What’s new at Inner West Council?

  • What does the amalgamation with Ashfield and Marrickville Councils to form a new Innerwest Council mean for bike riders? Better connections across boundaries, or a more consistent design of bike lanes etc? Bigger bike budget? The amalgamation is taking time but a bigger budget and more dedicated bicycle and “active transport” planning staff could pay off for better cycling conditions. Bike Leichhardt has joined with Bike Marrickville and Ashfield BUG to form a new Inner West bike Coalition(IWBC) to coordinate our efforts.
  • Draft Bike Plan – finalised late 2015.
  • The last meeting of the Leichhardt Bicycle Advisory Committee Was on 12 October 2015. Bike Leichhardt was a regular attendee, but the new Council so far has no Bicycle Committee, although there is a Transport Reference Group, with cycling representatives on it, including Bike Leichhardt and IWBC.
  • Free Bike Riding Courses 2017. “Rusty Riders” courses, and Skills and Confidence Courses, free for local riders. A great idea if wanting to brush up on skills and get into riding with Bike Leichhardt.
  • Bike Budget for 2015/16 announced. Council has budgeted for $400K of its own money for implementation of the new bike plan, and has attracted grants of around $600K from RMS and State Govt to upgrade the Hawthorne Canal path, Victoria Rd shared path and do a study on a possible bike path along Lilyfield Rd. Council Media Release
  • Draft Bicycle Plan released at Bicycle Advisory Cttee meeting on Wed 12 Nov 2014.Agenda
  • New Bike Plan 2014-19. Successful tenderer is GTA. (28 March 2014)
  • Good news, Council approved funding of $400K for the Bike Plan for 2014-15, after having cut it completely last year.
  • Ken Welsh is back in his old job as Transport Planner. Council still deciding on who will be coordinating the Bike Plan (Bike Strategy as they call it) as one of their responsibilities. Seems to have fallen on Tom Haramis, one of the Traffic Engineers.
  • The Leichhardt Community Plan has been updated for next five years. Did you have your say on cycling and active transport? See the result, particularly the transport plan, Strategic-Plans 2025
  • Cr Kogoy proposed a Ciclovia for Sydney, a car free network of roads open to walkers, cyclists, exercisers, all sorts of activities, on Sundays. Also called Open Streets or Sunday Streets in USA, where they are popular. See www.openstreetsproject.org and https://www.facebook.com/SundayStreetsSydney.
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