Bridge Road Cycleway Safety Audit

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined

Decisions:

By Councillor Phelps

It is resolved that:

(A)        Council note:

(i)          following a Lord Mayoral Minute of 15 May 2020, pop-up cycleways were identified by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and the City as part of a solution to ease demand for public transport as the NSW Government eases restrictions on business activity following the Covid-19 lockdown;

(ii)         there has been significant community opposition to the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW proposal for a temporary cycleway on Bridge Road, Glebe, due to the adverse impact the pop-up cycleway is having on the local community, including the imposition of a 24/7 clearway outside of residences on both sides of Bridge Road, where houses already have no stopping along the laneway to the rear and associated loss of all on street parking spaces; and

(iii)        residents of Bridge Road in Glebe are extremely concerned about the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and those attempting to access their homes without any ability to stop along Bridge Road. This includes:

(a)        no ability for ambulances, buses, taxis and other vehicles to stop along the entirety of Bridge Road to pick up or drop off residents who are unable to cycle; and

(b)        congestion down a key arterial road during garbage collection, resulting in the unsafe overtaking of garbage trucks by personal vehicles; and

(B)        the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i)          liaise with Transport for NSW to conduct and publish a safety audit regarding the Bridge Road Cycleway, prior to it being completed and open for use. This audit should relate to all aspects of a cycleway in Bridge Road including, but not limited to:

(a)        whether the cycleway creates unacceptable risks of death or injury for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists or residents;

(b)        the impact of any such cycleway on residents, including elderly, vulnerable and disabled residents;

(c)         the effect of any such cycleway on emergency and essential services including but not limited to, garbage removal, water and electricity;

(d)        any report or investigations, whether final or preliminary, conducted in the last ten years which deals with safety issues concerning a cycleway in Bridge Road;

(e)        the basis of the determination by the Minister that the making of the Ministerial Order was necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic;

(f)          the number of cyclists using the Bridge Road cycleway in the period since it was installed compared with the number of cyclists using Bridge Road in the period immediately prior to the installation of the cycleway; and

(g)        the number of, and reasons, for cyclists using the footpaths on Bridge Road since the installation of the pop-up cycleways; and

(ii)         report back to Council via the CEO Update.

Note – at the meeting of Council, the content of the original Notice of Motion was varied by Councillor Phelps. Subsequently, it was –

Moved by Councillor Phelps, seconded by Councillor Forster –

It is resolved that:

(A)        Council note:

(i)          following a Lord Mayoral Minute of 18 May 2020, pop-up cycleways were identified by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and the City as part of a solution to ease demand for public transport as the NSW Government eases restrictions on business activity following the COVID-19 lockdown;

(ii)         there has been significant community opposition to the City of Sydney and TfNSW proposal for a temporary cycleway on Bridge Road, Glebe, due to the adverse impact the pop-up cycleway is having on the local community, including the imposition of a 24/7 clearway outside of residences on both sides of Bridge Road, where houses already have no stopping along the laneway to the rear and associated loss of all on street parking spaces; and

(iii)        residents of Bridge Road in Glebe are extremely concerned about the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and those attempting to access their homes without any ability to stop along Bridge Road. This includes:

(a)        no ability for ambulances, buses, taxis and other vehicles to stop along the entirety of Bridge Road to pick up or drop off residents who are unable to cycle;

(b)        congestion down a key arterial road during garbage collection, resulting in the unsafe overtaking of garbage trucks by personal vehicles; and

(c)         funding and commissioning an independent professional safety audit titled “Stage 5 (Existing Road) Road Safety Audit for Bridge Rd Glebe with emphasis on the newly installed Cycleway facility”, tabled at the September 21, 2020 Council meeting. This safety audit found that as of 6 September 2020 there were 26 identified safety issues, with risk attached to each issue classified as intolerable, high, or medium; and

(B)        the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i)          liaise with Transport for NSW to close the Bridge Road cycleway and relocate the Glebe pop up cycleway to a safer, more suitable location as soon as possible; and

(ii)         report back to Council via the CEO Update.

Amendment. Moved by Councillor Scully, seconded by the Chair (the Lord Mayor) –

It is resolved that:

(A)        Council note:

(i)          following a Lord Mayoral Minute of 15 May 2020, pop-up cycleways were identified by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and the City as part of a solution to ease demand for public transport as the NSW Government eases restrictions on business activity following the Covid-19 lockdown;

(ii)         there has been community opposition to the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW proposal for a temporary cycleway on Bridge Road, Glebe due to the adverse impact the pop-up cycleway is having on the local community, including the imposition of a 24/7 clearway outside of residences on both sides of Bridge Road, where houses already have no stopping along the laneway to the rear and associated loss of  off-peak clearway parking spaces;

(iii)        Some residents have expressed concerns about safety, access and congestion. It is important to note that:

(a)        under NSW Road Rules 2014 - Reg 307, emergency vehicles can stop anywhere they need to.

(b)        under NSW Road Rules 2014 - Reg 176, buses (including mini-buses) and taxis can stop in a clearway when they are picking up or dropping off passengers. Staff advise that on Bridge Road, buses will however be stopping at the bus stops, which are not clearways;

(c)         residents have commissioned an independent professional safety audit titled “Stage 5 (Existing Road) Road Safety Audit for Bridge Rd Glebe with emphasis on the newly installed Cycleway facility”, tabled at the September 21, 2020 Council meeting. This safety audit presents the assertion that as of 6 September 2020 there were 26 identified safety issues, with risk attached to each issue classified as intolerable, high, or medium. These claims should be conveyed to Transport for NSW to be considered as they are working on their own safety audit of the Bridge Road pop up cycleway;

(d)        responding to community feedback, City staff are working with our waste collection services to implement changes to collection processes to ensure safer practices in these new conditions, and to minimise delays and impacts on congestion. Staff will also look for alternative waste bin pick up locations and work with Cleanaway to adjust their routes where feasible;

(e)        the City is engaging with and responding to community concerns and suggestions as the pop-up cycleways are rolled out, and City staff are conveying recommendations to Transport for NSW regarding improvements or changes, a number of which have been implemented. Community members are encouraged to share their feedback and input with the City and with Transport for NSW to improve the operation of the cycleways; and

(f)           the pop-up cycleway on Bridge Road is being delivered by Transport for NSW. Transport for NSW are conducting a Road Safety Audit in advance of the formal completion of the cycleway. The content and format of Road Safety Audit reports are governed by Transport for NSW, Austroads and Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) guidelines; and

(B)        the Chief Executive Officer be requested to obtain the Road Safety Audit for the Bridge Road pop-up cycleway from Transport for NSW once it is complete and publish it in a CEO update.

Adjournment

At this stage of the meeting, at 8.23pm, it was moved by the Chair (the Lord Mayor), seconded by Councillor Scully –

That the meeting be adjourned for approximately 15 minutes.

The motion was carried on the following show of hands –

Ayes (6)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Kok, Miller, Scott, Scully and Thalis

Noes (4)          Councillors Chung, Forster, Phelps and Vithoulkas.

Motion carried.

All Councillors were present at the resumption of the meeting of Council at 8.45pm.

Foreshadowed amendment. Councillor Scott foreshadowed that, should the amendment moved by Councillor Scully be carried, she would move an additional amendment.

The amendment was carried on the following show of hands –

Ayes (6)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Kok, Miller, Scott, Scully and Thalis.

Noes (4)          Councillors Chung, Forster, Phelps and Vithoulkas.

Amendment carried.

Amendment. Moved by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Scully –

That clause (B) be amended such that it read as follows:

(B)        the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i)          liaise with Transport for NSW about the resident-led safety audit of the Bridge Road cycleway, seeking urgent mitigation of the risks identified; and

(ii)         obtain the Road Safety Audit for the Bridge Road pop-up cycleway from Transport for NSW once it is complete and publish it in a CEO Update.

The amendment was carried on the following show of hands –

Ayes (8)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Kok, Miller, Phelps, Scott, Scully, Thalis and Vithoulkas.

Noes (2)          Councillors Chung and Forster.

Amendment carried.

The motion was carried on the following show of hands –

Ayes (8)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Chung, Kok, Miller, Scott, Scully, Thalis and Vithoulkas

Noes (2)          Councillors Forster and Phelps.

Motion carried.

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Point of Order

During discussion of this item, Councillor Phelps raised a point of order, stating that the amendment moved by Councillor Scully waives the report.

The Chair (the Lord Mayor) did not uphold the point of order.

Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 21/09/2020

Date of decision: 21/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2020 - Council

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