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Construction of the Oxford Street cycle path will begin after the WorldPride festival

Construction of a long-awaited cycle lane on Sydney’s Oxford Street will begin several months after the WorldPride festival early next year, spurred by nearly $12 million in state government funding.

The cash injection comes as a restored cycle lane along College Street, next to Hyde Park, is due to open to cyclists in January, more than seven years after it was torn down by the government when Duncan Gay was minister for roads.

An artist’s impression of the planned cycle lane on Oxford Street.Credit:sydney city

The planned 1.7km cycleway along the northern edge of Oxford Street between Taylor Square and Hyde Park, as well as part of Liverpool Street, will link up with cycleways in the CBD, as well as the restored College Street cycleway.

The Sydney City Council is about to launch the tender for the construction of the cycle path, which will begin in mid-2023, after Sydney hosts WorldPride, a global LGBTQ festival, in February and March.

The money for Oxford Street is part of a final tranche of $77m going towards 161 projects across 45 NSW councils of the government’s plan for footbridges and cycle paths. In total, $117 million will be doled out in 2022, up from previous estimates of $55 million.

Cities and Active Transport Minister Rob Stokes said the state was leading the nation in investment in improved footpaths, cycle lanes and other infrastructure, with the latest funding including more than $18 million for projects in western Sydney and $20 million in the NSW region.

The Proposed Cycle Path Will Continue Along Liverpool Street, Next To Hyde Park.

The proposed cycle path will continue along Liverpool Street, next to Hyde Park.Credit:sydney city

“For children, the elderly, parents who push the stroller or people with disabilities, a street without a sidewalk is not an inconvenience, it is a barrier to move freely in public space,” he said.

Sydney City Mayor Clover Moore said Oxford Street had the most reported bicycle accidents of council streets, and that a separate cycle lane would improve cyclist safety and reduce the number of cyclists on pavements. .

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