Showing the corner of the Bushpocket in Victoria Road where the cycleway is to be built.  You can get some idea of the width of the current cycle lanes.

Showing the corner of the Bushpocket in Victoria Road where the cycleway is to be built. You can get some idea of the width of the current cycle lanes.  Ausgrid will need to relocate the telegraph pole.

Yesterday (24th April) I attended the public meeting held by Marrickville Council to discuss their recent works that demolished the bio-swale at the Victoria Road Bushpocket site in Marrickville.

To recap: on 21st March 2013 I saw heavy machinery removing the boulders that made up the swale.  On 28th March 2013 I posted about the swale, which was gone leaving bare dirt, a telegraph pole in the new road section & sprayed markings that looked like a path.  I heard that the Council works were to create a cycleway.  See – http://bit.ly/XDgLlz

Several senior Council staff attended the meeting.  It was explained that Council had made a mistake & there had been poor communication between departments regarding the swale at the Bushpocket site & the building of a cycleway.  Council apologized unreservedly for this, saying they would work to improve communication across departments.

It was explained that the cycleway works in this location are part of the Camperdown to Cooks River Cycle Route. Specifically, the road was widened here to assist heavy vehicles to navigate the corner.

Where previously cyclists used the lane either side of Victoria Road, the new cycleway will instead put cyclists in one lane as a separated two-direction kerbed barrier cycleway located on the roadside next to the Bushpocket.  The width of the two-way cycleway will be 2.52 metres.  To claim roadway for the cycleway, the swale was demolished.

Marrickville Council said they intend to replace the swale & handed out plans dated April 2013.  Council were unsure of the costs to do this work.

There was concern from one of the residents who specializes in bio-swales that the plans for the swale would not work as the space was insufficient.  Council invited this resident to participate in further planning of the swale.

Council also emailed the residents the plans for the cycleway in this section of Victoria Road & Myrtle Street.  We were told that side from bringing cyclists from both directions onto the same side of the road, the cycleway will direct cyclists to cross to the other side of the road in Myrtle Street.   This explains the path to nowhere & appears to save the street trees on the eastern side of Myrtle Street.  However, this direction to cross the road in Myrtle Street is not on the plans.  See below.

You can download the plans for the cycleway here, though be warned, I found it impossible to read the writing on the plans on my computer or on a printed copy.  The cycleway route however is easily seen. – – http://bit.ly/ZmsG7b

The plans for the swale can be downloaded here – http://bit.ly/11muRpk

As a cyclist, I can’t say that I felt I needed protection in this section of Victoria Road. Both kerbside lanes used by cyclists were around the width of a normal traffic lane & it was rare to see a parked car so it was a roomy ride for me.  It was explained that all that has been lost was the mound of earth on the roadside of the swale. That mound however, was a significant size & part of the Bushpocket where plants grew.

I thank Marrickville Council for responding to the complaint about this issue and holding the meeting.  It was obvious that they wanted the best outcome for everyone.

The bitumen area is where the swale & planted area around the swale used to be.  Cyclists will soon have a dual cycleway here that goes onto the footpath under the bridge.

The bitumen area is reclaimed land from the Bushpocket. Cyclists will soon have a dual cycleway here that goes onto the footpath under the bridge.

The bitumen shows where the swale & surrounding plants used to be.  The dirt area is where the new swale is to be constructed.

The bitumen shows where the swale & surrounding plants used to be. The dirt area is where the new swale is to be constructed.

Marrickville Council's plans for the cycleway in Victoria Road & Myrtle Street Marrickville with my additions in colour. We were told that the 2-way cycleway would actually cross the road in Myrtle Street, but this does not show on these plans.  Click to enlarge.

Marrickville Council’s plans for the cycleway in Victoria Road & Myrtle Street Marrickville with my additions in colour. We were told that the 2-way cycleway would actually cross the road in Myrtle Street, but this does not show on these plans. Click to enlarge.

 

 

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