...........Cycling in the Inner West, Rides, Tours, Advocacy
Leichhardt Council remarked all of Lilyfield Rd to provide a wider bike lane on the uphill sections (most sections, not all uphill bits, eg near Lamb St). The downhill sections become narrower as a result, and the existing shoulder lane is removed. Booth St has also been marked this way.
Cyclists on the downhill sections are expected to ride out towards the centre of the traffic lane ("taking the lane"), away from car doors, and motorists are expected to pass by changing lanes, not squeezing past.
This may take some adjustment by both parties. So please take it carefully for the next few weeks and months maybe, as everyone gets used to the changes. Any comments on your experiences on LF Rd would be appreciated.
[Note added in 2016: I havnt had any adverse reports and most cyclists I have spoken to think the new layout works quite well, as a commuter route, if you take the lane on the downhills and keep,away from car doors. Could be improved in a few spots though.]
Some signs like these USA ones (called a BMUFL) have been installed, but they havent been approved for use in Australia as yet. I am trying to get BNSW to push for the inclusion of the signs in the Australian sign manuals.
BMUFL sign as used in USA type4-11.
Edit in May 2015- the signs were installed after RMS approved their use as a trial.
Edit in May 2016- plans are being developed for a two way separated bike path along Lilyfield Rd. See Events for details of a workshop on June 7.
Edit in Nov 2016- version 2 of plan on display on 29/11 at the Leichh Town Hall from 630 pm, see flyer in comments below.