Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, is about to ram a double-lane cement-bordered cycleway through one of our city’s main arteries – Castlereagh Street. Spanning seven city blocks, narrowing footpaths, closing off access on one side and allowing little on the other, it will strangle businesses all the way from King Street to China Town.
Without any cost benefit analysis whatsoever, and with no proper consultation or even fair warning to those most affected, the proposal has little or no regard for businesses all along this precinct, their workers and job prospects, trades people, motorists, and pedestrians (including those most vulnerable – the frail and disabled).
The double-lane cement-bordered cycleway will block access to all business on the western side (excepting those with expensive underground car parks). In addition, the only access on the eastern side will be two small loading zones (on the plan they’re only “proposed”), bus stops, and a small place for coaches outside The Sheraton. This is an extraordinary development, which has not been justified in any way.
Those most seriously affected will include: taxi drivers, couriers, delivery vans bringing food, stock and other supplies, tradies maintaining offices, shops and buildings, and Pedestrians (especially the elderly, disabled and children) overflowing narrowed footpaths and negotiating the dangerous concrete barrier on the outside of the cycleway.
Businesses will be strangled and as a consequence jobs lost all along this major city artery. Like her College Street cycleway white elephant, it’s unknown how many cyclists will actually use this monstrosity and whether the enormous cost would ever be justified. All this just to realise the Lord Mayor’s green utopia.
Clover Moore’s decision to ram through this cycleway has avoided any proper scrutiny. There’s been an outrageous lack of consultation, without any fair warning to those whose businesses and jobs are on the chopping block. Common sense dictates that a project of this scale – and one which is so damaging – be subjected to a rigorous cost benefit analysis, which this proposal has so far avoided.
The enormous costs will be borne by businesses all along Castlereagh Street. Some will close and jobs lost. What possible benefits will come from this – the Lord Mayor has a lousy track record with her other cycleways.
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