Map of City of Botany Bay cycle routes and blackspots.

Bikes Botany Bay is a sister organisation to ARTcycle Inc. and other Bicycle User Groups. As cycling advocates we are all invested in seeing better cycling facilites, infrastructure and road use education and to promote the social, health, mobility, environmental, and economic benefits of cycling. As artists we have similar shared concerns, and approach problem solving from a different trajectory, that of subjective responses to sensory and emotional stimuli. 

The Botany LGA is one of the least developed municipalities for cycling and yet has some wonderful scenic riding, is mostly flat to undulating, is close to city, airport and transport hubs and is on the shores of Australia's iconic gateway, Botany Bay. Part of the Sydney Green Ring crosses into the Botany LGA. This is contested space as the Sydney Airport Corporation controls the land through a lease from the Crown, and the RMS controls the access roads as they are mostly arterial roads. 

The Botany Bay Trail, part of the Great Kai Mia Way project begun over a decade ago in response to the Turning of The Tide inquiry and report conducted into the health of Botany Bay. The trail stretches around the foreshore from Cape Solander at Kurnell to Cape Banks at Laperouse. It suffers from the same problems of Sydney's green space, a series of islands hemmed in by arterial roads, expressways and rail corridors, with open space locked up in golf courses. Greening of the thoroughfares will create habitat and shade ameliorating some of the effects of the heat sink. Creating permeable crossings of roads and rail will improve amenity and improve active transport options for residents, families and facilitate tourism.  

The WestConnex Enabling Works East Precinct managed by the WestConnex Delivery Authority, it is a great opportunity to have cycling infrastructure put in place that will be truely 'enabling'. Completing the Botany Bay Trail will enable workers, students, shoppers, commuters, tourists and recreational cyclists from either side of the airport will be able to cycle to and from, and most importantly around the airport and beyond in safety. 

ARTcycle submission to the 2014 T1-T2 pdMDP The T1-T2 preliminary draft Major Development Plan (T1-T2 pdMDP) outlines the connection of T1-T2 Terminals and Alexandria Canal Bicycle Path with shared paths and new pedestrian crossings. This is only part of the missing cycle link to Wentworth Avenue and Botany Bay Trail. This is one of two designated 'priority project(s)' that the current State Government said would be fixed during their term in office. The other priority project is the GreenWay. 

Botany Bay Trail and Sydney GreenWays Network

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