Item 11.3 - Attachment 3

Submissions Summary






Promotion / Education

▪ Minimal consideration of cycling promotion and awareness

To be addressed in a cycling promotion / education strategy (separate document) - Add paragraph outlining clear scope / purpose of plan & add Promotion / Education paragraph prior to Maintenance (Section 9)

▪ More investment required in non-infrastructure e.g. programs, education, promotion etc to encourage those that do not currently cycle

▪ Include information educating local businesses/education facilities to encourage cycling through end-of trip facilities and employee cycling incentives to take up the bike

▪ Partnership with NSW Health to promote cycling health benefits, safety and education, promotion, tourism, recreation and public transport links etc

▪ Focus should be on encouraging cycling for short distances as this represents the biggest opportunity for shifts from cars to bikes. (Commuting, social & recreational activities, education, shopping, sporting, etc)

▪ Objectives should state how the people in Parramatta council can also commute to all transport interchanges in the area such as train and bus stations using bicycles (to get to all other parts of the Sydney metro area) and how council will integrate with these transport links (page 4)

▪ Council should encourage cycle rentals in the City Centre to help build the culture of cycling and improve tourism experience

▪ Additional ideas to be pursued include use of bike shops as promotion and a public avenue for promotion of cycling, open days at festivals, use of councils road safety officers, bike care and maintenance classes etc

▪ Inclusion of education programs, eg ride to school / work and driver education programs and other social elements such as bike recycling, care workshops etc.

▪ Investigate bike borrowing/sharing schemes (such as in Paris)

▪ Develop cycle route map (including swimming pools, sporting, recreational, open space, parks, stadiums, reserves, halls, community centres, galleries, museums, clubs, gyms etc for bicycle parking locations)

▪ Requirement for well located dedicated bicycle parking areas & off-road routes in CBD to encourage cycling into the CBD and to minimise interaction with motor vehicle traffic

▪ (Page 17): Lobby cityrail to provide secure bike storage and change room facilities at commuter carparks (e.g Wentworthville)


Planning Controls

▪ Increase the rate of bike parking to car parking spaces in DCP's to further encourage cycling. Mandate that they are closest parking spaces to building entrances. Alternatively encourage the use of  'dead' corner spaces, e.g. potential for 6-8 bikes can be parked in the same space as 1 car therefore the rate could be upped to 6 bike spaces to 20 car spaces in retail areas - Section 7 Bicycle Parking Considerations (page 15)

Covered by draft DCP guidelines - replace current DCP point 

▪ Increase the rate of bike parking to car parking spaces in all public car parks and buildings with on-site parking, and also provide adequate shower and change facilities to ALL commercial and retail developments regardless of size

▪ Page 17 Section 2.2 - Additionally the DCP should mandate shower/change facilities in office buildings


Design / Environmental

▪ Remove cycleway routes proposed in sensitive environmental areas

Environmental sustainable building methods to be added to Design Principles. Recommendation added for Public Domain guidelines to be developed for cycleways within the Parramatta CBD.

▪ Additional design criteria information in relation to low environmental impact designs for bike paths in the vicinity of bushland and waterways (particularly where bike paths must cross waterways).

▪ Bike paths should be banned from being built within 50m of all endangered ecological communities or 100m of critical habitat and paths should be situated to maximise the regeneration potential of bushland and waterways when being built in these areas

▪ Design criteria should also recognise the negative environmental impact of poorly designed lighting – reducing light pollution through low impact lighting should be a mandatory feature

▪ Footpaths in Sydney are typically 3.5m wide. 1.8m is required by the access code as clear path of travel for pedestrians. There is usually a 1m wide strip adjacent to the kerb where street trees and furniture are located. This leaves just 0.7m for a bike route on a standard footpath, which is too small for even a one –way bike path.

▪ Design principles about how the bike infrastructure is integrated within the streets, parks and footpaths should be considered here. I.e. where they are appropriate and how they impact on pedestrians and the streetscape and parks generally

▪ Need to recognise carbon footprint from the creation of concrete cycleways (one that is currently never overcome by the amount of road trips reduced). To reduce this carbon footprint, materials such as recycled tyres or low-carbon footprint concrete must be mandatory

▪ Concerns that a number of areas of saltmarsh (EEC) along the Parramatta River that will be negatively impact by proposed bike routes (around the Gasworks Bridge and in the Rydalmere wharf area)

▪ (Page 3) Off-road routes should be on road bike paths with a median separation such as the Bourke Street cycleway being built by the City of Sydney - potentially better integrated with the existing transport system and better able to connect to a variety of destinations

▪ Section 8 (page 17) regular program of sweeping and repair for all on road and off road bicycle facilities (including parking)

▪ Page 8 - Needs to include other separated on road bicycle path options - with a balanced discussion for each of the types and their pros and cons (e.g line markings are cheap, but not necessarily safe if beside parked cars and narrowly sized. Shared cycle pedestrian paths are good for cyclists but are not appropriate on busy city footpaths with large pedestrian volumes and can be dangerous when they are 2-way as pedestrians aren’t used to looking out for oncoming cyclists.)

▪ Greater cross-Council consultation (e.g. Auburn along the Duck River, Holroyd along the M2 etc), designed to provide effective linkages at minimal / shared cost

▪ Consultation with other Government partners should be incorporated, eg RailCorp and railway crossings.

▪ Expand bicycle parking at popular tourist locations (in addition to Hambledon Cottage)

▪ Address landscaping along bike tracks (shade species should be selected appropriately to minimise damage to the path and prevent slips hazards from falling leaves and seeds)



Currently included in detailed design considerations


▪ routes / parking facilities located at key centres identified in RDS

Noted for consideration as part of the detailed design stage for individual routes

▪ Prioritise off-road cycleway between George Kendall Reserve and Archer Park (along Hope street / Atkins road) as current on-road cycleway dangerous due to traffic volume (particularly heavy vehicles) - accidents common

▪ Approx 400m route between Oakes Rd Winston Hills (beside Old Windsor Road) to link to the Baulkham Hills cycleway that starts at the bridge near the power sub-station (this will increase safety and save cyclists from Toongabbie save having to cross Windsor Road and Northwest Transitway and under the bridge)

▪ Map currently shows an off-road cycleway across Mona St bridge which is not the case but should be a priority for the area as unsafe driving makes it a highly dangerous river crossing

▪ Shared off-road path along Pennant Hills Road

Prioritise Church St / Windsor Road & Telopea Station to Carlingford Station off-road routes

▪ Brickpit / Channel 7 site off-road route to eastwood / epping

▪ Missing T-way Links (Westmead)

▪ CBD - East / West bike path along Macquarie or George Streets

Park Parade (Between Hawkesbury & Pitt St)

Park Road (Between Calder and South)

▪ On-road Camellia cycleway has the potential to be very dangerous with large trucks travelling at high speeds and giving little regard to cyclists. As the roads through this area are extremely wide, it would be better to reclaim some of the road and create shared path cycling through this area

Hambledon Cottage - Remove “No cycling on bridge” sign

Hambledon Cottage - Widen ramp at the lights on both sides of Hassall St

Queens Wharf - Build path down along the river to River Rd West

River Rd - Build path along River Rd to James Ruse Drive, including pram ramps

James Ruse Drive - Widen footpath to 3m for cyclepath from River Rd to Thomas St

Thomas St - Install “No stopping” sign at ramp from cycleway to prevent trucks etc blocking access. (this should be done at all cycleway access points).

University of Western Sydney - Seal path (concrete) from boundary stones through to railway bridge.

Ferguson Centre - Contraflow cycle lane from convict drain to George St

Market/Church St - Widen ramps at crossing

Marsden St/Victoria Rd - Widen ramps on both crossings (southern sides)

Victoria Rd - Cyclepath from Marsden St to Church St

O’Connell St - Widen ramps at on both sides. (Victoria Rd)

Northcott La - Build contraflow cyclepath

Barrack La - Contraflow lane for bicycles

River crossing near Parramatta wharf - Cover the rails near the weir end as this is a cycling hazard

Amos St - Provide means of access to the pathway when the new gate is closed

Park Pde/Pitt St - Construct Cycle path from Park Pde to Park entrance

Responsibility of Parramatta Park Trust - Council to notify

Pitt St - Move Parking meter to allow sufficient width

Parramatta Park, Pitt St entrance - Construct a formed path to join the roadway

Parramatta Park, Pitt St entrance - Reduce the width of the speed hump at the entrance to give cyclists room to easily navigate past.

Parramatta Park, Westmead entrance - Sealed path and ramp for easy entrance, especially when the gate is shut.

Parramatta Park, Causeway - reseal paths

Parramatta Pool Carpark - Build ramp 90 degrees west of its current location to reduce risk of cyclists colliding with traffic turning left into the carpark.

Experiment farm - Add a ramp for cyclists to take bicycles down the stairs easily

National Trust Property - Council to notify

Parramatta Leagues Club - Cyclepath around perimeter of carpark

Responsibility of Parramatta Stadium Trust - Council to notify

Parramatta Stadium - Shorten one of the large boom gates at the back of Parramatta Stadium to allow cyclists access

Minor Editing

▪ Executive Summary (move the 2nd point (on encouraging non-cyclists) to the 1st point, Move the 3rd point (about safety) to 2nd to prioritise encouragement of non-cyclists)


▪ Page 2 Section 1 - Open space description should identify difference between parkland areas and bushland/waterways areas


▪ Page 10 Section 2 - Change ink to link


▪ 7.1 Delete Westfield

Remove "Westfield"

▪ Page 3: Define city 'centre' is (e.g physical extents)

add clause (as per City Centre LEP boundaries)

▪ Page 4 Photo not in Parramatta LGA

Replace with local photos

▪ Page 16: Bike security is enhanced through passive security e.g. near a railway ticket office, or in view of security desk of a building, or where there is constant pedestrian movements


▪ Map C & D - Cycleway does not exist on Hammers Road

Amend from Existing to proposed on map

▪ Map G - The proposed 40 km zone should be shown.

Noted (however 40klm zone not yet adopted by Council)

▪ (Page 3) - Include 40 km speed limit zone proposed for city in Integrated Transport Strategy (key measure for improving cycle safety in the city)

▪ Maps should highlight the main streets in the local and neighbourhood and town centres (as these will include a large proportion of destinations)


▪ Page 11 - Illustrations are too small and limited - more examples needed

Increase size of diagrams where appropriate

▪ (Page 5) - Route audit needs to be documented in the report

To be included as Appendix


▪ Objective of 5% of the population commuting to work by bike by 2021 - how was this figure arrived at? What was the target in the 2001 plan and what is the current commuter cycling rate?


▪ Section 4 Methodology (page 5) a) & k) consultation should have gone further to include other major stakeholders in the area such as Westfield's, major employers, etc

▪ Page 9: Investigate the use of a third document "How to prepare a Bike Plan: An easy 3 step guide" RTA 2002

▪ Cycleway too wide in Epping - demand not justified

▪ Will update their bike plan accordingly

▪ Plans do not clearly show access provision to important destinations

▪ Use online maps (as paper maps cant be updated)

▪ For city streets and in the busier town centres, the footpaths need to be investigated to ensure there is sufficient space.