The revised plan for the Lilyfield Rd Cycleway has been released, after a year since the previous plan attracted a fair amount of criticism about loss of parking and also the narrowness of the path.
The Council budget has about $5 million dollars allocated to the project, most from the NSW Govt, and it is supposed to be a flag-ship “Regional Route”, attracting many new cyclists.
The new plan has some interesting changes. You can make comments on the interactive map or by email until February 2,2018. The comments make interesting reading. Residents are complaining as usual about cycleways taking precious parking, but Council has come up with some innovative thinking to minimise parking loss.
Parts of Lilyfield Rd have been made one way, and parking is to be removed only on the section from Gordon St to Justin St, east of Catherine St. This allows space for a two way bike path, their preferred design, or conventional bike lanes on both sides of the road, which many commuters might have preferred.
The path has been widened to 3m in the one way sections, but remains 2.4 m between Balmain Rd and Justin St, where parking on the non residential (railway) side is to be retained, for reasons which are hard to fathom.
We are saying the path needs to be 3 m consistently and that a two way path is too dangerous on the steep hill down to the Canal from James St. The existing uphill bike lane only treatment should be retained there.
The Inner West Bicycle Coalition has made a submission, which can be seen on iwbc.org.au, under the page on Lilyfield Rd. There is a photo album too, showing the road as it is now and some of the issues that need addressing.
Bike Leichhardt has worked with Leichhardt Council for many years to seek improvements for cyclists, so we are not opposed to the idea of a cycleway. But there are a number of problems with it as proposed and we are urging the new Inner West Council to address our criticisms.