Separated Cycleway

On a separated cycleway, bicycle riders have their own two-way dedicated lanes on the road which are separated from vehicles by a kerb. Separated cycleways are usually placed between the footpath and the parking lane.

Many cities around the world, including Melbourne, London, New York and Copenhagen have introduced separated cycleways as a key feature of their bike networks.

Separated cycleways resolve many safety issues, in particular ‘doorings’, caused when a driver or car passenger opens their door  in the direct path of a bike rider.

Of the 526 reported cycling accidents in the City of Sydney area between 2002 and 2007, as many as 231 (44 per cent) could have been prevented by separated cycleways.

There are two main types of separated cycleway in our network:

  • Separated cycleway with parking
  • Separated cycleway without parking

Separated cycleway with parking

A standard separated cycleway, where the cycleway is placed between the footpath and a parking lane.

Examples: Union Street, Pyrmont and Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

Separated cycleway without parking

A standard separated cycleway, where the cycleway is placed between the footpath and a traffic lane. In this design there is no parking adjacent to the cycleway. This may be because the road width does not allow the retention of parking lanes on both sides or because a parking lane did not exist on that road to begin with.

Examples: King Street, CBD and College Street, CBD.

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