Tapping into Local and State Visions
The City of Sydney’s vision: a liveable, walkable, green city
A reopened Glebe Island Bridge will connect to the City of Sydney’s planned Liveable Green Network for walking, running and cycling. The City’s other swingspan bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, is used by more than 5 million pedestrians per year according to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
The City of Sydney’s Planned Regional Bike Network
The State Government’s Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program
As Sydney’s population and road traffic increase, so does the need for an additional safe, level pedestrian and cycle route between Rozelle and Pyrmont, to provide an alternative to the congested Western Distributor. The need for this has become even more pressing since the NSW Government announced that 80 hectares of bayside land will be redeveloped with residential, retail and commercial projects, as well as entertainment and leisure facilities. Such large-scale development will generate more pedestrian and cyclist traffic.
We are pleased to note that UrbanGrowth’s October 2015 Transformation Plan has as an immediate priority the Bays Waterfront Promenade which “will provide the opportunity to safely walk or cycle along the Sydney Harbour waterfront all the way from Balmain through to the Sydney CBD and Woolloomooloo – a trip that follows the beautiful Sydney Harbour, with opportunities to sit by the foreshore with a coffee, enjoy a long lunch at a waterside cafe, access the Harbour for water-based activities, admire locally-produced sculptures or art, gaze at amazing views and even pop in to see the busy activity of a local community garden.”
One of the priority elements includes: “Reconnecting Balmain to Pyrmont by working towards the adaptive re-use of Glebe Island Bridge“.