In June of 2022 we celebrated the final pavers going down on the George Street south/Devonshire Street pedestrian zone, and later in 2023 we have plans to pedestrianise more of the northern CBD, to make more space for people!
This is particularly important in areas like Hunter Street, which will see a massive influx of people on foot when the new Metro stop comes online.
We also want to provide additional space for people and activation on Loftus Street, which provides an important connection between the northern central business district and Circular Quay. Fewer buses and other vehicles use the road now that light rail is fully operational.
These ideas form part of our proposed new City North Public Domain plan, which Council unanimously endorsed for public exhibition at feedback at last night’s meeting.
As we accelerate our plans to create a more connected and walkable city, the importance of seizing every opportunity to create new public spaces is at the front of mind – you only need look at the work we have done on George Street to see what’s possible. We have worked closely with the State Government to realise this important additional space, and it's well-worth celebrating.
As more and more people return to the city centre, this space will help everyone move around safely, and also help local businesses – with extra space to operate outdoors and a far more appealing environment to stop and linger.
Additionally, it's very exciting that two new public end-of-trip bike hubs are coming soon to the CBD – one of which will be below the beautiful public plaza and canopy at 180 George St, designed by David Adjaye and Daniel Boyd.
We know one of the biggest barriers to people cycling to and from work is having a safe space to leave your bike, shower and get changed.
Businesses right across the city have recognised this and spent millions installing or retrofitting end of trip facilities to support staff who want to choose active transport options.
However, not everyone works for a big company with its own facilities, so when we were negotiating development approval for two major city sites, we secured incredible new public end of trip facilities for the community to use!
Those without existing amenities in their offices can now join the 7,000 people cycling to and from work every day and park their bikes in one of these beautiful facilities with storage, showers and lockers and room to get ready for the day ahead.