s 24 June 2014 meeting.

[ix][ix] The Greenway is one of the ten Regional Routes – Regional Route 1 – for which Council has not budgeted any spending over the next 3 years. For a copy of the 10 priority Regional Routes see Answers to Questions on Notice (below) and the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy.

Let’s Invest in Bike Paths – Budget 2014

Outside the City of Sydney, more people in Marrickville ride to work than anywhere else in NSW, but our bike infrastructure is sadly falling behind.

Since 2007 Marrickville Council have built just 9% of the bike paths identified in its comprehensive bike plan. The Greens are campaigning to increase Council’s annual investment in bike paths to $1 million.

That is less than 4% of the total capital budget, but it would show a real commitment to cyclists and get us back on track to meet our goals.

Better bike paths are a crucial part of our plan for a sustainable and liveable city. Effective bike infrastructure means cyclists and pedestrians are safer. It reduces travel times, reduces pollution and makes our streets more enjoyable for everyone.

We can make this happen. Investment by the City of Sydney has seen bike use increase dramatically, moving more people than roads at a fraction of the cost. We can do the same. We have a plan, we just need the political will.

That’s where you come in. We don’t have the numbers by ourselves on Council. We will only make this happen if all of us let the Labor and Liberal Councillors know its time to invest in bike paths.

Email your local Councillors to let them know you want a properly funded bike plan, not just empty words. You can find a list of the Councillors for your area here:

https://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/councillors/

You can also send an email which will be received by all Marrickville Councillors by using the email address councillors@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

You can register to speak to item 11 at the Council meeting, on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 6.30pm, at which the Council’s 2014-5 budget will be debated and adopted. Council meetings are held at the Petersham Administration Building, 2-14 Fisher Street, near Petersham Station. You can register by filling in this form:

https://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/meetings/apply-to-speak/

Strangely, this item is called the ‘Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting Plans’, rather than the ‘Budget’ in the Council Papers. There is more information here.

And the background document can be downloaded here (the bike path item is on p.78).

And you can see all the budget information in the answers to questions we put on notice earlier in the year. The questions by the Greens reveal that we are meeting only 9% of our bike targets, and that only one bike route will be completed each year, unless we increase our budget.

Together we can make this happen!

For more information about the Greens’ campaigns for better bike paths visit our Bike-Friendly Streets webpage.

Sunday Streets in Sydney

The Greens support the community campaign to close some of our main streets to cars on Sundays, several times a year.

Sunday Streets in Sydney, which is also known as Summer Streets in the USA and Ciclovia is a free, fun and healthy event that reclaims the city’s largest public space – its streets – and effectively turns them into public parks for the day.

Sunday Streets in the USA

Sunday Streets in the USA

Sunday Streets helps build community by giving streets back to the people, so that they may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and having a chat. It brings significant economic benefits to local businesses on high streets as thousands of people come out to explore them.

On 18 March 2014, the Greens on Marrickville Council successfully moved a motion in support of Sunday Streets, with a likely trail before the end of 2014 including streets in Newtown and Enmore. A copy of the Notice of Motion is below.

Sign up to the Sunday Streets in Sydney FaceBook page for more information. You can also click here to sign the Sunday Streets Petition.

Sunday Streets is endorsed by BIKESydney, Bike Leichhardt, Go! Alliance, Cycle Sydney, Ecotransit Sydney, Bicycle NSW, Aboutlife Natural Marketplace, the Balmain/Rozelle Chamber of Commerce, The Global Map of Musicians, the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cheeky Transport, La Latina Sydney and the Sydney Latin American Film Festival.

Mass free yoga event in Mexico 'Open Streets'

Mass free yoga event in Mexico ‘Open Streets’

Contact Marrickville Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore or Leichhardt Greens Councillor Daniel Kogoy

Notice of Motion March 2014

MOVED BY: Clr Sylvie Ellsmore

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:

  1. Supports in principle the establishment of Sunday Streets in the Marrickville Local Government Area, a program which temporarily closes down main streets to cars so that they can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and families others as meeting places, informal public squares, playgrounds, recreation areas and cultural activities;
  2. Engages in discussions with neighbouring Leichhardt Council, City of Sydney Council and the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils about their current work to explore or develop Sunday Streets;
  3. Organises a meeting and otherwise undertakes consultation with groups who have expressed public support for Sunday Streets, including the Ciclovia Working Group, the Bicycle Garden, Organic Food Markets, Cheeky Transport, Bike Marrickville & BikeSydney;
  4. Consults with local business associations including the Newtown Business Precinct Association about the project;
  5. Provides support for activities to implement a trial or pilot of Sunday Streets in the second half of 2014, in coordination with Leichhardt and City of Sydney Council, including supporting grant applications by local bike groups, and investigating potential local streets in the Marrickville Local Government Area which could be included in the event; and
  6. Considers a further report about possible options to implement a trial of a Sunday Streets program in the LGA in the second half of 2014, including budget implications for Marrickville Council.

BACKGROUND

Sunday Streets is a program that temporarily removes cars from some main streets, and opens them up to everything else, typically for about six hours on a Sunday. It goes by various names including Ciclovia, Open Streets, Streets Alive, and Summer Streets.

Part festival, part fun ride, part playground – people walk, run, cycle, skate, rollerblade and play in the streets. There can be a variety of street stalls, live music, arts and culture, and other recreational activities – such as climbing walls, dance, yoga and aerobics classes – staged at various parts of the route.

The aim of the program is to encourage the community come together and undertake healthy activities. Research published in the Journal of Urban Health found a cost benefit ratio of $2.32 in health benefits from San Francisco’s Sunday Streets.

The event is not commercially focused – it does not generally involve commercial street stalls – but can provide economic benefits to the businesses who are based along the Sunday Streets by increasing pedestrian traffic.

In 2013 SSROC, of which Marrickville Council is a member, unanimously endorsed Sunday Streets, and committed to investigate it across inner west Councils.

For more details refer to the SSROC’s 20 June 2013 meeting, and the proposed joint Leichhardt and Marrickville pilot Sunday streets/Ciclovia event http://www.ssroc.nsw.gov.au/PDF/20130620%20FINAL%20SPC%20Business%20Paper%20(website).pdf

A large number of local Councils members have joined Leichhardt Council, which is taking the lead on the project in partnership with local cycling groups, in committing to a trial of Sunday Streets, including City of Sydney, Woollahra Council and Randwick Council.

Leichhardt Council passed a motion in support of establishing Sunday Streets (also known as “Ciclovia” in reference to the successful international movement or “Open Streets”), as a regular program to close off some streets to car traffic each Sunday in order for community recreation activities to be held, in February 2013. Leichhardt has incorporated ‘Ciclovia’ in its Employment and Economic Development Plan.

In late 2013 the City of Sydney agreed to investigate closing some of its main streets for a trial in 2014, including the potential to close major roads such as George St.

Sunday Streets in the USA

Mass free yoga event at Mexico ‘Open Streets’

In a related event in September 2013 Leichhardt and City of Sydney Councils supported closing some local streets for International [Park]ing Day on 20 September 2013. In the Marrickville LGA small [Park]ing Day events were organised by resident to show their support.

Park[ing] Day King Street Newtown

With the Marrickville LGA having one of the smallest ratios of public space to residents of any Local Council, innovative ways to encourage the community to come together are important to ensuring we maintain our health, vibrant communities.

For more information see:

Bike path questions reveal more work needed

The Greens put a number of Questions on Notice to the March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting.

The answers reveal that Council has done extensive work to identify priority bike paths. However, seven years into Marrickville Council’s ten year ‘Bicycle Strategy’, Council has met only 9% of its targets in terms of the creation of priority bike paths. Council has an annual bike path budget to build new bike paths, but this has not significantly increased, despite significant increases in the number of regular cyclists in the last few years, and major increases to Council’s general footpath and road budgets over the same period.

The Greens think that building better bike paths should be part of Council’s core business, and will be moving for bike path funding to be prioritised in future Council budgets. For more information about how to support the Greens campaigns for better bike infrastructure visit the Better Bike Path Campaigns page.

A copy of the Questions and the Answers can be found in the 18 March 2014 Council Business Paper and are extracted below:

Questions asked by Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore

Question:

What strategies or plans does Marrickville Council have in place or under development to encourage cycling in the local area, including commuter cycling through the local area? Please provide details of the documents and where the public can access these documents.

Answer:
The key strategy is the 2007 Marrickville Bicycle Strategy, which builds on the first bicycle strategy developed in 1996. The 2007 strategy is supported at a strategic level by other plans which have cycling-related objectives, such as the current Community Strategic Plan, the current Delivery Program, the 2007 Integrated Transport Strategy and the 2007 Urban Strategy and the 2012 Recreation Needs Study. All are available to the public on Council‟s website at: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/

Question: 

What strategies or plans does Marrickville Council have in place or under development to support bike paths and increased cycling infrastructure in the local area? Please provide details of the documents and where the public can access these documents.

Answer:

The key strategy is the 2007 Marrickville Bicycle Strategy, which builds on the first bicycle strategy developed in 1996. The 2007 strategy is supported at a strategic level by other plans which have cycling- related objectives, such as the current Community Strategic Plan, the current Delivery Program, the 2007 Integrated Transport Strategy and the 2007 Urban Strategy and the 2012 Recreation Needs Study. All are available to the public on Council‟s website at: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/

Question: 

What specific bike routes has Marrickville Council identified as priorities for development through the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy 2007-2017, including:

A. Regional Routes?

B. Local Routes?

Answer:

The Marrickville Bicycle Strategy includes a mapped network of 12 Regional Routes, 20 Local Routes and 13 Local Links. Route maps are within the Strategy document itself and can also be downloaded separately. All information on these routes is available within the Strategy and associated information on the Bicycle Strategy page on Council‟s website: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/bicycle-strategy/

Elements of the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy‟s regional network are also identified in the NSW Government‟s key cycling plan for Sydney, the 2013 Sydney’s Cycling Future, available at:http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/cycling

They are also identified within two regional bikeplans developed as advocacy documents – the 2008 SSROC Regional Bikeplan and the City of Sydney‟s 2010 Inner Sydney Regional Bikeplan.

Question: 

What other bike routes has Marrickville Council identified or invested in, after the development of the 2007 Bike Strategy?

Answer:

Council has not identified or invested in routes beyond those identified in the 2007 Strategy as the goal has been to implement all Strategy routes before considering further routes. Notwithstanding, there is a chapter within the Strategy that encourages Council to consider bicycles when doing works on all streets, including those that are not part of the Strategy network, e.g. creating a passage for bicycles when implementing road closures.

Following is a full list (with descriptions) of Regional Routes, Local Routes and Local Links, in Tables 2 & 3 of the Bicycle Strategy:

Regional Routes identified in the Marrickville Bike Strategy

Regional Routes identified in the Marrickville Bike Strategy

Local Bike Routes identified in the Marrickville Council Bike Strategy

Local Bike Routes identified in the Marrickville Council Bike Strategy

Question: 

What is the estimated cost for the creation of the:

A. Regional Routes?

B. Local Routes?

C. Other routes?

(If breakdown not known, include total)

Answer:

A. Regional Routes: $6,600,000

B. Local Routes: $3,000,000

C. Other routes: $ 350,000 (Local Links)

TOTAL = $9,950,000 (2007 estimate with escalation to 2015).

For cost estimates for each of the Regional Routes and Local Routes, and a total cost estimate for the Local Links, refer to the document Route implementation staging and cost estimates on available on Council‟s Bicycle Strategy webpage. Council‟s experience with implementing Regional Routes 5 and 7 have shown that actual costs are higher than these estimates and final estimates will be subject to investigations and detailed design.

Question: 

Of the identified bike routes (questions 3 and 4) which routes include separated cycleways? Provide details.

Answer:
Whilst the Bicycle Strategy shows indicative treatments for all routes, it does not include detailed designs – therefore, it is not possible to identify which routes include separated cycleway treatments. Detailed designs are undertaken prior to implementation of routes (or route sections) and are subject to consultation. The Bicycle Strategy encourages reference to the NSW Bicycle Guidelines when undertaking detailed designs, which include information on a range of treatments. Council will apply separated cycleway treatments if warranted by traffic conditions and where road widths permit, e.g. Myrtle Street, Marrickville.

Question: 

Of the identified bike routes, which relate to:

A. the Cooks River and

B. the Greenway?

Answer:

A. the Cooks River: Regional Route 4 – Balmain to Earlwood via Stanmore

B. the Greenway: Regional Route 5 – Camperdown to Cooks River Regional Route 11 – Botany Bay to Ryde Cycleway Regional Route 1 – Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway.

Question: 

Of the identified bike routes, have any been integrated with recent train station upgrades? Please provide details.

Answer:
Integration with stations was a general consideration in developing the Bicycle Strategy network, although at the time of preparing the Bicycle Strategy (2007), the exact timing of upgrades for Sydenham, Newtown and Marrickville stations was not known. Priorities, as previously endorsed by Council, have been based on completing one regional route before commencing a new route to provide maximum benefit from completion of a route.

Question: 

Of the bike routes identified in the Marrickville Bike Strategy and late plans/ strategies, how many of these bike routes have been:

A. Completed? Include names of the bike routes and dates completed.

B. Partially completed? Include names for the routes, details as to approximately how much of these route has been completed, and estimated date for completion.

C. Not at all completed? Include names for the routes and estimated date for completion?

Answer:

A. The only route that has been substantially completed is Regional Route 11 (Cooks River Cycleway), which has been rebuilt in sections from 2008-2012. The remaining issue to be dealt with is containing the tidal inundation at the Kendrick Park railway underpass.

B. Regional Route 5 (Camperdown to Cooks River) will be substantially complete this financial year following completion of the recently approved Carrington Rd section. Remaining issue will be a bike lantern installations proposed at Cardigan St & Salisbury Rd and Philip St & Enmore Rd. Grant funding has been applied for their completion next year.

Approximately 50% of Regional Route 7 works have been completed between Newtown & Petersham. Grant funding has been applied for improvements to the contra-flow arrangement at Mary St and Eliza St Newtown to be undertaken next financial year. Council has endorsed concept plans for the balance of the route between Petersham and Ashfield. Subject to grant funding and completion of detailed designs and consultation it is expected that construction would be undertaken during 2016 and 2017.

In addition, small increments of all routes may have been completed through the implementation of the previous (1996) Bicycle Strategy and through miscellaneous works that have been undertaken to address particular issues.

C. Refer to all routes listed and timing of implementation within the abovementioned document Route implementation staging and cost estimates, noting that Regional Route 11 is completed and Regional Routes 5 and 7 are partially completed.

Council has completed around 10km of the Bike Plan of the approximately 95km of, or around 9% of the proposed routes.

Question: 

What has been the direct cost of completing the bike routes to date:

A. For Council

B. For the State Government (if any State funding was provided)

C. For the Federal Government (if any Federal funding was provided)

D. From other sources (if any)?

Answer:
Financial allocations from 2007 to current are estimated at $2,908,000 made up as follows:

A. Council: $1,600,000

B. State Government:  $980,000

C. Federal Government: $275,000

D. Section 94 Traffic Management: $53,000

TOTAL: $2,908,000

Question: 

What is the estimated cost for completing the bike routes which have not been completed, by bike path?

Answer:

Refer to the document Route implementation staging and cost estimates available on Council‟s Bicycle Strategy webpage, noting that actual costs are likely to be higher.

Project costs will have escalated since the Bike Strategy was adopted in 2007 due to CPI and other forces impacting on project delivery costs. Estimated costs have been based on conceptual information and, hence, detailed designs will be required to develop suitable solutions based on current Australian Standards and road layouts before confirming estimates of cost.

The remaining Bike route program is estimated at approximately $7,042,000 in 2014 dollars, subject to detailed investigation and design. An annual increase of $480,000, in 2014 dollars, on the current $300,000 annual allocation is required to complete the program by 2023. It is emphasized that these estimates are preliminary and are likely to vary when detailed investigation and designs are undertaken.

This would also necessitate acceleration of concept development, consultancy, detailed design and approvals, and other preconstruction activities requiring associated resources.

Question:

What funding within the Marrickville Council budget is dedicated to the completion of bike paths:

A. In the 2013-4 (current) budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers

B. In the draft 2014-5 budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers.

Answer:

A. Within Council‟s current (2013–17) Operating and Capital Budget, completion of bike paths for 2013/14 is funded by Project 8068 – Regional Bike Route RR05 Staged Implementation – $300,000 annually.

The current Operating and Capital Budget is available on Council‟s website at: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/main-plans/

B. Council has not yet adopted its budget for the 2014/15 year however, subject to adoption by Council, it is anticipated that the same or a similar level of funding will be allocated for 2014/15.

Question:

Does this include funding for general road and footpath upgrades?

If yes, please provide details of which of the listed footpaths and roads earmarked for upgrade relate to which bike routes.

Answer:
Funding for Project 8068 relates to the completion of the cycleway along Myrtle St and Carrington Rd. Works can include improvements to road and footpath surfaces where these form part of the cycleway, however separate budgets exist for general road and footpath maintenance.

Question: 

What funding within the Marrickville Council budget is dedicated to urgent road repairs on bike paths (ie funding for urgent bike, black spot fixes such as potholes which could be dangerous for cyclists):

A. In the 2013-4 (current) budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers.

B. In the draft 2014-5 budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers.

Answer:

A. Bike path repairs are carried out under either the Regional Road Maintenance, Local Road Maintenance or Footpath Maintenance budgets, depending on the nature of the work required. There is no separate budget for cycle paths. The current Operating and Capital Budget is available on Council‟s website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/main-plans/

B. The current Operating and Capital Budget is available on Council‟s website at: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/main-plans/

Question: 

What funding within the Marrickville Council budget is dedicated to bike parking, including bike racks?

A. In the 2013-4 (current) budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers.

B. In the draft 2014-5 budget? Include details as to where the public can access Council’s budget papers.

Answer:

A. The current budget includes Project 7795 – Local bike route improvements, which has funding of $10,000 for 2013/14 and every year until 2016/17. This project is intended to fund miscellaneous bicycle infrastructure, and has been largely used to install public domain bicycle racks and other minor improvements to date.

The current Operating and Capital Budget is available on Council‟s website at:http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/main-plans/

B. As mentioned above, Project 7795 – Local Bike Route Improvements, has annual funding of $10,000. The current Operating and Capital Budget is available on Council‟s website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/main-plans/

MAP OF COUNCIL’S CURRENT AND PROPOSED BIKE PATHS – INCLUDING REGIONAL ROUTES

Marrickville Council Bike Route Map - including proposed routes

Marrickville Council Bike Route Map – including proposed routes

 

LOCAL BIKE ACTIVISTS SAVE CYCLEWAY

Media Release 5 February 2014

Local bike activists save cycleway from Cooks River to Camperdown

Local bike activists and Greens Councillors on Marrickville Council have successfully defeated an 11th hour attempt to kill a long-waited cycleway project.  The “Carrington Road Separated Cycleway” is the missing link in Regional Route 5, which runs from the Cooks River to Marrickville Station and beyond to Camperdown. The decision by Marrickville Council last night means the final link in the cycleway will be constructed by the middle of the year.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “The Greens on Marrickville Council are strong supporters of separated cycleways. Lanes specifically for bikes, separate from other traffic, protect the safety of cyclists and have been proven to encourage more people to cycle.

separated-cycleway

Greens Councillor David Leary, who represents the Sydenham area, said “We received many submissions from commuters and young families who currently feel unsafe when using Carrington Road. They are particularly concerned about cyclists sharing the road with trucks, and have been calling on Council to build the separated cycleway.

“We also received submissions from people running or working in businesses on Carrington Rd, who will now be able to cycle safely to work,” he said. Other submissions in support of the cycleway were received from members of Bike Marrickville, Bike Leichhardt, Ashfield BUG, ArtCycle, Ride 2 Work and the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Over the last five years the Greens and local bike activists have successfully defended the Carrington separated cycleway against several rounds of threats, always led by conservative Councillors and a handful of local businesses opposed to the small loss of parking.”

“The most recent threat to came in the form of a recission motion, which was moved by Independent Councillors Macri and Hanna and former ALP Deputy Mayor Tsardoulias at the final Council meeting of 2013. The recission motion effectively placed the project on hold for two months until it could be debated again.

Clr Ellsmore said, “If Council had passed the recission it would have sent the project back to the drawing board & reduced the cycleway to a painted bike symbol on a busy road for years to come. Council would have lost $150,000 in State funding.

“Last night’s vote is a victory for the growing number of cyclists in our local area. The Carrington Road Separated Cycleway will be one of only a handful of separated cycleways in the Marrickville Local Government Area, but the Greens want to see more built in coming years. We have a responsibility to keep our residents and commuters safe,” she said.

Media contact:

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213, sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Greens Councillor David Leary 0409 421 323, dleary@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

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