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Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway ramp to begin mid-2023

Under the plans, the three-metre-wide ramp will extend from Bradfield Park North, near Burton Street, and join the Harbor Bridge cycle route south of the existing staircase, which has long been the bane of cyclists.

The steps force cyclists to dismount and carry their bikes up or down 55 steps, which according to Transport for NSW creates a bottleneck, poses a safety risk and deters people from riding across the bridge.

A view of the linear ramp above the entrance to Milsons Point station.Credit:Transportation for NSW

North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker said the council had yet to take a position on the final design and environmental report, but retaining some trees and slimmer columns supporting the driveway would ease concerns.

“The community consultation will be vital to inform the council’s submission,” she said.

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Peter Mclean, CEO of Bicycle NSW, said there was nothing in the assessment that would slow or stop construction of the much-anticipated ramp. “We will be able to see many more people of all ages and abilities accessing this important cycleway, benefiting people across Sydney,” he said.

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary Kiersten Fishburn said the review was another opportunity to refine the design of the ramp and ensure it met the needs of cyclists and the local community. “This will make one of the world’s most breathtaking cycling experiences accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability,” she said.

The assessment of environmental factors can be seen until December 19.

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