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Artwork of the finalised Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway design | Image: Transport for NSW

Sydney’s $39 Million Bike Ramp to Begin Construction

Construction on Sydney’s $39 million bike ramp is finally underway, marking a pivotal moment in the city’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainable transportation and improve accessibility for cyclists.

Transport for NSW has enlisted the expertise of Arenco (NSW) Pty Ltd to bring the vision to life, underscoring the commitment to delivering a world-class cycling experience for residents and visitors alike. Latest figures show at least 650 cyclists use the current cycle ramp every day, with the new design paving the way for more riders to take up the sustainable commuting option.

The 200-metre-long bike ramp is set to become a vital artery for cyclists, providing a seamless connection from Bradfield Park North to the Harbour Bridge cycleway. By bypassing the daunting ascent of 55 stairs, this critical piece of infrastructure promises to make cycling more accessible for individuals of all ages and abilities.

More than 2000 cyclists use the Sydney Harbour Bridge per day | Image: Transport for NSW
More than 2000 cyclists use the Sydney Harbour Bridge per day | Image: Transport for NSW

The ramp design incorporates features to enhance safety and functionality, including a new cycle path and safety improvements to the south end of Alfred St. The design embraces the city’s rich heritage, integrating elements such as bronze balustrading and concept artwork running the length of the ramp from Aboriginal artists Maddie Gibbs and Jason Wing, paying homage to Sydney‘s diverse cultural landscape.

Anna Bradley, deputy secretary of Cities and Active Transport at Transport for NSW, hailed the project as a “critical piece of infrastructure” that will cater to the evolving needs of Sydney’s residents. She emphasised the inclusive nature of the initiative, highlighting its potential to benefit a diverse range of commuters, from seasoned cyclists to newcomers venturing out on two wheels.

Beyond its practical benefits, the bike ramp is expected to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles while reducing the number of cars on the road, aligning with broader efforts to foster a greener and more sustainable urban environment. Moreover, the project aims to enhance safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike, particularly around the northern end of Alfred Street South at the Lavender Street roundabout and near Milsons Point Station.

By providing a dedicated and separated pathway for cyclists, the ramp offers a safer alternative to the potential congestion of pedestrians, bike riders, and motor vehicles that could occur with a spiral ramp design. This strategic approach prioritises safety and anticipates and accommodates the predicted future growth in the number of bike riders travelling north and south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And, in a nod to the bridge’s rich historical and heritage significance, the existing stairs at Burton Street will be retained, preserving the architectural fabric of this iconic landmark while ushering in a new era of accessibility and connectivity for cyclists across the city.

Despite years of debate and deliberation, with construction underway, Sydney has made a significant step forward in realising its vision of a more connected and sustainable future. Including Aboriginal artwork and Indigenous culture further underscores the project’s commitment to honouring the land’s cultural heritage and fostering a sense of belonging within the community.

As construction progresses, anticipation is mounting for the transformative impact of the new cycleway ramp. With completion expected within 18 months, Sydney’s cycling community can look forward to a smoother, more accessible journey across the iconic Harbour Bridge, marking a new chapter in the city’s cycling landscape.