Cycling is one of the nation’s fastest growing recreational activities, and the push to improve cycling as a safe and viable commuter option in Sydney has been on for many years.
Centennial Parklands is ideally located between the heavily-populated eastern suburbs and the City of Sydney, meaning that we are a key link between the regional cycling networks.
We estimate over 750,000 cyclist visits are made here every year (growing rapidly), and over the last 10 years we have spent millions of dollars upgrading and creating new safe cycling opportunities for the community.
Here are four great cycle paths that help commuter cyclists get to and from work every day!
#1: Grand Drive cycle lane
We have to start with Grand Drive in Centennial Park. What a beautiful ride to start and end your day with!
This roadway includes a 3.8 kilometre long dedicated cycle lane that loops around the Park. The cycle lane is one-way, but offers many entrances and exits to allow most commuting cyclists to use the Park as a convenient and relaxing key part of their daily ride.
The Grand Drive cycle lane can be very busy at times, so please be respect that those around you may have varying levels of riding experience and confidence.
#2: Federation Way shared pathway
Federation Way in Moore Park was originally intended as a grand boulevard-style entrance to Centennial Park. Opened in the days before cars accessed the Park, the original intentions did not play out, but what we are left with is a commuting cyclists dream!
A safe long, straight stretch of shared pathway adjacent to the busy Lang Road that joins Centennial Park to Anzac Parade and beyond. Much landscaping and upgrade work has been undertaken over recent years, making this a sublime ride.
Please be aware that there are two adjacent pathways on Federation Way – the closest pathway to Lang Road is the shared pathway for cyclists, while the closest pathway to the sports fields is a pedestrian only path.
#3: Cleveland Street Shared Pathway
Opened in 2010, the shared pathway connecting Anzac Parade to South Dowling Street has become a very popular route for many. Set beneath a spectacular avenue of fig trees, and running adjacent Moore Park Golf and Bat and Ball Field, the Cleveland Street shared pathway is another scenic leg in your commute not to miss.
Notwithstanding having to make your way across the large Anzac Parade intersection, this pathway links up with the Federation Way route, and gives cyclists the ultimate edge over their car-commuting colleagues who are navigating the adjacent roads.
#4: Oxford Street cycleway
OK, this was cheeky. Not quite open yet, but how could we write this post without mentioning it. The Oxford Street cycleway (officially opening shortly) follows the very busy Oxford Street from Woollahra Gates to Paddington Gates along the northern edge of Centennial Park.
The beauty of this cycleway is that it provides a key link in the cycle network connecting Bondi Junction and other Eastern Suburbs areas with the Inner City. We have also designed the project to provide a separated, bi-directional pedestrian pathway running alongside the cycleway to improve safety and reduce the conflicts between pedestrian and cyclists. Learn more about this project.
Cyclists should be aware that Centennial Parklands is a shared space. Every year millions of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, horse riders, dog walkers, and a range of other visitors come to enjoy and use the Parklands.
For your own safety and that of others, please be aware of the safety regulations of the Park and keep aware of other users, particularly motorists turning left across the cycle lane at various gates in Centennial Park – you may be in their blind spot. In the interests of safety we also have a speed limit in Centennial Park of 30 km/h.
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