In late 2021, Council sought community feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian and cyclist facilities around Dunlop Street in Epping!
The Dunlop Street pedestrian and cyclist paths will result in a higher quality, safer, pedestrian and cyclist experience along and across Dunlop Street both locally and as part of the wider Epping to Carlingford Cycling Link. This will give students, teachers, workers, residents and visitors opportunities to safely get out and active.
Community engagement and revised proposal
Council invited community feedback on the proposal In October and November 2021. As a result of the feedback, an amended proposal was made and endorsed by Council on Monday 14 March 2022:
a) That Council note the feedback from the community consultation.
b) That Council approve a reduced scope of works to support walking and cycling to the new Epping South Public School, for submission to the Parramatta Traffic Committee for consideration:
- Install a shared path with separate footpath on the northern verge of Dunlop Street between Hermington Street and Neil Street, and the eastern verge of First Avenue between Dunlop Street and Grimes Lane, Epping.
- Install a shared path on the northern verge of Dunlop Street between Neil Street and Ryde Street, and western verge of Ryde Street between Wyralla Avenue and Dunlop Street.
- Install raised pedestrian and cyclist crossings of Neil Street and Park Street at Dunlop Street, and Dunlop Street at First Avenue, Epping.
- Install a kerb buildout on the western side of Ryde Street at Wyralla Avenue, Epping.
Note: During investigations, significant challenges managing large stormwater events were uncovered on Dunlop Street, east of Ryde Street. Widening the existing footpath into a shared path would exacerbate these existing issues with adverse impacts for residents.
Due to these issues and in response to the community feedback, it was recommended that the shared path east of Ryde Street and priority crossing over Ryde Street (in the hotspot illustration) no longer proceed.
Endorsed project scope
Frequently asked questions
During earlier consultation on the wider Epping to Carlingford Cycling Link it was identified that Dunlop Street and Ryde Street carried a higher number of vehicles compared to other on-road sections in the link.
Both would benefit from an off-road solution to appeal to cyclists who were “interested but concerned”, however large scale infrastructure improvements on these sections were beyond the existing budget.
The delivery of a new school elevates the need for off-road infrastructure on these two streets to ensure that primary school students and their parents would feel safe and comfortable riding to school.
Pedestrians and cyclists move at different speeds, therefore where space allows a separate shared path and footpath are proposed.
There is a small portion of the community who are comfortable riding with vehicles no matter how busy the street. However, through international research it has been identified that two-thirds of the community are “interested but concerned” about cycling, and the key factor is safety.
Councils endorsed Bike Plan 2017 sets a vision for cycling to be safe, and perceived as a safe and attractive option for all members of the community, for those aged 8 through to 80.
A small number of on-street car parking spaces will need to be removed for the project to be constructed, however these are limited to statutory no stopping distances from street crossings.
All houses fronting Dunlop Street, Ryde Street and First Avenue have access to off-street car parking and (from aerial surveys) there is currently ample parking in all adjacent streets.
The draft concept plans identify 1 large street tree that has been heavily compromised by power lines, and 8 small street trees that would have to be removed as part of the project, however this is only where there is no alternative.
17 potential locations have been identified on Dunlop Street to provide a local tree offset.
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