Contra-flow Bike Lane


Contra-flow bike lanes greatly increase the permeability of the road network for bike riders by allowing them to use streets that are one-way only for motor vehicles in both directions.

A contra-flow bike lane allows bicycle riders to travel in the opposite direction to traffic in a lane on the side of the road, and with traffic in an existing lane shared with cars and other vehicles.

There are three main types of contra-flow bike lanes in our network:

  • Contra-flow cycling access
  • Contra-flow bike lane with separator
  • Contra-flow bike lane without separator


Contra-flow cycling access

In a contra-flow cycling access, the one-way bicycle lane is only signed by the use of bicycle logos on the road surface.

Examples: Wells Street and Turned Street Redfern.

Contra-flow bike lane with separator

In a contra-flow cycleway with separator, the one-way bicycle lane is painted green and a physical separator is used to further demarcate it from the traffic lane.

Bicycle logos are applied on both the contra-flow lane and the traffic lane advising the direction of travel.

Examples: Buckland Street, Alexandria and Wilson Street, Newtown.

Contra-flow bike lane without separator

In a contra-flow cycleway without separator, the one-way bicycle lane may be painted green but no physical separator is used to further demarcate it from the traffic lane.

Bicycle logos are applied on both the contra-flow lane and the traffic lane advising the direction of travel.

Example: Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern.