UPDATE: Public submissions to Randwick City Council on the South Coogee to Kingsford Bike Path proposal close this Friday, 23rd November 2018.
A design change from bikes-only to a”shared bike path” that accommodates both pedestrians and bike riders, but excludes cars, might be the solution for retaining trees on Bundock Street Randwick if the proposed South Coogee to Kingsford bike path is built by Randwick City Council.”
The Council is seeking to establish a network of separated bike lanes in the local area in order to make cycling safer. The one proposed on Bundock Street will connect to the Kingsford light rail station via Sturt Street.
Greens Councillor Murray Matson says:
“As an elected Councillor I see my role to save as many trees as possible by pushing for design changes. The plan on public exhibition consists of a dedicated bike-rider-only bike path paralleled by a separate foot path, but it does not have to be that. The way I see it these two separate carriage ways could be combined into a “shared” bike and pedestrian path. This would allow for a narrower width where space is needed to retain a tree.”
Councillor Matson says that shared bike paths are being built in the Sydney CBD. He said,
“Bike riders tell me that shared paths work fine and that there does not always need to be a separation between pedestrians and cycles. They also report that Clover Moore has built many of her bike paths in the CBD as shared paths.