Lights up for new and improved Bay Run
Sydney’s iconic Bay Run has been transformed, with new lighting, landscaping and widened pathways along parts of the 7km path.
The popular walking and cycling route follows the edge of Iron Cove, travelling through Rozelle, Lilyfield, Haberfield, Five Dock, Rodd Point, Russell Lea and Drummoyne and is used by an estimated 5000 people every day.
The upgrade has delivered improvements at the Lilyfield Road Bridge, including new seating and recreational areas on the bridge, an outdoor fitness hub and a ramp that connects to the path along Hawthorne Canal to the GreenWay path.
The upgrade has also separated pedestrians and bike riders on the path from the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club to Lilyfield Road Bridge, making it safer for everyone in the area.
The $5 million upgrade was delivered by Inner West Council with funding from Transport for NSW’s Get NSW Active program and the Department of Planning and Environment.
Transport Minister Jo Haylen said:
“The Bay Run is a local icon and a walking and cycling super highway.
“Thousands of people use the Bay Run every week to get out and enjoy the fresh air, exercise or commute. The new lights mean people can safely use this vital commuter link during late in the evening or early in the morning.
“The transformation of Lilyfield Road Bridge completely repurposes this old road link into the perfect spot to stop, relax and enjoy the beautiful views over the bay. It now features gym equipment, and widens the space available for people walking and cycling, eliminating one of the Bay Run’s few remaining pinch points.
“This project is one of many being delivered as part of the Get NSW Active program, which this year delivered another $40 million in funding for active transport projects across NSW.
“I’m excited to see even more communities across the state benefit from great projects like this one.”
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said:
“The Bay Run is one of the most popular running, walking and cycling tracks in Sydney and our makeover of the foreshore in Leichhardt and Haberfield has made it more beautiful than ever.”
“The new modern lighting has made the path safer, particularly for women walking and running after dark and in the early morning.
“The new Lilyfield Road Bridge will now be a pleasant destination for picnics, gatherings and exercise.”
“These improvements are in addition to the new Leichhardt Skate we opened last month which has proven enormously popular among local children and young people already.”
“We fought hard for funding for the Greenway and it’s wonderful to see the full vision coming to life.”