Build it and they will come

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Sydenham Station sits at the bottom of Marrickville.  When I lived at Dulwich Hill I sometimes caught the train there because of the quick and frequent service on the Eastern Suburbs line and even more often caught the train back there in the evening when services on the Bankstown line became (even) less frequent.  On the footpath approaching the station there were a few stands for tethering bicycles and always a few bicycles there.  Only a few and mostly rather broken-down looking:  it always struck me as a pretty perilous place to leave a bike.

Over about a year and a half from 2011 to 2013, Sydenham Station had an extensive upgrade.  By the time it was finished I had moved to Ashfield, and it’s only recently I’ve found myself back there to catch a train.

New “bike storage facilities” were part of the upgrade, as you can see.  In what the designers probably considered a magnificent and enlightened gesture, far more “facilities” were provided than I ever saw bikes there.

If you look in the glass in the picture above, you can see that demand has now well outstripped supply.  The picture is clearer but more more prosaic below:

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2 Responses to “Build it and they will come”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Build it and they will come. Just sit back and watch the overcrowding on Sydney’s new George Street tram line after it is built.

  2. marcellous Says:

    Andrew, I thought this post stood a good chance of drawing a comment from you.

    “Build it and they will come” does not always hold true: Sydney’s monorail was a good example of that.

    In the case of the bike racks, I think that the enthusiastic uptake is partly because the spot for the bikes is better lit and more seemingly secure than what was there before, and there is also probably a sense of safety in numbers. Bike usage is also increasing.

    Who knows what the story will be for the light rail? The first mistake already made is the attempt to skimp on staff by running bigger trams which will inevitably be less frequent than smaller ones would have been.

    In the meantime, at the price of a lot of inconvenience for those travelling by bus to and from the city, George Street is quite delightfully empty.

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