• The Milsons Point stairs have long been an annoyance for Sydney cyclists. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Long suffering Sydney cyclists received some good infrastructure news with the state government announcing a $35 million upgrade to the entry and exit points on the Harbour Bridge.
Cycling Central
8 Dec 2016 - 8:38 AM  UPDATED 8 Dec 2016 - 8:50 AM

The two key points which matter to most users are the building of a 200-metre ramp on the northern side of the bridge which would replace the staircase and remove the annoying stair climb and descent..

"We are putting important infrastructure in for the future of the city and for the future of cycling," Roads Minister Duncan Gay told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The ramp would also connect to the proposed Naremburn cycleway from North Sydney and Crows Nest. A new dedicated cycleway will also be built at the southern end of the bridge to Kent Street in the city.

"The new infrastructure "will play a major role in connecting Sydney’s bicycle network of routes, cycleways and shared paths and will provide greater accessibility to the vital commuter link for Sydneysiders wishing to travel between the north and the CBD", Bicycle New South Wales (BNSW) said in a statement.

The announcement is the second piece of good news for Sydney cyclists in a week, with the government announcing they would not pursue a proposed compulsory ID system.

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“It’s a testament to our longstanding role as the peak advocacy body for all bicycle riders in NSW, that Bicycle NSW has managed to work with RMS, Transport for NSW and the NSW State Government through the plans and issues presented in the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleways, to find a solution that maintains the heritage and importance of the Bridge, while allowing more people the opportunity to experience our iconic landmark on two wheels.

"We have no doubt that this commitment to and investment in bicycle infrastructure will see an increase in people riding bikes for pleasure, recreation and commuting,” Bicycle NSW President, Jon Leighton said.

The announcement is a major victory for the tireless and often unheralded bicycle user groups who do the majority of the heavy lifting with governments in fighting for a better on-road experience for cyclists.