Sydney Harbor Bridge cycle path plans overhaul: Milsons Point residents
“We are the laughing stock of the global cycling community because we have to carry our bikes to have access to the CBD,” he said.
The Szancers, 73, faced the stairs four times a week and said they were a barrier to driving anymore. He said he didn’t care about the ramp installed, as long as he didn’t have to get off his horse.
“For the elderly and for people with heavy bikes – and I am both – it’s a pain. It ends up hurting my back, but there is no alternative if I want to come to this side of the bridge, ”he said.
Francesca Caneva said she had only crossed the bridge once before, but didn’t like the idea of a spiral ramp.
“It’s not that practical, I think it’s better straight away,” she said.
A member of the equestrian group Bike North, said that a lift – which had been offered in the past – would be the best compromise.
“We drove from Turramurra to Manly so we did about 66 kilometers so a few steps were nothing for us,” the MP said. “You can’t go up a spiral like this, I think it would be impossible.”
According to transport officials, both options were rated as having good drivability by national and international cycling standards, with generally gradients of 5% or less preferred.
The slope of the linear option would be primarily 3.6%, with a short 5% section and two flat sections across Burton Street and past the entrance to Milsons Point station.
The slope of the loop option would be 5% on the straight sections, each followed by flat sections to provide respite. The slope around the curves would only be 1.3%, so cyclists would not need to turn and climb at the same time.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said both designs were excellent options. “But first, we want to have a conversation with the community about a preferred solution over the next few months,” he said.
Residents and North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson have indicated that the main battleground will be the sacrifice of open space in the waterfront suburb where the ramp is built.
Ms Connor said the local community treasured their remaining open spaces.
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