Chatswood to St Leonards Bicycle Route Improvement Plan

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Consultation has concluded

This engagement period has now closed as at Sunday 19 July 2020.

Council has been hearing from our community about their thoughts on draft concept plans for the new bicycle route in a survey or by pinning the map below.

You can now view a webinar held on Thursday 18 June, to learn more about the proposed Bicycle Route Improvement Plan for a new bicycle route linking Chatswood Central Business District with St Leonards Central Business District.

Council is working towards completing the bike network identified within the Willoughby Bike Plan 2012, The bicycle route improvement plan is designed to

This engagement period has now closed as at Sunday 19 July 2020.

Council has been hearing from our community about their thoughts on draft concept plans for the new bicycle route in a survey or by pinning the map below.

You can now view a webinar held on Thursday 18 June, to learn more about the proposed Bicycle Route Improvement Plan for a new bicycle route linking Chatswood Central Business District with St Leonards Central Business District.

Council is working towards completing the bike network identified within the Willoughby Bike Plan 2012, The bicycle route improvement plan is designed to encourage more people to cycle, reduce congestion and support more healthy and active lifestyles. The Draft Chatswood to St Leonards Bicycle Route Improvement Plan is designed to deliver a safe, accessible and amenable bike route to connect residents and visitors to Chatswood Central Business District (CBD), St Leonards CBD and Artarmon Local Centre and destinations along the route.

The 3.3 km route will commence at Albert Avenue, Chatswood and utilise Frank Channon Walk, Hampden Road, Brand Street, Herbert Street and end at Pacific Highway, St Leonards. The bicycle route will be a combination of connected separated on-road bicycle lanes and off-road shared paths. The following bicycle facilities are proposed:

  • Frank Channon Walk between Albert Avenue and Mowbray Road - Shared path where pedestrians and bicycles share the same path. A new shared path connecting Nelson Street and Mowbray Road will be provided as part of the Sydney Metro City and South West Project.
  • Hampden Road and Brand Street between Mowbray Road and Hampden Road - Shared paths and on-road separate bicycle lanes along the eastern side of the road only. On-road bicycle lanes are for bicyclists only.
  • Hampden Road and Herbert Street between Brand Street and Pacific Highway - Shared paths and on-road separate bicycle lanes along the eastern side of the road only. On-road bicycle lanes are for bicyclists only.

A bicycle route linking Chatswood with St Leonards via Artarmon is identified in Council’s Bike Plan 2012. Following detailed investigations the current route and proposed facilities were identified to provide the safest and most direct, accessible and amenable bicycle route for local residents and visitors.

The route will provide access to local shops in Artarmon Local Centre, trains, metro and buses at Chatswood Transport Interechange, St Leonards Transport Interchange, Artarmon Train Station, Crows Nest Metro Station, businesses in Chatswood, Artarmon Industrial Area and St Leonards and retail, service, cultural and recreational destinations along and adjacent to the route thereby increasing its attractiveness to existing and new bicycle users.

To enhance the safety and amenity of the bicycle route for local residents and visitors the following features have been included:

  • Replacing the existing bicycle lanes in Hampden Road and Herbert Street between Jersey Road and Pacific Highway with a safer separated two way bicycle lane on the eastern side of the road only.
  • Safer pedestrian and bicycle movement and slower traffic environment in Mowbray Road, Brand Street and Ella Street with the provision of new traffic control signals.
  • Safer pedestrian and bicycle movement with the incorporation of the proposed on road separate bicycle lanes within the existing traffic control signals at Herbert Street and Cleg Street and the shared path within the existing traffic control signals at Herbert Street and Frederick Street.
  • Safer pedestrian movement and slower traffic environment in Hampden Road in the vicinity of Cleland Park with the provision of a new raised pedestrian crossing (also know as a wombat crossing).
  • Safer pedestrian and bicycle movement and slower traffic environment across Cleland Street, Parkes Road, Punch Street and Herbert Street through the implementation of new designated crossings and local area traffic management.
  • A safer entry and exit onto the on road separate bicycle lanes from Herbert Street in the vicinity of the St Leonards Transport Interchange.
  • Direct connection with the new shared path between Nelson Street and Mowbray Road to be provided by the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project (the design of the shared path is not finalised and has not been provided)
  • Integration of the bicycle route along Hampden Road within the Artarmon Local Centre.
  • Provision of bike racks, bicycle service facilities and improved guide signs along the route.

There is proposed to be some minor changes to existing traffic management and on-street parking with:

  • The permanent removal of the small central concrete median island in Hampden Road in the vicinity of Palmer Street
  • Removal of the existing pedestrian refuges in Brand Street, Hampden Road near Cleland Park, Herbert Street at Ella Street and Ella Street at Herbert Street.
  • Modification to the existing wombat crossing in Herbert Street, north of the Pacific Highway.
  • The permanent removal of approximately 2 car parking spaces along Hampden Road between Barton Road and McMillian Road.
  • The permanent removal of approximately 16 car parking spaces along Hampden Road, east side of road, over the Gore Hill Freeway.
  • The permanent removal of approximately 5 parking spaces along Herbert Street in the vicinity of Cleg Street.

Integration of the bicycle route along Hampden Road is developed within the Artarmon Local Centre Public Domain Concept Design Plan (ALCPDCDP). The design of the bicycle route between Brand Street and Jersey Road is not provided. The design process for the ALCPDCDP is progressing with community consultation to be undertaken separately.

The section of the route along Frank Channon Walk between Albert Avenue and Nelson Street is an established shared path and is not under consideration as part of this community consultation.

You can review the Bicycle Route Improvement Plan in the Supporting Information section on this page.

What happens next?

All comments will be taken into consideration and will contribute to the future concept plan and future detailed design plan.

The final concept design plans will be considered by the Local Traffic Committee and forwarded to Council for its final decision.

Willoughby City Council will engage with the community again once detailed designs have been completed.

When are the works planned for?

The next phase of the project is detailed design. Detailed design is targeted for 2020/ 21 subject to Council approval of the concept design and funding approval. Physical works will follow Council approval of the detailed design plans and funding allocation.

Contact details

If you have any questions about this project please contact the Gordon Farrelly Traffic and Transport Team Leader on 02 9777 1000 or email email@Willoughby.nsw.ov.au.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Your responses will assist in understanding the community sentiment to the proposed improvement plan as well as providing an indication of your current and potential use of a bicycle as a mode of transport.

    Your effort and time in completing the survey is appreciated.


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