Sydney Cycle Routes

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Overview

This page shows the mapping progress of cycle routes in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Local coverage is by local government area. Some councils give cycle routes references, but most don't, so please include these here if you know them.

Note that this page may represent pre-redaction coverage. If re-mapping, it might be helpful to indicate in each council area if the details represent pre-redaction.

Tagging

If the route is a connected series of roads or paths that leads somewhere, where possible create a relation and add all the ways to the relation. (Note that this probably does NOT suite most local routes in Sydney.)

  • type=route
  • route=bicycle
  • network=lcn or rcn
  • ref=xx
  • name=Some Name (the name does not render)

Otherwise add the tags to the way.

  • Local routes with a number: lcn_ref=xx
  • Local routes without a number: lcn=yes
  • Regional routes with a number: rcn_ref=xx
  • Regional routes without a number: rcn=yes

See Cycle routes for the full tagging guide.

Local Routes

Local Government Areas:

Ashfield

Ashfield Municipality Relation: Osm element relation.svg 1221172 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Ashfield has a number of cycle routes that connect in places to the routes of Marrickville, Burwood and Canterbury councils. Ashfield publishes a map. Mapping completion is 100%. (All verified, post July 2012 redaction.)

Botany Bay

Map Link

Botany Bay council does not seem to publish a cycling map, although there are a number of well marked routes. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 5%.

Routes from the airport along the Alexandria Canal pass through Botany Bay council.

Burwood

Burwood Municipality Relation: Osm element relation.svg 2161967 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Burwood has a number of routes, although some are still under construction (June 2011). Burwood publishes a map. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 80%.

Canada Bay

Map Link

Canada Bay has a mix of signposted routes and cycle lanes. A council map dated 2010 lists a number of proposed routes. In OSM only actual routes are marked. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 60%.

Canada Bay includes the northern part of the track around Iron Cove, and connecting links from Homebush Bay to the Parramatta River cycleway.

Canterbury

Canterbury City Relation: Osm element relation.svg 2162244 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Canterbury cycle routes tend to be reasonably well signposted, and Canterbury Council publishes a cycle map. The M5 Motorway cycleway (see below for regional routes) runs partly through Canterbury. Routes don't have numbers, but some are listed individually. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 60%.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
M5 to Cooks River Links the M5 East cycleway and the Cooks River cycleway 60% Towards the M5 is signposted "M5 East" and towards Cooks River is signposted "Cooks River". North or west of Belmore Park is still proposed. Osm element relation.svg 104692 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [1]
Clemton Park to Cooks River Alfred Street, Clemton Park to Cooks River cycleway, Canterbury 100% Cyclists can cross Bexley Road at the lights where cars cannot. The part of this cycleway in Hughes Park is closed until mid-2012, and has been marked access=no Osm element relation.svg 106224 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [2]

Hurstville

Map Link

Hustville Council joins Rockdale, Kogarah, Canterbury and Bankstown councils. Hurstville publishes a map of routes, and they are generally well signposted, apart from in the Hurstville CBD (e.g. Forest Rd, The Avenue and Park Road south of Queens Road).

Mapping completion is estimated to be 100%.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
Hurstville to Kingsgrove Connects Hustville to Kingsgrove Station. 100% No signs on Dora Street in the CBD (south of Queens Road). Osm element relation.svg 153461 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Kingsgrove to Narwee Runs between Kingsgrove station and Narwee station. 100% Connects with Canterbury Council routes at Narwee. Osm element relation.svg 154425 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Narwee to Penshurst Runs between Narwee station and Penshurst station. 100% Connects with Canterbury Council routes at Narwee. Osm element relation.svg 154427 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Beverly Hills to Peakhurst Runs from Penshurst Road to Jaques Avenue and Peakhurst Park . 100% Osm element relation.svg 154431 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Riverwood to Lugarno Runs between Riverwood station and Lugarno primary school. 100% [3] Osm element relation.svg 156026 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Kogarah

Map Link

The Kogarah Council area joins Rockdale and Hurstville council areas. Kogarah does not seem to publish a map of cycle routes, although some Kogarah GIS systems do include cycle routes. Some routes have blue-on-white direction signs, but many have only a black-on-yellow warning sign for motorists (and commonly only on side roads leading to cycle routes).

Mapping completion is estimated to be 75%. Missing areas are probably south of Oatley station, Connells Point and Blakehurst.

Lane Cove

Lane Cove Municipality Relation: Osm element relation.svg 1271163 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Lane Cove cycle routes generally have a small bike symbol painted on the road, or small signs with a directional arrow. Lane Cove Council publishes a cycle map. Lane Cove Council publishes a good cycle map. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 90%.

Routes designated local by Lane Cove Council are marked as local (lcn) on OSM, where as routes designated "state" or "regional" are marked as regional (rcn) on OSM (when they actually exist on the ground - some do not.)

Leichhardt

Leichhardt Municipality Relation: Osm element relation.svg 1251053 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Leichhardt cycle routes are generally well signposted including destinations and distances to the destination. Leichhardt council maps show NSW RTA route numbers, but signs on the ground don't show these yet. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 60%.

Routes designated local, strategic or scenic by Leichhardt council are mapped as local (lcn). Routes designated "RTA Regional Bicycle Routes" by Leichhardt council are mapped as regional (rcn).

Marrickville

Marrickville Municipality Relation: Osm element relation.svg 1230104 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Relation coverage here represents the post-redaction state. Some routes without references are still to be verified.

Some Marrickville routes have Lxx numbers, but some don't. Routes are generally well signposted. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 80%. Some Marrickville Council planning documents reference NSW RTA route numbers, although signs on the ground don't show these yet.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
L1 Petersham Park to Camperdown Park 100% Quite steep up through Fort Street. Osm element relation.svg 102322 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L2 Camperdown Memorial Park and Newtown to Kingston Road (Joins L5) 100% Possibly some confusion between L2 and L5. [4]
L4 Petersham Park to Hoskins Park Dulwich Hill (joins L10) 100% Route goes on the footpath on Old Canterbury Road between Jubilee Street and Barker Street Lewisham. Osm element relation.svg 2248402 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L5 Newtown to Marrickville station 100% Some sections signposted as "Alternate Route" and mapped as L5a. Osm element relation.svg 2428659 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L6 Parramatta Road to Morgan Street, Petersham 100% Cyclists can continue on West Street crossing Railway Terrace where cars cannot. Osm element relation.svg 2248399 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L7 Enmore Road, Enmore to Wicks Park, Sydenham 100% Joins L12 in Sydenham Osm element relation.svg 102678 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [5]
L8 St Peters station to Sydenham Station 100% Very poorly signposted. Osm element relation.svg 91163 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [6]
L10 Old Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill to Sydney Park 90% Route possibly incorrect at the eastern end of Adison Road near Enmore Park Osm element relation.svg 102348 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [7]
L11 100% Osm element relation.svg 2330923 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L12 100% Osm element relation.svg 2332817 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
L13 Sydenham to Tempe Reserve 100% Osm element relation.svg 91167 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [8]

North Sydney

Map Link

North Sydney has a number of useful cycle routes, including the cycleway near Epping Road, and routes connecting up with the Harbour Bridge cycleway. North Sydney Council publish a map of their cycle routes. Mapping completion is estimated to be about 10%.

Parramatta

Map Link

Parramatta have a number of cycle routes and are building more. Mapping completion unknown.

Rockdale

Map Link

Rockdale City Council extends from Sans Souci in the south to Turella in the north. Rockdale publishes a map of routes, and they are generally signposted. Rockdale includes sections of the Cooks River route and the Botany Bay foreshore route, and the connecting parts around the M5 East to the Cooks River cycleway.

Mapping completion is estimated to be 95%. All routes shown on council maps have been surveyed, including the new connecting route from Bexley Oval to Kogarah (via Queen Victoria Street).

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
Kyeemagh to Georges River Connects with the Botany Bay route at Captain Cook Bridge, and runs up through moderately quiet streets rejoin the Cooks River route at Kyeemagh. 100% Signs going north say City and Brighton-Le-Sands. There is cycle signals when crossing Bay street, only stencils on the ped crossings. Osm element relation.svg 132292 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Carlton to Wolli Creek Through Carlton, Rockdale, and Arncliffe, connecting to the Cooks River cycleway. 100% Use the pedestrian crossings near Rockdale station to get from Railway Street to Alexandra Parade. The section at the very southern end of Durham street is in Hurstville council, and does not show signs pointing north. Osm element relation.svg 134293 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Hurstville to Wolli Creek Bardwell Valley, Bexley and Arncliffe. 100% Osm element relation.svg 149919 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Kingsgrove to Bardwell Park 100% Connects with the Hurstville to Wolli Creek route at John Street, Turella Osm element relation.svg 409792 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Wolli Creek to Earlwood 100% Osm element relation.svg 149411 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Sutherland

Map Link

Sutherland Shire Council publish a number of maps, including information on alternate routes and gradient. Mapping completion is estimated to be 90%.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
Barden Ridge to Menai 100% Joins Sutherland to Illawong at Menai Marketplace Osm element relation.svg 409277 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Sutherland to Illawong Sutherland to Menai to Illawong 100% Uses the cycleway under the road on Woronora Bridge. Osm element relation.svg 409242 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Sutherland to Taren Point 100% Joins Sutherland to Illawong at Sutherland, and Botany Bay at Taren Point Osm element relation.svg 420839 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Sydney, City of

Sydney City Relation: Osm element relation.svg 1251066 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Following RMS advice, Sydney has begun implementing nodal type route markings. This follows the routing boards common on project 44 (Mascot–Darlinghurst), for example, which point towards suburbs that RMS believe to be focuses for cycle transport. Destination nodes are rarely signposted at greater than 10km away, even when continuous routing exists; these leads to confusing shifts in the naming and structure of continuous long distance routes.

CoS provides a Melways basemap covered in nominal routes here, some of which map onto the named proposed routes here (detail, Route numbers listed as R numbers), some of which functionally exist as safe routes and lcn/rcn segments already. None of these map onto nodal signage, none of these map onto common cultural names amongst cyclists except for "Bourke" and "ANZAC" as routes.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
Bourke Route Combination of Bourke Street Cycleway and Bourke Road Cycleway (together with linking sections) Osm element relation.svg 2264483 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Waverley

Map Link

Unknown.

Regional Routes

The NSW RTA refers to regional cycle routes in various planning documents, as do local councils. Some local councils reference RTA routes on their web site (particularly in relation building works for new routes), although naming varies from council to council, and reference numbers are generally not signposted.

There are other well known routes (including rail trails) that are more than local that are tagged as regional. These are included here as well.

Rail Trails

(TBA)

Other Regional Routes

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
Botany Bay Airport to Kurnell around Botany Bay 100% Joins Cooks River cycleway near the Airport. Osm element relation.svg 103331 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Cooks River Airport to Sydney Olympic Park along the Cooks River 100% Joins Botany Bay cycleway near the Airport, and Parramatta Valley cycleway at the Parramatta River. Osm element relation.svg 103352 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
M2 Diversion roughly following the M2 motorway between North Ryde and Baulkham Hills 100% A diversion is currently in place during M2 widening. The former westbound relation follows the diversion, while the eastbound relation (1113500) has been disabled. The diversion will be in place at least until late 2012. Osm element relation.svg 1114330 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
M4 M4 cycleway between Olympic Park, Homebush and Cumberland Highway, Wentworthville 50% ? So far only the eastern part (as far west as Fox Street, Holroyd) is connected to this relation. Osm element relation.svg 269245 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [9]
M5 M5 (east) cycleway between Bexley Road, Bexley North and Fairford Road, Padstow 100% ? Cross King Georges Road using the pedestrian crossings and follow the path behind the sound barrier joining Rosetta Street. There is no marked crossing on Penshurst Road. Note that this is different to the cycle lane on the M5 east itself. South side Osm element relation.svg 107214 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) North side Osm element relation.svg 109161 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [10]
M7 M7 cycleway between Old Windsor Road, Glenwood and Camden Valley Way, Prestons 100% ? Some maps show exit numbers, but OSM does not show these yet. Osm element relation.svg 102731 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [11]
Parramatta Valley Cycleway Pellisier Road, Putney to James Ruse Drive, Parramatta 100% Connects through to the Cooks River Cycleway at Meadowbank Bridge or Ryde Bridge. Osm element relation.svg 972064 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [12]

NSW RTA Routes

Although some councils give regional routes reference numbers, the numbers are not uniformly used, and are not signposted.

Route Description Mapped Notes Map link
West City via ANZAC Bridge and Lilyfield to Concorde 100% Leichhardt calls this "EW6" Osm element relation.svg 93543 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [13]
Epping Road 80% City North to North Ryde via Harbour Bridge, North Sydney, Freeway and Epping Road Osm element relation.svg 419114 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [14]
Hawthorne Canal 100% Lilyfield to Summer Hill Osm element relation.svg 942425 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) [15]

Hunter and Central Coast councils

Overall: there is excellent network interfaces between regional Maitland and Newcastle routes, with poorer interfaces between Newcastle and Lake Macquarie routes. Regional routes:

  1. Greta to Newcastle City via Maitland (New England Highway).
  2. Coastal Cycleway: Newcastle City to Belmont via Fernleigh track.
  • Newcastle has excellent documents describing cycle routes that generally follow functional road routes or constant infrastructure, with few decision points, and logical arrangements. Newcastle's route system is a mesh with multiple interconnections between useful routes, and with routes linking to neighbouring council infrastructure. Newcastle has proceeded to route signposting of some routes. Newcastle also clearly differentiates Local routes (L#) from Regional routes (R#). Newcastle also implements a "scenic" route system whose behaviour has been mapped as lcn prior to the redaction. All regional routes were mapped prior to redaction. Major local routes (through routes) were mapped prior to redaction. One scenic route was mapped in full prior to redaction. It appears as though route mapping will improve here shortly.
  • Maitland has a poor quality pamphlet describing logical cycle routes that generally follow indirectly arranged and periodic infrastructure. Major routes are poorly route marked, but follow logical routes along roads that describe the route. Maitland's route system is concentrated as a star on Maitland, but meshes well with major outbound routes.
  • Lake Macquarie has poor quality advertising material that describes the presence of infrastructure. These infrastructures are named and numbered on map, occasionally starting to form a mesh or network.
  • Other Hunter councils do not appear to provide route networks at this time, and provide infrastructure based programmes. Some councils conduct demand analyses of desirable routing, but this doesn't result in mapped or signed routes.

Illawarra region councils

  • Coastal cycleway was mapped, but incompletely route mapped. Illawarra councils and stakeholders have excellent planning documents regarding this route, but south of Wollongong riding the terrain may be required.

Coastline cycleway

Mapped as ncn

Coastline cycleway is a NSW project providing funding to councils primarily used by councils to produce shared paths in leisure areas. In Newcastle and the Illawarra funding is being used to produce coherent shared path routes useful for long distance commuting. In both cases these routes are signposted and marked with varying degrees of success. They are mapped by councils. Mapping of the Newcastle and Illawarra sections of Coastline cycleway was good prior to redaction.

Major highways with improved shoulders, and major highway forced diversions

RMS states that improved shoulders on highways are cycling infrastructure. These infrastructures follow large long distance routes, and have occasionally been mapped as cycle routes.

83 Old Pacific Highway Between Berowa and Gosford cyclists are obliged to use the Old Pacific Highway. This has been mapped as designated and associated with a ncn

F3 North of Gosford to Newcastle has been mapped as ncn

Hume and Federal Highways between Goulburn and Canberra have been mapped as ncn